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The history of these most expensive baseball cards is very interesting. They were actually the result of a marketing (tack-tick) campaign.

Tobacco companies at the back in the nineteenth century or early twentieth started publishing these baseball cards in order to target the baseball fans as their customers.

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Essentially it was just it. They wouldn’t be had any idea that their published one baseball card one day will become the most expensive baseball card in the world.

And now you can see, this mania has turned into a complete new madness. An entire new industry, known as the collecting card, the trading card industry, exist now. Where collectors, collect, buy and sell age-old cards (Baseball cards, Yugioh cards, Magic the Gathering cards, Pokemon cards, etc.).

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Beside collectors, fans also involve in this game and the simple piece of cardboard becomes the most expensive baseball card, the most expensive magic card or the most expensive Yugioh card.

If you’re also having a card or more, matching with any of these most expensive baseball cards then keep in mind that some cards have little or no value over the others. This may be due to the reprinting, reissuing and new additions with slight or major changes being occurred with the time.


09. 1921 White’s Bakery Lefty Grove Rookie –$36,000

1921 White's Bakery Lefty Grove Rookie - Baseball Card
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Lefty grove or Groves is just an example of a most expensive baseball card that is not only most valuable baseball card but an extremely rare card too.

To talk about its exclusiveness, on first it was issued only for Baltimore, on an occasion of Orioles victory when White’s Bakery featured the winning players.

It is presumed that only a few examples of this cards exist for now. One of which was known to be in possession of Joe Bosley, a Baltimore’s collector. After that, in 2014 it was sold for $18,960.

Since then, there is no appearance in the notice. Probably it still exists and must have gained a lot of value & worth so far.


08. 1921 Frederick Foto Babe Ruth –$42,000

1921 Frederick Foto Babe Ruth - Baseball Card
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Another Babe Ruth with extreme rarity is coming to the list later. For this (Fredrick Foto) is also very rare. In an auction in 2013, one of the Babe Ruth Frederick Foto is known to be sold for $44,437 which now worth nearly a million dollars approximately.

The thing that sets this simple piece of cardboard to fire is its smaller number of copies. There known to be only five copies of this card in the world.

On the other hand, Babe Ruth’s Frederick foto is itself very rare. Added up to one, both of these factors make it one of the most expensive baseball card of the time.


07. 1910 T210 Old Mill Tobacco Joe Jackson –$199,750

1910 T210 Old Mill Tobacco Joe Jackson - Baseball Card
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The popularity or fame of this baseball card is directly attached to its master (Joe Jackson).

Jackson was a most popular baseball player of his time but a controversy ruined his career. He got banned from playing baseball for the remaining of his life.

Now, because people love controversies and this time their favorite player was in question, they found a way and hence this card became the most expensive baseball card than ever.


06. 1912 E300 Plow’s Candy Ty Cobb –$272,780

1912 E300 Plow's Candy Ty Cobb - Baseball Card
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This is the second addition to the list from the legendary Plow’s Candy card family and also the second most expensive Ty Cobb (the other is coming next).

It is counted as one of five KEY cards of Plow’s candy cards of 1912 (fair enough?).

The mythological story of this candy card is quite intriguing. Before the fall of 1960, it wasn’t even in minds. People in the trading card industry were presuming it totally extinct. And then they found it to be the most desirable baseball card in collecting card’s history.


05. 1909-1911 T206 Ty Cobb –$273,000

1909-1911 T206 Ty Cobb - Baseball Card
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This baseball card’s condition is near mint, it secures 8 grades on PSA standards and 30 on SGC (Sports Card Guaranty). One of the rare rarity club’s member exists only or less than a dozen of the total.

As it also belongs to the Plow’s Candy cards, of which all of them are extremely rare, it gets lots of value. Among them, it is counted as the most desirable, the most sought-for card in all Plow’s Candy Ty Cobb collection. Also perhaps because it is the part of legendary T206.


04. 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle –$282,587

1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle - Baseball Card
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Mickey Mantle is, of course, the most talked about, the most iconic and also the most expensive baseball card in the trading & collecting card industry throughout the world.

One obvious reason is because Mickey Mantle is one of the most recognizable baseball players of United Stats. Others include Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Joe Jackson.

On comparing with other Mickey Mantles, this 1951 Topps Mickey Mantle is most beautiful and attractive card with a light blue background. You can name other qualities too if you are a true baseball lover.


03. 1909-1911 T206 Border Eddie Plank –$414,750

T206 Border Eddie Plank - Baseball Card
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A rare card. No such real reason why is so but the one single logic that is publically known is that it was due to the broken/damaged printing plate that it couldn’t be happened to print in more quantity afterward.

It was part of T206 pack which is, however, the most valuable pack in the baseball card history.

Estimates show that there would be the only a couple of dozen cards left throughout. Making each single card a most expensive baseball card racket.


02. 1916 M101-4 Babe Ruth Rookie –$517,000

1916 M101-4 Babe Ruth Rookie - Baseball Card
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Only a few babe ruth 1914 Baltimore are believed to exist now a day. So much that merely ten or twenty or perhaps much less than that.

This way it becomes a real rarity baseball card and gains so much value over the other collectible cards.

As I try to tell you the behind story of every baseball card that circulates among the card collectors and baseball fans. This card also has a weird one. Can you spot any other baseball player who is published on a card wearing a baseball sports costume of sage age?

If you could really do that then trust me this Babe Ruth of 1914 would have comparatively less value as it is enjoying right now.


01. 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner –$2,820,000

Honus Wagner - Baseball Card
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First of all, let me tell you some quick facts about it. Honus Wagner is widely praised single most expensive baseball card on this earth. Printed by an American tobacco company, got 8 grade from PSA, said to be sold for $1.2 million on eBay in 2000, on another time sold for $1.7 million, previously owned by Wayne Gretzky, bought by Ken Kendricks (the new owner) who is a managing general of D-backs (a professional franchise of baseball players.).

Printed by an American tobacco company, got 8 grade from PSA, said to be sold for $1.2 million on eBay in 2000, on another time sold for $1.7 million, previously owned by Wayne Gretzky, bought by Ken Kendricks (the new owner) who is a managing general of D-backs (a professional franchise of baseball players.).

It has been and still the most regarded baseball card in the card collecting industry. Total of 60 cards were issued at the time of printing and few of which are still known to exist at present.

One white Honus Wagner is also reported to be sold for $2.8 million in 2007 which make it the highest paid most expensive baseball card so far..

The one interesting story (or you can say a myth, possibly the truth) about this card is that Wagner wanted not his photo on a tobacco card. So he asked to stop publishing his picture and hence there were none of any image of Wagner on any tobacco baseball card later. And resultantly the formerly issued cards raised in worth and value due to the rarity.