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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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1910 E91-C American Caramel Hans "Honus" Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates Card
May 27, 5:00 PM EDT
1910 E91-C American Caramel Hans "Honus" Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates Card
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$65024 Bids
1953 TOPPS EDDIE MATHEWS PSA 6
May 21, 9:00 PM EDT
1953 TOPPS EDDIE MATHEWS PSA 6
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $200- $400
$22614 Bids
1953 TOPPS JIM GILLIAM ROOKIE PSA 6
May 21, 9:00 PM EDT
1953 TOPPS JIM GILLIAM ROOKIE PSA 6
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $300- $600
$35113 Bids
1909 E92 Dockman & Sons Doc Casey
May 22, 7:00 PM EDT
1909 E92 Dockman & Sons Doc Casey
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$2211 Bids
1957 Topps Mickey Mantle Baseball Card #98 SGC 5.5 EX+
May 30, 3:00 PM EDT
1957 Topps Mickey Mantle Baseball Card #98 SGC 5.5 EX+
by Ripley Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,200
$65010 Bids
1969 TOPPS DICK BARNETT PSA 7
May 26, 9:00 PM EDT
1969 TOPPS DICK BARNETT PSA 7
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$2210 Bids
1953 TOPPS TED KLUSZEWSKI PSA 6
May 21, 9:00 PM EDT
1953 TOPPS TED KLUSZEWSKI PSA 6
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $150
$5610 Bids
1909 E92 Dockman & Sons Art Devlin
May 22, 7:00 PM EDT
1909 E92 Dockman & Sons Art Devlin
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$179 Bids
1963 Topps Sandy Koufax #210
May 22, 7:00 PM EDT
1963 Topps Sandy Koufax #210
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$429 Bids
1969 TOPPS CONNIE DIERKING PSA 7
May 26, 9:00 PM EDT
1969 TOPPS CONNIE DIERKING PSA 7
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$209 Bids
1969 Topps McCovey Banks National Home Run Leaders Baseball Card #6
May 25, 6:00 PM EDT
1969 Topps McCovey Banks National Home Run Leaders Baseball Card #6
by Caff's Collectibles
Est: $5- $15
$38 Bids
1972 TOPPS DICK BARNETT PSA 8
May 26, 9:00 PM EDT
1972 TOPPS DICK BARNETT PSA 8
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$208 Bids
Lot of (50) Assorted Vintage Baseball Wax Packs
May 22, 7:00 PM EDT
Lot of (50) Assorted Vintage Baseball Wax Packs
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$178 Bids
Binder of Assorted Vintage Baseball Cards W/ Lots of Stars - Varying Conditions
May 22, 7:00 PM EDT
Binder of Assorted Vintage Baseball Cards W/ Lots of Stars - Varying Conditions
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$268 Bids
1981 Topps Rookie Traded Carlton Fisk Chicago White Sox Baseball Card #762
May 25, 6:00 PM EDT
1981 Topps Rookie Traded Carlton Fisk Chicago White Sox Baseball Card #762
by Caff's Collectibles
Est: $5- $10
$108 Bids
1909-11 T206 Otto Knabe Piedmont Back
May 22, 7:00 PM EDT
1909-11 T206 Otto Knabe Piedmont Back
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$408 Bids
1958 TOPPS AS ERNIE BANKS SGC 5
May 21, 9:00 PM EDT
1958 TOPPS AS ERNIE BANKS SGC 5
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$228 Bids
2023 Topps MLB Baseball X Garbage Pail Kids Series 3 Unopened Sealed Box
May 25, 6:00 PM EDT
2023 Topps MLB Baseball X Garbage Pail Kids Series 3 Unopened Sealed Box
by Caff's Collectibles
Est: $90- $135
$857 Bids
1909-11 American Caramel Co. E90-1 Joe Tinker SGC 1.5 Fair
May 30, 3:00 PM EDT
1909-11 American Caramel Co. E90-1 Joe Tinker SGC 1.5 Fair
by Ripley Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$1207 Bids
1957 TOPPS EARLY WYNN PSA 5
May 21, 9:00 PM EDT
1957 TOPPS EARLY WYNN PSA 5
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$167 Bids
1911 T3 Turkey Red Cy Young #42 PSA Authentic
May 30, 3:00 PM EDT
1911 T3 Turkey Red Cy Young #42 PSA Authentic
by Ripley Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$6007 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Baseball Cards


Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Caff's Collectibles

Caff's Collectibles