List: Highest-selling sports trading cards of all time

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Posted at 12:29 PM, Feb 16, 2021

(KGTV) — Just this past year, several trading cards have set records in the seller's market, fetching millions of dollars from collectors.

The trading card industry has seen record-shattering auctions for cards of Michael Jordan, Mike Trout, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Mickey Mantel. In January 2021, a Mantel card from 1952 set the record for the highest-selling card of all time at $5.2 million.

As the market heats up for collectors, here's a look at the 10 trading cards that have captured record amounts from collectors.

Mickey Mantel ($5.2 million): An 1952 Topps baseball card of Mickey Mantel sold for a record $5.2 million in January 2021. The card was graded "mint" by PSA, an authentication company.

Mike Trout ($3.93 million): Mike Trout's 2009 Bowman Chrome "superfractor" autographed card sold for $3.93 million in August 2020. The card is 1/1 and graded "mint" by BGS, a grading service.

Honus Wagner ($3.12 million): A 1909-1911 Honus Wagner card sold for $3.12 million in October 2016. PSA graded the card as "excellent."

Mickey Mantel ($2.88 million): Another Mantel 1952 Topps card graded "mint" sold for $2.88 million in April 2018.

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($1.85 million): A 2013-14 card of Giannis Antetokounmpo serial numbered 1/1 sold for $1.85 million in September 2020. The card grabbed a "gem-mint" rating by BGS.

LeBron James ($1.84 million): An Upper Deck rookie card of LeBron James from 2003-04 sold for $1.845 million in July 2020. The cards are serial-numbered up to 23. This particular card was graded "gem-mint" by BGS.

Mike Trout ($922,500): Another Mike Trout 2009 Bowman autographed card sold for $922,500 in May 2020. BGS rated the card "gem mint."

LeBron James/Michael Jordan ($900,000): A 1/1 Upper Deck card of LeBron James and Michael Jordan from 2003-04 fetched $900,000 in February 2020.

Eddie Plank ($700,000): A 1909-11 card of big leaguer Eddie Plank sold in 2012 for $700,000. PSA graded the card "near mint."

Babe Ruth ($717,000): In August 2016, a Babe Ruth trading card from 1916 sold for $717,000. The card was given a PSA rating of "near mint."