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Top 10 Most Valuable Sports Cards Ever

T206 Honus Wagner

SGC Graded 3

$6,606,286
August 2021

In August 2021, REA Auctions sold this Honus Wagner T206 card, graded SGC 3, for $6.6 million.


On the Mount Rushmore of sports cards. The first ever card PSA graded was a Honus Wagner PSA 8 that was later discovered to be trimmed!


Other Wagner's would also be in the top 10 of sales all-time
PSA 2 - $3.75m
PSA 3 - $3.7m
PSA 5 - $3.1m

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle

PSA Graded 9

$5,200,000
January 2021

The most iconic Topps card of all-time.


This PSA 9 version was purchased by Indianapolis entrepreneur/actor Rob Gough in January 2021.




2003-04 Exquisite LeBron James

BGS Graded 9

$5,200,000
April 2020

Many Exquisite Lebron's have sold for over $1 million, this is the highest priced one. Sold by PWCC in April 2020.


The crazy thing about the LeBron James Exquisite is a bunch of them are trimmed!

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Trimmed versions:
40/99, 53/99, 61/99, 64/99, 67/99,74/99, 75/99, 87/99


For Sale:
Exquisite Lebron James Cards

National Treasures Luka Doncic

BGS Graded 9

$4,600,000
February 2021

There is reason to believe the autograph on the front of the card isn't even real!


Panini Luka Doncic Autograph Cards Are Fake


For Sale:
National Treasures Luka Doncic

2017 National Treasures Patrick Mahomes

BGS Graded 8.5

$4,300,000
July 2021

PWCC brokered the sale of this ultra rare, one of one, Patrick Mahomes card in July 2021. 


For Sale:
National Treasures Patrick Mahomes


Checklist:
2017 National Treasures

2009 Bowman Draft Mike Trout

BGS Graded 9

$3,840,00
August 2021

Interesting history with this card as it was originally purchased for $400,000 by Vegas Dave in 2018.


Vegas Dave cashed out and sold the card for $3.8m via Goldin in August 2021.

1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky

PSA Graded 10

$3,750,000
May 2021

In May 2021, Heritage Auctions brokered the sale of this Wayne Gretzky PSA 10 rookie card.


In December 2020, a PSA 10 sold for $1.29 million. 

2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady

BGS Graded 9

$3,100,000

June 2021

Several Tom Brady Contenders rookie cards have sold for over $1 million, but this one is the highest so far, $3.1 million by Lelands in June 2021.

1997 Upper Deck Michael Jordan

BGS Graded 9

$2,103,300
May 2021

In May 2021, Goldin Auctions sold this Michael Jordan card for over $2 million, which is the highest price ever recorded for a MJ card.

1996-97 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant

BGS Graded 10

$1,795,800
March 2021

This BGS "Black Label" Kobe sold in March 2021 and is the highest priced Kobe card ever recorded. 

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What Sports Card Price Guide is the Best?

If you have some sports cards or perhaps got back into collecting, finding the value of your cards isn't always the easiest process. It could take going to several websites to find out the value of your sports cards. 


In this article I will walk you through the many ways to value your cards, both free and paid options, and share my opinion on the tools I've used over my 30+ years of collecting baseball, basketball, football and hockey cards.

1

eBay Marketplace

The best free way to value sports cards of most years is to look at completed sales data from eBay.


New Tool: 
eBay Sports Card Price Tool


Many of the card pricing services you have to pay for, like Card Hedge and Card Ladder just sorts eBay's data for you.  


Search:
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ALL BGS, SGC, & PSA Auctions


2

COMC Marketplace

Entire Inventory:
 COMC on eBay


COMC has the 2nd largest inventory for single cards.


The site works differently than eBay, sellers send cards into COMC and the cards are all stored and shipped by COMC. 


All cards on COMC are also listed for sale on eBay but with a slightly higher price. I've sold over 120,000 cards on COMC and it tends to be a great marketplace for cards in the $1-$20 range.


My Cards on COMC


3

Card Hedge

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FOR FREE


Pricing: $14.99/month
7-Day Free Trial

 

Tracks all grades across PSA, CSG, HGA, SGC, and BGS as well as raw cards from several marketplaces including: eBay, MySlabs, Goldin Auctions, Starstock and more. 


I've used this site for several months and its amazing!


4

Card Ladder

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FOR FREE


Pricing: $15/month
7-Day Free Trial

 

Tracks many graded and raw cards. Difference from Card Hedge is Card Ladder won't have values for lower graded cards. 


You can see an example of Card Ladder Pro in this video.


5

PSA Price Guide

PSA Priceguide


For Sale:
 PSA Graded Cards on eBay

 

If I'm buying PSA graded cards, occasionally I will use the PSA auction price guide which pulls data from eBay completed sales and various auction houses. 


6

Auction House Data

Example:
Goldin's Auction Data

 

Most auction houses share their sales data that can span over many years.


Recently, paid sports card price guides have been implementing this auction house completed sales into their data. But this data is free for everyone, it just requires going to many different auction house websites if you're digging in and doing a lot of research. 


Small sample of sports card auction houses:
Goldin Auctions
Heritage Auctions
Steve Novella


7

Beckett Magazine

Beckett Baseball Card Monthly Magazine

 

Go old school and pick up and Beckett Magazine. Not only do they still price cards in each monthly issue but many larger books exist for in-depth card pricing. 

8

Alt Marketplace

Get $25 Promo Credit!


LOVE this new website and it's become my favorite selling platform. Similar to COMC, you send your cards in and Alt handles the storage and shipment of your cards. 


When the website launched it cost $0 to submit and list cards and was only 1.5% selling fees! Wow! There is nothing like this at that cost. Each listing will feature sales data from eBay and other websites. Must be a member to see card details.


Investors in the company include, Tom Brady, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Alex Morgan, Kevin Durant and many more!


Get a $25 promo credit to buy any card on the Alt platform after making a deposit!


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SW Florida Sports Card Show

Amazing variety of vendors sports cards, Pokémon, memorabilia, from vintage to modern on your treasured collectibles. 

It will be a great event for the whole family
Food Truck, Door Prize Raffles, Razzes, and giveaways!

December 4, 2021

Doors open at 9am-2pm

JSA On-Site Autograph Authentication

$3 Admission
13 & under Free

Jet Blue Park
11500 Fenway South Dr
Fort Myers, FL

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Card Show Calendar
Check out sports card show listings around the U.S. and buy, sell and trade cards in person.

Wholesale Distributor List
Buy unopened sports card boxes from wholesale distributors.

Where to Price Sports Cards
The best websites to price your sports card collection.

Highest Priced Cards Ever
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Tim’s Sports Card Show – New Franken

Show connected to Tim's Sports Cards shop in New Franken Wisconsin. 

Tim's Sports Cards
2649 Diesel Court
New Franken, WI 54229

2021 Dates:
November 27
December 18

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Card Show Calendar
Check out sports card show listings around the U.S. and buy, sell and trade cards in person.

Wholesale Distributor List
Buy unopened sports card boxes from wholesale distributors.

Where to Price Sports Cards
The best websites to price your sports card collection.

Highest Priced Cards Ever
What are the most expensive cards of all-time.