Children and adults have always loved collecting baseball cards. Did you know that some of the cards you own may be worth a fortune? You probably didn’t realize that rummaging through your attic may lead you to something extremely valuable. If you haven’t thought about this before then you should try it out, because you never know what you will find. Whether you care for baseball or not, everyone can enjoy these cards.
Mickey Mantle – 1952 Topps
Baby Boomers will get a kick out of finding a baseball player with Mickey Mantle. You could easily sell a 1952 Mantle card for around $3 million. This price reaches a new high for on-Honus Wagner T206 baseball cards. This card is so respected that even a 6 or 7 graded copy can bring in $700,000.
Derek Jeter – 1993 Upper Deck SP Foil
In the last 30 years, Derek Jeter has been a baseball icon as captain of the New York Yankees. He has so many cards just to show this. His card with the highest worth is from his minor league days in 1993. Its worth changes based on the condition of the card, but even a mid-grade card can sell for nearly $200 to $400. That just shows you that a perfect card can go for around $1,000.
Dwight Gooden – 1984 Fleer Update
In the early ’80s, Dwight Gooden came into the baseball word and he reached rookie heights. He was nicknamed Doctor K and was then featured in the 1985 card set with this Mets Uniform. If you happen to have this card lying around then you could sell it for $200.
Roberto Clemente – 1955 Topps
The Pittsburg Pirates outfielder, Roberto Clemente was awarded his induction into the Hall Of Fame. Unfortunately, his career was ended short when he passed away in a horrific plane accident. Back in 2012, a perfection condition 1954 card of his sold for $432,690, and another grade 9 sold for $478,000, around 4 years afterward.
Stan Musial – 1948 Bowman
The 1948 Bowman card of Stan Musial is one of the oldest cards that isn’t outrageously priced. The icon was honored with this set and its unlikely you’ll find it lying around. If you happen to find it, then good on you because of its worth over $1,000.
Babe Ruth – 1914 Baltimore News
Although it was just a grade 2 card, this 1914 Babe Ruth card sold for $575k in 2012. The reason that this card is worth so much is because of its rarity. Sources say that there are just 10 copies of this card around today, thus its more valued.
Roger Clemens – 1984 Fleer Update
Here’s another card from the 1984 Fleer Update Batch. This card honors Roger “The Rocket” Clemen. In the 80s he became one of the best pitchers, but this changed after rumors of steroid usage. H’s induction into the Hall of Fame was halted, but the card’s value stayed very high and today a good condition card can sell for around $200 to $400.
Pete Rose/Pedro Gonzalez/Ken McMullen/Al Weis – 1963 Topps
This 4-player rookie card was so successful because within it was Pete Rose, the man with record hits. A copy of the card sold for $717,700 in 2016. This is because this card was a grade 10 and is incredibly rare to find.
Albert Pujols – 2001 Bowman Autographed
In the early 2000s, baseball started to develop more of a rarity. One of the cards with the highest worth is the Albert Pujols autograph card from the 2001 Bowman set. Trust, having this card in perfect condition can get you a long way.
Cal Ripken Jr. – 1982 Topps Traded
While there are many worthy 1982 rookie cards, the one with the highest value is probably the Cal Ripken Jr. card from the Topps Traded expansion set. If it looks good, then this card can get you $200. You have to be cautious with this one because the back can chip off.
Nolan Ryan/Jerry Koosman – 1968 Topps Rookie
Similar to the Pete Rose rookie card, if you have a copy of the 1968 grade 10 duo card of Nolan Ryan and Jerry Koosman, then you are one lucky individual. This card is so unique as 8,000 weren’t sent for approval, but only one got a score like this. With such rarity, this card was auctioned off for $612, 359. If you have a grade 9 card it can also sell for around $20,000 to $30,000.
Frank Thomas – 1990 Topps Error
Back in the ’90s, the most valuable card to own would be the Frank Thomas card from the Topps set. This card has no name on the front and is the reason why it’s so special. Owning this card showcasing the Hall of Fame member Thomas could result in you earning something big, we’re talking four or five figures.
Honus Wagner – T206
The Honus Wagner card of the T206 set is probably the most valuable baseball card ever. Just like the other cards that were made at this time, it was created by a tobacco company, as a method to increase cigarette sales. However, Wagner was against this and stopped distribution. Today the card is very valuable and one sold for $3.3 million in 2016!
Chipper Jones – 1991 Desert Shield
In the ’90s Chipper Jones was better known as the third baseman of the Atlanta Braves. In 1991 he had his own base set of the season, which led to “Desert Sheild” holograms. This was only accessible to soldiers who participated in Operation Desert Storm and Jones’s rookie card was part of the list. A card with the hologram can sell for a few hundred dollars.
Babe Ruth – 1916 Sporting News
At the height of his career, Babe Ruth was not only a famous singer but an incredibly famous man in the US. As an honor to his legacy, people are willing to pay the big bucks to get ahold of a 1916 card. One copy was sold for $717,000 in 2016, and another for $550,000.
Ken Griffey Jr. – 1989 Upper Deck Rookie
Throughout the ’90s, many assumed that the 1989 rookie card for Ken Girffer Jr. would later become one of the most valuable cards of all time. However, this is not exactly what happened. Regardless, it is still incredibly iconic and you can easily make $400 off a card with a good grade.
Willie Mays – 1952 Topps
In addition to the well known Mantle card, the New York center fielder Willie Mays also makes an appearance in the 1952 Topps set. The New York center fielder and Hall of Famer managed to sell for around $478,000 in a 2016 auction.
Kirby Puckett – 1984 Fleer Update
Another card from the 1984 Fleer Update set is of Kirby Pucket. A card of this Hall of Famer depends on the grade, but typically the Minnesota man sells for around $200 to $500 if it’s in perfect condition.
Shoeless Joe Jackson – 1909 American Caramel
Just like the Wagner card, The Joe Jackson 1909 card was created by the American Caramel to increase the sales of the cigarette brand. After being involved in a Chicago Blac Sox gambling controversy, Jackson earned a lifelong ban from the sport. Now his cards are so rare that someone paid nearly $660,000 just to get their hands on one.
Joe Doyle – 1911 ATC T206
Amongst the players on the list, a huge portion is Hall of Famers. However, Joe Doyle is excluded from this list. Doyle was not the best player, yet the tobacco companies card of him goes for $414,750. How can we explain this? Well, the first edition of this card put him as a member of the New York’s National League instead of the Yankees.
Hank Aaron – 1954 Topps
Hank Aaron, the previously known home run master has a card that will make any owner a fortune. He has one rookie card, which is the 1954 Topps card. The cards are in great condition, as printing during this time went through a high transition. In 2012, a perfect version card sold for about $357,000. Today it is probably worth even more.
Ty Cobb – 1909 T206 ‘Bat Off Shoulder’
Almost all cards from the 1909-1911 time T2016 set are usually worth something. However, compared to its neighbors, the Ty Cobb is a bit less successful. There are way more high-quality copies of the “Bat Off Shoulder,” and you can probably sell one for around 6 figures.
Mickey Mantle – 1951 Bowman
Mickey Mantle is on this list twice. Although the 951 Bowman is not as valuable as his Topps, it is his only official Rookie card. A perfect condition card can bring you around $500,000, especially amongst the baby boomer generation.
Eddie Plank – 1909 T209
Among the T209 set, this version of Eddie Plank is one of the rated and most valuable cards in the deck. Many people have theorized why this card is so valuable and many think because of its rarity. At the time, many of the cars were destroyed in the printing plate.
Cap Anson – 1887 Old Judge
Cap Anson from the 1887 Old Judge set is one of the oldest on the list and it is known as one of the most valued cards of the 19th century. Out of all the cards, the Cap Anson one in uniform is the most valuable.
Jackie Robinson – 1948 Leaf
Throughout the 20th century, Jackie Robinson is probably the most well-known athlete from the US. He broke the racial divide in MLB, which changed sports history. He has been remembered with his 1948 Lead card. Concerning his other cards, this card is very rare and the price varies based on the grade. In 2019, one grade 8 cards sold for around $75,000.
Joe DiMaggio – Goudie 1948
This card certainly looks different compared to your normal baseball cards. This 1948 Goudie card of Joe DiMaggio has a cartoon drawing all over it. This card is one of the players’ first cards and was released two years into his career. While there is another DiMaggio card in the set, it is not as valuable. This specific once can go or a few thousand dollars.
Duke Snider – 1949 Bowman
While we have already talked about rookie cards for Mickey Mantle and Willie May, we had to mention the Duke of Flatbush. Towards the end of the ’40s and ’50s, Edwin Snider, nicknamed Duke, was the center fielder for the Dodgers. He was second to Jackie Robinson, and his rookie card came out in the 1949 series made by Bowman. If you have a good copy it can go for around $232,750.
Andy Pafko – 1952 Topps
Even though Pafko is not honored in the Hall of Fame, it seems that a grade 10 copy of his card went for around $250,000. The card had no errors, so why such a high price? His card was listed as #1 in the famous 1952 set, making it extremely famous with collectors.
1909 T206 Sherry Magee (Error)
Even though Sherry Magee led the National League in RBI around four times, this does not explain why his PSA 8 T206 sold for $660,000 in 2018. There was a mistake with the card. Before they managed to fix it, they spelled his name “Magie.” The corrected version a sprinted much more than the one with the error, which means it is very rare to get your hands on it.
1910 T210 Old Mill Joe Jackson
This card is one of the only ones that still exist in Joe Jackson’s career. Although 100 years have passed since the Black Sox scandal and 30 years since the “Field of Dreams,” people are still intrigued by Jackson. This card sold for $600,000 in 2019 due to its rarity.
1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb
For as long as baseball has been around, so has the molasses-flavored, caramel-coated snack, Cracker Jack. Fans still go crazy at baseball game singing the line “Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack.” Although he has been retired for nearly 90 years, his batting average of .366 is still the highest for all Major League Baseball players. in 2016, a SA 9 1915 Cracker Jack Cobb went for $432,000.
1948 Leaf Satchel Paige
It is not usually the case that a rookie card of a 42-year-old pitcher is in such high demand. Well, that may true for other players, but you don’t know Leroy “Satchel” Paige. Paige is just not your average pitcher. By 1948 he joined the game and took over. He went 6-1 for the world champion Cleveland Indians. His card was sold in 2018 for around $432,00.
1932 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth
While we all are familiar with the name Babe Ruth, it is rather hard to find a version of this card in good condition. In April 2019, a PSA 9 copy of the 932 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth sold for around $432,000. The cards were packaged with caramel during the period and were easily stained. However, if their fate did not land in caramel stains, then it would probably end up in the hands of eager children.
1909 T206 Ty Cobb (Ty Cobb Back)
In the legendary T206 set, there were just four Cobb cards. One of which is so rare that surpasses the T206 Wagner. This card is so hard to find and there have only been 19 Cobb-Cobb” variations graded by PSA, as opposed to 34 Wagner. This “Cobb-Cobb” sold for $408,000 in 2018.
1956 Topps Mickey Mantle
Out of all of Mickey Mantle’s cards, this one is one of the most popular. You can Mantle smiling face and that is probably for a well-deserved reason. In 1956, he achieved the elusive Triple Crown, with a batting average of .353 and 52 home runs. That same year, he went on to become a baseball celebrity. One of his grade 10 cards sold for $382,400. in 1956.
1948 Leaf Stan Musial
Only two cards showcase this beloved hitter. This one ion particular is quite hard to find and people tend to appreciate the bright color, rather than the typical black and white. He was a seven-time championship and in 1969 was memorialized in the Hall of Fame. His grade 9 card sold in 2018 for $312,000.
1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig
Goudey Lou Gehrig retired in 1939 with a record for the most consecutive games played at 2,130. Ever since Cal Ripken Jr. broke the record but today a PSA 10 1933 Goudey Gehrig card in pristine condition goes for $33,000. In 2007 it was auctioned for $274,950 and this card, in particular, is the only PSA 10.
1911 General Baking Ty Cobb
Baseball cards used to be packed in any way, whether it was candy, gum, cigarettes, or more. Among many cards, this is an example of PSA 8 that was sold with loaves of bread. It sold for around $272,980 in September 2008 and its Cobbs highest graded card. Today it would earn you a fortune!
1910 E98 Ty Cobb
While we are already on the topic of Ty Cobb we can talk about that he is one of the most talented athletes of the early twentieth century. He was an outstanding hitter and an amazing base stealer. He was incredibly dominated within the Deadball Era. There was quite a bit of controversy over him throughout his career. This card, particularly in good condition will sell for a high amount. In 2019, it went for about $270,600.
1909 T206 Christy Mathewson
Mathewson has always been a respected player and his unique pitch. He was one of the original Hall of Fame members and on his plaque, it says, “Matty was master of them all.” This is quite an honor. Back in September of 2018, a grade 9 card went for $264,000.
1939 Play Ball Ted Williams
There are quite a lot of Williams to pick, but usually, people go for well-known ones. However, this is his rookie card. The card was produced in the ’30s and is not so hard to find. In November 2016, A PSA 9 card was auctioned for $239,000.
1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie
This Lajoie is one of the rarer ones. There are only around 100 in existence because it was not actually in the first produced set. At the time, collectors were required to get the card from the manufacturer itself to finish their set. Cards were sent out with a paper clip attached, leaving a mark on the card. In 2016, a grade 9 Goudey Lajoie sold for $228,000 in November 2016.
1910 Standard Caramel Honus Wagner
Even though Cobb was the best hitter of his era, Wagner joined the First Five Hall of Fame class in 1936. This was an honor alongside, Ruth, Cobb, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson. In 2018, a regular Caramel Wagner was sold in September 2018.
1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio
This is Joe DiMaggio’s most popular card and it is a beloved classic. Back in 1941, he hit a 56-straight game streak and his card was equally a hit. A grade 9 card sold for $216,000 and this card is the star of the entire set.
1955 Topps Sandy Koufax
Although his career, unfortunately, ended early because of injuries, Koufax was honored in the Hall of Fame in 9172. He was elected at age 36, making him the youngest player to be inducted. In August of 2018, a grade 9 card sold for $215,100. Ever since there have been just three PSA 10 1955 Topps Koufax cards.
1914 Boston Garter Joe Jackson
This card was initially intended to be on a clothing store window display. Today there are just around six in existence. in 2017, the 1914 Boston Garter Jackson PSA 5.5 sold for $204,000 and today it would go for much more. It is one of the best looking cards in history.
1954 Bowman Mickey Mantle
Mickey Mantle is one of the most well-known players in the posts world. His cards are worth a ton, and very valuable today. During his career, he was added to the Baseball 100 years “Greatest Players” list. Given, his cards are worth a fortune today. If you don’t believe us, just take a look at the grade 9 1954 Bowman Mantle, which sold for $204,000. in 2017.
1914 Boston Garter Ty Cobb
This is one of Ty Cobbs rarest cards and it is so hard to find. It was displayed on the rare window displays. In 2018, A Sportscard Guaranty 50 1914 Boston Garter Cobb, which is a PSA 4 card went for $204,000. He is the first player who won a bronze plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams
Valued at $150,000 this 1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams card is arguable the most influential regional card that has ever been produced. The cards are rather hard to find in a good condition as they used to be sold in the packaging of hot dogs. The cards that have been found in good condition are believed to have in fact never been packaged but left the factory personally.
1961 Topps Dice Game Mickey Mantle
Mickey Mantle cards are extremely popular and sought after. This card in mint condition is estimated at $150,000. He was one of the most popular sports figures in sport history throughout his career and still seen as an icon after retiring. The players almost died in high school after sustaining an injury which progressed into a life threatening infection.
1909 Ramly Cigarettes T204 Walter Johnson
The 1909 Ramly Cigarette T204 set of baseball cards is known for their ornate decor and bordering, which is and was unusual for baseball cards. The cads are beautiful and extremely rare in nature. Valued at $130,000, Johnson is known as the best pitcher in history by many. The card is tough to preserve and find preserved especially due to the trimmings and gold aspects.
1934 Goudey #37 Lou Gehrig
The mint value is estimated at $130,000 for this specific card. However, Gehrig appeared on multiple cards in the 1934 set. This is the less popular of the two but still widely desired. In 1934 he displayed skill as always, however, this time he hit .363 with 49 home runs and 166 RBI and went on to win the Triple Crown. Fans were said to be disappointed when he finished as the fifth MVP.
1953 Topps #244 Willie Mays
One of Willie Mays most influential cards shows a young Mays fielding in his New York Giants uniform. Estimated at $130,000 the card was not included b Bowman in the 1953 set which made it even more wanted and desired. The card is extremely hard to find in good quality and m,ay not be his most expensive but it is the best looking one.
1909-11 T206 White Border Christy Mathewson (Dark Cap)
The T206 set houses a trio of cards with Christy Mathewson on them, he is known as one of baseball’s most influential hurlers. The player had multiple poses to choose from and was known for his specialty pitch which was similar to a screwball. The Mathewson Portrait is one of the most difficult HOF portraits to find in the whole set. This specific card is valued at $125,000.
1909-11 T206 White Border Cy Young (Bare Hand)
Cy Young is known as one of the most powerful pitchers in the history of baseball. this card goes for roughly $125,ooo when in mint condition, of course. He had 511 career wins which is something that is totally mind-blowing. He has three cards to pick from in the T206 set and all are considered to be of the top you can get with regards to Hall of Famers.
1911 T205 Gold Border Ty Cobb
Collectors adore how pleasing this card is to the eye, the pre-war set is known for its different look perse. The gold borders of the T205 cards do leave them at fault and often chipping. Cobb had an incredible season in 1911 where he set his career highs. His card is known as the core and soul of this set and any set he features in. The card is valued at $125,000.
1912 Plow’s Candy E300 Ty Cobb
This is one of the rarest pre-WWI candy issues that was ever made, the 1912 Plow’s Boy Candy set included 69 baseball players. Only 7 of these Ty Cobb cards have ever been sent to PSA for evaluation, this is a pure depiction of just how limited they are. These are the cards to remember and be aware of when they come up for auction. This card is the definition of a giant in the hobby and is valued at $125,000.
1925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig Rookie Card
The record price for this card is $102,000 but the card has been valued at $120,000. They are rare, limited and demand is very high for these cards. There is supposedly only 50 of these cards in the world. This is one of those cards that people with they had foreseen his career and future when he was a rookie.
1911 George Close Candy Co. E94 Ty Cobb
With a mint value of $120,000 the 1911 George Close Candy baseball set is not as popular as those cards made before WWI, however, they are still highly sought out after. The set is a compilation of 30 cards that feature an artists rendition of players ontop of a colored background.
1915 American Caramel E106 Ty Cobb
This Ty Cobb card was produced in 1915 by the American Caramel Company of York, Pennsylvania. The set has 48 cards and features of Ty Cobb twice. This specific card is valued at $120,000. This specific set is very sensitive to the conditions of the “E” class era, the era is seen in its font and design which is seen on other cards from the same time.
1909 Nadja Caramel E92 Ty Cobb
Nadja was an additional brand name of the Blake-Wenneker Candy Co. in St Louis and the set contained 62 cards. In comparison to tobacco cards, the caramel cards were way more scarce. These cards were sold to children not adults which naturally caused much more wear and tear on these cards and made them harder to come by. This specific card is worth $115,000.
1938 Goudey #250 Joe DiMaggio
This is the less expensive version in the 1938 set which is valued at $115,000. The difference between this card and the more expensive one is the background, here it is blank whereas the other features cartoons. The card is still strange looking but is a card collectors dream of having.
1954 Bowman #65 Mickey Mantle
Mint value goes for $115,000 in this Mickey Mantle card. The player was signed to Bowman indefinitely in 1954 and 1955 thus, in both sets he was not on any of the Topps’ cards. Bowman’s cards were known for incredible artwork and known to draw attention to them, this one is the perfect example.