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Most Valuable Baseball Cards Sold on eBay – May 18 to May 29

May 30, 2009

In a previous post, I showed you the most valuable baseball cards actually sold on eBay for early May, 2009.  Let’s continue looking at the most valuable baseball cards that sold on eBay from the date of that post through today. 

1.  1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, Yankees, Card #311, Graded PSA 4.  This card sold for $11,000 on May 22nd.  What some might consider a slight difference in grade, can have a big impact on card value as this sale proves.  In the last post, we saw this same card, graded PSA 7, go for almost three times as much money ($32,500). 

2.  2008 SP Legendary Cuts Babe Ruth Auto, Yankees, Card #BHC-BR, Number 10 of 10.  This card went for a mere $7,000 with a Best Offer.  Actually, $7K is a nice realization for a 10 of 10 card for the seller, even if it is the Sultan of Swat. 

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3.  1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, Yankees, Card #311, Graded PSA 2.  Our favorite card went for $6,500 with this card grade on May 18. 

4.  1933 Goudey Babe Ruth, Yankees, Card #52, Graded PSA 5.  This card sold for $4,950 on May 24.  One of the most iconic baseball cards, this would be a sweet card to add to any baseball card collection.  Incidentally, this card was bought from a seller with less than 97% feedback rating.  That takes some guts (or a whole lotta money in the bank) to make a big purchase like that. 

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I think I see a theme developing here with these valuable cards……………..

5.  1953 Topps Mickey Mantle, Yankees, Card #82, Ungraded (yes, ungraded).  The buyer paid $4,157.06 (why not .07??) for this baseball card on May 26.  The seller had 100% feedback and backed up the quality of this card, which was deemed to be in Nr Mt. to Mt. condition.  Nice pick up for the winning bidder……at a very odd price. 

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1933 Babe Ruth Goudey

December 22, 2007

1933-ruth-goudey1.jpgA 1933 Babe Ruth Goudey baseball card, # 181, graded PSA 8, recently went up for bid on eBay.  There have been plenty of these cards, graded PSA 1 through 4, which have gone up for sale.  These cards, depending on their condition, have gone for a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.  Beckett Baseball lists this card in the $3,500 to $5,000 range. 

This recent card, in outstanding condition as you can imagine from it’s PSA 8 grade, went for quite a sum of money.  How about $21,985?  Yeah, it recently sold for $21,985 on eBay.  The reason that Beckett Baseball lists this card in the $3,500 to $5,000 range, while this particular card went for much more, is probably because you just don’t see this card in a PSA 8 condition often.  Beckett’s listings are for the high and low ranges you will commonly see a card in it’s current retail selling ranges. 

The fact that this card just went for such a sum of money is a positive sign for the state of the baseball card collecting hobby.  Nice to see such high quality cards in high demand. 

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Babe Ruth Orioles Card From 1914

December 13, 2007

Did you know that there was a baseball card of Babe Ruth on the Baltimore Orioles International League team from 1914?  There is.  And it’s very valuable.   The Baltimore Sun produced cards of the 1914 Baltimore Orioles for whom Babe Ruth played, prior to joining the Boston Red Sox in the Major League.   The Orioloes home and “abroad” schedules are posted on the back of each of these cards.

Ruth 1914 CardThis card was recently discovered in a shoe box in the home of a former sports editor in Rhode Island.  It was subsequently sold at auction.  It’s a true gem of a discovery, and some say that only 10 of these cards are known to be in existence.  This card, some say, may surpass the famed Honus Wagner card, as the most valuable card in existence.   And most people don’t even know about it, due to its scarcity. 

This particular card was graded by PSA.  It was graded a PSA 2.  Is it in the best condition?  No.  Does that affect its value to a major extent.  Not really in this case.  Due to the cards scarcity, and the coniditon of the other known cards, the fact that this card is a PSA 2 does not diminish the cards’ value to a great extent. 

It’s great, for us as collectors, to hear of such a card today.  Especially on a day when the Mitchell steroid report is released.  Babe Ruth is the true king of baseball, and probably always will be.  His steroids were beer and hot dogs. 

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