You may have a stash of old baseball cards from the 1980's laying around in your childhood closet, but do any of them have any real value? You should probably track them down and see if any of the cards on this list of most valuable baseball cards of the 1980's pop up. If you do find a few and they are in good condition, make sure you check out our article on where and how to get them graded!
Most of the cards from this time are associated with the “Junk Wax Era,” where overproduction and poor card quality resulted in most people's collections barely being worth the price of the cardboard they are printed on. However, as illustrated on this list, it is possible to uncover a diamond in the rough.
Players like Bo Jackson, Rickey Henderson, Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken, Mark McGwire and Tony Gwynn have remained popular in the hobby. Collectors of these legends grew up and allowed nostalgia to kick in, spending big on their best cards. Over time, some of these pieces became immensely popular and valuable, with thousands of collectors chasing after them.
Today, we will be taking a look at the 20 most valuable baseball cards of the 1980s. To keep the list fresh, we are only allowing each individual card to appear once. Let’s jump right in and take a trip down memory lane!
Sales data courtesy of CardLadder