Batter Up! Enhance Your Baseball Collection With eBay Today!

People of all ages collect baseball cards, and some collect right through from childhood into adulthood. While it’s a fun trend, particularly when it comes to swapping cards with friends, it can also be quite a valuable hobby. Whether you’re new to baseball card collecting or looking to enhance your current set with some new cards, you’ll find a range of rare and unusual baseball cards on eBay.

About baseball cards

Did you know – it was way back in the 1880s that the first baseball cards went on sale? They were actually included in cigarette packets and were part of a promotional effort that included baseball players and war heroes, actors, and other athletes.

Children loved the cards, and it was in the 1930s they switched to being included in gum packets instead – more targeted towards kids. Of course, over time, the cards have evolved, and today, baseball cards are said to come in eight different themes or styles to attract collectors. These include the players themselves, particular themes, vintage designs, sets and parallel rainbow collections. 

The value of baseball cards is based on when they were made, who is on them, and how many are in a set. Some of the most valuable and rarest baseball cards can sell for thousands or even millions at auction.

For the record, the five most valuable baseball cards ever sold are:

  • 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle: $5,200,000
  • 2009 Mike Trout Autographed: $3,936,000
  • 1909–11 T206 “Jumbo” Honus Wagner: $3,200,000
  • 1909–11 T206 “Gretzky” Honus Wagner: $2,800,000
  • 1915-16 Sporting News M101-5 Babe Ruth: $717,000

eBay is a great place to look for high-quality baseball cards. Or, if baseball isn’t your thing, you can also shop for basketball cards or enhance your cricket card collection. As an eBay Plus member, you'll get free express shipping as well as free returns from the seller of your choice. Most items come in two forms of delivery - so find out if there is a Click & Collect option or how long it takes for delivery. If you're looking to buy baseball cards, eBay has a plethora of choices at amazing prices.