“Three baseball cards stand apart as the unquestioned most iconic pieces of cardboard ever printed: the 1909 T206 Honus Wagner, the first card whose print run was cut short and whose value soared into the millions; the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie, the true beginning of baseball cards as a piece of Americana; and the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie, the No. 1 card in the first card set that signaled the beginning of baseball cards as an investment.” – Darren Rovell | ESPN Senior Writer | July 25, 2020
1909 T206 Honus Wagner
The 1909 T206 Honus Wagner is the Holy Grail of all trading cards.
Card Number: 497 | Year: 1909 | Set Name: T206 1909 White Borders (Piedmont & Sweet Caporal)
PSA 8 – Average Price: $2,800,000.00
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie
Not the official Mantle rookie card BUT still the most recognizable sportscard in the entire hobby and the anchor of the most important post-war set in existence.
Card Number: 311 | Year: 1952 | Set Name: 1952 Topps Card
PSA 9 – Average Price: $282,588.00
1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie
Ken Griffey Jr. is one of the best all-around players in baseball history and this card is without a doubt one of the most symbolic cards of the modern era.
Card Number: 1 | Year: 1989 | Set Name: 1989 Upper Deck
PSA 10 – Average Price: $343.39
- Ken Griffey Jr.’s Hall of Fame exhibit lacks 1989 Upper Deck card
- 1909 White Borders (Piedmont & Sweet Caporal) Wagner (Honus) #497 (Hall of Fame)
- 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 (Hall of Fame)
- 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. #1 (Hall of Fame)
- HONUS WAGNER – 1909-1911 T206 WHITE BORDER
- MICKEY MANTLE – 1952 TOPPS
- KEN GRIFFEY JR. (STAR ROOKIE) – 1989 UPPER DECK
What are the best baseball cards to invest in?
The Top 10 Potential Sports Cards Investments#1 – 2003-04 Topps Chrome LeBron James Rookie. ... #2 – 1992 Little Sun High School Prospects Derek Jeter Autograph /250. ... #3 – 2001 Bowman Chrome Albert Pujols Autograph Rookie /500. ... #4 – 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Rookie. ... # 5 – Aaron Rodgers 2005 Bowman Chrome Auto Rookie /199. ... #6 – 1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera Rookie Autograph.More items...•Feb 15, 2020www.beckett.com › news › top-10-best-potential-cards-investThe Top 10 Potential Sports Cards Investments - Beckett Newswww.beckett.com › news › top-10-best-potential-cards-invest
Is there still a market for baseball cards?
There is, however, a big market for older baseball cards and other sports cards (generally cards manufactured before 1980). ... A few card shops are still out there, but most have disappeared from local communities.
Are trading cards still worth money?
Considered the Holy Grail of all trading cards, the 1909 American Tobacco Company T206 Honus Wagner card remains the symbol of trading card collecting today. Even in poor condition, they routinely sell for over million. ... This card has been and will likely remain the most valuable baseball card for years to come.
Do baseball cards appreciate in value?
It seems unnatural to most people that baseball cards could ever lose their value, but the truth is that the value of vintage cards has not really appreciated since the early 1990's. ... The values of baseball cards peaked in the early 1990's and then decreased by 10% to 30% over the next few years.