Wanna know what your baseball cards are worth?

The best way to find out is to see what they have been selling for on the open market — like on eBay.

Be prepared, though, because that might be a slightly depressing exercise if you’re expecting big numbers for you 1986 Donruss Pat Tabler “Mr. Clutch” card.

But the truth is, there are still plenty of cards trading for big bucks online and elsewhere, assuming they’re in great shape or scarce in some way.

And those eBay listings … well, they’ll make your eyes pop and maybe give you a twinge of envy deep in your soul.

Still, it’s fun to see how the other half live every once in a while. With that in mind, here are five crazy baseball card lots that changed hands this week.

(Note that these listings contain affiliate links, which means if you click over to eBay and buy something, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra charge to you.)

1991 Topps Operation Desert Shield Complete Set

1991 Topps Operation Desert Shield Complete Set

In 1991, Topps made a special press run of their baseball cards to send to U.S. troops serving in the first Gulf War. Each of the cards was stamped with a gold foil logo representing Operation Desert Shield and shipped overseas.

As you might expect, not all of those cards made it home, and the combination of scarcity and history has made these a popular item among collectors.

Even though the base, non-Desert Shield versions of 1991 Topps are common as dirt, these beauties can bring bucks if they’re the real thing (reports of counterfeits have been around since the cards themselves).

Earlier this spring, the top-graded PSA complete set brought in more than $100K at auction, so it’s not too surprising to learn that this eBay listing pulled in just under $3500.

What a great lot just before July 4!

See the original eBay listing here (affiliate link).

1984 Topps Baseball Unopened Wax Case

1984 Topps Baseball Unopened Wax Case

In the spring of 1984, Darryl Strawberry rookie cards were the hottest item in the hobby and led the way for much of the early season.

By the All-Star break, though, Don Mattingly was battling teammate Dave Winfield for the American League batting crown, and we all went berserk for Donnie Baseball rookie cards, which just so happened to be available in Donruss, Fleer, and Topps wax packs that summer.

While that 1984 Donruss set became a major hobby driver and an enduring classic, the 1984 Topps set is nothing to sneeze at, either.

This eBay lot served up a full unopened wax case of 1984 Topps — 20 boxes of 36 packs each — and sold for $1950 on the strength of three bids.

See the original eBay listing here (affiliate link).

Stan Musial Store Model Baseball Glove with Baseball Cards on Original Box

Stan Musial Store Model Baseball Glove with Baseball Cards on Box

Stan Musial didn’t get the nickname of “The Man” for no reason.

This guy was THE MAN for the St. Louis Cardinal for nearly a quarter century, from the early 1940s to the mid-1960s.

Musial ended up as one of the top 10 or so players in Major League history and was an idol to a generation (and more) little boys from coast to coast.

Little wonder that Rawlings signed him to a deal that included marketing a Stan Musial model baseball glove, complete with a mid-century blue box that included a panel of “cards” on the lid.

You don’t see these for sale too often, but when you do, you can expect a lot of activity — liek 23 bids leading to an $1100 gavel in this eBay listing.

See the original eBay listing here (affiliate link).

1975 Topps Nolan Ryan Graded KSA 10

1975 Topps Nolan Ryan KSA 10

You may not be too familiar with KSA Certification — I know I wasn’t before sussing out this listing — but they’re a Canada-based grading and certification company that seems to be well-regarded by those who have used them, at least based on the reviews I have found online.

Still, no grading service holds the name recognition of PSA (or BGS), so you can usually expect a significant gap in card value when considering two cards with similar grades but from two different companies.

A good example is this 1975 Topps Nolan Ryan card that is graded KSA 10. The seller mentions that a PSA 10 specimen recently sold for $40K … but this one brought “just” $1150.

Still a nice sum for a mid-career Hall of Famer, though!

See the original eBay listing here (affiliate link).

1982 Topps Traded Cal Ripken, Jr., Rookie Card Graded PSA 10


The 1982 Topps Traded Cal Ripken, Jr., rookie card was the first card from a year-end set to really make big waves in the hobby.

Although Ripken had a rookie card in the base 1982 set, he shared that puppy with two other guys, so collectors were happy to get him alone that November.

As Ripken went on his 30-year award tour, pulling down Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, World Series, Ironman, and Hall of Fame honors, this card rose right along with him.

It’s still a hobby favorite, and this perfect PSA 10 copy sold for $1450.

See the original eBay listing here (affiliate link).

(Check out our other posts about card values here.)