1869-2022: The Most Valuable Baseball Card Sold Year by Year

As an internet sports auction house , Love of the Game Auctions specializes in matching quality consignments with experienced bidders, we’re fascinated with how baseball card prices serve as a proxy for people’s connection to not just sports, but to nostalgia and culture. While there are lots of cards made every year that have some interest among hobbyists, there’s always one that rises above the rest and ends up fetching the highest price at auction.

To learn more about this, Love of the Game Auctions used Card Ladder’s “Sales History” tool to look up the highest “sold price” of a card made in every year from 1869 to 2022. There are a few gaps where there doesn’t seem to be a notable card that was made that year, but we came up with 138 years where there was one special card that rose above the rest and sold for more money at auction than any other.

Read the full story with the complete list of cards at Love of the Game Auctions here. 

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