Top Sports Cards Sales Prices and Auction Values of All-Time

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While the record-breaking prices of 2021 have slowed slightly, the market for high-end sports cards is still booming, pushing the top sports card sales into the millions.

Before 2020, million-dollar sports card sales used to be a rarity. However, as seen in the list, the card market has picked up in recent years. In fact, every featured card below sold for more than $2 million.

Mickey Mantle headlines the list of the highest sports card prices. Another clear favorite among the high-end market is the T206 Honus Wagner.

See also: Real-Time eBay Card Auction Hot List.

Most Expensive Sports Cards Sales Values in History

Completed auction listings are linked when available. *List is current as of December 2023.*

1. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 (SGC 9.5) – $12.6 million

2. 1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal (SGC 2) – $7.25 million

  • When – August 4, 2022 (announcement date)
  • Where – Goldin (Private Sale)
  • How Much – $7,250,000

3. 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth (SGC 3) – $7.2 million

4. 1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal (SGC 3) – $6.6 million

5T. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 (PSA 9) – $5.2 million

  • When – January 14, 2021 (announcement date)
  • Where – PWCC Marketplace (Private Sale)
  • How Much – $5,200,000

5T. 2003-04 Exquisite Collection LeBron James #78 Rookie Patch Autograph Jersey Number #/23 (BGS 9) – $5.2 million

  • When – April 26, 2021 (announcement date)
  • Where – PWCC Marketplace (Private Sale)
  • How Much – $5,200,000

7. 2018-19 Panini National Treasures Luka Doncic #127 Rookie Patch Autograph Logoman 1/1 – $4.6 million

The graded version of the same card sold for $3.12 million in November 2022.

  • When – February 28, 2021 (announcement date)
  • Where – Private Sale
  • How Much – $4,600,000

8. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 (SGC 9) – $4.5 million

9. 2017 Panini National Treasures Patrick Mahomes #161 Rookie Patch Autograph Platinum Shield 1/1 (BGS 8.5) – $4.3 million

  • When – July 28, 2021 (announcement date)
  • Where – PWCC Marketplace (Private Sale)
  • How Much – $4,300,000

10. 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #33 (PSA 9) – $4.2 million

  • When – July 10, 2021
  • WhereMemory Lane
  • How Much – $4,212,000

11. 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout #BDPP89 SuperFractor Autograph 1/1 (BGS 9/Auto 10) – $3.84 million

12. 1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal (PSA 2) – $3.75 million

13. 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky RC #18 (PSA 10) – $3.75 million

  • When – May 27, 2021 (announcement date)
  • Where – Heritage Auctions (private sale)
  • How Much – $3,750,000

14. 1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal (PSA 1.5) – $3.72 million

15. 1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal (PSA 3) – $3.7 million

  • When – December 17, 2020 (announcement date)
  • Where – Heritage Auctions (private sale)
  • How Much – $3,700,000
  • When – October 7, 2020 (announcement date)
  • Where – Mile High Card Company (private sale)
  • How Much – $3,250,000

16. 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle RC #253 (PSA 9) – $3.19 million

  • When – December 3, 2022
  • WhereMemory Lane
  • How Much – $3,192,000

17. 1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal (PSA 1) – $3.13 million

18. 1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal “Jumbo” (PSA 5 – MC) – $3.12 million

19. 2018-19 Panini National Treasures Luka Doncic #127 Rookie Patch Autograph Logoman 1/1 (BGS 9/Auto 10) – $3.12 million

The ungraded version of the same card sold for $4.6 million in February 2021.

  • When – November 17, 2022
  • WherePWCC Auction
  • How Much – $3,120,000

20. 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady #144 Championship Rookie Ticket Autograph #/100 (BGS 9/Auto 10) – $3.1 million

21T. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 (PSA 9) – $2.8 million

21T. 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady RC #144 Rookie Ticket Autograph (PSA 10) – $2.8 million

23. 1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal “The Garagiola Wagner” (SGC Authentic) – $2.52 million

24T. 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady #144 Championship Rookie Ticket Autograph #/100 (BGS 9/Auto 10) – $2.4 million

  • When – October 20, 2022
  • WherePWCC Auctions
  • How Much – $2,400,000

24T. 2003-04 Exquisite Collection LeBron James RC #78 Rookie Patch Autograph #/99 (BGS 9.5/Auto 10) – $2.4 million

24T. 2003-04 Exquisite Collection LeBron James RC #78 Rookie Patch Autograph #/99 (BGS 8.5) – $2.4 million

24T. 2020-21 Panini Flawless LeBron James Triple Logoman 1/1 (PSA Authentic) – $2.4 million

28. 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady #144 Championship Rookie Ticket Autograph #/100 (BAS 8.5/Auto 9) – $2.25 million

29. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 (PSA 8) – $2.1 million

  • When – July 10, 2021
  • WhereMemory Lane
  • How Much – $2,112,000

30. 2003-04 Exquisite Collection LeBron James #78 Rookie Patch Autograph Jersey Number #/23 (BGS 8.5) – $2.1 million

31. 1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jersey Autograph Michael Jordan #/23 (PSA 8/Auto 9) – $2 million

32. 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady #144 Championship Rookie Ticket Autograph #/100 (BGS 8.5/Auto 10) – $2 million

  • When – February 19, 2022
  • WherePWCC Auctions
  • How Much – $2,040,000

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