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Sports Cards

In the world of collecting, sports cards own an original sort of appeal: the spirit of the unopened pack, the rookie card, the pursuit of a complete set. For these and many other reasons, collecting and trading sports cards is one of the most common hobbyist activities in the world of sports memorabilia.

The earliest sports cards were considered promotional items, given out by tobacco companies to advertise their products. Following tobacco cards, gum and candy companies adopted the same concept, adding a card or card redemption certificate to the purchased product.

In the post-World War II era, well-known manufacturers like Topps, Bowmann, and Fleer began producing cards, selling them in stand-alone packs and in sets – without advertising other products. By the 1980s and 1990s, the sports card industry had so many companies producing sets that card values markedly declined due to overproduction; this time period became known as the “Junk Wax Era.”

For avid and beginning collectors alike, it’s important to use sports card grading when making purchasing decisions. Condition means everything, and maintaining a collection with higher graded cards will ensure a better portfolio in the long-run.


Quick Facts

  • One of the largest card shops in the industry is Legacy Sports Cards, of Las Vegas. Aside of being a popular and highly regarded internet retailer, the shop has an expansive retail outlet
  • A Wayne Gretzky 1979 O-Pee-Chee rookie hockey card in Gem Mint condition sold for over $94,000 through SCP Auctions in 2011
  • Former Major League Baseball player Dmitri Young sold his Gem Mint baseball card collection for over $50,000 each. The collection included approximately 500 cards from the late 1940s through 2006

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by Premier Auctions Live
Est: $500- $800
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Nov 01, 5:00 PM EDT
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by Saco River Auction
Est: $30- $40
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Nov 10, 7:00 PM EST
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by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $20- $200
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Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(2) Mint O-Pee-Chee Jari Kurri (RC & 2nd Year) Hockey Cards
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $20- $40
$11 Bid
(2) NM-MT 1980s O-Pee-Chee Hockey HOF Rookies: Dave Andrecychuk & Brian Leetch (OPC)
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(2) NM-MT 1980s O-Pee-Chee Hockey HOF Rookies: Dave Andrecychuk & Brian Leetch (OPC)
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $25- $50
$11 Bid
2021 Topps Soccer Blaster Box - Unopened
Nov 10, 7:00 PM EST
2021 Topps Soccer Blaster Box - Unopened
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$51 Bid
2020 Topps Finest Kylian Mbappe Champions League
Nov 10, 7:00 PM EST
2020 Topps Finest Kylian Mbappe Champions League
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$51 Bid
2021 Topps Finest Champions League lot
Nov 10, 7:00 PM EST
2021 Topps Finest Champions League lot
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$51 Bid
2009 Topps UFC Georges St-Pierre
Nov 03, 7:00 PM EDT
2009 Topps UFC Georges St-Pierre
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$50 Bids
Rare 1979 Gem 10 PELE Venorlandus Our Heroes Flik-Card
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Rare 1979 Gem 10 PELE Venorlandus Our Heroes Flik-Card
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$60 Bids
1888 ALLEN & GINTER A-16 PREMIUM ALBUM PAGE
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
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by Milestone Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$800 Bids
Alex Morgan Goodwin Champions lot of 2
Nov 03, 7:00 PM EDT
Alex Morgan Goodwin Champions lot of 2
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$50 Bids
2019-20 Upper deck Hockey lot of 12
Nov 03, 7:00 PM EDT
2019-20 Upper deck Hockey lot of 12
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$50 Bids
2006-07 Fleer Alex Ovechkin
Nov 03, 7:00 PM EDT
2006-07 Fleer Alex Ovechkin
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$50 Bids
2019 Panini Pele - National VIP
Nov 03, 7:00 PM EDT
2019 Panini Pele - National VIP
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$50 Bids
(2) Mint 1980s Hockey HOF Rookies: Jari Kurri & Brian Leetch
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(2) Mint 1980s Hockey HOF Rookies: Jari Kurri & Brian Leetch
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $20- $40
$10 Bids
2019-20 UD Ice Hockey lot
Nov 10, 7:00 PM EST
2019-20 UD Ice Hockey lot
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$50 Bids
Framed Benneton Formula 1 Team Prints
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Framed Benneton Formula 1 Team Prints
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $75
$200 Bids
United States Postal Service Official Team Cards
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
United States Postal Service Official Team Cards
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $75
$200 Bids
1986-1987  TOPPS NHL HOCKEY  WAX PACK BUBBLE GUM WITH CARDS UNOPENED PACK
Nov 01, 12:30 PM EDT
1986-1987  TOPPS NHL HOCKEY  WAX PACK BUBBLE GUM WITH CARDS UNOPENED PACK
by Museum of Culture and Arts, Inc
Est: $90- $450
$400 Bids
1986-1987  TOPPS NHL HOCKEY  WAX PACK BUBBLE GUM WITH CARDS UNOPENED PACK
Nov 01, 12:30 PM EDT
1986-1987  TOPPS NHL HOCKEY  WAX PACK BUBBLE GUM WITH CARDS UNOPENED PACK
by Museum of Culture and Arts, Inc
Est: $90- $450
$400 Bids
1986-1987  TOPPS NHL HOCKEY  WAX PACK BUBBLE GUM WITH CARDS UNOPENED PACK
Nov 01, 12:30 PM EDT
1986-1987  TOPPS NHL HOCKEY  WAX PACK BUBBLE GUM WITH CARDS UNOPENED PACK
by Museum of Culture and Arts, Inc
Est: $90- $450
$400 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sports Cards


Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

Heroes and Legends

Heroes and Legends

Smith Auction Company

Smith Auction Company