Want to know how much the most expensive baseball cards have changed in value over time? The answer is a bit complicated, but maybe not too hard to understand.
Baseball is played in many countries all over the world, particularly in the USA. I would say that it’s the most popular sport in the world.
Baseball cards are among the most popular and enjoyable collectibles, especially with kids of all ages, and they’re everywhere!
Since the beginning, baseball cards have been collected for different reasons, like the players, the teams and the hobby.
To start things off, we’ll start with the most expensive baseball card of all time, the one and only ‘Peanuts’ license card (which is actually a baseball card).
It was sold for $1,500,000 in 2004 at an auction in the UK.
The 10 Most Expensive Baseball Cards in the World
There are many different types of cards and figures that are associated with baseball. The list below is a very small subset of these many cards and figures. We have only included cards and figures that are: 1) part of a major league, 2) associated with a player, team, or franchise that has a baseball card, or 3) have a baseball card that is itself worth more than $5.
*Note: The value is based on the price of the cards not the cards themselves.
10. Roberto Clemente, 1955 Topps
Roberto Clemente was the first most expensive baseball card and his price is $478,000.
The Puerto Rican icon, who is one of the many famous baseball legends to pass away, died in a plane crash whilst helping earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
A PSA 9 from the 1960’s recently sold for $478,000, this beat out a PSA 10 from 1955 that sold for $432,000.
You can’t be too careful these days, as you never know who you’re dealing with.
I think a grade 8 version of the card if put up for auction today, would be worth around $430,000.
9. Willie Mays, 1952 Topps
I think he is one of the greatest baseball players in the history of the world.
However, what is surprising and quite interesting is that the card he sold for $478,000 at auction in 2016, was the same card he originally purchased for $8,000 when he worked as a newsboy in 1952.
And here’s the final price tag on Wille Mays autographed card, which was consigned by Heritage Auctions to sell at their Las Vegas Sports Memorabilia Auction held in June. The card sold for a record-setting $1.2 million, making the card the most expensive sports autographed memorabilia piece ever sold at auction.
Wille Mays’ first Topps card featured his signature on the back instead of his playing number.
8. Babe Ruth, 1914 Baltimore News
In 2014 a collection of vintage baseball cards were sold at auction for $575,000. On November 21, 2014, the world’s most expensive baseball card will be auctioned with the potential for even more.
As one of the most expensive baseball cards, there are only about 10 cards known to exist, making them all extremely valuable.
Babe Ruth is a popular baseball star and his name is known all over the world. Babe’s story begins in the minor leagues and continues to his success with the Red Sox.
The card has the highest known price and the most copies ever sold at the same auction, and with only ten known to exist, that makes it very rare.
7. Mickey Mantle, 1951 Bowman
The Mantle Bowman card sold at auction for over $450,000, making it the most expensive baseball card of all time.
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The 1953 Topps Series 1 baseball cards are the most valuable baseball cards at auction due to the large amount of cards that are available.
The most expensive baseball card is part of a set and it was minted in 1951.
6. Nolan Ryan/Jerry Koosman, 1968 Topps
This Nolan Ryan replica was made for the 1988 Topps set, and was realised at auction for $612,359.
The rest of the auction was pretty good.
This was another auction with a lot of great stuff, including an original 1960’s set of the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers.
This Nolan Ryan card is the only one to receive the rare and elusive 10 in the entire set series.
Because of the condition of its condition, it is worth far more than if it were graded a 9. It would only be worth somewhere in the region of $20,000 – $30,000.
And I’m pretty sure that it’s the only one!
5. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, 1909 American Caramel
This card was the most sort after card in the E90-1 Caramel set and was sold at auction in 2016 for $667,149 U.S. dollars.
White Sox owner Charles Comiskey paid Shoeless Joe Jackson $30,000 to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds.
While searching the internet, I came across a PSA 8 copy of a young Wayne Gretzky rookie card. I was interested and decided to check his status.
For this card, the grading agent says that the print is “pretty sharp.” This also means that the print has some minor, but noticeable, defects.
Cards can literally make all the difference. It can literally make the difference of gaining or losing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
4. Pete Rose, 1963 Topps
Another card that is worth more than $500,000 for its vintage value, is the Pete Rose 1963 Topps card.
Perfect 10 cards are so rare, that they are considered to be as valuable as 100,000 cards of lesser quality.
But to anyone who’s looking for a piece of history, this piece is priceless. It’s the only copy of its kind to have ever received such a high rating, which to collectors and investors, is a big deal.
So when you combine a perfect 10 card with Pete “The Hit King Rose’s” name, you have one of the most expensive baseball cards in the world.
3. Babe Ruth, 1916 Sporting News
Babe Ruth’s card was the third most expensive card ever sold at auction. It was sold by the Dallas Cowboys to a private owner in 2016 for a whopping $13 million.
It sold for a massive $717,000 at auction in 2016. But it wasn’t the only Sporting News card with the same PSD grading to be sold at such a premium.
At that time, the highest-graded copy sold for around $550,000.
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2. Mickey Mantle, 1952 Topps
Cost: $2.8 Million
The second most expensive baseball card on our list
is the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card. The card is currently valued at
The Mona Lisa is the second of only two cards on our list of the world’s most valuable cards to be worth more than $1 million dollars and is five times more valuable than the tenth card!
A rare “Tuscan Black” card of the card, which is known for its unique design and rarity, was recently discovered in a mint condition.
When the card was first put up for auction, several valuations and guestimations were made, and it was predicted that the card would be sold for more than three million dollars, which if proved correct, would have made it the most expensive baseball card ever!
Though it doesn’t have as much value as a standard card, the card is still in the running as one of the more expensive standard cards on the market.
1. Honus Wagner, 1909-1911 ATC T206
Cost: $3 Million
The most expensive baseball card is the Honus Wagner 1909-1911 ATC T206, from 1909 to 1911.
If you were a kid in the 1920’s, you probably enjoyed playing “pick-up baseball” with your friends. This is when kids would go to the park, or to a vacant lot, and play catch or hit ground balls with a bat and a glove.
A cigarette company thought that they might be able to persuade kids to smoke their cigarettes by putting a baseball card with a model smoking inside a pack of cigarettes.
These cards were the first iteration in the style that became the norm.
The Honus Wagner card is universally considered to be the Holy Grail of baseball cards.
The reason being that Honus Wagner was the first professional baseball player to receive a baseball card, and so there were very few to begin with, and once he was pulled from production, no more cards were made for him.
While the card was a huge success, production was discontinued the following year due to the production costs of what was now a one time wonder.
But of course there are other expensive baseball cards that we did not list.
I really doubt even the creator of “Rugrats” thought this one would ever turn up!
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Here’s a quick recap of the 10 most expensive baseball cards in the world: The most expensive baseball card is probably the rarest and rarest baseball card of all, the 1909 Topps card of Honus Wagner. The 1909 Topps card of Honus Wagner sold for US $1.5 million at auction.
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