As people were forced to adapt to the ever-changing atmosphere of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sport card collection hobby saw a tremendous boom in demand and value, with some attributing this boom to collectors’ desire to have something nostalgic to accompany their investment. Third-party authenticators saw unprecedented demand for raw cards to be slabbed, and the hobby as a whole has begun to reach heights never seen before.

In October of 2016, a world record was set for the sale of a sports card when a PSA-certified T206 Honus Wagner (EX 5 MC) sold for $3,120,000. Since August of 2020, we’ve seen many other cards eclipse that number.


$3,750,000 for a 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky (PSA 10) in May 2021

$3,751,500 for a T206 Honus Wagner (PSA 2) in May 2021

$3,936,000 for a 2009 Mike Trout Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Superfractor Autograph (BGS MT 9) in August 2020

$4,600,000 for a 2018 Luka Dončić Panini National Treasures 1 of 1 Logoman Autograph (Raw) in February 2021

$5,2000,000 for a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle (PSA MT 9) in January 2021

$5,2000,000 for a 2003 LeBron James Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Rookie Patch Autographs #78 (BGS MT 9) in April 2021


Record-high prices have trickled down to low and mid grades as well, with the top cards from some of the most desirable sets in the sport card collection hobby (1909-11 T206 Baseball, 1952 Topps Baseball, etc.) continuing to see strong demand.

At Memorabilia Brokers, we are happy to evaluate any cards you have. Below is a small sample of cards we are looking for:

  • T206 Honus Wagner
  • T206 Ty Cobb
  • 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth
  • 1948 Leaf Jackie Robinson
  • 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle
  • 1951 Bowman Willie Mays
  • 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle
  • 1952 Topps Jackie Robinson
  • 1952 Topps Willie Mays
  • 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle
  • 1965 Topps Joe Namath
  • 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan

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