2. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle

Last Sale Price: In 2017, this card sold for $2.88 million Topps is one of the major names in the collectible baseball card world and has issued a set every year since 1951. The Mickey Mantle 1952 card is considered to be one of the shining lights of modern baseball cards. Part of the reason this card is so in demand is that “the father” of Topps’ baseball cards, Sy Berger, dumped three trucks of unsold 1952 Topps Cards into the Atlantic. At that point, they weren’t considered to be collectibles of any worth, and he was trying to make a space in his warehouse. As a result, the 21st-century price for these cards has shot up.

American baseball player Mickey Mantle (1931 - 1995), outfielder for the New York Yankees, throwing a ball at a game. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

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