BASEBALL cards can be worth thousands or even millions if you happen to find the right one in your collection.
The first baseball map was created by photographer Charles H Williamson in the 1860s.
Since then, the popularity of collecting has increased not only in the United States, but also in other countries.
Baseball cards in particular could get their rarity based on the player who is on the card, year of printing, production quantity, or an error.
And as always with any collector’s item, you have to consider condition.
To see if your baseball cards are worth anything, you can search eBay by full name, select the “sold” list, and then toggle the search to “highest value”.
Below we feature some of the most valuable baseball cards out there.
Most of the featured baseball cards are former major league players inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1909-1911 Honus Wagner Card – Estimated $3 million
A baseball card featuring Honus Wagner is set to sell for $3 million, according to Brian Drent, president of Mile High Card Company, the company running the auction.
The baseball card has quite an iconic history as it was once stolen from former owner Charlie Sheen for a short period of time.
This happened when Mr. Sheen was recruited to open the All Star Cafe in Manhattan in the 1990s and loaned the card to the restaurant chain.
It was displayed in a “Sheen Room” near the bar.
Ironically, it was stolen by a group led by Thomas Gartland, the restaurant’s chef.
Luckily for Mr. Sheen, known for his role in the popular Major League baseball film, the card was seized and returned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Mr. Sheen later sold the card to an “Oklahoma executive” in 2001 for $400,000.
The new owner will donate the proceeds from the expected multi-million dollar sale to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, an Oklahoma charity.
While the card is in “worn condition”, the Wagner card is part of the 1909-1911 T206 series, described by Mr. Drent as “The Holy Grail” of baseball cards.
“Fewer than 80 are known to exist and this one has an amazing backstory of celebrity ownership, theft and recovery,” he said.
Bidding on the card is scheduled to begin on March 10th.
1952 Mickey Mantle card – $30,800
Arguably the greatest baseball player to ever play the game, it’s no surprise to see a prized card in Mickey Mantle’s name on this list.
This is Mantle’s 1952 Topps card, which the professional sports authenticator (PSA) rating company calls arguably the most important baseball card in the industry.
“There is no doubt that it is the anchor of the most important post-war baseball deck, but the power of its image is greater than the sum of the card’s parts or attributes,” it said called.
“If there was a Mount Rushmore with maps and it was limited to one spot, that map would get it every time.
A Mantle 1952 Topps card was sold in January and was valued by PSA in an eBay auction for more than $30,000.
According to PSA’s price list, the card could be worth more than $4 million in an MT 9 class.
1909-1911 Sherry Magee Card – $18,111
Sherry Magee had an impressive baseball career — but that’s not why one of his tickets is selling for so much.
Instead, there was a typographical error on his T206 tobacco card, resulting in a misspelling of his name.
His last name on the card is “Magic”, although of course it should be called Magee.
This is said to be one of the rarest T206 cards in existence.
One of these cards was sold online for more than $18,000.
“The bug was quickly fixed, but not before a small number of bug cards were already distributed in cigarette packs,” the seller wrote in a description of the offer.
“Today, only a few examples remain, and the ‘Magic’ error card is widely recognized as one of the rarest cards in the T206 set.”
The seller claims that the card has a grade of “2” from Sportscard Guaranty Corporation (SGC).
Although Magee was never inducted into the Hall of Fame, he ended his baseball career as the four-time National League Runs Batted In (RBI) leader with a .291 batting average.
1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Card – $18,087
A high quality Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie card recently sold on eBay for more than $18,000.
According to the seller, PSA gave the card a 10 rating.
“This is one of the rarest rated BGS Pristine 10 cards one of the most iconic cards of all time,” the seller wrote.
“There are almost 3000 BGS 9.5 cards while only 113 of these Pristine 10 exist.”
The card is also part of a 1989 Upper Deck set.
Another upper deck Griffey card in the same class was once sold on eBay for $15,000.
In other news related to rare items, be sure to check your loose change for nickels, half dollars, quarters, dimes and pennies as some of these pieces can sell for thousands.
We also explained the Washington Quarter and the Lincoln Wheat Cent.
We also explain how to find rare coins, including those with Lincoln.
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