Junk Wax Gems: Top 15 Most Valuable Cards Of The Era

by Vinnie Rullo

The Junk Wax Era, spanning from 1986 to 1993, is predominantly recognized for its significant overproduction of baseball cards.

This period led to a substantial bubble in the sports card industry, which eventually burst, causing a notable collapse in the market.

However, the era was more than just bubble and bust; it also produced a rich array of sports cards, including valuable rookie cards and rare short-prints

Many cards from this era now hold surprising value. You could discover some of these hidden treasures in your collection.

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Junk Wax Gems: Top 15 Most Valuable Cards Of The Era
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The Top 10 Sports Cards That Changed The Hobby

by Vinnie Rullo

Sports cards have been on quite the journey since the late 1800s.

From humble beginnings with baseball cards tucked inside tobacco tins,
to today's flashy 1/1s and autographed patch cards.

Throughout this evolution, a few cards and sets have truly turned heads,
setting new trends and directing the next big thing in card collecting.

These aren't just pieces of cardboard; they're snapshots of sports moments in time, shaping the hobby and leading to the dynamic card culture of today.

Without these game-changing cards, our hobby would be a different ball game.

So, let's dive in!

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The Top 10 Sports Cards That Changed The Hobby
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The 10 Most Valuable Cards In The 1949 Bowman Baseball Set

by All Vintage Cards

The 1949 Bowman Baseball card set is an important one for the hobby and one of the best sets of the 1940s

The set (along with the 1948-49 Leaf Baseball Card set) marked the start of colorized baseball cards.

Also, the set contains the first cards of some of the first black players in baseball, such as Jackie Robinson, Satchell Paige, and Roy Campanella.

It's a small set by most standards (only 240 cards). But, completing the entire set is an expensive endeavor for collectors.

Herein, we outline the ten most valuable cards in the 1949 Bowman set, providing our thoughts on the investment potential of the set.

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The 10 Most Valuable Cards In The 1949 Bowman Baseball Set
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Mickey Mantle Baseball Cards: Top Ten To Invest In Right Now

by All Vintage Cards

Mickey Mantle was one of the most accomplished players in the history of the game, and his baseball cards continue to reflect that status. 

As a recent example, investors in a Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps card would have tripled the returns of the stock market over the past eighteen years!

So, it's not unusual to consider some of "The Mick's" baseball cards as an investment right alongside our other savings or stock investments. 

We've analyzed all Mickey Mantle baseball cards and decided on ten cards that should be solid long-term investments.

Remember, this is not investment advice, please do your own research!

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Mickey Mantle Baseball Cards: Top Ten To Invest In Right Now
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1938 Goudey Joe DiMaggio Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)

by Brad Worley

Joe DiMaggio was voted baseball's greatest living player in 1969, a testament to his all-around excellence on the baseball field. 

"The Yankee Clipper" had superstar credentials that few players, even today, could match.

Power? At the time of his retirement, he ranked fifth on the all-time home run list. 

Contact? His legendary 56-game hitting streak might be the best living record in any sport.

Winning? His 9 World Series rings in 13 seasons as a major leaguer make him arguably the game's most dominant individual champion.

Not surprisingly, the two 1938 Goudey Heads-Up Joe DiMaggio rookie cards are some of the hobby's most enduring gems.

Let's dig into this iconic rookie issue of one of baseball's greatest icons.

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1938 Goudey Joe DiMaggio Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)
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What’s The Rarest Football Card Of All Time?

by All Vintage Cards

The 1894 N302 Mayo's Cut Plug John Dunlop card is one of the rarest football cards in existence.

However, the 1925 Star Player Candy Red Grange has a lower graded population.

The Cut Plug Dunlop card is often referred to as the 'holy grail' of football cards and is a part of the first football card set in history-the N302 Mayo's Cut Plug set.  

The cards featured ivy league football stars of the day and are the first 19th-century trading cards dedicated solely to football players. 

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What’s The Rarest Football Card Of All Time?
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What Is The Rarest Baseball Card Of All Time?

by All Vintage Cards

It's a question I get constantly 'What's the Rarest Baseball Card?"

While immediate thoughts for many center on the T206 Honus Wagner card, the population data that shows the card isn't as rare as most people think (about 50-75 copies of the T206 Wagner are thought to exist).

So, what is the rarest baseball card? The question is not an easy one to answer.

As follows, we dive into several pre-war tobacco cards to examine existing population reports and relative scarcity.

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What Is The Rarest Baseball Card Of All Time?
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1957 Topps Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

by All Vintage Cards

The 1957 Topps Baseball card set was the sixth baseball card issue for Topps and one of the all-time classic baseball card sets

In our ranking of the best Topps sets of all time, we listed the 1957 Topps set as the fifth-best Topps set overall.  

The set blends the simplicity of design with excellent star power (Mantle, Mays, Aaron). A solid rookie class, highlighted by the Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson rookie cards make it a desired set for vintage collectors.

Follow along as I explore the 1957 Topps Baseball Card Set. As follows, I dive into scarcity, investment potential, and the most valuable cards in the set. 

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1957 Topps Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)
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1955 Bowman Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

by All Vintage Cards

The 1955 Bowman set is an important one in the history of the hobby.

First, it marked the last full year baseball set produced by Bowman, before being acquired by Topps in 1956.

Second, the card's tv design made for one of the most unique and memorable sets from the 1950's.  

Due to fairly widespread distribution, the set tends to be more affordable than early Bowman issues, yet collectors are quite fond of the set's big stars, including Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

The brown borders make the set a condition sensitive issue, as the cards are quite commonly found with chipped corners and borders. 

Follow along as I explore the 1955 Bowman Baseball issue, providing data on scarcity, investment potential, and the most valuable cards in the set

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1955 Bowman Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)
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1934 Goudey Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)

by All Vintage Cards

The 1934 Goudey Baseball card issue followed one of the most coveted pre-war sets of all time

The set is beautiful and leverages a similar, colorful design as seen with the 1933 Goudey baseball card set. 

Yet, a glaring omission is the lack of any Babe Ruth cards in the set (recall, Babe has four cards in the 1933 Goudey set). 

Yankee slugger Lou Gehrig is the main focus of the set. 

The "Iron Horse" is the only player with multiple cards in the set.  Gehrig's face is also featured on the majority of the card fronts, with a quote from Gehrig on the backs. 

Collectors sometimes refer to this one as the 'Lou Gehrig Goudey' set.  

Follow along as I explore the 1934 Goudey issue, providing data on scarcity, investment potential, and the most valuable cards in the set

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1934 Goudey Baseball Cards: Most Valuable (Top Picks)