What Are the Baseball Cards with the Highest Values of All Time?

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Baseball cards were first printed in the 1860s, but their first surge in widespread popularity didn’t occur until the turn of the 20th century. American Tobacco Company inserted cards into cigarette packs in 1909, long before the practice became synonymous with more family-friendly packs of gum in the 1930s. By 1950, several companies exclusively focused on the baseball card business, ultimately turning baseball card collecting into a national phenomenon.

Like any collectible, the actual monetary value of baseball cards is determined by the rarity of the card, unusual characteristics like errors and misprints, condition of the card, and the actual demand among collectors to own the card. A flawless Babe Ruth card won’t be worth a dime if no one wants to buy it — they do, of course! After more than 150 years of card production, the list of valuable baseball cards is impressive and lengthy. For now, we’ll focus on the values of some of the most expensive baseball cards on the collectors’ market.