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 Baseball cards have been increasing in value, such as Hall of Famers' rookie cards prior to 1970.  A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card in near-mint condition sold for $89,626 in August 2016 



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  • Baseball cards have been increasing in value, such as Hall of Famers' rookie cards prior to 1970, says 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 of 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.


  • Even some nationally issued, post war baseball issues were never easy to obtain even in their day.” 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 rookie cards of not only Brett, but also Robin Yount, Jim Rice, Gary Carter, Fred Lynn, Keith Hernandez, as well as base cards of all the legends of the 1970s. Once you factor the Gem Mint condition, professionally graded cards by PSA

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  • These baseball cards are worth picking up. Carl Yastrzemski baseball cards have fooled collectors in the past as Topps placed a rookie insignia 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. While only a fraction of collected cards are in Near Mint or Mint condition, the prices for lower condition cards generally move as a percentage of the Mint price. Still, there is no denying that few players can match the mystique of Mantle, and just the glimpse of one of his cards thrills even the detractors among us. Heck, we owe a large hunk of the 1980s boom and today's thriving vintage market to Mantle and his 1952 Topps (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 (just77%). Printing quality issues plague the 1963 Topps set and with only a small amount of graded 9, which makes them pricey, but with a mint percentage of almost 2, it's been easier to land a mint 10 than a mint Pete Rose rookie.


  • Some collectors prefer the 1974 Topps Mike Schmidt, as it is his first full appearance on a baseball card, and that card is worth a respectable $20, but you can't beat a rookie card of the best third baseman of all time. Australian produced baseball cards were first released in 1990 by the then newly created trading card company Futera These cards featured players from the newly created Australian Baseball League Subsequent baseball cards were released annually in boxed sets or foil packs until 1996 when declining interest saw production cease. The rare baseball cards do not have a specific price and they are worth what other collectors are willing to pay for, and to establish a price, the collector takes into consideration the condition of the card.
  • Some baseball card collectors pay large sums of money to gain possession of these cards and they may also put a lot of time into it. Since rare baseball cards are difficult to find, collectors seek for ways to be aware of the rare cards that come into the trading or selling market. If you look only at the prices of ungraded cards - as most casual onlookers tend to do - you'd get the impression that baseball card values have taken a nosedive over the past two decades (and, of course, they have). In addition to the premiums afforded to Gem Mint condition graded cards, the presence of a clear best product every year, smaller print runs, short-printed rookie cards and serialized parallels, autographed rookie cards, and an enhanced baseball prospect game lead to a more exciting hobby with a better product and better economics.
  • That said, Gem Mint condition (BGS 9.5 or PSA 10) graded rookie cards of premium players from the 1980s and early 1990s have largely either held up well or in some cases have appreciated considerably, maintaining valuations far beyond those ever achieved by ungraded examples of the same cards. In 1979, when Mr. Beckett published his first official price guide, the 1963 rookie card for Pete Rose (the all-time Major League Baseball hits leader) was valued at $5, while the 1973 rookie card for Mike Schmidt, a Hall of Fame third baseman, went for 12 cents. Gum producers snagged children's pennies during the Depression years thanks to the lure of the collectables, and the market rebounded strongly after wartime when the Topps Chewing Gum Company released, in 1952, the first set of recognizably modern baseball cards—big and glossy—to be sold in its packages.


  • The 70s offer late-career cards of greats like Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente, and the prime seasons of Johnny Bench, Nolan Ryan and Pete Rose, and those are generally the most valuable cards in sets that didn't offer any big-name rookies. As with other decades, the most valuable baseball cards of the 1970s are generally the rookie cards of Hall of Famers. The 70s didn't have the variety of sets we enjoyed in the 1980s and 1990s That said, the most valuable baseball cards of the 1970s include some sleepers that are easy to overlook.

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