Evan Mathis retired from the NFL after the 2016 season after a nice 12-year long career with a few different teams. Yesterday, he made more money by selling his 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card than he did in all but one of the 12 seasons. Pretty decent for a guy living the retired life.
You might be wondering why he decided to sell this prized card. Let me answer that for him: because he just profited almost 3 MILLION DOLLARS. Is there really any other explanation needed? In all seriousness, he told the AP back in March when he first decided to sell it, that it was to free up some money. Yeah. I think this will do it.
After retiring from the NFL a little more than a year ago, Evan Mathis decided to move closer to where he grew up in Alabama.
And to get the kind of house he and his wife wanted, Mathis needed to free up some money. And that meant the avid sports card collector would have to part with his prized possession: a 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card.
“Just that image of the young Mickey Mantle, over the years it’s been a centerpiece of the hobby,” Mathis told The Associated Press by phone. “I guess it’s kind of like the Mona Lisa of the sports card world.”
Here’s another nugget that will make you want to blow your brains out for not investing in baseball cards back in the day: Rovell reports that this thing was selling for $3,300 back in 1988. Not to get too heavy on the math on this Friday, but by my calculations, that’s over an 87,000% increase in 30 years.
So good for Mathis. That house better be sweet.
While we’re at it, let’s take a look at Evan’s career NFL earnings
A cool 1/7th of his career earnings. Decent.