Once purely a hobby of those worshiping men on cardboard, trading cards are becoming a true asset class—and the numbers show it, as the PWCC 500 Index, which tracks 500 of the most prominent sports cards, is up nearly 400% from 2020 through the beginning of 2022.
At the high end, records continue to break for the most expensive sports cards sold. The following is a list of such sales—a list that will surely be outdated soon.
- Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps SGC 9.5: $12.6 million
- Honus Wagner T206 SGC 3: $7.25 million
- Babe Ruth 1916 Baltimore News SGC 3: ~$6 million (exact price unknown due to nondisclosure agreement)
- Steph Curry 2009 Panini National Treasures Rookie Patch Autograph: $5.9 million
- LeBron James 2003-2004 Rookie Patch Autograph Upper-Deck Exquisite: $5.2 million
- Luka Doncic 2018-2019 Panini National Treasures Rookie Patch Autograph: $4.6 million
LARGEST MARKET CAP
- Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps PSA 9: $73 million
- Michael Jordan 1986 fleer PSA 10: $67 million
- LeBron James Upper-Deck Exquisite Collection Patch Auto BGS 9/Auto 10: $49 million