The Los Angeles Dodgers take on the San Francisco Giants in a regular season game on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 (8/3/22) at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California.
Fans in both markets can watch the game for free via a trial of DirectTV Stream – NBC Sports Bay Area for fans in San Francisco and Spectrum Sportsnet for fans in Los Angeles. Fans in either market can watch via MLB.tv subscription.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: MLB regular season
who: Dodgers vs. Giants
When: Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Where: Oracle Park
time: 9:45 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area, Spectrum Sportsnet (local markets only)
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A decades-old, mint-condition Mickey Mantle baseball card could set a record at auction.
The 1952 collectible features one of baseball’s most famous and charismatic legends and is widely considered to be one of only a handful in near-perfect condition.
It’s estimated that the final cost of the card could top $10 million when the auction closes on August 27. The record is $6.6 million for a 1909 Honus Wagner map auctioned a year ago, months after another 70-year-old Mantle map fetched $5.2 million.
Interest was already high Monday when the auction debuted online, with bids of at least $4.2 million.
Regardless of the ultimate price of the rare Mantle Rookie card, it will be a hefty win for the current owner, a New Jersey garbage disposal contractor, who bought it for $50,000 at a New York City fair in 1991.
“Every time it came on the plate the crowd went mad, the roar was there. And he has never let you down. … He had that aura,” cardholder Anthony Giordano said of Mantle, who spent his entire career with the New York Yankees from 1951 to 1968. “Whether or not you’re from the New York area, or a Yankees fan, it was always Mickey Mantle who was singled out.”
The Switch-hitting Mantle – “the Mick” – was a 1956 Triple Crown winner, three-time American League MVP, and seven-time World Series Champion. The Hall of Famer, who died in 1995, was considered a humble player on the field. When he hit a home run, he often ran the bases with his head down.
“I thought the pitcher felt bad enough without me showing him rounding bases,” Mantle once said.
The rarity of the baseball card matches the mythical reputation of its subject.
“The quality of the map is key,” said Derek Grady, executive vice president of sports auctions at Heritage Auctions, which oversees the bidding. “Four sharp corners, the gloss and color pop off the card.”
Grady said the collectibles market is experiencing a renaissance, noting that cards that are “the crème de la crème, the cream of the crop, are still selling despite the current economic climate” and that Mantle, “the king” of the Baseball cards, “always worked out well”
Giordano, 75, said it was time to give the Mantle card a new home.
“It’s the right thing,” he said. “My boys and I have had the cards for over 30 years and we really enjoy them. We’ve enjoyed showing it to everyone close to me – friends and family – and I think it’s time for someone else.”
The card will be on display in Atlantic City Wednesday through Sunday at the National Sports Collectors Convention and the following week at Heritage Auctions’ New York office.
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(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
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