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Mickey Mantle Baseball Card & Bitcoin
Retired National Football League (NFL) Lineman ‘Evan Mathis’, who played 13 seasons in NFL and was also part of winning team of Super Bowl 50, is auctioning his $3.5 million Mickey Mantle Baseball Card. The 1952 card which is often misidentified as the New York Yankee Legend’s rookie card is one of the only six (6) cards which have been graded a Mint 9 by memorabilia authenticator PSA.
Heritage Auctions will be overseeing this sale and the card being very expensive, Evan is ready to accept Cryptocurrency as payment for the card. This sale would be highest ever for any Baseball card because the previous most expensive card ever sold was a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner was worth $3.12 million in 2016. Evan has no qualms in accepting Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency as payment for card in addition to conventional methods of payments.
While speaking to Media House Evan said,
“A lot of new money was created in crypto. There’s a lot of people that might have some newfound riches that they might want to diversify with, and I just kind of wanted to spread the target market out a little bit and give those guys a chance to jump in.”
Why is Evan selling this card?
Post retirement in January 2017 as an offensive guard for ‘Panthers’ Miami, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Denver & Arizona, Evan decided to move to closer to place where he grew in Albama. To settle their along with his wife Katelynn & two (2) daughters, Evan wants to buy a house and therefore is in need of funds. By selling the Mickey Mantle Baseball Card, Evan would raise funds for his dream house.
Passion for Sports Cards
Mathis, an avid sports card collector said that he has traded away most of his collection to acquire the fabled Mantle rookie card several years ago. He got into card collection as a kid growing up as a fan of Bo Jackson in Birmingham, Albama, in the late 1980s. Mathis was 6 years old at that time used to go to the store to buy packs of cards to get as many Jackson as possible. While in Middle school when his NFL career was progressing, he started buying cards which he couldn’t afford earlier.