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A beginners guide to collecting baseball cards

Updated on March 9, 2012
The Holy Grail of Baseball Cards
The Holy Grail of Baseball Cards | Source

The Legendary T206 Honus Wagner

" It's the stuff dreams are made of." Humphrey Bogart

The legendary Honus Wagner is the most sought after card in history. After a much debated dispute with the American Tobacco Company, Honus had his card removed. Popular theory has him pulling the card for the children.The most famous Honus Wagner card is the one formerly owned by Wayne Gretzky, it recently sold for nearly $3 million.

George Herman Ruth "The Babe"

Years before hitting 60 home runs, long before leading the Yankees to their first World Series victory, before being traded from the Red Sox, Babe Ruth played for the Baltimore Orioles. The 1914 Babe Ruth rookie card is the second most valuable card in the world. In 2008 a card in very good condition fetched over $500,000. That year it beat out a Honus Wagner in poor condition.

Babe Ruth long before he was the sultan of swat
Babe Ruth long before he was the sultan of swat | Source

The Mick

Mickey Mantle was by far one of the greatest Baseball players of all time. So it should be no surprise that his rookie card is one of the most prized in the industry. His official rookie card is the 1951 Bowman valued at over $150,000, but the one sought by collectors is the 1952 Topps valued at over $275,000; Mickey Mantle is one of the few players after 1950, whom collectors want every card from his entire career.


Heroes & Legends

We all have our heroes, for some of us it is Baseball Legends of yesterday. For others it is the heroes of tomorrow. Inside every waxy pack there is more than just a stick of gum and a few e are hopes and player cards. There are hopes and dreams in every pack, for just a moment everything is right.


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      Robert Burroughs 5 years ago

      I have collected Baseball cards in at least 3 different periods in my life. I haven't got anything worth writing home about YET. This hub is for lovers of the game and the hobby.

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      Bill Russo 5 years ago from Cape Cod

      Good hub. When I was a kid, the number one use of baseball cards was as a motor on a bicycle.

      We used to attach it to the bike's wheel so that it would hit the spokes and make an engine noise as we rode.