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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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1985 Topps Hulk Hogan Rookie Psa 8
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2021 Topps Formula One Collectible Trading Cards
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Est: $0- $0
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1960 TOPPS BOB GIBSON (T)
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1960 TOPPS BOB GIBSON (T)
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Est: $150- $300
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1958 WILLIE MAYS - DUKE SNIDER (T)
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1958 WILLIE MAYS - DUKE SNIDER (T)
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2020 PATRICK MAHOMES PRESS PROOF (T)
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1969 TOPPS DECKLE EDGE WILLIE MAYS (T)
Jun 30, 7:30 PM CDT
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Est: $75- $150
$51 Bid
1978 TOPPS KAREEM ABDUL JABBAR (T)
Jun 30, 7:30 PM CDT
1978 TOPPS KAREEM ABDUL JABBAR (T)
by Auctions By Moldenhauer
Est: $75- $150
$51 Bid
1964 KOUFAX NL STRIKEOUT LEADERS (T)
Jun 30, 7:30 PM CDT
1964 KOUFAX NL STRIKEOUT LEADERS (T)
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Est: $75- $150
$51 Bid
2012 TOPPS 1952 WILLIE MAYS (T)
Jun 30, 7:30 PM CDT
2012 TOPPS 1952 WILLIE MAYS (T)
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Est: $75- $150
$51 Bid
1960 TOPPS JIM KAAT HOF ROOKIE CARD (T)
Jun 30, 7:30 PM CDT
1960 TOPPS JIM KAAT HOF ROOKIE CARD (T)
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Est: $150- $300
$101 Bid
1965 KOUFAX DRYSDALE ERA LEADERS (T)
Jun 30, 7:30 PM CDT
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Est: $75- $150
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1961 TOPPS STRIKEOUT LEADERS KOUFAX (T)
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1961 TOPPS STRIKEOUT LEADERS KOUFAX (T)
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Hockey Cards (1970-75) (150+ Pc.)
Jun 28, 9:00 AM EDT
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Est: $50- $150
$251 Bid
(18) Misc. Unopened Sports Cards
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Est: $30- $40
$50 Bids
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Est: $30- $40
$50 Bids
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Est: $0- $0
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1986 Monty Gum Bushwackers Card Sgc 9
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$50 Bids
2021 Chrome F1 Max Verstappen Refr. Psa 10
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Est: $50- $100
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1986 Monty Gum Ric Flair Card Sgc 8.5
Jul 08, 2:00 PM EDT
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by Saco River Auction
Est: $50- $100
$50 Bids
Large Group of Sports Cards & Game Cards
Jul 07, 1:00 PM CDT
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Est: $10- $20,000
$100 Bids
1989 NORTH CAROLINA MICHAEL JORDAN (T)
Jun 30, 7:30 PM CDT
1989 NORTH CAROLINA MICHAEL JORDAN (T)
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Est: $75- $150
$50 Bids
1979 TOPPS NOLAN RYAN (T)
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1979 TOPPS NOLAN RYAN (T)
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Est: $75- $150
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