For some, collecting baseball cards has been a passionate life-long hobby. Many started life as cigarette package inserts, used to promote the brand of tobacco as well as helping to preserve the cigarettes from being damaged. Others were connected to candy or gum.

Several factors decide whether or not the cards you have are worth money - from their quality to the face that’s upon them. If you're very very lucky, though, you’ll find you have one of the most expensive baseball cards just lying around in your attic, and if you do? It’s like winning the lottery.


1. 1909 T206 Honus Wagner

Last Sale Price: In 2016, this card sold for $3.12 million

The T206 Wagner is known as the “Mona Lisa” of baseball cards, and there are believed to only be around 50 of these cards in existence today.

While the age of the card often plays a part in the disappearance of these cards from circulation, the Pittsburgh Pirates star banned the American Tobacco Company from producing cards with his face.

This is one of those cards where the quality might affect the overall sale price, but it is such a highly in demand collectible that in any state, people will be willing to buy.

Honus wagner baseball card Mario Tama / Getty Images

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