For most kids who collect sports cards, the goal is to have the largest collection in the neighborhood. For sports card experts, and people who have been collecting memorabilia professionally, amassing a large collection isn’t necessarily the goal anymore. Instead, they focus on accumulating a collection that has value.
In case you’re thinking about getting into the game or just need some collecting inspiration, here are some of the sports cards that are considered the most valuable in history.
1. Honus Wagner 1909-1911 Baseball Card
If you’ve never heard of Honus Wagner, don’t be alarmed. Although he’s one of the most eminent figures in baseball history, his career ended in the 1910s, so it’s understandable if you’ve never heard of him.
In 2007, a card manufactured by the American Tobacco Company featuring Honus Wagner sold for an unbelievable $2.8 million to an anonymous collector. It’s thought to be one of only 57 that still remain in existence.
Wagner himself stopped the production of the card because he didn’t want children to have to buy packs of cigarettes in order to collect his trading card. Since these cards sell for so much money, you’d have to start searching auction houses like Christie’s in order to find your own.
Most valuable baseball card of all time is the Honus Wagner 1909-1911 It has sold for a record setting $2.8 million. pic.twitter.com/wg5T7mMfbu
— MLB Cards Daily (@MLBCardsDaily) August 2, 2013