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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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1911 T207 Walter Johnson PSA 2 (MK) - Scarce Issue!
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
1911 T207 Walter Johnson PSA 2 (MK) - Scarce Issue!
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$20018 Bids
1950 Bowman Jackie Robinson #22 SGC 3.5 2nd Year Card Nicely Centered
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
1950 Bowman Jackie Robinson #22 SGC 3.5 2nd Year Card Nicely Centered
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1,40011 Bids
SATCHELL PAIGE 220 TOPPS 1953 BASEBALL CARD
Dec 01, 9:00 AM EST
SATCHELL PAIGE 220 TOPPS 1953 BASEBALL CARD
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $250
$45010 Bids
1960 Topps Mickey Mantle #350 HOF
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
1960 Topps Mickey Mantle #350 HOF
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$17010 Bids
1916 Famous and Barr Rube Marquard SGC 4 HOF - Scarce Issue
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
1916 Famous and Barr Rube Marquard SGC 4 HOF - Scarce Issue
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1109 Bids
2021 Panini Chronicles Football Draft Picks Sealed Blaster Box
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
2021 Panini Chronicles Football Draft Picks Sealed Blaster Box
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$228 Bids
Car Hubbell baseball card
Nov 30, 6:00 PM EST
Car Hubbell baseball card
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$418 Bids
LARGE LOT OF BASEBALL AND SPORTS TRADING CARDS
Dec 05, 1:00 PM EST
LARGE LOT OF BASEBALL AND SPORTS TRADING CARDS
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$607 Bids
1933 GOUDEY LOU GEHRIG BASEBALL CARD NO. 92.
Dec 01, 9:00 AM EST
1933 GOUDEY LOU GEHRIG BASEBALL CARD NO. 92.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,9007 Bids
1914 B18 Blanket Ty Cobb - Scarce
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
1914 B18 Blanket Ty Cobb - Scarce
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1057 Bids
LOT OF 2: 1933 GOUDEY HALL OF FAME BASEBALL PLAYER CARDS.
Dec 01, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: 1933 GOUDEY HALL OF FAME BASEBALL PLAYER CARDS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$4257 Bids
1969 Topps Mickey Mantle Card #500
Nov 30, 12:00 PM EST
1969 Topps Mickey Mantle Card #500
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$707 Bids
1947 Bond Bread Bobby Doerr HOF
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
1947 Bond Bread Bobby Doerr HOF
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$86 Bids
2021 Panini Chronicles Baseball Sealed HOBBY Box - Tough
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
2021 Panini Chronicles Baseball Sealed HOBBY Box - Tough
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$856 Bids
1964 Topps Pete Rose #125 2nd Year Card
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
1964 Topps Pete Rose #125 2nd Year Card
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$856 Bids
1959 Topps Hank Aaron #380 HOF
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
1959 Topps Hank Aaron #380 HOF
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$556 Bids
1911 T205 Fred Clarke PSA 2.5 HOF
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
1911 T205 Fred Clarke PSA 2.5 HOF
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1006 Bids
LOT OF 4: 1941 PLAYBALL HALL OF FAMER BASEBALL CARDS.
Dec 01, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 4: 1941 PLAYBALL HALL OF FAMER BASEBALL CARDS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$5505 Bids
2021 Panini Mosaic Baseball Sealed Mega Box
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
2021 Panini Mosaic Baseball Sealed Mega Box
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$245 Bids
1943 M.P. Co. Bob Feller
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
1943 M.P. Co. Bob Feller
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$165 Bids
2020 Panini Flawless Ted Williams LM-TW Game Worn Jersey 16/25 -Rare!!
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
2020 Panini Flawless Ted Williams LM-TW Game Worn Jersey 16/25 -Rare!!
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$205 Bids
1958 Topps Roger Maris #47 Rookie
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
1958 Topps Roger Maris #47 Rookie
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$425 Bids
1943 M.P. Co. Jimmy Foxx - All Time great
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
1943 M.P. Co. Jimmy Foxx - All Time great
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$245 Bids
2021 Panini Chronicles Baseball Sealed HOBBY Box - Tough
Dec 01, 7:00 PM EST
2021 Panini Chronicles Baseball Sealed HOBBY Box - Tough
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$655 Bids

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