If You Own These Baseball Cards You’re Sitting On A Goldmine
The most valuable baseball cards in the hobby can quickly jump to seven-figure price. If it seems like a lot of money, just know that the baseball card industry is worth around $1 billion. Seven-figure numbers don’t seem a lot now. The first baseball cards popped up in the 1860s, pre-dating the National League, and ever since, people love them.
After all, nothing can say better childhood than holding a special baseball card that comes with many beautiful memories. By 1930, cards were being sold inside of individual packs, creating a baseball card industry. Some cards can bring a few dollars, while rare cards can go up to $3 million in value. Now, the time has come to remove the dust from your old baseball cards box, and see if you might be sitting near millions. Read on to see if you have any of these baseball cards. If you do, you may be a millionaire.
25. Sandy Koufax Rookie Card
Sandy Koufax is considered to be the most outstanding lefty of all-time. His carer was short but effective. In 1972, Sandy was elected to the Hall of Fame. As of today, he is the youngest player ever elected to the Hall of Fame.
Koufax was known as “The Left Arm of God,” and he possessed raw power that pushed him once strikeout an astounding 382 batters in a season. Sadly, his career was cut short by arthritis in his pitching arm.
24. 1915 American Caramel E106 Honus Wagner
This card is rarely seen. It shows Hans, an American baseball shortstop, who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1897 to 1917. Johannes Peter Wagner was often called Honus, but people know him as Hans.
In 1911, Hans won his eight and final batting title, a National League record that remains unbroken. Wagner was also one of the first five members introduced to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
23. 1909-11 T206 White Border Walter Johnson Rookie Card (Portrait)
Walter Johnson appears twice in the T206 set. One appearance portrayed hi pitching, and the second one this portrait layout. They are both expensive, but more valuable is this one with a portrait.
Five Hall of Famers made their rookie card debut in the T206 set, and Walter Johnson is one of them, which is what makes this card more valuable than others. The yellow background makes this card unique and easy to spot.
22. 1938 Goudey #250 Joe DiMaggio
To non-baseball fans, he is known as a husband of famous Hollywood stars, Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Arnold. However, to loyal baseball fans, Joe is known as a great center fielder and authentic New York Yankee.
Any card with this player can bring you money, but this card can get above $100,000. Here, DiMaggio is shown all by himself atop a blank background. All in, its a very unusual-looking card, and many dreams to own it.
21. 1915 American Caramel E106 Ty Cobb (With Bat, Facing Front)
Produced in 1915 by the American Caramel Company of York, Pennsylvania, the E106 set consists of 48 different cards, including two varieties of the famous Ty Cobb.
Here, Ty is portrayed in his Detroit Tigers uniform, with a multi-colored background. This card has an identical font with many other cards of the era, including Dockman & Sons, Nadja Caramels, etc.
20. 1953 Topps #244 Willie Mays
This card portrays a more natural background. Many would say that this isn’t a card, but a tiny piece of artwork, of aa young Mays, fielding a baseball in his New York Giants uniform.
This card is far from being the most expensive Mays card, but its definitely visually one of the best ones, most pleasing to look at. Mays won 12 consecutive Gold Gloves. As of May 2020, only four players managed to hit more runs than Mays: Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Alex Rodriguez.
19. 1954 Wilson Franks #20 Ted Williams
This card of Williams is officially one of the most important regional cards ever created. They were distributed in the packaging of hot dogs, which is why it’s so difficult to find them in high grade.
These cards are, without a doubt, in very sensitive condition. It’s a visually very interesting card of Ted Williams. Williams was one of baseball’s most fearsome hitters.
18. 1954 Topps #128 Hank Aaron Rookie Card
“Hammerin’ Hank” needs no introduction to true fans of the game. To those who are just entering the baseball world, it’s important to get familiar with amazing Hank and his fantastic work. April 8, 1974, is a day that will live in MLB History. On that day, Aaron hit his 715th home run to surpass Babe Ruth’s record.
Hank delivered some of the strongest hands and best games ever. Many claim that he is the quickest bat ever. This card is classic and only recognized the rookie card. Finding high-end copies can be challenging because this card was printed in 195 when printing quality just started improving.
17. 1952 Topps #407 Eddie Mathews Rookie Card
Eddie Mathews rookie card is worth a lot of money. This last card in the iconic 407 card set gives it an extra bump due to the inherent difficulty in collecting the card.
Mathews’ rookie card is hard to collect since it was usually positioned at the bottom corner of print sheets. Matthew was a great hitter and spent many years playing with fabulous Hank Aaron.
16. 1909-11 T206 White Border Christy Mathewson (Portrait)
Mathewson appears three times in the T206 set with the “Portrait,” “White Cap,” and “Dark Cap” variations. The famous White Cap variation is recognized as the most challenging card to be found.
Plus, the Mathewson Portrait is one of the toughest HOF portraits in the entire set. During his career, Mathewson won 30 and more games four different times.
15. 1938 Goudey #274 Joe DiMaggio
DiMaggio really had original card appearances. He appeared twice in the 1938 Houdey set, but this card is the most valuable from that set. To some, this imagery is genius, while some see it as ugly – it comes down to personal preferences.
Both of the DiMaggio cards in this set are actually caricatures of the Yankee legend. What’s the difference? This version features all cartoons and information in the background while the other has a blank background.
14. 1933 Goudey #149 Babe Ruth
George Herman Ruth, or simply Babe Ruth, is even today once of the most famous baseball players, if not the most popular one. Any card with the face of this remarkable player can bring money. However, some cards are more valuable than others, and this one isn’t even in the top five.
In 1933 four Babe Ruth cards were published by Goudey. The second toughest is the Red Ruth displayed here. So, the color actually plays a big role in value. When these cards were made, Ruth was at the end fo his career, but he still managed to be named a starter in the All-Star game at Comiskey Park that year.
13. 1917 Collins-McCarthy Babe Ruth
As mentioned earlier, any card with Babe Ruth’s face can bring you thousands of dollars. This card with a yellow background is no exception since you can get up to $200,000 for it.
This card is one of few that shows Babe Ruth in a Boston Red Sox uniform. Many believe that this card should have more vital importance, but no one can’t deny just how rare this baseball card is.
12. 914 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson
Cracker Jack is often described as everyone’s favorite baseball player. Therefore, baseball cards with his face on are always popular and worthy of thousands of dollars. The 1914 version is pleasing visually, with an excellent red background showing Jack ready to hit.
This card is hard to find in good condition. Do you have this card, but there are many stains? Don’t worry! Collectors will ignore that. They are just happy to own one of these legendary cards.
11. 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets Ty Cobb
This card is from the famous cigarette era. The only way to get this card as if you would buy cigarettes as well. It would take 10 Red Turkey coupons, 25 Fez, or 25 Old Mill coupons for the exchange to get this card.
There are two versions of this card, but it doesn’t affect the value. Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, and Cy Young were also featured in the set, but Cobb’s issue is undoubtedly the most desired. There is just something at Cobb looking at you before his pitch.
10. 1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays
This is the first Topps card to feature Willie Mays, placing it very high on Mays collectors’ wish lists. By many, this is a key card. This is card #261 in the set, which means that it’s not as scarce as Mantle’s #311 card.
The 1952 Topps cards are prone to tilt and centering problems. Mays became known first for his spectacular leaping and diving catches before he established himself as a hitter. In 1952 he served the army, and two years later, he returned to help Giants win the National League pennant and the World Series.
9. 1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobb (Green Portrait)
Cobb cards have a green edition that included Cobb. This card is known as the “Green Portrait” and is one of the most challenging ones to collect, and collectors love this card.
Unless you are talking about the “Red Portrait” with the Ty Cobb back was mentioned and showed earlier on this list. This ‘green’ card is subtle in design and imagery. All it, this remains a genuinely majestic card for any serious collector.
8. 1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth
Once again: any card with Babe Ruth’s face on it will bring you money – a lot of money. The “Green Ruth” card first appeared in the 1933 Goudey set.
The card features a great image of Swat’s Sultan, sitting in white-green pinstripes looking over his shoulder, in front of a green background. This card isn’t worth as the “Yellow or Red Ruth’s” of the same set, but it’s still a costly card.
7. 1933 Goudey #160 Lou Gehrig
Lou Gehrig was known for his incredible strength and great game strategy. He was so physically strong that in not time, people called him “The Iron Horse.” He also had a list of other nicknames, including Biscuit Pants, Columbia Lou, and Big Dutchman.
The Iron Horse appears twice in the 1933 Goudey set with card #’s 92 and 160 to his credit. The same image is use don both cards, which wasn’t the practice. However, #160 is more difficult to find. This card shows Lou with a lighter blue background.
6. 1932 U.S. Caramel #32 Babe Ruth
Again, Babe Ruth rules over the world of baseball cards. Did you know that the 1932 U.S. Caramel set is one of the most desirable and challenging prewar sets? From this 32 card set, Babe Ruth’s card is the key.
During Game 3 of the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs, Babe Ruth made his famous “Called Shot.” That was a historical moment, and this portrait celebrates it. Babe is portrayed here wearing a tilted Yankees cap opposite to bold and red background.
5. 1933 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth
It really pays off is you were a Babe Rith fan, or someone from your family was. The last of the legendary quartet of 1933 Goudey Ruth cards on our list is the #144 “Full Body Ruth.”
This card portrays Babe in one of his most memorable poses – preparing to hit. If you look carefully, you will notice that this card has better focus and clarity than the other. Collectors will pay big money for any version.
4. 1948 Leaf #8 Satchel Paige Rookie Card
Leroy “Satchel” Paige’s rookie card is considered to be the most challenging post-war card to collect. Leroy spent most of his career in the Negro Leagues until he got his shot in the majors at the age of 42 with the Cleveland Indians.
He was very successful in the Majors and was even twice named an All-Star. There aren’t many Satchel Paige baseball cards in the hobby, and those available are marked with poor print quality.
3. 1951 Bowman #305 Willie Mays Rookie Card
Half a million will go directly to your pocket if you have this card. Mays was the greatest all-around player to step on the field. He could hit, throw, field, and run better than others.
The “Say Hey Kid” also has some of the best cards ever printed. His 1951 Bowman issue is his only recognized rookie card and, along with the Mantle rookie, is the key to the entire set. Mays baseball card is one of the most highly collected players in the hobby, and this card is his most important.
2. 1916 (M101-5) Sporting News Babe Ruth Rookie Card
It should come as no surprise seeing Babe Ruth again. His rookie cards are on the high price and always desirable. This specific card shows a young Ruth in a Boston Red Sox uniform; they traded him to the rival New York Yankees.
This card is the key to the 200-card M101-5 set features a variety of advertising backs. This is one of the most challenging cards to find overall, making it extremely important on this list. Now, let’s see what baseball card has the most worth.
1. 1909-11 T206 White Border Honus Wagner
Yes, the right collector is willing to pay $4M for a small card. This card is considered the Holy Grail of all trading cards. T206 Honus Wagner card remains the symbol of trading card collecting today.
Even in poor condition, this card can be sold for at least $1M. Honus Wagner cards were pulled from production early, and no one knows why. Maybe Wagner wanted to be paid by the tobacco company to use his image? Or perhaps he didn’t want to promote smoking to children indirectly? We will never know for sure, but we know that this is the ultimate baseball card to have.