One of them has been sold by Goldin for $ 400K including premium on July 31, 2015 and by Heritage for $ 410K including premium on November 16, 2017. The other copy was sold for $ 380K including premium by Heritage on July 30, 2015, lot 80016. It is now estimated $ 400K by the same auction house in their online sale closing on February 24 plus extended bidding, lot 80027.
After July 2015 the auction records for this specific card number continued to rise including $ 660K including premium for the same grade at Heritage on February 26, 2017 and $ 1.13M including premium for an NM-MT+ 8.5 on November 17, 2016, also by Heritage.
Just before that boom I discussed the unusual fate of the high numbers of the 1952 Topps baseball edition when I introduced the copy that is now listed again in the next sale :
The bubble gum has somehow succeeded to tobacco : Topps Chewing Gum becomes a leader in its market by using the previous distribution networks of a tobacco company. After a limited 1951 test series, Topps launches in 1952 its first modern full range edition.
The project is ambitious and innovative. The image of the player printed in beautiful colors is accompanied by a fac simile of his autograph signature. The back side lists the statistics and feats of the player as well as his personal attributes and some laudatory comments.
No fewer than 407 players are selected and the production is executed in two runs. The second part starts at the number 311 showing Mickey Mantle. It was the rookie year for this champion in the very prestigious New York Yankees team, offering two additional reasons to be appealed by that card.
The fact that it is the first number in the second part is probably linked to his rapidly growing fame in 1952. His Topps card introduces him as the successor to Joe DiMaggio.
The second part of the 1952 Topps series is released too late, when the season is already over, and its sales are catastrophic. Due to the highly detailed sports record information, the cards were obsolete from one season to another. Topps were nevertheless happy with their development of baseball cards in a suitable format and started preparing the edition of the next year.
The unsold stock was of no further use to them and they drowned in 1960 in the Atlantic Ocean a barge loaded with the huge remains of the second part of the 1952 edition.
SOLD for $ 360K including premium