Top 10 Most Valuable Sports Cards Ever

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T206 Honus Wagner

August 2022

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!

Past Sales

Date Sold: 5/2021
Goldin Auctions

Date Sold: 3/31/2022
Mile High

Date Sold: 10/1/2021
PSA 5 (MC)
Goldin Auctions

Date Sold: 2007
Gretzky's Card

Date Sold: 11/1/2020
Goldin Auctions

Date Sold: 9/2/2020
Mile High Card Company

2009 National Treasures Stephen Curry

PSA Graded 8

July 2021

Selling platform Alt purchased this card in July 2021. 

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle

PSA Graded 9

January 2021

The most iconic Topps card of all-time.

There are only 6 PSA 9 1952 Topps Mantle cards ever graded!

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

A PSA 8 sold for $1,560,000 on February 26, 2022.

Past Sales

Date Sold: 4/20/2018
Heritage Auctions

Date Sold: 12/15/2006
Memory Lane

2003-04 Exquisite LeBron James

BGS Graded 9

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!

More Information

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

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

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

2017 National Treasures

2009 Bowman Draft Mike Trout

BGS Graded 9

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. He then predicted the sports card market would tank by 2023.

As of August 2022, the card is now in a PSA 9 holder. 

1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky

PSA Graded 10

May 2021

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

Past Sales

Date Sold: 12/13/2020
Heritage Auctions

2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady

BGS Graded 9


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.

2020 Flawless LeBron James Logoman

PSA Authentic

June 2022

Originally pulled by Backyard Breaks on a WhatNot stream. Predictions that the card would sell for over $5,000,000 didn't pan out. 

1997 Upper Deck Michael Jordan

BGS Graded 9

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.

Past Sales

February 2021


1997-98 PMG Kobe Bryant

BGS Graded 8.5

February 2022

PWCC brokered this sale of a 4/10 Kobe Bryant Precious Metal Gems (PMG). Read more about the card in this article from Beckett.


2013 National Treasures Giannis Antetokounmpo 1/1

BGS Graded 9

September 2020

The 1/1 "Logaman" Rookie Card of Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. 


1996-97 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant

BGS Graded 10

March 2021

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

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