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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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1972 TOPPS ROBERTO CLEMENTE #308 PSA 8
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
1972 TOPPS ROBERTO CLEMENTE #308 PSA 8
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $75- $150
$31236 Bids
1954 TOPPS # 250 TED WILLIAMS PSA 1.5
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
1954 TOPPS # 250 TED WILLIAMS PSA 1.5
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $100- $250
$13719 Bids
T205 GOLD BORDER JOHN TITUS PSA 3
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
T205 GOLD BORDER JOHN TITUS PSA 3
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $75- $150
$5214 Bids
2022 TOPPS ALLEN & GINTER FACTORY SEALED RETAIL BOX
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
2022 TOPPS ALLEN & GINTER FACTORY SEALED RETAIL BOX
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $100
$6114 Bids
1965 TOPPS #134 WS GAME 3 MICKEY MANTLE PSA 4
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
1965 TOPPS #134 WS GAME 3 MICKEY MANTLE PSA 4
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $100
$5013 Bids
Vintage lot of (9) 1973 Topps Baseball High Number Cards
Apr 21, 10:00 PM CDT
Vintage lot of (9) 1973 Topps Baseball High Number Cards
by Amazing Finds
Est: $0- $0
$1913 Bids
1969 Topps Nolan Ryan High Grade
Apr 22, 2:00 PM EDT
1969 Topps Nolan Ryan High Grade
by Saco River Auction
Est: $200- $300
$22512 Bids
1960 TOPPS ROBERTO CLEMENTE VG/EX
May 12, 9:00 PM EDT
1960 TOPPS ROBERTO CLEMENTE VG/EX
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $100- $500
$2711 Bids
5- 1970 TOPPS HOF BASEBALL CARD LOT
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
5- 1970 TOPPS HOF BASEBALL CARD LOT
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$2111 Bids
1969 Topps Johhny Bench High Grade
Apr 22, 2:00 PM EDT
1969 Topps Johhny Bench High Grade
by Saco River Auction
Est: $100- $200
$10011 Bids
1966 Topps Mickey Mantle Mint
Apr 22, 2:00 PM EDT
1966 Topps Mickey Mantle Mint
by Saco River Auction
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$25011 Bids
1964 Topps Mickey Mantle #50 HOF
Apr 24, 7:00 PM EDT
1964 Topps Mickey Mantle #50 HOF
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$7510 Bids
1969 Topps Hank Aaron High Grade
Apr 22, 2:00 PM EDT
1969 Topps Hank Aaron High Grade
by Saco River Auction
Est: $100- $200
$7510 Bids
2- 1993 TOPPS DEREK JETER ROOKIE LOT
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
2- 1993 TOPPS DEREK JETER ROOKIE LOT
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$3110 Bids
1964 Topps Mickey Mantle Psa 6
Apr 22, 2:00 PM EDT
1964 Topps Mickey Mantle Psa 6
by Saco River Auction
Est: $500- $600
$50010 Bids
1968 Topps Mickey Mantle Psa 1
Apr 22, 2:00 PM EDT
1968 Topps Mickey Mantle Psa 1
by Saco River Auction
Est: $100- $200
$6010 Bids
1963 TOPPS MICKEY MANTLE EX+
May 12, 9:00 PM EDT
1963 TOPPS MICKEY MANTLE EX+
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $300- $600
$10710 Bids
6- DEREK JETER ROOKIE LOT
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
6- DEREK JETER ROOKIE LOT
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$2110 Bids
1965 TOPPS STEVE CARLTON SGC 4
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
1965 TOPPS STEVE CARLTON SGC 4
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $150
$7610 Bids
1953 TOPPS MONTE IRVIN SGC 4.5
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
1953 TOPPS MONTE IRVIN SGC 4.5
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $150
$5210 Bids
1980 TOPPS RICKEY HENDERSON MID GRADE
Apr 25, 7:00 PM EDT
1980 TOPPS RICKEY HENDERSON MID GRADE
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $1- $10
$239 Bids
1957 Topps Brooks Robinson Rookie Psa 8 Oc
Apr 22, 2:00 PM EDT
1957 Topps Brooks Robinson Rookie Psa 8 Oc
by Saco River Auction
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$4759 Bids
1996 TOPPS CHROME KIRBY PUCKETT REFRACTOR PSA 7
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
1996 TOPPS CHROME KIRBY PUCKETT REFRACTOR PSA 7
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$329 Bids
1969 Topps Mickey Mantle High Grade
Apr 22, 2:00 PM EDT
1969 Topps Mickey Mantle High Grade
by Saco River Auction
Est: $500- $700
$2259 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Baseball Cards


Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

Saco River Auction

Saco River Auction

Caff's Collectibles

Caff's Collectibles