The Honus Wagner baseball card is considered the most valuable baseball card on the market. Though issued by the American Tobacco Company as part of its T206 series from 1909 to 1911, Wagner halted publication and distribution of the card. There are conflicting stories as to the why he had production stopped, but this inadvertent limited release has only enhanced the cards value over time. There are less than sixty copies known to exist. Most recently, a card in near-mint condition was auctioned for $2.8 million, while a card in poor condition sold for over $250,000.
The 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card, The Mick’s rookie card, is one of the most sought after pieces of baseball memorabilia. That year two companies issued Mickey Mantle Rookie cards, Bowman (card number 101) and Topps (card number 311). The Bowman card is less desirable, with a mint condition card being valued at around $2500. Lesser grade cards fall off from there. The Topps card, in mint condition, has been valued at $30,000. Autographed cards, even though they were signed by Mickey Mantle, command less money. The best way to know the value of one of these cards is to have it professionally graded.