This is a guest post from our Memorabilia Brokers branch.
As people were forced to adapt to the ever-changing atmosphere of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sport card collection hobby saw a tremendous boom in demand and value, with some attributing this boom to collectors’ desire to have something nostalgic to accompany their investment. Third-party authenticators saw unprecedented demand for raw cards to be slabbed, and the hobby as a whole has begun to reach heights never seen before.
In October of 2016, a world record was set for the sale of a sports card when a PSA-certified T206 Honus Wagner (EX 5 MC) sold for $3,120,000. Since August of 2020, we’ve seen many other cards eclipse that number.
$3,750,000 for a 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky (PSA 10) in May 2021
$3,751,500 for a T206 Honus Wagner (PSA 2) in May 2021
$3,936,000 for a 2009 Mike Trout Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Superfractor Autograph (BGS MT 9) in August 2020
$4,600,000 for a 2018 Luka Dončić Panini National Treasures 1 of 1 Logoman Autograph (Raw) in February 2021
$5,2000,000 for a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle (PSA MT 9) in January 2021
$5,2000,000 for a 2003 LeBron James Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Rookie Patch Autographs #78 (BGS MT 9) in April 2021
Record-high prices have trickled down to low and mid grades as well, with the top cards from some of the most desirable sets in the sport card collection hobby (1909-11 T206 Baseball, 1952 Topps Baseball, etc.) continuing to see strong demand.
T206 Honus Wagner
T206 Ty Cobb
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth
1948 Leaf Jackie Robinson
1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle
1951 Bowman Willie Mays
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle
1952 Topps Jackie Robinson
1952 Topps Willie Mays
1953 Topps Mickey Mantle
1965 Topps Joe Namath
1986 Fleer Michael Jordan