Your mom probably threw these in the trash and you’re picking the worst retirement community out there for revenge. Or your late great grandfather left them in a neglected paper bag in his old rundown house, like the case for one family who wished to stay anonymous. That’s right, a family found seven identical Ty Cobb baseball cards from the printing period 1909 to 1911, which card experts in Southern California say have a seven-figure total value. Before this recent find, there were only about 15 known to still exist. In lieu of the find, here are nine baseball cards that could have paid off your student loans if mom didn’t toss them… and then some.
1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth Before the Bambino ever swung a bat for the Sox or Yanks, he pitched for the (then minor league) Baltimore Orioles. Ten of his rookie cards are floating around. This one went for just under $200,000 at a recent auction.
1993 Upper Deck Derek Jeter Derek Jeter’s rookie card is offered on eBay for a “Buy It Now” price of $40,000, but don’t worry, you can make an offer.
1949 Leaf Satchel Paige Hard to call this one overpriced, but it ain’t cheap. You can own one of the rarest postwar baseball cards celebrating the oldest MLB rookie. Sold at auction for over $3,200.
1914 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb This Cracker Jack card went for $7,637 and won’t pistol-whip you.
1910 Old Mill Joe Jackson The only tobacco card of “Shoeless” Joe was estimated to be worth $10,000. It sold for $92,000.
1909 Piedmont Cigarettes Joe Doyle A mistake plus a century equals a card with a fabulous price tag. This misprinted 1909 card started at $25,000, eventually selling for $329,000. The error? Dude named Larry Doyle played for the New York Nationals. Meanwhile, Joe Doyle played for the New York Americans. Duh.
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle A pack of 1952 Topps unopened goes for about $21,000. The Mickey Mantle card? $130,000.
1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig One of the most counterfeited sports cards ever, this Bronx Bomber is also a popular collector card, often going for $20,000.
1909-1911 American Tobacco Company T206 Honus Wagner The infamous most expensive card ever. Wagner “did not care to have his picture in a package of cigarettes,” so he demanded his cards be pulled, making them very rare. Only 57 are known to exist, and the last one sold went for $1.2 million. Yes, you read that right.