To state the cliché, baseball is America’s favorite past time. A source of entertainment for well over 150 years, the sport has made its way into the hearts of millions. Most adults can remember collecting baseball cards as children. Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle are some of the greats that may come to mind, sparking memories of trading cards with childhood friends, cousins or siblings. Most would never dream that one day a baseball card in mint condition would be worth thousands of dollars to another enthusiast.
What has been one key contributor to the rising cost of an old baseball card? Well, just like anything else, supply and demand for a piece of history. Like many along the way, parents have thrown out boxes of cards left behind after their children moved out or left for college. This resulted in the reduction of existence of unopened or sealed cards in mint condition which drove the asking prices up much higher than one might expect. This was a key factor in determining the price for the 1909-1911 T206 Honus Wagner, an astonishing $2.8 million USD, making it the most expensive baseball card to date.
While card collecting may not be as prominent as it once was, it still remains a thrill for many, whether it be the nostalgia factor or genuine interest.
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