Baseball Cards are big business. They are among the most collectable and collected items in the world.
Number Ten: The 1954 Bowman #66A Boston Red Sox’s Ted Williams, Ted Williams signed an exclusive deal with Topps to produce his cards. In error, Bowman produced a Williams’ card and soon Topps had them all pulled from the market. At auction this card is about $2,000 to as much as $3,500.
Number Nine: The 1952 Topps #311 New York Yankees’ Mickey Mantle. Rising to the top of the market in the 1980’s and the collector boom really took off. This card runs about $12,000 to as much as $18,000 at auction.
Number Eight: The 1951 Bowman #305, New York Giants’ (later the San Francisco Giants) Willie Mays Rookie Card. The “Say Hey Kid’s” rookie card will fetch an average $2,500 at auction.
Number Seven: The 1949 Leaf #8 Cleveland Indians’ Leroy “Satchel” Paige, Major League Rookie Year Card. After over 20 years in the Negro Leagues Satchel moved to the Majors and Leaf issued this card for his first year. Depending on condition this card runs between $3,500 and $6,000 dollars.
Number Six: The 1938 Goudey Heads Up R323 #274 New York Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio. These cards feature a “caricature” style of art work with the picture of the players face on top of a cartoon body. DiMaggio carried the Yanks through the 40’s. This card is worth between $2,000 and $3,500 depending on condition.
Number Five: The 1933 Goudey #53 New York Yankees’ Herman “Babe” Ruth. One of the few cards that used the Babe’s real name of Herman, this card can go for as much as $5,000 dollars in good condition.
Number Four: The 1933 Goudey #106 Philadelphia Phillies’ and Philadelphia Athletics’ Napoleon “Nap” or “Larry” Lajoie. Left out of the original set release, this card was only sold to collectors that requested it directly from the company, the unsold copies were destroyed. Now this card is worth about $20,000 to $30,000 dollars.
Number Three: The 1914 E145-1 Cracker Jack #103 Chicago White Sox Joe “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, Caught up in the Black Sox scandal of the 1919 World Series Jackson was banned from baseball, although for years he and his supported tried to clear his name. This card is worth between $5,000 and $9,000 dollars.
Number Two: The 1914 E145-1 Cracker Jack #30 Detroit Tigers’ Ty Cobb, Known as the “Georgia Peach”, Cobb was mean and at times not above breaking the rules of the game. He was also a great player, holding the all time hits record until 1985. This card runs between $3,500 to $6,000 depending on condition.
Number One: The 1909 T206 #366 Pittsburgh Pirates’ Honus Wagner. This is the Holy Grail of baseball cards. Only 57 are thought to still exist with just ten is good condition. In poor condition this card at a low end is worth $250,000 dollars. The last one auctioned in 2013 in good condition went for over two million dollars.