The Value Of These Baseball Cards May Surpass Your Expectations

Published on 05/03/2022
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As a child and an adult, baseball card collecting has always been a favorite pastime. Isn’t it possible that the cards you have could be worth thousands of dollars? There’s a good chance you didn’t know you could find something extremely valuable while rooting around in your attic. You should give it a shot if you haven’t, because you never know what you might learn. Whether or not you’re a baseball fan, these cards are fun for everyone.

Check Your Attic For These Baseball Cards That Are Worth A Lot Of Money

Check Your Attic For These Baseball Cards That Are Worth A Lot Of Money

Mickey Mantle – 1952 Topps

Finding a baseball player named Mickey Mantle will excite Baby Boomers. A 1952 Mantle card could easily be sold for $3 million. On-Honus Wagner T206 baseball card values have never been higher. Even a 6 or 7 graded copy of this card can fetch $700,000.

Mickey Mantle - 1952 Topps

Mickey Mantle – 1952 Topps

Derek Jeter – 1993 Upper Deck SP Foil

As captain of the New York Yankees for the past three decades, Derek Jeter has become a baseball legend. So many cards to illustrate his point. The most valuable card of his is from his time in the minors, back in 1993. Card condition affects its value, but even a mid-grade card can fetch between $200 and $400. You can expect to pay around $1,000 for the perfect card.

Derek Jeter - 1993 Upper Deck SP Foil

Derek Jeter – 1993 Upper Deck SP Foil

Dwight Gooden – 1984 Fleer Update

Baseball’s Dwight Gooden made his debut in the early 1980s and quickly rose to the ranks of the game’s elite. One of the 1985 card sets featured him wearing this Mets uniform, nicknamed “Doctor K.” You can get $200 for this card if you happen to have it lying around.

Dwight Gooden - 1984 Fleer Update

Dwight Gooden – 1984 Fleer Update

Stan Musial – 1948 Bowman

Stan Musial’s 1948 Bowman card is one of the oldest and least expensive on the market. It’s unlikely that you’ll come across this set, which was given to the icon as a tribute, because it’s worth more than $1,000, if you find it.

Stan Musial - 1948 Bowman

Stan Musial – 1948 Bowman

Babe Ruth – 1914 Baltimore News

This 1914 Babe Ruth card, despite being a grade 2 card, sold for $575k in 2012. Because of its rarity, this card is worth a lot of money. According to reports, there are only 10 copies of this card in existence today.

Babe Ruth - 1914 Baltimore News

Babe Ruth – 1914 Baltimore News

Pete Rose/Pedro Gonzalez/Ken McMullen/Al Weis – 1963 Topps

The presence of Pete Rose, the man with the record hits, on this 4-player rookie card made it a huge hit. In 2016, a card replica sold for $717,700. As a result of its extreme rarity, this card is a grade 10.

Pete Rose/Pedro Gonzalez/Ken McMullen/Al Weis - 1963 Topps

Pete Rose/Pedro Gonzalez/Ken McMullen/Al Weis – 1963 Topps

Albert Pujols – 2001 Bowman Autographed

Since then, baseball has become increasingly rare. The Albert Pujols autograph from the 2001 Bowman set is one of the most valuable. Trust that a near-perfect copy of this card will serve you well.

Albert Pujols - 2001 Bowman Autographed

Albert Pujols – 2001 Bowman Autographed

Cal Ripken Jr. – 1982 Topps Traded

Cal Ripken Jr.’s card from the Topps Traded expansion set is probably the most valuable rookie card from 1982. It’s worth $200 if it’s in good condition. The back of this one is prone to chipping, so be careful when handling it.

Cal Ripken Jr. - 1982 Topps Traded

Cal Ripken Jr. – 1982 Topps Traded

Honus Wagner – T206

Most valuable baseball card in history is probably the T206 Honus Wagner. Tobacco companies created this card, as they did with similar ones at the time, in order to boost cigarette sales. Wagner, on the other hand, was adamantly opposed to this and halted distribution. In 2016, one of these cards sold for $3.3 million!

Honus Wagner - T206

Honus Wagner – T206

Chipper Jones – 1991 Desert Shield

In the ’90s Chipper Jones was better known as the third baseman of the Atlanta Braves. In 1991 he had his own base set of the season, which led to “Desert Sheild” holograms. This was only accessible to soldiers who participated in Operation Desert Storm and Jones’s rookie card was part of the list. A card with the hologram can sell for a few hundred dollars.

Chipper Jones - 1991 Desert Shield

Chipper Jones – 1991 Desert Shield

Babe Ruth – 1916 Sporting News

Babe Ruth was a household name in the United States when he was at the peak of his career as a singer and baseball player. As a tribute to his legacy, collectors are willing to pay top dollar for a 1916 card. A single copy of the book sold for $717,000 in 2016, while a second copy sold for $550,000.

Babe Ruth - 1916 Sporting News

Babe Ruth – 1916 Sporting News

Ken Griffey Jr. – 1989 Upper Deck Rookie

Many people believed in the 1990s that Ken Girffer Jr.’s 1989 rookie card would go on to be one of the most valuable in baseball card history. Although this is what happened, it’s not exactly the case. In any case, it’s a timeless classic that can fetch upwards of $400 if graded properly.

Ken Griffey Jr. - 1989 Upper Deck Rookie

Ken Griffey Jr. – 1989 Upper Deck Rookie

Willie Mays – 1952 Topps

The 1952 Topps set also includes a card of New York Yankees center fielder Willie Mays, whose career is well-documented. New York center fielder and Hall of Famer made a profit for approximately $478,000 at an auction in 2016.

Willie Mays - 1952 Topps

Willie Mays – 1952 Topps

Kirby Puckett – 1984 Fleer Update

Kirby Pucket appears on yet another card from the 1984 Fleer Update set. For a card of this Hall of Famer, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $500, depending on the condition of the card.

Kirby Puckett - 1984 Fleer Update

Kirby Puckett – 1984 Fleer Update

Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr

Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr. is an American former baseball player for the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers in Major League Baseball (MLB). Ryan played the pitcher position and is known for his long and distinguished career, spanning 27 years and holding the all-time MLB records for strikeouts (5,714) and no-hitters. He also won the World Series with the Mets in 1969 and was selected to the All-Star team eight times. In 1999 he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame with 98% of the vote. Ryan is currently President of the Texas Rangers.

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Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr

Shoeless Joe Jackson – 1909 American Caramel

The American Caramel Company created the Joe Jackson 1909 card in an effort to boost sales of their cigarette brand, much like they did with the Wagner card. The Chicago Blac Sox gambling scandal resulted in a lifetime ban for Jackson. Due to their scarcity, his cards have recently sold for as much as $660,000.

Shoeless Joe Jackson - 1909 American Caramel

Shoeless Joe Jackson – 1909 American Caramel

Joe Doyle – 1911 ATC T206

A large percentage of the players on this list are inductees into the Hall of Fame. Joe Doyle, on the other hand, is not included in this group. For $414,750, a tobacco company card of Doyle handily defeats the best players in the world. What do we make of this? In fact, he was originally listed as a member of the New York Nationals, not the Yankees, on the first printing of this card.

Joe Doyle - 1911 ATC T206

Joe Doyle – 1911 ATC T206

Hank Aaron – 1954 Topps

One of Hank Aaron’s cards has the potential to bring in a fortune for any collector. His rookie card is a 1954 Topps, and it’s the only one he has. It’s no surprise that the cards are in such good shape considering how rapidly printing technology changed during this period. About $357,000 was paid in 2012 for a perfect-version card. It’s possible that it’s worth even more now.

Hank Aaron - 1954 Topps

Hank Aaron – 1954 Topps

Ty Cobb – 1909 T206 ‘Bat Off Shoulder’

T2016 cards from the 1909-1911 period are almost always valuable. The Ty Cobb, on the other hand, has had less success than some of its neighbors. A high-quality copy of the “Bat Off Shoulder” is available, and you can expect to get at least $600,000 for one of them.

Ty Cobb - 1909 T206 'Bat Off Shoulder'

Ty Cobb – 1909 T206 ‘Bat Off Shoulder’

Mickey Mantle – 1951 Bowman

This list includes Mickey Mantle twice. Despite the fact that the 951 Bowman is less valuable than his Topps rookie card, it is still his only official rookie card. Among the baby boomer generation, the value of a perfectly preserved credit card can be as high as $500,000.

Mickey Mantle - 1951 Bowman

Mickey Mantle – 1951 Bowman

Eddie Plank – 1909 T209

Eddie Plank’s T209 version is one of the most highly rated and sought-after cards in the deck. Many have speculated as to why this card is so valuable, with the most common answer being that it is extremely rare. At the time, a large number of automobiles were ruined by the printing plate.

Eddie Plank - 1909 T209

Eddie Plank – 1909 T209

Cap Anson – 1887 Old Judge

One of the oldest cards on the list, Cap Anson from the Old Judge set of 1887 is regarded as one of the most valuable cards of the 19th century. The Cap Anson card in uniform is the most valuable of all the cards.

Cap Anson - 1887 Old Judge

Cap Anson – 1887 Old Judge

Jackie Robinson – 1948 Leaf

The most well-known American athlete of the twentieth century was Jackie Robinson. He ushered in a new era in sports history by breaking the racial divide in MLB. His 1948 Lead card serves as a reminder of him. Compared to his other cards, this one is extremely rare and its value depends on the grade. As of 2019, the average price of an eighth grade report card was $75,000 or more.

Jackie Robinson - 1948 Leaf

Jackie Robinson – 1948 Leaf

Joe DiMaggio – Goudie 1948

It’s hard to compare this card to any other you’ve seen before. All over this 1948 Goudie card of Joe DiMaggio is a cartoon drawing. A two-year-old card, this is one of the player’s earliest and most important cards in his career. Although there is a second DiMaggio card in the set, it is not as desirable. A few thousand dollars could buy you this one.

Joe DiMaggio - Goudie 1948

Joe DiMaggio – Goudie 1948

Duke Snider – 1949 Bowman

Even though Mickey Mantle and Willie May rookie cards have already been discussed, we couldn’t leave out the Duke of Flatbush. Edwin “Duke” Snider, a Dodgers center fielder in the late 1940s and early 1950s, earned the nickname while playing for the team. Second only to Jackie Robinson, his Bowman rookie card appeared in the 1949 series. The value of a good copy is approximately $232,750.

Duke Snider - 1949 Bowman

Duke Snider – 1949 Bowman

Andy Pafko – 1952 Topps

Even though Pafko has not been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, it appears that a grade 10 copy of his card sold for around $250,000 at auction. Why was the card so expensive if it was error-free? In the 1952 set, his card was ranked #1, making it a sought-after collectible.

Andy Pafko - 1952 Topps

Andy Pafko – 1952 Topps

1909 T206 Sherry Magee (Error)

This does not explain the $660,000 price tag on Sherry Magee’s 2018 PSA 8 T206 even though he was the National League’s all-time RBI leader four times over. The card had a mistake on it. In the beginning, they misspelled his name as “Magie.” Because the corrected version ran so much faster than the one that had the error, getting your hands on one is extremely difficult.

1909 T206 Sherry Magee (Error)

1909 T206 Sherry Magee (Error)

1910 T210 Old Mill Joe Jackson

This is one of the few remaining cards from Joe Jackson’s illustrious career. People are still fascinated by Jackson, even after 100 years since the Black Sox scandal and 30 years since “Field of Dreams.” Due to its rarity, this card was sold in 2019 for $600,000.

1910 T210 Old Mill Joe Jackson

1910 T210 Old Mill Joe Jackson

1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb

When it comes to baseball, Cracker Jack and molasses-flavoured caramel-coated snacks have been around for as long. Fans still scream “Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack” during baseball games. Even after nearly 90 years of retirement, his batting average of.366 remains the highest among all MLB players. 1915 SA 9 Cracker Jack Cobb sold for $432,000 in 2016.

1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb

1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb

1948 Leaf Satchel Paige

A 42-year-old pitcher’s rookie card isn’t usually in such high demand. You don’t know Leroy “Satchel” Paige, so that may be true for some other players. When it comes to pitchers, Paige is anything but the norm. He joined the game in 1948 and quickly became the leader. For the World Series champion Cleveland Indians, he went 6-1. His card sold for $432,00 in 2018.

1948 Leaf Satchel Paige

1948 Leaf Satchel Paige

1932 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth

We all know the name Babe Ruth, but it is difficult to find a high-quality version of this card. An example of a 932 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth PSA 9 card sold for $432,000 in April 2019. Caramel was used to package the cards at the time, so they were easily stained. If they don’t end up in caramel stains, their fate is likely to be in the hands of curious children instead.

1932 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth

1932 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth

1909 T206 Ty Cobb (Ty Cobb Back)

As a result, there were only four Cobb cards included in the T206 set. In terms of rarity, there is only one that comes close to T206 Wagner. Only 19 Cobb-Cobb” variations have been graded by PSA, as opposed to 34 Wagner, making this card extremely rare. At the end of last year, a “Cubb-Cubb” sold for $408,000.

1909 T206 Ty Cobb (Ty Cobb Back)

1909 T206 Ty Cobb (Ty Cobb Back)

1956 Topps Mickey Mantle

This is one of the most popular Mickey Mantle cards. Mantle has a happy expression on his face, and it’s probably well-deserved. .353 batting average and 52 home runs helped him win the 1956 Triple Crown. He became a baseball star the following year. It sold for $382,400 in 1956 when one of his grade 10 cards went on sale.

1956 Topps Mickey Mantle

1956 Topps Mickey Mantle

1948 Leaf Stan Musial

This much-loved hitter is only featured on two cards. Unlike the typical black-and-white design, this one is rare and people tend to appreciate the bright color. A seven-time champion, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969. It sold for $312,00 in 2018 for his grade 9 card.

1948 Leaf Stan Musial

1948 Leaf Stan Musial

1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig

Goudey Lou Gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive games before retiring in 1939. For the first time since Cal Ripken Jr. broke the record, a PSA 10 1933 Goudey Gehrig card in pristine condition is selling for $33,000.. A PSA 10 of this card sold for $274,950 in 2007, and it is the only one of its kind.

1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig

1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig

1911 General Baking Ty Cobb

In the past, baseball cards were packaged in a variety of ways, including candy, gum, and cigarettes. This PSA 8 card was sold with loaves of bread, among other things. In September 2008, it sold for around $272,980 and is the highest graded Cobbs card ever sold. It would make you a fortune right now!

1911 General Baking Ty Cobb

1911 General Baking Ty Cobb

1910 E98 Ty Cobb

The fact that Ty Cobb was one of the most talented athletes of the early twentieth century is a good topic to discuss while we’re already talking about him. In addition to being an excellent hitter, he was also an excellent baserunner. During the Deadball Era, he was completely dominated. A lot of people were skeptical of him during his career. This card, if in excellent condition, is expected to fetch a high price. It sold for about $270,600 in 2019.

1910 E98 Ty Cobb

1910 E98 Ty Cobb

1909 T206 Christy Mathewson

It’s no secret that Mathewson is a well-respected player with a distinctive pitch. “Matty was master of them all” reads the inscription on his Hall of Fame plaque. Such a privilege! A grade 9 card sold for $264,000 in September of last year.

1909 T206 Christy Mathewson

1909 T206 Christy Mathewson

1939 Play Ball Ted Williams

A wide variety of Williams are available for consideration, but most people opt for well-known names. However, this is his first-ever trading card! In the ’30s, the card was produced and isn’t too difficult to find. A PSA 9 card was sold at auction in November 2016 for $239,000.

1939 Play Ball Ted Williams

1939 Play Ball Ted Williams

1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie

This particular Lajoie is a one-of-a-kind find. Because it wasn’t included in the first batch, there are only a few dozen in existence. To complete their set, collectors had to obtain the card directly from the manufacturer at the time. A paperclip was attached to each card that was sent out, leaving a mark on the card. A grade 9 Goudey Lajoie sold in November 2016 for $228,000

1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie

1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie

1910 Standard Caramel Honus Wagner

Even though Cobb was the greatest hitter of his era, Wagner was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. In the company of Ruth, Cobb, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson, this honor was well-earned. September 2018 saw the sale of a regular Caramel Wagner.

1910 Standard Caramel Honus Wagner

1910 Standard Caramel Honus Wagner

1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio

A beloved classic, this is Joe DiMaggio’s most popular card. In 1941, he had a 56-game hitting streak and a popular baseball card. This card, which sold for $216,000 and is the highlight of the entire set, was graded at 9.

1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio

1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio

1955 Topps Sandy Koufax

Koufax was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 9172, despite the fact that his career was cut short by injuries. At 36, he became the newest member of the Hall of Fame class. A grade 9 card sold for $215,100 in August of last year. Since then, only three PSA 10 1955 Topps Koufax cards have been discovered.

1955 Topps Sandy Koufax

1955 Topps Sandy Koufax

1914 Boston Garter Joe Jackson

As a clothing store window display, this card was originally intended. Currently, there are only six of them left. The 1914 Boston Garter Jackson PSA 5.5 sold in 2017 for $204,000, but it would be worth much more today if it were still available. It’s one of the most visually stunning cards ever made.

1914 Boston Garter Joe Jackson

1914 Boston Garter Joe Jackson

1954 Bowman Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle is one of baseball’s most recognizable players. Today, his cards are worth a lot of money and are extremely valuable. Baseball’s “Greatest Players” list included him during his career. Given the current value of his cards, this is a no-brainer. Consider the $204,000 sale price of a grade 9 1954 Bowman Mantle if you’re not convinced.

1954 Bowman Mickey Mantle

1954 Bowman Mickey Mantle

1914 Boston Garter Ty Cobb

Despite its rarity, this is one of Ty Cobbs’ most sought-after cards. It was on display in the few stores that had them. A Sportscard Guaranty 50 1914 Boston Garter Cobb, graded PSA 4, sold for $204,000 in 2018; it was part of a collection. He is the first player in Baseball Hall of Fame history to receive a bronze plaque.

1914 Boston Garter Ty Cobb

1914 Boston Garter Ty Cobb

1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams

At $150,000, Ted Williams’ 1954 Wilson Franks card is considered to be one of the most important regional memorabilia ever produced.. In good condition, the cards are hard to come by because they were once sold in hot dog packaging. As far as we know, these cards were never packaged and instead left the factory on their own.

1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams

1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams

1961 Topps Dice Game Mickey Mantle

Cards of Mickey Mantle are highly sought after collectibles. The value of this card is estimated at $150,000 in mint condition. Although he retired from the game, many people still regard him as an icon because of his long career as one of the most well-known athletes in history. The players were on the verge of passing away in high school after contracting a deadly infection from a previously minor injury.

1961 Topps Dice Game Mickey Mantle

1961 Topps Dice Game Mickey Mantle

1909 Ramly Cigarettes T204 Walter Johnson

For a baseball card, the 1909 Ramly Cigarette T204 set is notable for its ornate borders and decor. The cads are awe-inspiring and incredibly rare. Johnson is widely regarded as one of the greatest pitchers of all time, and is valued at $130,000. The card is difficult to find and preserve because of its gold trimmings.

1909 Ramly Cigarettes T204 Walter Johnson

1909 Ramly Cigarettes T204 Walter Johnson

1934 Goudey #37 Lou Gehrig

It is estimated that this particular card has a mint value of $130,000.00. A number of different images of Gehrig were included in the 1934 set. Even though it’s the less sought-after option, many people still want to use it. With 49 home runs and 162 RBIs in 1934 and the Triple Crown to show for it, his skills were once again on display. Those who supported him were said to be disappointed when he was voted fifth MVP.

1934 Goudey #37 Lou Gehrig

1934 Goudey #37 Lou Gehrig

 

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