The Most Expensive Sports Cards Ever Sold. Baseball, Basketball, Football & Hockey!

While most of us mere mortal sports card collectors never have and never will play in this arena, it can be fun to look at the most expensive sports cards of all time.

We can look at the various factors of rarity, popularity and condition that determine the ultimate price paid for a sports card in another article, but for now, here’s a simple list of the top 15 highest selling sports cards (as of July 2024):

(1) 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 SGC 9.5 sold for $12.6 million on August, 28 2022 at Heritage Auctions

Highest Selling Baseball Card 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle

(2) 1909 Sweet Caporal T-206 Honus Wagner SGC 2 sold for $7.25 million on August 4, 2022 in a private sale reported by Goldin Auctions

Most expensive Honus Wagner card

(3) 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth SGC 3 sold for $7.2 million on December 3, 2023 at Robert Edward Auctions (REA)

Babe Ruth Rookie

(4) 1909-1911 T-206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal SGC 3 sold for $6.6 million on August 16, 2021 at REA

(5) 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA 9 sold for $5.2 million on January 14, 2021 in a private sale at PWCC Marketplace

(6) 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Gold Rookie Parallels /23 LeBron James #78 BGS 9/Auto 10 sold for $5.2 million on April 26, 2021 in a private sale at PWCC Marketplace

(7) 2018-19 Panini National Treasures Luka Doncic #127 Rookie Patch Autograph Logoman 1/1 sold for $4.6 million on February 28, 2021 in a private sale

Most expensive Luka card

(8) 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 SGC 9 sold for $4.5 million on August 19, 2023 at Heritage Auctions

(9) 2017 Panini National Treasures Patrick Mahomes #161 Rookie Patch Autograph Platinum Shield 1/1 BGS 8.5 sold for $4.3 million on July 28, 2021 in a private sale at PWCC Marketplace

(10) 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #33 PSA 9 sold for $4.2 million on July 10, 2021 at Memory Lane

(11) 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout #BDPP89 SuperFractor Autograph 1/1 BGS 9/Auto 10 sold for $3.84 million on August 22, 2020 at Goldin Auctions

(12) 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady #144 Championship Ticket Autograph /100 BGS 9/Auto 10 sold for $3.8 million on February 17, 2022 in a private sale

(13) 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky #18 PSA 10 sold for $3.75 million on May 27, 2021 in a private sale at Heritage Auctions

(14) 1909-1911 T-206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal PSA 1.5 sold for $3.72 million on October 9, 2022 at Goldin Auctions

(15) 1909-1911 T-206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal PSA 2 sold for $3.66 million on May 24, 2021 at Goldin Auctions

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