1952 & 1954 Baseball Cards | Green Bay, Hour 3 | Preview

GUEST: I brought my husband’s baseball cards. ’51 through about ’58 is when he was doing
most of his collection. APPRAISER: It’s always a great story when
Mom doesn’t throw away my baseball cards. GUEST: Oh, she didn’t throw them away, which
was unusual, because all of his friends that he grew up with, they either taped them to
their walls or their moms threw them away. APPRAISER: Mm-hmm. GUEST: And for some reason, Maude didn’t throw
them away. APPRAISER: Okay GUEST: So she put them in a grocery bag, and
we ended up putting them up in our attic. One weekend while my husband was gone, I decided
I’d just look at them, and as I’m sorting them, I’m, like, “Oh, my gosh, he’s really
got a nice collection.” And then the neat thing about it is, that
a month after I did that, our home got hit by a tornado, and everything in that attic
disappeared. APPRAISER: Right. GUEST: Along with most of the house, but… APPRAISER: But you had rescued these… Rescued these cards about a month prior. GUEST: Just a month prior, so it’s, like,
“Wow. APPRAISER: Yeah. GUEST: Can you believe that happened?” So I got it all organized, and then he couldn’t
believe– he’d forgotten what he had. APPRAISER: And you brought a real nice grouping
today. Of your husband’s cards. GUEST: Yes, I hope so. APPRAISER: And we pulled out a few to talk
about specifically. The first card we have is the 1952 Topps Jackie
Robinson. GUEST: Right. APPRAISER: So we’re scrutinizing the condition,
because the conditioning really goes down to a numerical grade. And ultimately, the advanced collectors, they’re
going to collect cards like this, where they’re assigned a numerical grade on a scale of one
to ten, primarily. And so we’ve scrutinized these heavily to
also give them some preliminary numerical grading in our opinion. In my opinion, it’s in the best condition
of the three. GUEST: Oh. APPRAISER: I’m going to say a six. GUEST: Oh, wow. APPRAISER: And as well as all of the cards
here, it has wonderful color, very little corner dings, and surface is near in perfect
condition. GUEST: Good. APPRAISER: I would put an auction estimate
on that one of $2,000 to $4,000. GUEST: Okay, good. APPRAISER: Next, we’ll move to the Ted Williams. The 1954 Wilson Franks premium card. GUEST: Yeah. APPRAISER: That one actually appears by the
naked eye to look better than the others, with very sharp corners, but it does have
a little bit of staining on the back… GUEST: Oh. APPRAISER: And it has a little crease on the
lower left that’s very hard to detect without magnification. So that one, also at auction, $2,000 to $4,000. GUEST: Another six? APPRAISER: This one I’m assigning a numerical
grade of four. GUEST: Four, okay. APPRAISER: Yeah, because of that, because
of that small little crease there. GUEST: Okay. APPRAISER: So last card we have is the 1952
Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card. GUEST: Right. APPRAISER: And for any Mickey Mantle card
collector, that– if they can fit it in their budget, because even in low grades they start
at about $5,000 on a one, on a scale of one to ten… GUEST: Okay. APPRAISER: But that’s a must-have for any
collector of Mickey Mantle baseball cards. That’s the iconic 1952 Topps rookie card. On this one, very impressed with the surface. The coloring, very little if any fading. Very little corner or touch wear. So this one, I assigned a numerical grade
of five. We put an auction value on that one of $30,000
to $40,000. GUEST: You’re kidding! Seriously! APPRAISER: Yeah, the numerical grades are
so important to the collectors, and on some of the high-end cards, that numerical grade,
the difference of a five or a six is tens of thousands of dollars. GUEST: Oh, wow. APPRAISER: Yeah. But let’s just say if I was too strict and
it was a grade of six, then we would be looking at $80,000 to $120,000. GUEST: Oh, my God. He’s going to be so happy with that. Oh, thank you so much, that’s just wonderful. I can’t believe that!

93 thoughts on “1952 & 1954 Baseball Cards | Green Bay, Hour 3 | Preview

  1. These types of video's are Bitter-Sweet to me……Thrilled for the people who get those Wonderful Monetary Surprises…..AND…..reminds me of ALL those Wonderful Vintage Baseball Cards I put on my Bike Spokes to sound Like a Race Car……Oh The Humanity!! Cheers Everyone

  2. In 1973,a dealer in Staten Island was selling entire mint sets of the 1952 TOPPS for $350.Naturally,I passed.Story of my life.

  3. been dealing for years now and if they think that mantle could be a 5, maybe a 6 or more thats just wishful thinking. psa and most of the grading companies are very strict especially with vintage cards. more like a 3 maybe even a 4 if the grader is in a good mood that day. which is still kinda solid i guess. the centering is terrible and they didnt even look at the back. meh decent card

  4. This guy is funny… mostly because the older the card gets, the less the "numerical" grade matters… at least in the sense that the harder the higher numbers are to find, thus, the lower are fetching increasingly higher values. He also seemed somewhat clueless on how to grade corners because the corners on that Williams card were super fuzzy, and the top left corner especially looked like it was missing some surface. Still great cards and hopefully she got them graded and took them to a reputable auction house

  5. I been collecting baseball cards since I was a kid and.as soon as I saw them, I knew that the woman was gonna hit the ceiling when they told her what their worth, especially that Mantle.

  6. The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card is NOT his rookie card. HOWEVER….It IS his FIRST Topps card, and necause of that, it’s still worth a nice chunk of change. Awesome find, with an awesome story. 👍🏼

  7. I have a 1982 topps card of Milt May, gotta be worth something as it was made 30 years exactly after the Mantle, he's also white and he shares the same initials.

  8. People are mentally ill to spend that kind of money on any card… But I guess if that's what you want, then go for it… I personally think it's rediculous

  9. Correct me if wrong please…but were the 1952 Topps cards slightly bigger than a standard present day card??? Each of these fits loosely in these modern day scewdowns?? Fake much? Reprints…

  10. without seeing the back it would grade at a 6. but, I'm afraid it may have been trimmed at some point. hopefully I'm wrong.

  11. Love me some Antique Roadshow, this is one of those shows that about 3-4 generations of my family all sit around watching it at random times on PBS. I agree he is a little low on a few of these, they probably could go for more. But the one thing we all know about selling and buying, is retail price. Very rarely will you actually get full market retail price for anything much less sports cards. In other words, like Pawn Stars, the buyer/seller has to make money also, so they won't give you $12,000 for a card worth $12,000. Plus these are ungraded so the appraiser is only speculating what they would be worth if graded. Grading is in the eye of the beholder, meaning one graders 6 might be a 4 or an 8, obviously the 4 worth less the 8 worth more. Regardless thank you very much for posting this I enjoy all of the "sports" and comic book related items that show up on Antiques Road Show. Happy Collecting!

  12. She definitely needs to have those cards graded by PSA. ESPECIALLY that Mickey Mantle! Honestly think it could fetch more than 50k..

  13. lol I didn't figure watching a Green Bay roadshow would connect me to where I am but Davenport, WA is a very very small town thats an outlying community of my city. I am surprised they have an auction company lol. Not real surprised but its probably one of the few businesses there.

  14. Yeah just for 60,000+ just put it back into a cardboard box and. Stored somewhere where he can deteriorate. Don’t worry about getting a graded. Are stored properly wow they could a gave her some kind of device come on. Give the lady some advice about getting a graded. Store name properly sorry little bit upset can’t really spell that well right now. Pulling over I’d love the show but. I don’t know about now. Very disappointed

  15. JUST IN: The 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps card (graded a PSA 9) has just sold for $2.88 million. It is the second highest price ever paid for a baseball card. #1 is $3.12 million paid for a T206 Honus

  16. Yes, I have collected off & on for more years than alot of you all have been alive. Though much, much more so by purchasing cards of my favourite players. As opposed to which ones may be more ‘valuable’. And I too do realize that one players rookie card has to be more ‘prized’ than all the others. But seriously, why Mantle’s? As opposed to at least 10 other cats who I have read about & or actually seen play. And who I would simply say were flat out better ball players. In my humble opinion, of course. And starting with Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig & Babe Ruth, to name 3.

  17. My mind is blown thinking about the Carnage that tornado did to all those other cards that got lost, damaged.

  18. I went to card show recently in NY had a mint 1962 Mickey mantle the card dealers said they didn’t want it I told one guy I’ll take 50 bucks he said no what an idiot deal of century these card shop owners r low life’s tying to rip people off I’d rather rip that card up then give to these con artists

  19. Do NOT listen to this guy!!!!! I repeat, DO NOT LISTEN to this guy.
    I hope you didn’t sell them to this jerk.

  20. Got My First Bike for Christmas in 52.Live in South & Back Then Most Kids in Our Neighborhood Were Not YANKEE Fans.We Use to Use All Yankee Cards for Our Bicycle Spokes.Have Often Wondered How Many Mantle Cards I Put on My Bicycle Skokes.LOL

  21. The sad truth is that the vast majority of those high-end cards are not bought by collectors.  They're bought by investors, from other investors, and then re-sold to other investors.  The inflation of the cards' values is driven by speculation, not by demand from actual collectors.  sigh

  22. And it's a shame All the vintage cards got destroyed from a tornado. Sounds pretty fishy and phony to me. I don't think that woman is sincere and genuine.

  23. Unfortunately, I collected as a kid in the 70's and everybody from that era held onto their cards. My collection is probably worth less than I paid for them, one pack at a time. At least I got the bubblegum!

  24. Drooling over that Mantle card! I have decent 59,64,65,67 & 68 Mantles but I know all I'll afford is a reprint of the 52 unless I get lucky like a friend finding a 33 Goudey Ruth in an old dresser under the paper drawer liner he bought at a Salvation Army thrift store a few years ago. I recently bought a bunch (15)of 1968 pop up football cards that had never been popped up, at the same thrift store for $9.99 plus tax.Most were quarterbacks like Namath,Gabriel,Meredith,Lamonica etc…

  25. Here’s a question. Who lets their wife take a Mantle rookie to an antique show? What is this 1981? I can’t believe there are still people like this out there!

  26. Grade that card asap ! Lol kinda low-ball her far as I can see lol…wonder what else he had laying around ….?!

  27. We use to put baseball cards (the no names) on the spokes of our bike tires make that motorcycle sound. Doh! Then there was the one kid named Alfred E. Newman that put a rookie Mickie Mantel card on his spokes.

  28. Fyi PSA and Becket don't measure cards anymore….if the centering on that Mantle somehow got a little better they might not notice.

  29. Lol my Grandpas mom gave all his cards away when he went to college. Most of his cards were from the 40s and 50s. He had a few older Ruth's and several Williams and Mantle rookies. I've seen him get upset one time…and it when he told me that story.

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