By Ryan Mayer

(CBS) – Baseball cards have long been a hobby in the United States, with many people beginning their collections as kids. In many cases, the hobby doesn’t last beyond childhood. However, there are still plenty of folks out there who continue their collecting well into their adult years, searching for those rare cards that are valued above all others.

On Thursday night, one of those rare cards came onto the market and was sold for nearly $3 million.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card in mint condition was sold at auction for $2.88 million.

The owner of the card was none other than former NFL offensive lineman Evan Mathis.

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Evan Mathis before Super Bowl 50 (credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

According to Rovell, the sale is the second-highest price ever paid for a card, behind the $3.12 million paid for a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner card back in 2016. The T206 is considered one of, if not the rarest card in existence, so seeing a card sell for close to that same amount is eye opening.

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Evan Mathis (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

For Mathis, he told the Associated Press back in March that he didn’t think he’d regret selling the card because he’d “have a nice house to show for it instead of the card.”