The 1958 Roger Maris Topps rookie card # 47 is the most expensive Roger Maris baseball card, but the 1961 Topps Maris card is not far behind. If you want to know how much your Roger Maris baseball card is worth, please share it in the comments area below (if it's graded).
Roger Maris was a famous baseball player who had a very good season in 1961. That year, he hit 61 home runs and scored 146 times, making him one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball. The card features Maris in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 19, 1961. This was only his second game back from being shot by a house painter who thought that Maris was trying to steal his wife.
After hitting 60 home runs in 1960, nobody would have guessed that Maris would have such a great season in 1961. That year, he broke the record of Hank Aaron by hitting 67 home runs and he also finished first in voting for the MVP Award. After his amazing season, Maris decided to move to another team, the Minnesota Twins, because he wanted to play in the American League which had more powerful pitchers than the National League. His contract with the Yankees was coming to an end and he could have signed with any other team but he chose the Twins because they offered him a $150,000 salary and he liked their stadium (Minnehaha Park).
What Are the Most Expensive Baseball Cards Sold?
The Top 20 Most Expensive Baseball Cards in 2019. Stan Musial, Bowman, 1948, $129,851, PSA 10. Stan Musial's inclusion on this list is unsurprising. His cards are almost as popular as he is. Topps Ernie Banks 1954-$142,836, PSA 9. Topps Pete Rose 1963-$157,366, PSA: 10. Beckett Sports Card Exchange Joe DiMaggio 1951-55, Box Set, 5 cards, all $100,000 or more, PSE: 9.6.
The top spender of 2019 is someone who many people might not expect - Scott Boras! He has been negotiating contracts for years, and has a very unique method of doing so. He will send each player to their teams with a contract worth up to $300,000, but then also includes a clause that allows them to leave after one year for any reason, without having to pay anything. The only way to keep them is to give them a new deal. While this may seem like an easy way to make money, it doesn't work like that. If a player rejects this contract and signs with another team or company, then the first team loses its rights to that player forever. Boras has done this with dozens of players, and has never lost a case in court. He is known for being a tough negotiator, but also knows when to stop.
After Boras, two other agents take the top three spots. Michael Cohen and Adam Katz are next with four cards each.
5 of the World's Most Valuable Baseball Cards
The World's Ten Most Expensive Baseball Cards
There's competition for the highest expensive trading card ever sold. At $5.2 million, a LeBron James 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite rookie patch signature set a record for the most valuable basketball card ever sold, tying Mantle for the most expensive card ever. The previous record was $4.2 million for a 1995-96 Kobe Bryant rookie card.
A 1992-93 Wayne Gretzky rookie card is currently listed for sale on eBay with a price tag of $4.9 million. If it reaches its reserve price, it will be the most expensive card in NFL history.
The most expensive sports card ever sold was a 1957 Topps baseball card that sold for $450,000 at a Heritage Auctions event in 2011. It was once owned by Los Angeles Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley.
That same year, a young Joe DiMaggio Jr. card came up for auction and sold for $275,000. It's worth noting that neither of these cards are considered rare or valuable today. Rather, they're prized because they were once owned by some of the greatest players of all time.
Today, there are many different types of cards used in sports games and collections. Some people collect baseball cards, while others focus on football or basketball. But no matter which sport you favor, there is a card for everyone!
We'll start with five of the first choices, which also happens to be the most expensive altogether.
A 1914 Babe Ruth baseball card worth $6 million (PS4.3 million) has broken records to become the most expensive baseball card ever sold. According to CNBC, the pre-rookie card was the first to depict the Major League Baseball (MLB) emblem as a player at the age of 19. It is estimated that it took over 100 years for someone to produce another card worthy of being called a classic.
The card was bought by an American collector named Tom Clark in November 2014 at an auction house in Paris. The seller was French entrepreneur Jean-Pierre Bouché, who had acquired the card several months before at an auction in Monaco. Bouché paid $5.9 million for the card, which at the time was considered a record for any sports card.
The card is part of a series that originally included cards of players at ages 16, 13, and 10. Only the 14-year-old Ruth card is now known to exist, although photos of other rare cards from this series have been published online.
In addition to being a legendary baseball player, Babe Ruth was one of the most famous people in America at the time. He was nicknamed "The Sultan of Swat" for his powerful batting style, and his career statistics are considered among the best in MLB history. Between 1912 and 1935, Ruth played 1,721 games and produced 714 home runs at a rate of one per every other game he played.