Top Sports Cards Sales Values of All-Time

Top Sports Cards Sales Values of All-Time

While the record-breaking prices of 2021 have slowed slightly, the market for high-end sports cards is still booming, pushing the top sports card sales into the millions.

Before 2020, million-dollar sports card sales used to be a rarity. However, as seen in the list below, the card market has picked up in recent years. In fact, every featured card sold for over $2 million.

A clear favorite on the list is the T206 Honus Wagner.

Another iconic card sale making headlines is the 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth. While it is reportedly valued at approximately $6 million, the final purchase price was never officially disclosed.

One card that will top the list soon is the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 (SGC 9.5). This card will officially claim the spot once the auction closes near the end of August 2022.

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Most Expensive Sports Cards Sales in History

Completed auction listings are linked when available. *List is current as of August 2022.*

1. 1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal (SGC 2)

  • When - August 4, 2022 (announcement date)
  • Where - Goldin (Private Sale)
  • How Much - $7,250,000

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2. 1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal (SGC 3)

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3T. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 (PSA 9)

  • When - January 14, 2021 (announcement date)
  • Where - PWCC Marketplace (Private Sale)
  • How Much - $5,200,000

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3T. 2003-04 Exquisite Collection LeBron James #78 Rookie Patch Autograph Jersey Number #/23 (BGS 9)

  • When - April 26, 2021 (announcement date)
  • Where - PWCC Marketplace (Private Sale)
  • How Much - $5,200,000

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5. 2018-19 Panini National Treasures Luka Doncic #127 Rookie Patch Autograph Logoman 1/1

  • When - February 28, 2021 (announcement date)
  • Where - Private Sale
  • How Much - $4,600,000

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6. 2017 Panini National Treasures Patrick Mahomes #161 Rookie Patch Autograph Platinum Shield 1/1 (BGS 8.5)

  • When - July 28, 2021 (announcement date)
  • Where - PWCC Marketplace (Private Sale)
  • How Much - $4,300,000

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7. 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #33 (PSA 9)

  • When - July 10, 2021
  • Where - Memory Lane
  • How Much - $4,212,000

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8. 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout #BDPP89 SuperFractor Autograph 1/1 (BGS 9/Auto 10)

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9. 1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal (PSA 2)

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10. 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky RC #18 (PSA 10)

  • When - May 27, 2021 (announcement date)
  • Where - Heritage Auctions (private sale)
  • How Much - $3,750,000

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11. 1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal (PSA 3)

  • When - December 17, 2020 (announcement date)
  • Where - Heritage Auctions (private sale)
  • How Much - $3,700,000
  • When - October 7, 2020 (announcement date)
  • Where - Mile High Card Company (private sale)
  • How Much - $3,250,000

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12. 1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal (PSA 1)

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13. 1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal "Jumbo" (PSA 5 - MC)

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14. 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady #144 Championship Rookie Ticket Autograph #/100 (BGS 9/Auto 10)

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15T. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 (PSA 9)

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15T. 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady RC #144 Rookie Ticket Autograph (PSA 10)

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17T. 2003-04 Exquisite Collection LeBron James #78 Rookie Patch Autograph Jersey Number #/23 (BGS 8.5)

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17T. 2020-21 Panini Flawless LeBron James Triple Logoman 1/1 (PSA Authentic)

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19. 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady #144 Championship Rookie Ticket Autograph #/100 (BAS 8.5/Auto 9)

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20. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 (PSA 8)

  • When - July 10, 2021
  • Where - Memory Lane
  • How Much - $2,112,000

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21. 2003-04 Exquisite Collection LeBron James #78 Rookie Patch Autograph Jersey Number #/23 (BGS 8.5)

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22. 1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jersey Autograph Michael Jordan #/23 (PSA 8/Auto 9)

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23. 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady #144 Championship Rookie Ticket Autograph #/100 (BGS 8.5/Auto 10)

  • When - February 19, 2022
  • Where - PWCC Auctions
  • How Much - $2,040,000

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Trey is a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options.

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