Collecting baseball cards is a fun hobby for youngsters and adults alike. If you are one of the many people who have held onto a childhood baseball card collection, it might be time to dig it out of the basement and find out what it’s worth. While many baseball cards do not end up being worth more than the cardboard they’re printed on, some of them fetch a great deal of money from sports card and coin dealers. Read on for a look at some of the rarest baseball cards in history.
1909 Honus Wagner Rookie Card
If you happen to find a Honus Wagner rookie card in your baseball card collection, you are in luck. Wagner’s cards are among the most valuable on the market, fetching anywhere from $100,000 to $925,000. Wagner was one of the best defensive shortstops of all time, and his impressive batting record made his career nearly as storied as his card. There are only approximately 60 to 100 versions of this card in existence, as Wagner objected to his likeness being used to advertise cigarettes and tobacco and forced the company to drop his card.
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle
Though this is not technically Mantle’s rookie card, this card is rare and in high demand. Mantle was a New York Yankee and perhaps one of the greatest outfielders to ever play the game. As a popular player during his own time and since his retirement, many people desire Mickey Mantle’s card, making near-mint versions worth potentially more than $282,000.
1933 Goudey Gum Nap Lajoie
Goudey Gum was printing baseball cards in 1933 and made a seemingly small error that irritated many collectors. In the 241 card set, Goudey accidentally omitted a card with the number 106. In order to appease the collectors who had written in to complain, a special Nap Lajoie card numbered 106 was sent by mail just to these people. This rare card has brought in over $30,000 at auction.
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