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Top 40 eBay sports card sales of 2022

Despite a dip in the sports card market, there were still plenty of big sales in 2022. Online Auctioneer Larry Canale takes a look at the top 40 online sales of the year.

With another year in the rear-view mirror, let’s take a look at highlights from the hobby’s favorite online “crowd-sourced” auction site, eBay.

Here’s a look at our top 40 prices in 2022. You’ll find seven sports represented, including tennis, soccer and auto racing.

Note the attention paid to gridiron stars. Tom Brady, of course, is the king, and he’s joined by one of his boyhood heroes, Joe Montana, along with a trio of young guns: Patrick Mahomes II, Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert. The only non-QB: Walter Payton, whose rookie card has been making big gains in recent years.

That said, the biggest item from the past year is — surprise! — Michael Jordan.

1. $213,040 on 209 bids: 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan (PSA 10)

1986 Fleer Michael Jordan.

1986 Fleer Michael Jordan.

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2. $200,099 on 87 bids: 2015-16 Upper Deck The Cup Connor McDavid, #/99, auto patch (PSA 10)

2015 Upper Deck The Cup Connor McDavid Rookie Patch Auto.

2015 Upper Deck The Cup Connor McDavid Rookie Patch Auto.

3. $127,100 on 115 bids: 2020 Panini National Treasures Stars and Stripes Joe Burrow, #20/20, auto patch (ungraded)

2020 Panini National Treasures Joe Burrow Stars & Stripes card.

2020 Panini National Treasures Joe Burrow Stars and Stripes card.

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4. $111,212 on 98 bids: 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky (PSA 9)

5. $105,100 on 73 bids: 1914 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson, #103 (PSA 5)

6. $103,500 on 1 bid: 1976 Topps Walter Payton (PSA 10)

1976 Topps Walter Payton card.

1976 Topps Walter Payton card.

7. $100,000 on 123 bids: 2007-08 Upper Deck Exquisite Kevin Durant, #7/99, auto patch (PSA 10)

8. $99,750 on 1 bid: 2020 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Tom Brady, #1/1 (PSA 10)

9. $95,613 on 86 bids: 2000 Upper Deck SP Authentic Tom Brady, #814/1250 (PSA 10)

10. $95,100 on 123 bids: 1999 Sports Illustrated for Kids Serena Williams perforated (PSA 10)

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11. $92,600 on 62 bids: 2020 Panini Prizm Joe Burrow Gold Vinyl, #5/5, auto (PSA 8)

12. $92,100 on 54 bids: 2000 Bowman Chrome Tom Brady Refractor (BGS 9)

13. $90,100 on 37 bids: 2017 Panini National Treasures Patrick Mahomes II, #30/99, auto patch (BGS 9, auto 10)

14. $89,900 on 27 bids: 2017 Panini National Treasures Patrick Mahomes II, #30/99, auto patch (BGS 9, auto 10)

15. $89,769 on 88 bids: 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle (PSA 4)

16. $80,201 on 52 bids: 2020 Panini National Treasures Joe Burrow Gold, #2/10, auto patch (HGA 9.5)

17. $80,100 on 100 bids: 2020 Topps Dynasty Formula 1 Charles LeClerc, #1/1, auto, dual patch (ungraded)

18. $75,999 on 47 bids: 2020 Panini National Treasures Justin Herbert, #16/99, auto patch (BGS 9.5, auto 10)

19. $75,200 on 71 bids: 2000 Bowman Chrome Tom Brady Refractor (BGS 9)

T-20. $75,100 on 67 bids: 2007-08 Upper Deck Exquisite Kevin Durant, #55/99, auto patch (PSA 8,PSA/DNA 10)

T-20. $72,100 on 91 bids: 1976 Topps Walter Payton (PSA 10)

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22. $70,601 on 58 bids: 1981 Topps Joe Montana (PSA 10)

23. $70,100 on 105 bids: 2013 Bowman Chrome Aaron Judge Red Refractor, Black Label, #3/5 (BGS 10)

24. $70,000 on 2 bids: 2020 Panini National Treasures Joe Burrow, #76/99, auto patch (ungraded)

25. $68,101 on 39 bids: 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle (BVG 3.5)

26. $67,000 on 56 bids: 2020 Panini Prizm Joe Burrow Gold, #6/10, auto (PSA 9, auto 10)

27. $66,400 on 66 bids: 2000 Bowman Chrome Tom Brady Refractor (BGS 9)

28. $64,100 on 59 bids: 2019-20 Panini National Treasures Zion Williamson, #3/99, auto patch (BGS 8.5, auto 10)

29. $63,800 on 49 bids: 2020 Panini National Treasures Joe Burrow, #17/25, auto patch (ungraded)

30. $63,200 on 89 bids: 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle (PSA 3)

31. $63,100 on 86 bids: 2009-10 Topps Chrome Stephen Curry Refractor, #430/500 (BGS 9.5)

32. $63,000 on 31 bids: 2019-20 Panini National Treasures Zion Williamson, #83/99, auto patch (BGS 8.5, auto 10)

33. $62,877 on 101 bids: 2020 Panini Contenders Joe Burrow Rookie Ticket Cracked Ice, #12/22, auto (PSA 10)

34. $62,600 on 77 bids: 1997-98 Skybox E-X2001 Michael Jordan Jambalaya (BGS 9.5)

35. $62,100 on 33 bids: 2017 Bowman Chrome Ronald Acuna Jr. Orange Refractor, #11/25, auto (BGS 9.5, auto 10)

36. $60,100 on 66 bids: 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan (BGS 9.5)

37. $60,100 on 107 bids: 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Ticket (BGS 9, auto 10)

2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Ticket card.

2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Ticket card.

38. $58,326 on 122 bids: 2003-04 Topps Chrome LeBron James Refractor (PSA 10)

39. $58,100 on 81 bids: 2017-18 Panini National Treasures Jayson Tatum, #8/15, auto patch (BGS 9.5, auto 10)

40. $58,099 on 54 bids: 2003 Netpro Elite Serena Williams, #/100 (PSA 10)

2003 Netpro Elite Serena Williams card.

2003 Netpro Elite Serena Williams card.

Remember that similar items often sell for higher prices at dedicated auction houses like Heritage Auctions, Leland’s, SCP Auctions, and former eBay seller PWCC Marketplace, among others. By buying seller-to-seller, you can usually (but not always) find more collector-friendly prices.

2022 TRENDS

The names that turned up most often in “Online Auctioneer” in 2022 are prime, Grade-A, collector-magnet athletes. Their rookie cards and rarities always draw hefty bidding, as the auction results above illustrate.

In covering the 2022 calendar year, we compiled 18 Top 10 charts. So in total, there were 180 entries. These are the players who appeared most often within our Top 10 charts:

1. Tom Brady (21 entries)

2. Michael Jordan (19)

3. Mickey Mantle (10)

4. Mike Trout (9)

2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects Mike Trout Blue Refactor.

2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects Mike Trout Blue Refactor.

5. Joe Burrow (8)

6. Justin Herbert (7)

T-7. LeBron James (6)

2003 Topps Chrome LeBron James Black Refractor.

2003 Topps Chrome LeBron James Black Refractor.

T-7. Patrick Mahomes II (6)

9. Stephen Curry (5)

T-10. Josh Allen (4)