1970s Baseball Cards Values

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Baseball cards have been increasing in value, such as Hall of Famers' rookie cards prior to 1970, says Michael Osacky, president of Baseball in the Attic A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card in near-mint condition sold for $89,626 in August 2016, and a similar card commanded a price of $114,000 about a year later. For example, Mickey Mantle's 1952 Topps rookie card is selling on eBay at prices ranging from $39,000 to $125,000 depending on its condition. PLUS, Topps® Traded cards, cards with multiple players such as League Leaders, World Series and Future Stars, and all the rookies from the '90, '91 and '92 Topps® Debut sets. This card in near mint/mint condition is worth between $100 and $140 If you should have one in perfect condition, you may get upwards of $5,000 for it. As a bonus, the 1982 Topps Traded set also included the Ozzie Smith (card #109T) that sells for about $20. There were numerous 1950s post war national issues there were hard to find, even at the time of release.” The 1951 Topps Major League All-Stars card of Robin Roberts was a short print, and its price guide listing of $15,000 would certainly place it high on a list of valuable cards. He also happens to be the biggest card in one of the greatest baseball cards sets of all time, as the 1975 Topps set included many rookie cards including but not limited to George Brett, Fred Lynn, Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez and Robin Yount as well as base cards of the 1970s legendary All-star players. Many people question if there have b been major price increases among the most highly sought after rookie cards in the past 10-20 years.  the answer to this is a big yes and they will continue to grow at most likely even a faster rate, especially the PSA 9 and 1 the key rookie cards of baseball's biggest stars have risen in the past 20 years or so, the answer is clearly yes, if you take into consideration the gem mint 10 cards professionally graded by the PSA.


Several Carl Yastrzemski baseball cards have fooled collectors due to Topps placing a rookie slogan on the front of the card. If you calculate a price for a VG-EX 1952 Topps common (half-way between the prices for Excellent and Very Good cards) it is only 40 percent of the Near Mint price. Still, there is no denying that few players are on the epic star level of mantle, and just observing one of his PSA 10 rookie cards thrills even the simplest collectors. We owe A large part of the 1980s baseball card boom and the thriving vintage card market of today to Micky Mantle’s 1952 (faux) rookie card. 1969 Topps Reggie Jackson (33) Of all the 1960s Hall of Fame rookie cards graded, this one has the lowest percentage of 9s compared to other grades (just 77%). Printing quality issues plague the 1963 Topps set and with only 28 Stargells graded 9, this one is pricey, but with a mint percentage of almost 2, it's been easier to land a mint Stargell than a mint Rose rookie. The 70s offer late-career cards of greats like Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente, they also contain some of the best seasons for Hall of Fame Players such as Nolan Ryan, Pete Rose, Tom Seaver and Johnny Bench. Making these hall of fame players cards the most valuable cards in seasons and sets that did not contain any big-name rookie cards. Most of the cards from the 1970s that contain the highest values are the same as with every other decade the hall of fame players and the rookies.  There is no denying that the 1970s baseball cards did not provide the variety as well as many new elements that were added in the 1980w and 1990s Topps baseball card collections. 


The prices for common cards in popular sets had a minor decline in value. Prices for '50s Topps sets declined 15 percent in total over a 10-year span ending in 2001. the early 1980s were not the best for 1950s baseball cards. for instance, if you purchased Topps sets from 1950 to 1960 in 1981 that were in near mint condition and resold all of them in 1985 the profit was next to nothing. The prices of 1950s Topps sets have had an average annual return of about 10% for the 30 years since 1981. The higher grade in the vintage Beckett card grades were listed as Mint' in retrospect the SCD's top grade was in general considered near mint.” While there is a major financial distinction in cards graded Mint and Near Mint, it appears cards that were referred to as near mint in the 1980s were often referred to Mint as well, is if they were one in the same. Therefore, the top condition in all the catalogs, regardless of what they were called at the time. It’s well known the most people don’t purchase Mint cards unless they are serious about the purchase. Prices of cards in other conditions generally move with the Near Mint prices. There are at least nine different variations of his "rookie" card, six of them printed and included in the Topps factory sets and packs while the others were special printings for companies like Target and Wal-Mart (plus one with him being hit in the face with a pie.) Right now, the most valuable one at $150 is #661E where he is wearing a grey jersey.