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Baseball Card Values 101 & Our Set Price Guide


Understanding baseball card values can be tricky. But follow these five steps and you'll be better off than most.

Want to see our price guide for particular sets? Check out the table at the bottom of the page.


Identify & understand what you have

To fully appreciate your collection, you need to know exactly what you've got. Make sure to correctly identify the players, sets, and the dates. You'll also need to know the difference between authentic material and reproduction pieces.

If you're having trouble, try scanning or photographing your card, and using a reverse image search. This way you can Google search using an image.

Judge the condition

Get an idea of the condition of the cards in your collection. Cards can be damaged by folding, paper loss, scuffing, dirt, rounded corners, and even factory printing errors; and condition greatly affects value. Most people (mistakenly) think that their cards are in mint condition. But true understanding requires a bit more. There are 10 levels of condition from Gem Mint to Poor.

These strip cards, while extremely cool, are not in mint condition.

Learn about the grading scale

Get familiar with the grading system used by PSA, SGC, and Beckett. This will help you narrow down the exact condition of your cards. But don't get your cards graded. For many it's a losing proposition. Only do it if it will truly add value and be cost-effective.

Want to learn more about card grading? Check out these two resources:



Check recent eBay sales

Go on eBay and do a search for some of your cards, starting with the star players. Make sure to check the box to show only sold listings. See if your card in your particular condition has sold recently.



Look on other free and paid sources (optional)


If you want to further explore the current market value of your cards, check out paid sites like vintagecardprices.com. They track recent sales from eBay and auction houses, and can show historical data. PSA and TuffStuff also have free tools available, but be skeptical of price guides because "book values" often don't match up with reality.



So what if you want to sell?

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Set reasonable expectations

If you want to sell, set reasonable expectations for your selling price. You probably won't be able to fetch a fortune for your cards, but you could still get a nice return. A dealer might offer you 50-60% of recent eBay sale prices. If you don't have lofty expectations for price (or sentimental attachment) it will be much easier to sell.




Pick your preferred method to sell

You might be able to sell your cards on eBay, but for most it's simply not worth the hassle. Scammers and long lines at the post office pose a threat to this method. Here's our full list of reasons why beginners shouldn't sell their cards on eBay.

You could try your local baseball card shop if you still have one. But a national dealer will have more capital to pay top dollar for your cards.





Photograph or scan your cards

Having digital images of your collection will make it much easier to sell. Make sure to scan or photograph with a smartphone your star cards and a sampling of the rest of your collection. Here's a resource on scanning and photographing your baseball cards.



Ship your cards

Shipping properly will assure that your collection is transported safely and securely. Here's more on how to ship sports cards.







What are some of the most valuable baseball cards?:

Here's a sampling of some of the most valuable and coveted cards of all time. Got any of these? You might be sitting on a goldmine.

  • 1909 T206 Honus Wagner
  • 1909 T206 Joe Doyle (NY Nat'l)
  • 1909 E90-1 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson
  • 1911 D304 Brunner's Bread Ty Cobb
  • 1914 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson
  • 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig
  • 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie
  • 1948 Leaf Satchel Paige
  • 1954 Topps Ted Williams
  • 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax
  • 1954 Topps Ernie Banks
  • 1963 Topps Pete Rose



Below are some of our most desired baseball card sets and the price we will pay to buy them from you. Look closely at the condition indicated with each price and consider that almost no sets are in Gem Mint 10 condition. Even if never opened. Learn more about how to approximate card condition here. Our buy prices are based on our knowledge of current market value plus our overhead to process the set through our inventory system. We make an offer within 48 hours with immediate payment without you having to wait for your cards to sell individually.

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Complete BASEBALL Set Buy Prices **

We also purchase complete and partial sets in lesser conditon.
Please contact us should you have any of these sets or partial sets. We will pay TOP DOLLAR on PSA and SGC graded sets and truly NM/MT or MINT sets!

YEAR - CARD SETVG/EX to EXEX/MTNM to NM/MT
1886 N167 Old Judge New York Giants $150,000 $300,000 $500,000 and up
1886 Red Stocking Cigars $35,000 $65,000 $100,000 and up
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter $6,250 $12,500 $20,000 and up
1887 Four Base Hits $300,000 $600,000 $1,000,000 and up
1887 N175 Gypsy Queen $225,000 $450,000 $750,000 and up
1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats $300,000 $600,000 $1,000,000 and up
1887 N690-1 Kalamazoo Bats Cabinets $75,000 $150,000 $250,000 and up
1887 N693 Kalamazoo Bats Team Cards $65,000 $125,000 $200,000 and up
1887 N172 Old Judge $325,000 $650,000 $1,000,000 and up
1888 N29 Allen & Ginter $1,750 $3,500 $5500 and up
1888 N43 Allen & Ginter $10,000 $20,000 $30,000 and up
1888 N162 Goodwin $10,750 $21,500 $35,000 and up
1888 G&B Chewing Gum E223 $625,000 $1,250,000 $2,000,000 and up
1888 S.F. Hess N338-2 $70,000 $135,000 $225,000 and up
1888 Yum Yum Tobacco N403 $225,000 $450,000 $750,000 and up
1888 Old Judge Cabinets N173  Call   Call   Call 
1888 Dogs Head Cabinets N173  Call   Call   Call 
1889 E.R. Williams Card Game  $7,500 $15,000 $25,000 and up
1889 Police Gazette Cabinets $150,000 $300,000 $500,000 and up
1893 Just So Tobacco  Call   Call   Call 
1894 Alpha Photo Engraving Baltimore Orioles   Call   Call   Call 
1894 Honest Duke Cabinets N142 $15,000 $30,000 $50,000 and up
1895 Mayo's Cut Plug N300 $15,000 $30,000 $45,000 and up
1895 N566 Newsboy Cabinet $6,250 $12,500 $20,000 and up
1902-1911 Sporting Life Cabinets W600 $300,000 $600,000 $1,000,000 and up
1903-1904 E107 Breisch Williams $625,000 $1,250,000 $2,000,000 and up
1904 Fan Craze A.L. & N.L. $6,000 $12,000 $18,000 and up
1906 Ullman Postcards $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 and up
1908-1909 Rose Postcards $10,000 $20,000 $30,000 and up
1909 T204 Ramly $40,000 $80,000 $125,000 and up
1909-1911 T206 $150,000 $400,000 $750,000 and up
1911 T3 Turkey Reds $60,000 $150,000 $300,000 and up
1911 T205 $35,000 $90,000 $150,000 and up
1911 M116 Sporting Life $21,500 $50,000 $100,000 and up
1909-11 American Caramel E90-1 $32,500 $65,000 $100,000 and up
1912 T207 Brown Border $17,500 $35,000 $60,000 and up
1912 S81 Large Silks $10,000 $20,000 $35,000 and up
1913 Tom Barker $1,500 $3,000 $5000 and up
1914 Cracker Jack  $100,000 $250,000 $650,000 and up
1915 Cracker Jack  $50,000 $75,000 $450,000 and up
1932 U.S. Caramel $20,000 $40,000 $75,000 and up
1933 Goudey $22,500 $50,000 $225,000 and up
1933 Sport Kings $12,500 $25,000 $75,000 and up
1933 Delong $5,000 $15,000 $40,000 and up
1933 Butter Cream $15,000 $30,000 $50,000 and up
1933 George C. Miller $7,500 $15,000 $25,000 and up
1933 Tattoo Orbit $2,500 $5,000 $10,000 and up
1934 Goudey $7,500 $15,000 $60,000 and up
1934 Batter-Up $6,250 $12,500 $40,000 and up
1934-36 Diamond Stars $7,500 $15,000 $35,000 and up
1935 Goudey 4 In 1 $2,750 $5,500 $15,000 and up
1938 Goudey Heads Up $6,125 $12,250 $35,000 and up
1939 Play Ball $2,500 $5,000 $12,500 and up
1940 Play Ball $5,000 $10,000 $25,000 and up
1941 Play Ball $5,000 $10,000 $20,000 and up
1941 Double Play $1,750 $3,500 $8000 and up
1948 Bowman $2,500 $5,000 $12,500 and up
1949 Bowman $4,500 $8,000 $25,000 and up
1950 Bowman $3,250 $6,000 $17500 and up
1951 Bowman $6,250 $12,500 $35,000 and up
1952 Bowman $2,250 $5,000 $15,000 and up
1953 Bowman B&W $1,200 $2,400 $6000 and up 
1953 Bowman Color $3,500 $7,000 $25,000 and up
1954 Bowman $1,000 $2,000 $5000 and up
1955 Bowman $1,200 $2,500 $7500 and up
1948 Leaf $20,000 $40,000 $100,000 and up
1950 Callahan $300 $750 $1250 and up
1950 Drakes $2,000 $4,000 $10,000 and up
1951 Topps Red Backs $400 $800 $2000 and up
1951 Topps Blue Backs $750 $1,200 $3000 and up
1951 Topps Connie Mack All Stars  $2,000 $3,750 $7500 and up
1951 Topps Current All Stars $1,250 $2,500 $5000 and up
1951 Topps Teams $625 $1,250 $2000 and up
1952 Topps $35,000 $100,000 $250,000 and up
1953 Topps $3,500 $10,000 $35,000 and up
1954 Topps $1,000 $2,500 $8000 and up
1955 Topps $1,000 $2,500 $10,000 and up
1956 Topps $1,000 $2,250 $6000 and up
1957 Topps $800 $1,750 $8000 and up
1958 Topps $750 $1,500 $7000 and up
1959 Topps $750 $1,200 $8000 and up
1960 Topps $600 $1,200 $5000 and up
1961 Topps $750 $1,200 $6000 and up
1962 Topps $600 $1,100 $7500 and up
1963 Topps $700 $1,250 $6000 and up
1964 Topps $500 $1,000 $3000 and up
1965 Topps $500 $1,100 $4500 and up
1966 Topps $450 $900 $4000 and up
1967 Topps $500 $1,000 $4500 and up
1968 Topps $250 $500 $2000 and up
1969 Topps $200 $400 $1500 and up
1970 Topps $175 $350 $1250 and up
1971 Topps $200 $400 $1500 and up
1972 Topps $125 $350 $800 and up
1973 Topps $100 $200 $600 and up
1974 Topps $75 $125 $400 and up
1975 Topps $75 $150 $450 and up

** - Premiums paid for PSA and SGC graded sets

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