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Baseball Cards

The world of baseball card collecting is nothing short of an evolution. From its early roots of advertising cards to its mass-printed days of gumless foil packs, the hobby is still attracting millions of people—whether for investment or simply for love of the sport.

The first baseball cards were produced by tobacco companies in the 1880s, followed soon after by candy, gum, and clothing companies, among others. Goudy Gum produced multiple highly prized card sets in the ‘30s, while Leaf and Bowman Gum cards were popular in the ‘40s. Topps became a frontrunner in the next decade, nearly holding an industry monopoly until the ‘80s, when other companies began producing card sets.

An apparent overproduction time period in the '80s and '90s was dubbed, “The Junk Wax Era,” by many collectors, and card collections were often dismissed as worthless. However, a number of standouts do exist from that time period. A look at a recent online baseball card auction can help determine value.


Quick Facts

  • The most valuable card thought to exist—the T206 Honus Wagner—was printed in limited quantities by the American Tobacco Company between 1909 and 1911. Only 50 to 70 cards are said to remain
  • Trimming or gluing a baseball card to improve its condition will bring its value down
  • The TV series “Antiques Roadshow” discovered a baseball collection worth over $1 million when a woman brought in a group of old Boston Red Stockings cards and memorabilia. The items had been sitting in a desk drawer prior to appearing on the show

Learn more about the Most Valuable Baseball Cards Ever Sold on the Invaluable blog.

Recommended Items at Auction

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TOM BRADY 2000 SKYBOX DOMINION ROOKIE CARD #234 PSA
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
TOM BRADY 2000 SKYBOX DOMINION ROOKIE CARD #234 PSA
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$90517 Bids
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1966 BALTIMORE ORIOLES TEAM AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
1966 BALTIMORE ORIOLES TEAM AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$20516 Bids
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1955 PCL LOS ANGELES ANGELS TEAM AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
1955 PCL LOS ANGELES ANGELS TEAM AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$6614 Bids
1979 Topps Wayne Gretzky #18 PSA 6 Rookie HOF
Oct 27, 7:00 PM EDT
1979 Topps Wayne Gretzky #18 PSA 6 Rookie HOF
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$40011 Bids
2021 Panini Prizm Baseball Mega Box Sealed
Oct 27, 7:00 PM EDT
2021 Panini Prizm Baseball Mega Box Sealed
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$3010 Bids
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ASST NFL & MLB PLAYER TOPPS PLAYER TRADING CARDS
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
ASST NFL & MLB PLAYER TOPPS PLAYER TRADING CARDS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$18210 Bids
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1999 #87 FGS MICHAEL JORDAN GEM MINT 10 GRADED CARD
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
1999 #87 FGS MICHAEL JORDAN GEM MINT 10 GRADED CARD
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$519 Bids
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1999 SP #1FGS MICHAEL JORDAN GEM MINT 10 GRADED CARD
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
1999 SP #1FGS MICHAEL JORDAN GEM MINT 10 GRADED CARD
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$469 Bids
1963 Topps #446 Whitey Ford New York Yankees Baseball Card
Oct 25, 6:00 PM EDT
1963 Topps #446 Whitey Ford New York Yankees Baseball Card
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$559 Bids
117 1959 Topps Baseball High Grade Cards
Nov 01, 5:00 PM EDT
117 1959 Topps Baseball High Grade Cards
by Saco River Auction
Est: $100- $200
$808 Bids
2021 Panini Prizm Baseball Mega Box Sealed
Oct 27, 7:00 PM EDT
2021 Panini Prizm Baseball Mega Box Sealed
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$288 Bids
(EX) 1971 Topps Reggie Jackson #20 Baseball Card
Oct 24, 9:00 PM EDT
(EX) 1971 Topps Reggie Jackson #20 Baseball Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $20- $40
$137 Bids
(G) 1915 E145-2 Cracker Jack Jimmy Austin #40 Baseball Card
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(G) 1915 E145-2 Cracker Jack Jimmy Austin #40 Baseball Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $100- $200
$197 Bids
(Mint) 2017 Bowman Chrome Draft Refractor Fernando Tatis Jr Rookie #BDC-71 Baseball Card
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(Mint) 2017 Bowman Chrome Draft Refractor Fernando Tatis Jr Rookie #BDC-71 Baseball Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $40- $80
$167 Bids
Factory Sealed 1990 Leaf Baseball Series 1 Wax Box - Sosa RC???
Oct 24, 9:00 PM EDT
Factory Sealed 1990 Leaf Baseball Series 1 Wax Box - Sosa RC???
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $100- $200
$477 Bids
1967 Topps Tom Seaver Rookie High Grade
Nov 01, 5:00 PM EDT
1967 Topps Tom Seaver Rookie High Grade
by Saco River Auction
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$4257 Bids
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1955 PCL HOLLYWOOD STARS TEAM AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
1955 PCL HOLLYWOOD STARS TEAM AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$427 Bids
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1992 SCORE SELECT DEREK JETER ROOKIE CARD #360
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
1992 SCORE SELECT DEREK JETER ROOKIE CARD #360
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$567 Bids
(Mint) 2018 Bowman RC Shohei Ohtani Rookie #49 Football Card
Oct 24, 9:00 PM EDT
(Mint) 2018 Bowman RC Shohei Ohtani Rookie #49 Football Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $40- $80
$166 Bids
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1994 UPPER DECK MICHAEL JORDAN MINT 9 GRADED CARD
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
1994 UPPER DECK MICHAEL JORDAN MINT 9 GRADED CARD
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$276 Bids
1964 Topps #225 Roger Maris New York Yankees Baseball Card
Oct 25, 6:00 PM EDT
1964 Topps #225 Roger Maris New York Yankees Baseball Card
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$606 Bids
1948 Bowman Warren Spahn #18 SGC 4 Rookie HOF
Oct 27, 7:00 PM EDT
1948 Bowman Warren Spahn #18 SGC 4 Rookie HOF
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$606 Bids
(VGEX-EX) Unchecked 1966 Topps Checklist Mickey Mantle #412 Baseball Card
Oct 24, 9:00 PM EDT
(VGEX-EX) Unchecked 1966 Topps Checklist Mickey Mantle #412 Baseball Card
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $20- $40
$116 Bids
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1955 PCL OAKLAND OAKS TEAM AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
1955 PCL OAKLAND OAKS TEAM AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$476 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Baseball Cards


Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

Saco River Auction

Saco River Auction

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer