25 Most Expensive Sports Trading Cards Ever Sold

Posted by , Updated on August 11, 2017

Are you an avid sports card collector? Well, even if you’re not, you’ll probably be quite surprised to see how valuable some of these cards can be! Ranging from just a couple thousand to millions, these cards are worth an unbelievable amount! So get ready because these are the 25 Most Expensive Sports Trading Cards Ever Sold.

25

Bird / Erving / Magic RC

Bird / Erving / Magic RCSource: bleacherreport.com

Our first card is worth $60,667 and features three of the greatest basketball players in history.

24

Sid Luckman

Sid LuckmanSource: forbes.com

Considered the best long-range passer of the time, Luckman was also the first modern T-formation quarterback. Perhaps that’s why his football card comes in at $71,800.

23

Jim Brown

Jim BrownSource: si.com

Arguably one of the best players in history, Jim’s card goes for $84,800.

22

Joe Namath RC

Joe Namath RCSource: oldsportscards.com

At $92,433, this is one of the most valuable NFL cards in history.

21

Wayne Gretzky, Ice Hockey, 1979 O-Pee-Chee

Wayne Gretzky, Ice Hockey, 1979 O-Pee-CheeSource: si.com

This gem mint condition card of Wayne Gretzky is the most expensive hockey card ever sold. It fetched $94,162.


20

Michael Jordan, Basketball, 1986-87 Fleer Rookie Card

Michael Jordan, Basketball, 1986-87 Fleer Rookie CardSource: bleacherreport.com

Michael’s rookie card was sold for a flat $100,000.

19

Jim Thorpe

Jim ThorpeSource: si.com

At $119,500, Jim Thorpe’s card is a member of the famous 1933 Goudey Sport Kings set.

18

Albert G. Spalding, Baseball, 1888 G and B Chewing Gum Co.

Albert G. Spalding, Baseball, 1888 G and B Chewing Gum Co.Source: forbes.com

By far the oldest car on this list, Spalding is worth $120,000.

17

Pete Maravich RC

Pete Maravich RCSource: si.com

The second most valuable basketball card on our list belongs to the famous “Pistol Pete” Maravich. It comes in at $130,054.

16

Ernie Banks, Baseball, 1954 Topps

Ernie Banks, Baseball, 1954 ToppsSource: bleacherreport.com

A popular post World War II shortstop, Ernie’s card fetched $142,836.

15

Pete Rose, Baseball, 1963 Topps

Pete Rose, Baseball, 1963 ToppsSource: forbes.com

Worth $157,366, this Pete Rose rookie card is one of the most valuable cards from the 1960’s.

14

Mickey Mantle, Baseball, 1951 Bowman SGC 96

Mickey Mantle, Baseball, 1951 Bowman SGC 96Source: cardboardconnection.com

This rookie card sold at auction for $162,000…three times what the same card went for in previous sales.

13

Joe Jackson, Baseball, 1910 Old Mill Tobacco T210

Joe Jackson, Baseball, 1910 Old Mill Tobacco T210Source: si.com

This super rare baseball card of minor leaguer “Shoeless” Joe Jackson is worth $199,750.

12

Joe Jackson, Baseball, 1914 Boston Garter

Joe Jackson, Baseball, 1914 Boston GarterSource: businessinsider.com

As one of the league’s most talented hitters, Joe’s card pulled in $204,000 at auction.

11

Honus Wagner, Baseball, 1910 Standard Caramel

Honus Wagner, Baseball, 1910 Standard CaramelSource: therichest.com

Considered one of the best shortstops in history, this Wagner card is worth $218,550.

10

Bronko Nagurski, Football, 1935 National Chicle

Bronko Nagurski, Football, 1935 National ChicleSource: forbes.com

The most valuable football card on our list comes in at $240,000.

9

Ty Cobb, Baseball, 1911 General Baking Co.

Ty Cobb, Baseball, 1911 General Baking Co.Source: oldsportscards.com

This hand-drawn card of Ty Cobb is worth $272,980.

8

George Mikan RC

George Mikan RCSource: si.com

At $403,664, George Mikan RC is the most expensive basketball card out there.

7

Mickey Mantle, Baseball, 1952 Topps

Mickey Mantle, Baseball, 1952 ToppsSource: bleacherreport.com

Worth $282,587, it shouldn’t be surprising to see one of Mickey Mantle’s cards on our list!

6

Joe Doyle, Baseball, 1909-1911 ATC T206

Joe Doyle, Baseball, 1909-1911 ATC T206Source: forbes.com

At $329,000, this “Slow Joe” Doyle card is one of the rarest with fewer than seven in existence!

5

Hank Aaron, Baseball, 1954 Topps

Hank Aaron, Baseball, 1954 ToppsSource: therichest.com

As one of baseball’s greats, Hank’s $357,594 card is the second most valuable in the Dmitri Young Collection.

4

Eddie Plank, Baseball, 1909-1911 ATC T206

Eddie Plank, Baseball, 1909-1911 ATC T206Source: businessinsider.com

As one of the premier pitchers with the Philadelphia Athletics, Eddie’s card comes in at $414,750.

3

Roberto Clemente, Baseball, 1955 Topps

Roberto Clemente, Baseball, 1955 ToppsSource: forbes.com

At $432,690, Roberto Clemente’s rookie card was the most expensive card to be sold as part of the Dmitri Young Collection in 2012.

2

Babe Ruth, Baseball, 1914 Baltimore News SGC

Babe Ruth, Baseball, 1914 Baltimore News SGCSource: oldsportscards.com

Coming in at $517,000, who wouldn’t expect one of the most famous athletes in history to top this list?

1

Honus Wagner, 1909-1911 ATC T206

Honus Wagner, 1909-1911 ATC T206Source: cardboardconnection.com

At $2.8 million, this is the most expensive sports card in history!

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