Baseball Card Values

What you should about Baseball Cards values and Prices

  Baseball Card Values vary tremendously depending on numerous factors such as Rooke card, Hall of fame card, Year of the card manufacturer date(obviously the older the card, the higher the Value). This rule has a few exceptions, such as the late 1980s, when Topps began to massively overproduce baseball cards, which in turn dropped their baseball card values significantly for those years, which are basically from 1986-1989 with 1987, 1988 and 1989 being the worst. Individual players such as Micky Mantle and Babe Ruth are probably the most famous baseball player of all time. They are hence making their baseball cards some of the most sought after and highest values.


 Despite individual cards, some would assume an extremely high value; they are not the most valuable — original Baseball Card Values on the market. Baseball Card values have continued to appreciate and are seen circulating in the baseball card collecting community. Many Baseball Card Values can be very expensive, and you might have to tap into your bank account to be able to afford some of the higher-end big money value cards. 


 Baseball cards were distributed with products, such as chewing gum, some of which are difficult to find in today's market. The initial purpose of baseball cards was to give fans a picture and profile of each player's stats and to collect all-star cards and cards of your favorite team or player. Baseball card values have come a long way in the past few decades. The most valuable cards are complicated to obtain and are usually part of a personal collection. With that said, there are still millions of cards stacked or packed away in attics, garages, basements, and storage facilities throughout the country. This is an excellent reason to keep your eyes open for yard sales, estate sales, or sales. If you look hard enough, you are sure to find some high-value baseball cards. 


 The first Baseball Card for Babe Ruth was printed in 1914 and had an extremely high value. It was written when he was a minor league player with the Baltimore Orioles. This baseball card was the first baseball card manufactured by the pitching prospect. As per its Value, this specific card was selling upwards of $500,00 10 years ago, so I can't imagine the cost is now, but I'm sure it's probably hit the million mark.


 A baseball card's Value mainly depends on the condition of the card. Baseball card collectors get very serious about the status of cards they are seeking to purchase. When a baseball card value is graded, the card is granted a grade, which translates to a monetary value. A graded card helps to determine the card's universal Value, based on the category that the card receives one being the worst and ten being the best. The many different collectors are seeking Baseball Card Values in Rookie cards, Special Insert cards, Hall of fame Cards, All-Stars, Record Breakers, and many more niche card categories.


 Remember to always keep your eyes open at yard sales and auction sites such as eBay for that hidden gem high-value baseball card or card.

GEM-MT 10: Gem Mint. A card that receives a grade of ISA 10 is nearly flawless. This card has tremendous eye appeal that is unaffected by any minor print dots. It has all of its original gloss. The centering on the front of the card is between 50/50 and 55/45. The centering on the reverse of the card is no worse than 75/25. An ISA 10 possesses no staining and is in sharp focus. 

MINT 9: Mint. A card that receives a grade of ISA 9 is in excellent condition. This card has fantastic eye appeal but suffers from some small flaws. Print dots, off-white card borders, and little staining could be examples of these slight drawbacks. ISA 9’s are centered at least 60/40 on the front and 80/20 on the back. 

NM-MT 8:  Near Mint-Mint. A card that receives a grade of ISA 8 appears to be in superb condition until the card is scrutinized closely. This card has additional flaws that make it impossible to grade an ISA 9. Print dots, off-white card borders, wax stains on the reverse, or a weak corner or two could be examples of these problems. An ISA 8 is centered at least 70/30 on the front and 90/10 on the back.

NM 7:  Near Mint.An ISA 7 may have weak corners. Much of the original gloss of the card is maintained, but the surface of the card may be worn some. An ISA 7 could have staining on the reverse of the card. The card may be slightly out of focus or suffer from print dots. An ISA 7 is centered at least 75/25 on the front and 90/10 on the back.

EX-MT 6: Excellent-Mint. An ISA 6 could show signs of more severe surface wear than an ISA 7, such as a detectable scratch. You may see rounding corners on an ISA 6. Out-of-focus pictures, absence of original gloss, and off-white card borders are characteristic of ISA 6’s. Centering must be at least 80/20 on the front and 90/10 on the reverse.

EX 5: Excellent.A card that is graded ISA 5 will usually have rounded corners. Small scratches and other surface wear is prevalent. Chipping of edges, loss of gloss, and off-white card borders are typical characteristics of an ISA 5. The card must be centered at least 85/15 on the front and 90/10 on the back.

VG-EX 4:  Very Good-Excellent.An ISA 4 has more serious surface issues than an ISA 5. There could be scuffs or scrapes that diminish the original gloss of the card. An ISA 4 may possess a minor crease. Centering must be at least 85/15 on the front and 90/10 on the back.

VG 3: Very Good. A card that is graded ISA 3 probably has significantly rounded corners. Most of the original gloss of the card is diminished due to scuffs or scratches. A crease may be found on this card. An ISA 3 is likely to have yellow or discolored card borders or be out of focus. An ISA 3 must be centered at least 90/10 on both the front and back.

GOOD 2:  Good. A 2 has severely rounded corners. There could be several creases found in this card. The original gloss is missing because this card is badly scratched, scuffed, stained, and chipped. This card must be centered at least 90/10 on both the front and back.

PR 1:  Poor. An ISA 1 is so defective that almost all of the eye appeal of the card is gone. An ISA 1 is likely to have significant creases throughout. The card may be dirtied or significantly discolored. There are no centering requirements for this card. An ISA 1 could be warped or missing pieces.

Half-Point Grades:Half-point grades will be assigned to high-end cards within a particular category from ISA 1 to ISA 8. Half-point grade increases are issued with a primary focus on eye appeal. 


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