6 of the Most Expensive Sports Trading Cards Ever Sold

Some of the rarest treasures in the hobby

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Micky Mantle


  • Micky Mantle, 1952 Topps - $12.6m
    The 'finest known example' of its kind, this graded 9.5 1952 Topps Micky Mantle card sold for a staggering $12.6 million. This dwarfed the previous record of $7.25 million. Micky Mantle was a legend for the Yankees, playing his whole career with them from 1951 to 1968. Achieving All-Star 20 times, MVP 3 times & becoming World Series Champions 7 times. These cards in particular were produced in small quantities, this one fetched such a high price due to its impeccable condition.

  • Honus Wagner, T206 - $7.25m
    Sold in a private sale facilitated by Goldin Auctions in 2022, this extremely rare card fetched a total of $7.25 million. Ken Goldin, the executive chairman of Goldin said, 'There’s a reason why no Wagner card has ever sold for less than it was previously purchased for – the card is art, it’s history, it’s folklore'. This particular card of the Pittsburgh Pirates legend is incredibly rare and highly sought after.

  • Honus Wagner, T206 - $6.6m
    This card set the record in 2021 losing out to the card listed above at rank 2, both the seller and buyer of this card remained anonymous in this transaction, there isn't much distinction between 2 & 3 on this list. The only thing separating the two is that this card was graded slightly lower.

  • Micky Mantle, 1952 Topps - $5.2m
    The American Actor/Producer Rob Gough purchased this card knowing it was 1 of 9 in existence, it is supposedly 'the nicest looking PSA 9 Mantle in existence.'

  • LeBron James, 2003/04 Rookie Patch Auto - $5.2m
    It wouldn't be a list of records without the feature of LeBron James, purchased privately in Europe this BGS 9 2003/04 Upper Deck Exquisite Jersey Patch Parallel Auto tied the record with the 1952 Micky Mantle purchased by Rob Gough. Numbered out of 23, most owners of these cards don't want to part ways with them.

  • Luka Doncic, 1:1 Logoman Auto - $4.6m
    It's fair to say Mavericks star Luka Doncic charged his way onto the scene, the value of his cards is no different. Pulled from a box of 2018/19 National Treasures, this Logoman Patch Auto is a dream to most collectors and fetched a record-breaking $4.6million

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