Monthly Archives: October 2021

1974 Topps Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

ryan-topps-74The 1974 Topps Baseball card set certainly has that early seventy’s vibe. 

The set’s white borders are accentuated with colorful flags on each card’s top and bottom.

However, from a design perspective, the set is one of my least favorite designs of all the 1970’s Topps baseball card sets.

The set is chock full of the stars of the era, including Nolan Ryan, Johnny Bench, and Hank Aaron. 

The set features Hall of Fame outfielder Dave Winfield’s rookie card; however, the remaining rookie card class is weak.

Subsets throughout the set include a dedication to Hank Aaron (cards 1-6), team card issues, manager card, statistical leaders, all-star cards, and the ever-popular four-panel rookie cards. 

PSA has a card by card gallery, which is an excellent resource for viewing the 1974 set in its entirety. 

Here we explore the most valuable cards in the 1974 Topps Baseball card set. 


1976 Topps Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

The 1976 Topps Baseball card set is a significant change from the prior year’s colorful, trippy-looking cards.

The set has clear white borders with a two-tone color scheme, matching the colors of the player’s uniform.

Not exactly one of my favorite designs among the Topps sets, but I’ve seen a lot worse. 

The set contains all the stars of the day, guys like George Brett, Pete Rose, Robin Yount, Thurman Munson, and even the last card of Hank Aaron. 

However, the rookie class here leaves a lot to be desired, headed up by HOF reliever Dennis Eckersley.

Subsets in the issue include Record Breakers (#1 to #6), All-Time All-Stars (#341 to #350), and the classic four-player Rookie Prospects (#588 to #599).

Here we explore the most valuable cards in the 1976 Topps Baseball set. 


1965 Topps Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

65-topps-yazThe 1965 Topps Baseball card set is one of the classic baseball card sets from the latter half of the decade. 

Its clean design with white borders and baseball pennant also make it one of the better-designed sets from Topps in the 1960s. 

The 1965 set is chock full of star player cards including Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays, while also including several key rookie cards of Joe Morgan, Catfish Hunter, Tony Perez, and Steve Carlton. 

In this piece we take a closer look at the most valuable cards in the 1965 Topps Baseball card set, examining values, population reports, and overall investment potential.


Barry Sanders Rookie Card (Best 4 Investments, Value, Checklist)

barry-score-rcBarry Sanders was one of the best running backs to ever play the game. Most rankings put Sanders in the top three overall, usually surrounded by other great runnings backs such as Jim Brown or Walter Payton. 

Unfortunately, Barry Sanders rookie cards were released during the peak of the junk era of sports cards, when massive overproduction was the norm.  

Thus, for investment purposes, his rookie cards are only suitable if seeking the highest graded copies possible.

Even then, the significant supplies make it hard to envision a future when his rookie cards increase massively in value.

Still, I wanted to provide some more thoughts on his available rookie cards, providing more information on card values, scarcity, and overall investment potential. 


Bo Jackson Rookie Card (Best 6 Investments, Value, Checklist)

bo-jackson-rookieWhen it comes to the best two sports athletes in the history of sports, only a handful typically come to mind. 

Throughout my life, I witnessed a few: Deion Sanders, Danny Ainge, even Brian Jordan. However, there is one player that rises to the top of them all: Bo Jackson.

It might seem like a no-brainer to invest in Bo Jackson’s rookie cards, but his cards were issued from 1986 to 1987, the peak of the Junk Era, and produced in the tens of millions.

Still, I wanted to review Bo’s rookie cards to see if there might be one or two that could be attractive investments for the long run.

Let’s dig in. 


Jerry Rice Rookie Card: Value, Investment Potential, Scarcity


The Joe Montana to Jerry Rice connection in the 1980s was one of the best-ever quarterback and wide receiver duos of all time.

Even despite the rise of some star-studded wideouts, Rice remains the consensus #1 WR in the history of football.

The Jerry Rice 1986 Topps Rookie card has seen renewed interest among football card collectors.

Rice rookie cards in high grade have seen the biggest increase in recent years.

In this piece, we examine the career of Jerry Rice while taking a closer look at his 1986 Topps rookie card.


Babe Ruth Rookie Card: Value, Investment Potential, Population

babe ruth rookie cardWhen card collectors ask me for the best cards to invest in, I always say ‘look for scarcity’ with the GOATs. 

Sure, modern card collectors will flock to the rookies of Kobe Bryant or Tom Brady, but, personally, I like the OLD stuff. 

It’s the old, vintage cards of guys like Babe Ruth, produced in shorter supplies, often left for dead, that I believe have the best chance of long-term investment potential.

I’ve covered some of the more affordable Babe Ruth cards in the past, but in this piece, I wanted to focus on the rookie card of Babe Ruth. 

I should note, Babe has both a pre-rookie and what is considered a TRUE rookie card, both of which I’ll cover in this article.


Kobe Bryant Rookie Card: 12 Best Investments, Value, Checklist

kobe-rookie-cardKobe Bryant’s rookie cards remain among the most sought-after basketball cards in the hobby.

His dominance on the court with the Lakers and tragic passing has renewed interest in Kobe’s rookie cards.  

Like Tom Brady’s rookie cards, we usually don’t discuss cards from the modern era, but there are a few players (aka GOATS) for which we make an exception.

In this piece, we discuss the best Kobe Bryant cards, reviewing Kobe Bryant’s rookie card values while discussing PSA population reports and the investment potential for each. 

Also check out this page, which lists the most valuable Kobe Bryant rookie cards for sale on eBay.


The Best Card Grading Companies: A Collector’s Survey

best-grading-companiesWe’ve written extensively about sports card grading and many of the controversies that have surrounded the space.

With the explosion in demand for card grading, collectors have faced long wait times and higher prices.

I felt like it was a good time to get a pulse of the collector community to get opinions on the best grading companies.

Let’s face it, a lot has changed, and new competitors have come into the market.

In what follows, I provide the results of our 2021 Sports Grading Collectors survey while also providing some of my experiences with the different grading companies.