The list of Top 10 selling sports cards of all time has changed yet again with cards of Anthony Davis and Stephen Curry breaking onto the elite list while they and four other cards pushed a Babe Ruth rookie card from 10th to 16th place on the list.
It all happened as a result of Goldin Auctions’ record-breaking $33 million auction in January 2021. It closed as the largest online sports collectibles auction of all time, shattering the record of $22 million set by Heritage Auctions in December 2020.
An Anthony Davis 2012-13 National Treasures signed NBA Logoman Patch Rookie Card (#1/1) graded a BGS Mint 9/BGS 10 sold for $1,045,500 to place it in eighth on the Top 10 list.
Closing right behind it was a Stephen Curry 2009/10 Panini National Treasures “Century Platinum” signed Patch Rookie Card (#3/5) graded a BGS Gem Mint 9.5/BGS 10 that sold for $984,000, placing it ninth on the Top 10 list.
Among the record-breaking items and links from Goldin:
- Patrick Mahomes rookie card that has set the record for the most expensive football card ever sold: $861,000
- Most valuable Michael Jordan 1986 Fleer Rookie card ever sold: $738,000
- Most ever paid for a Mickey Mantle card graded PSA 8: $1,605,150
- Highest priced Kobe Bryant card ever sold: $461,250
- Highest price for any Luka Doncic card: $799,500
- Highest price for any Lou Gehrig card: $801,960
- Most expensive Stephen Curry card ever: $984,000
- Highest price ever for an Anthony Davis card: $1,045,500
- Jordan’s final game worn jersey, the most valuable Jordan jersey ever sold: $584,250
- Most expensive Pokemon card set ever sold: $682,650
The value of vintage and modern trading cards has increased exponentially in recent years as a new crop of superstars has led to a rush of interest in the hobby. Hobbyist and fan interest in Patrick Mahomes cards, including the record-breaking rookie card sold in this auction, has also surged in advance of the upcoming Super Bowl.
“I’ve been collecting cards and memorabilia for my whole life and I’ve never seen as much interest in the hobby,” said Ken Goldin, the founder of Goldin Auctions. “Long-time collectors have seen the value of their items soar and new collectors have rushed in because they view the hobby as not only fun but also a valuable investment.
“It’s gratifying to see the hard work of our team on behalf of our consignors lead to these record setting results.”
A new auction of approximately 1,000 items, including a 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan Rookie card graded PSA 10 and a 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky rookie card, will go live on Feb. 5.