Back in the day, collecting baseball cards was a common hobby for just about any youngster in America. Many kids collected them, even if they had no idea who was on the cards. In fact, many kids the collected baseball cards didn’t even care about baseball! They just collected them because their friends also collected them. It was a common American pastime for friends to trade baseball cards at get-togethers. Now that many of those kids are grown-ups, there seems to be a common question being posed on the internet: Which baseball cards are worth money?
This blog post intends to answer that question.
If you or a relative is tempted to throw away a box of baseball cards, please take the time to go through them to learn what their value is. You never know, you just might get lucky and have a jackpot in your hand!
Here are 5 jackpot baseball cards which will certainly boost your bank account:
Willie Mays: 1952 TOPPS
A few years ago, in 2016, a Willie Mays Topps 1952 card sold for a whopping $478,000 at auction.
Babe Ruth: 1914 Baltimore News
The Great Bambino is always a valuable and recognizable favorite, which is why it comes as no surprise to learn that this specific card sold at auction for $575,000. According to historians, there are less than ten of these beauties around. Maybe you own one of them!
Nolan Ryan: 1968 Topps
Several generations after Babe Ruth, Nolan Ryan is a more familiar name for folks who grew up in the 80s. His rookie card is valued at even more than the 1914 Babe Ruth Baltimore News card. Even though there are 8,000 of these Nolan Ryan rookie cards around, there was just ONE that was in such pristine condition that it sold for $612,359 at auction. Dang!
Pete Rose: 1963 Topps
Oh for Pete’s sake! Indeed, for poor Pete, whose legacy is marred by scandal, his 1963 Topps card sure communicates a man who is truly is a baseball legend. Not long ago one of these cards commanded a $717,000 selling price at auction. Not bad for a cheater.
Honus Wagner: 1909-1911 American Tobacco Company
Taking the cake as the ultimate jackpot in baseball card value is the immortal Honus Wagner card, which, in 2020 sold for a staggering $3.25 million. Some call this card the “Holy Grail” of baseball card collecting. The reason this card is so valuable is that it has been scarce from the beginning. Only 200 cards were ever released.
So, while you have a little extra time on your hands, perhaps you can use it wisely by rummaging through the attic or in old boxes in the closet to see if you have one of these highly collectable cards. You never know, you just might strike it rich!