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Baseball Card Values

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Baseball Card Values have always been a mystery to me. When I was a kid, we flipped and traded cards, put them in the spokes of bicycle tires, and just plain mistreated them. These cards often received a lot of hard (well-loved) use, wear and tear, and usually were damaged beyond repair, diminishing the supply and increasing the demand (value). I remember having cards of Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Pete Rose, and many other all-star and Hall of Fame players of the game. Today, baseball card collecting is a multimillion-dollar business and the baseball card values received at auctions can be higher when compared to baseball card shops' prices. Here is a sampling of a recent auction in January 2007 at the Heritage Auction Galleries

* 1936 National Chicle DiMaggio/EricksonVG $286.80

* 1933 World Wide Gum Babe Ruth #80 SGC $717

* 1954 Dan-Dee Potato Chips Mickey Mantle PSA 2 $507.88

* 1958 Topps Roger Maris $37 GAI 9.5 $2,390

* 1952 Bowman Willie Mays #218 PSA 7 $1135.25

* 1958 Topps Roberto Clemente #52 PSA 7 $215.10

* 1958 Topps Mickey Mantle #150 PSA 6 $478.

* 1975 Topps Pete Rose #320 PSA 9 $227.05

One of the best ways to find the value of your baseball card collection is to have all of the cards appraised. This will tell you if the baseball card prices that you paid were worth it. You can ask a baseball shop where you normally buy cards from if they know where you can find a reputable appraiser. When you locate this appraiser be certain that you take all of your cards with you. The appraiser will give you an accurate picture of what security precautions are needed to keep your baseball card collection in excellent condition.

Another method for finding the baseball card prices is to use books and guides that provide you with the required information. Some items which will be found in these guides are prices for rookie cards, vintage cards, and normal baseball cards. They will describe ways in which you can identify the various aspects of the best cards.

While browsing through these guides you will become familiar with the reasons that some cards are more valuable than others. This can be due to several factors like the rarity of the cards, the popularity of the cards, and the fact that some of these cards are considered to be collectors' items.

Two of the most popular baseball card price guides are Beckett and Tuffstuff. A common thing about different price guides is that they may have different values for the same card. Currently, Beckett is the most commonly used guide. Some collectors love Beckett and some hate it, but the bottom line is that Beckett is the resource that most collectors use.

Price guides will give a high and low book value (BV) for any particular card. You can subscribe to the Beckett site for a low monthly fee and have access to all of their current baseball card listings. They make it very easy to search their site for the cards you want to look up. Beckett also puts out a monthly magazine with the same price information. TuffStuff magazine also has an online version of their price guides located on their website. A valuable benefit of using this guide is that it is free.

Remember, like many other collectibles, baseball card values increase with age, so don't trash your 30-year-old cards too quickly.


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jorge on December 27, 2011:

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i have a rookie ernie young collector's card how much you thinck it's worth

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on October 27, 2010:

gloria, It depends on which card it is and how much value his signature is worth in this down economy. You would get much more at an auction then you would going to a buyer.

gloria on October 26, 2010:

i have a hack aaron card signed how much could i get for it

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on October 23, 2010:

andre, All Greg Maddux cards from 2007 can be purchased in the $2-3 range. The Bowman 1990 Cal Ripken card can be purchased for $2.95. Selling collectables in this economy has not been easy. You will probably get quite a bit less to sell these cards, unless you auction them.

andre on October 23, 2010:

How much would a 1990 Cal Ripken card be worth

andre on October 23, 2010:

how much do you think a 2007 card of greg maddux on the padres would be

joe miller on April 13, 2010:

i have a 1958 cover of the 1958 all star players in great shape and well protected on the cover are hall of famers mays musial banks malzone jensen triandos crandall and m mantle cover is well protected by red card board very hard it is really nice sorry i have no scanner if you don't like it just send it back will trade for a 1963 mantle or before pictures are big and clear joe

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on March 10, 2010:


A 1987 Cal Ripken Jr Topps baseball card #784 has a book value of about .75 cents

A 1988 Topps Cal Ripken card number 650 has a book value of about .75 cents

The Gary Carter 1989 card #680 is currently selling for 1.00 on EBay

The deals seem like they are OK

Isaiah on March 10, 2010:

I have a Cal Ripken 1987 card #784 someone wants to trade me for a Cal Ripken 1988 card # 650 or he will trade me a Gary Carter 1989 card #680 do you think it is a good deal or not? Thank you for your time! bye.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on December 29, 2009:

jeremy, try this site:

jeremy on December 29, 2009:

plez help me i want to find out how much my cards r worth... What website should i goto??????

ouimetholmes on October 29, 2009:

Hey hglick, I'm ouimetholmes and I'm a huge collector, I also sell but I'm able to always keep that aspect away from my collecting. I felt that your hub could've gave more in depth info about the price guides because people should know why beckett is used more than tuffstuff, and how values for cards are different depending on the kind of collecting a person is doing, not everyone collects for the same reasons or in the same way.

hglick (author) from Riverhead,NY on August 25, 2008:

02SmithA thank you for the compliment. It's my pleasure to provide this info.

allshookup - I found 2 links that talk about the value of the Barry Bonds Rookie card - They are :


allshookup from The South, United States on August 25, 2008:

Do you think a Topps Barry Bonds rookie card would be worth much after everything that's happened? Good hub!

02SmithA from Ohio on August 25, 2008:

I have tons of baseball cards that I periodically check the values on. I found this hub interesting, including the video. Thanks!

Dottie1 from MA, USA on August 23, 2008:

Was interested to see some baseball card values. My husband had a grand collection of baseball cards that were stored in his mother's attic. His sister found them and practically gave them away at her yardsale. I'm glad I wasn't around that day when he found out. But he does have a great collection of hockey cards and probably about 90% of them are signed. Since stocks are down right now this may be my future retirement fund. Thanks for sharing.

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