Top 10 Most Expensive Baseball Cards in the World
Every collection has its Holy Grail and within the Top 10 most expensive baseball cards, there are several candidates. Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner. The Hall of Fame roll call boasts several potential cardboard denizens who could claim the title of most expensive baseball card, yet only one can rise to the top of the cardboard heap. Below are ten the world’s most expensive baseball cards.
10. Eddie Plank-1909 –1911 T206 PSA 6 $188,000
The first of three cards from the legendary T206 tobacco card set to make the list of most valuable cards is for legendary hurler Plank. Again, this is a real rarity. The cause for the scarcity is sometimes attributed to a broken printing plate.
9. Joe Jackson 1910 T210 Red Border PSA 3.5 $199,750
Shoeless Joe has hovered near the Top 10 for a decade. It was only a matter of time before a high enough graded example came to auction to crack the list. Robert Edwards Auctions served this beauty up to the tune of almost $200,000.
8. Joe Jackson –1914 Boston Garter SGC 70 $204,000
Joe was banned from baseball for life. He was one of the purest hitters that the game has ever known. His popularity only rises with time. His role in the World Series fix is debatable and each year efforts are mounted to enshrine Joe in the Hall of Fame.
7. Honus Wagner –1910 Standard Caramel PSA 9 $219,000
Like the Goudey Gehrig, this card is priced mainly because of the impeccable condition. Caramel issues are especially difficult to find in mint shape.
6. Ty Cobb – 1911-1914 General Baking Co PSA 8 $273,000
Breathing down Gehrig’s neck comes career batting leader Ty Cobb on a rare regional issue. Incredibly scarce card of the superstar Cobb. It remains an elusive find to even the most advanced collector.
5. Lou Gehrig – 1933 Goudey PSA 10 $275,000
This particular card breaks the top ten on the strength of condition alone. 1930s cards are extremely rare in a PSA 10 grade and when the card happens to be Larrupin’ Lou.
4. Mickey Mantle – 1952 Topps PSA 9 $282,000
The most popular player of the 1950s captured on a card from what has become the most collected set of the ’50s. Beloved by countless Baby Boomers, the image of Mickey at the plate or in the field is indelibly stamped on the minds of the American conscious. He remains the only post-war player to break the top ten in value.
3. Joe Doyle – 1909 – 1911 T206 (New York, Nat’l variation) SGC 50 $329,000
The company confused this card of Slow Joe Doyle, the Yankee pitcher with Laughing Larry Doyle of the National League. To distinguish the two, they applied the Nat’l designation on the wrong card. When this error was realized the plate was pulled and circulation of the card was stopped.
2. Babe Ruth – 1914 Baltimore News SGC 40 $517,000
Only around a dozen examples survive of this early International League card of a young, lanky Baltimore pitcher named Ruth. It is unknown how much more a finer example would bring if one were ever to surface. Ruth remains, arguably, the most popular player to ever wear a baseball uniform.
1. Honus Wagner – 1909 – 1911 T206 PSA 8 $2,800,000
Even a book, The Card, was written about it. Once owned by Wayne Gretzky, the highest graded example has traded hands numerous times and currently tops out just shy of three million dollars. The T206 Honus Wagner has been the world’s most valuable baseball card for several decades and may hold the title as most expensive baseball card for years to come.
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