Stryker & Klein joined by entrepreneur Rob Gough to discuss historic Mickey Mantle sports card purchase

'This is the Mona Lisa of sports cards'
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A historic $5.2 million dollar sports card purchase? A bargain for entrepreneur and actor, Rob Gough. Stryker and Klein spoke with Rob just days after the historic purchase of a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card.

The card has PSA Mint 9 rating and is one of only six PSA 9 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards currently in existence.

Hear what he had to say about the staggering price tag in the interview below.

Rob’s got zero buyer’s remorse before you even ask. “If you look at the data, other iconic cards in the hobby have just 10x’ed in the same period of time that this last sold for $2.8 million,” he says about the way cards have been exponentially appreciating. “So, it’s not like I bought it on a whim here. I definitely did a lot of analysis and crunched the data, and for me this was highly undervalued.”

The fact that the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card is the “most iconic card in the sport,” was also not lost on Gough. “This is the Mona Lisa of sports cards,” he explains. “Also, there’s no risk. If you buy a 4 million dollar Mike Trout card, that guy can get hurt. Or he could do something illegal or say something stupid… that hurts his legacy, unfortunately. Therefore, the price of that card goes from $4 million down to a lot less.”

Although, Gough hasn’t taken into account the possibility of Zombie Mickey Mantle coming back for another shot in the MLB, that also seems to be low risk for him as well. “It’s just not a worry for me,” he laughed.