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There aren’t many baseball players that had the same sort of impact on the game as the legendary Mickey Mantle.
Mantle carried the torch from the legends before him – Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig – while putting together one of the all time great careers in baseball history.
Although injuries got the better of him towards the end of his career, Mantle is considered one of the best ever to play the game of baseball.
It’s no surprise that Mantle’s cards to this day are still some of the most highly sought after. His 1952 Topps card continues to break records, while his other early Topps and Bowman cards continue to be some of the most sought after in the hobby.
But since most of us don’t have the funds to access some of Mantle’s high grade six figure cards, I wanted to provide a list of five Mickey Mantle cards that can be purchased for $1000 or less.
The 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card is one of the most iconic basketball cards of all time. Since Jordan’s retirement in 2003, the collector demand for his rookie card has grown even stronger. Today, a PSA 10 Gem-Mint Jordan rookie card can sell for upwards of $30,000. But with the popularity of the card, a thriving counterfeit market has emerged in which the Jordan rookie has become one of the most popular forgeries in the hobby.
While Honus Wagner was one of the best players in baseball, it’s the rarity of his T206 card which makes it such a prized collectible.
Despite the popularity of the Wagner card, the remainder of the T206 set as a whole has always been a target of for many vintage card collectors.
Filled with both major and minor leaguers (along with 75 Hall of Fame subjects), the 524 card set is also commonly referred to as the “White Borders” set.
Add on the fact that the cards were produced with thirty-six different backs advertising the various brands from the American Tobacco Company and it’s no surprise that many label the T206 set as “The Monster”.
Within vintage collecting circles, “strip cards” (as they are known) have long been thought of as the forgotten step-child in the hobby.
The cards were initially either sold or provided to customers in various retail stores in the 1920’s. The cards were issued in a long strip (hence the name) and either cut or distributed in partial uncut strips.
The anonymity of the cards (most have no known issuer), the low quality of the card stock, and a lack of a printed back has led to strip cards not maintaining the same level of popularity as some of the more well known candy or tobacco issues.
In addition, from a grading perspective, the cards remain a challenge, since the cards were meant to be hand-cut. While some cards have surfaced in uncut sheets, those that have been cut get somewhat different treatment from the card graders. PSA for example with label a strip card as only ‘Authentic’ with no numeric grade if the card has been cut within the pre-dotted line, despite the overall condition.
Yet, despite the obvious flaws, these cards offer baseball card collectors a more reasonable way to collect some of the biggest names from yesteryear, including Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and more.
Add on the fact that he played for the Yankees, he cursed an entire franchise (the Red Sox of course), and had one of the most memorable personalities in baseball, and it’s no surprise that collector demand for Babe Ruth’s baseball cards remains very high.
But, you say that Ruth has cards that are (gulp) undervalued??
Part of our mission at All Vintage Cards is to help collectors identify baseball cards that look mis-priced in the marketplace. We utilize our research on Availability, Collector Demand, and Current Valuation to determine whether a card looks Fairly Valued or potentially Undervalued (or even Overvalued).
Using our research, we’ve identified ten Babe Ruth Baseball Cards that look Undervalued relative to investor supply and demand. Enjoy!
With this list, I’ve narrowed down the field to thirty cards that both hold tremendous value and are considered to be some of the most sought after cards for baseball card collectors.
From a price standpoint, some of the baseball cards on this list may unfortunately be out of reach for many collectors.
However, if you come across a low grade version of one of these cards it will likely be more affordable and something you could consider adding to your collection.
Whatever the case, it should be well understood that the business of baseball cards is alive and well. Thus, some baseball cards, especially pre-war cards or even some created after World War II are worth a lot of money.
If you have any of the cards on this list, consider yourself one of the lucky ones!
I’ve been collecting cards for over thirty years now. Until recently I wasn’t really interested in learning about the history of baseball cards.
When I started back in the 80’s, I was more focused on collecting cards of the guys that I watched. Rookie cards of Cal Ripken Jr., Wade Boggs, Eric Davis, Andre Dawson and Eddie Murray were more my speed.
Sure, I knew of the all time greats such as Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, Robinson et al, but it didn’t interest me as much as my own heroes.
But as the years moved on, I slowly got this itching desire to learn more about the early days of baseball history and the associated trading cards.
Thus I embarked on a fact finding mission; to learn as much as humanly possible about where baseball cards got their start.
I consider this a living, breathing document, so if I have anything wrong–please let me know (I’ll fix it!) I would also love to hear any stories you might have regarding early baseball cards. Feel free to share your story in the comments section below!