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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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Ty Cobb T206 Piedmont 150 Bat On Shoulder PSA
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Ty Cobb T206 Piedmont 150 Bat On Shoulder PSA
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $20,000
$2,55023 Bids
1964 Topps Baseball Complete Set (587/587)
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
1964 Topps Baseball Complete Set (587/587)
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$82519 Bids
Cy Young Cleveland White Border Portrait T206 Piedmont 150
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Cy Young Cleveland White Border Portrait T206 Piedmont 150
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$60017 Bids
Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps 311 Baseball Card
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps 311 Baseball Card
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$1,05017 Bids
1954 Topps Baseball Card #10 JACKIE ROBINSON BROOKLYN DODGERS PSA Graded 5.0 EX
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
1954 Topps Baseball Card #10 JACKIE ROBINSON BROOKLYN DODGERS PSA Graded 5.0 EX
by Hassinger & Courtney Auctioneering
Est: $0- $0
$50015 Bids
Ty Cobb T206 Piedmont 350 Bat Off Shoulder PSA
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Ty Cobb T206 Piedmont 350 Bat Off Shoulder PSA
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $20,000
$1,30015 Bids
Roger Bresnahan With Bat T206 Piedmont 350 PSA
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Roger Bresnahan With Bat T206 Piedmont 350 PSA
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$4214 Bids
Christy Mathewson T206 Piedmont 350 Dark Cap PSA
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Christy Mathewson T206 Piedmont 350 Dark Cap PSA
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $20,000
$1,35014 Bids
PSA 3 (VG) 1960 Topps Mickey Mantle
Dec 04, 9:00 PM EST
PSA 3 (VG) 1960 Topps Mickey Mantle
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $300- $600
$19114 Bids
1956 Topps BB ROBERTO CLEMENTE Card #33 PSA 4.0 VG-EX White Back
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
1956 Topps BB ROBERTO CLEMENTE Card #33 PSA 4.0 VG-EX White Back
by Hassinger & Courtney Auctioneering
Est: $0- $0
$13013 Bids
(4) Original 1909-11 T206 Old Mill And Piedmont Cards
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
(4) Original 1909-11 T206 Old Mill And Piedmont Cards
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$17013 Bids
Jimmy Collins T206 Piedmont 350 Minneapolis PSA
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Jimmy Collins T206 Piedmont 350 Minneapolis PSA
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$13013 Bids
Ty Cobb T206 Piedmont Green Portrait PSA
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Ty Cobb T206 Piedmont Green Portrait PSA
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $20,000
$4,90012 Bids
Cy Young Cle. Bare Hand Shows T206 Piedmont 150 PSA
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Cy Young Cle. Bare Hand Shows T206 Piedmont 150 PSA
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$62512 Bids
Eddie Collins T205 Gold Border Close Mouth PSA
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Eddie Collins T205 Gold Border Close Mouth PSA
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$4311 Bids
Walter Johnson Hands At Chest T206 Piedmont 350 PSA
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Walter Johnson Hands At Chest T206 Piedmont 350 PSA
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$1,05011 Bids
Christy Mathewson Portrait T206 Piedmont 150 PSA
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Christy Mathewson Portrait T206 Piedmont 150 PSA
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$24011 Bids
Happy Smith T206 Piedmont Brooklyn 350- 460/25 PSA 5
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Happy Smith T206 Piedmont Brooklyn 350- 460/25 PSA 5
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$12010 Bids
Bill O'Hara T206 Polar Bear ST. Louis PSA
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Bill O'Hara T206 Polar Bear ST. Louis PSA
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $20,000
$67510 Bids
1952 Topps Baseball, YOGI BERRA, Card #191, YANKEES
Dec 13, 10:00 AM EST
1952 Topps Baseball, YOGI BERRA, Card #191, YANKEES
by Hassinger & Courtney Auctioneering
Est: $0- $0
$5510 Bids
1950 Bowman BB #22 JACKIE ROBINSON SGC Graded 3.5 VG+
Dec 13, 10:00 AM EST
1950 Bowman BB #22 JACKIE ROBINSON SGC Graded 3.5 VG+
by Hassinger & Courtney Auctioneering
Est: $0- $0
$85010 Bids
Rare Ray Demmitt T206 Polar Bear St. Louis PSA 4
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Rare Ray Demmitt T206 Polar Bear St. Louis PSA 4
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$1,25010 Bids
Eddie Collins T206 Piedmont 350 Philadelphia PSA
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Eddie Collins T206 Piedmont 350 Philadelphia PSA
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$40010 Bids
2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Prospect Card #BP1
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Prospect Card #BP1
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$3210 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Baseball Cards


Hassinger & Courtney Auctioneering

Hassinger & Courtney Auctioneering

Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer