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Best 5 Baseball Card Investments for the Next 20 Years

Baseball cards are coming off a run for the ages.

From 2017 to 2021, baseball cards saw some of their most significant percentage gains in the history of collecting.

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Values have recently come back to reality and should drop further; however, that will make for a good buying opportunity.

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Here are five great baseball cards to buy over the next few years and hold for the long term.


1909-11 Ty Cobb T206 Red Back/Green Back/Bat On Shoulders/Bat Off Shoulders

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From the legendary T206 set.

The green portrait is by far the toughest, followed by the bat on the shoulder, the bat off the shoulder, and then the red portrait.

ty cobb polar bear back

We would die for a high-grade, Polar Bear back.


1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Bowman Tiffany #1

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Many people prefer the ’89 Upper Deck Griffey Jr. of all his rookie cards.

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We feel the 1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Bowman Tiffany rookie card is highly undervalued and overlooked in his high-end cards.


1986 Barry Bonds Topps Tiffany #11T

1986 Barry Bonds Topps Tiffany

Some may be surprised by this pick as Bond’s baseball card investments are somewhat risky due to his involvement in PEDs.

If you look at his numbers, they stack up with any other player who has played the game and are most likely the BEST (yes, better than Ruth), yet his top card is nowhere close to the value of his equals.

We feel a good amount of players during Bond’s ERA took PEDs, and the further down the road we go, the less of a deal breaker PEDs become. Eventually, Barry Bonds will make the HoF, and his rookie card values will catch up to his equals.


1933 Babe Ruth Goudey #181

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We will keep this one short as his name just about says it all. The 1933 Babe Ruth Goudey card’s ROI should be similar to blue-chip stocks if not better.


2011 Mike Trout Topps Update US250

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This card in a PSA 10 grade went from $300 in 2017 to over $2000 in 2021. It has since come back to earth but remains one of the best investments in the card game.

By Pikey Mickey

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