1968 Topps Nolan Ryan Rookie Card at $25,000 and Counting


1968 Topps Nolan Ryan PSA 9 PWCC-Apr-2016 Front

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

A 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan rookie card has passed the $25,000 mark on eBay. Graded a mint PSA 9, it’s one of the top-condition copies of the popular card, which also happens to feature Jerry Koosman.

Ending on Thursday, April 14, the card is being sold by PWCC, an eBay consignor that has heavy experience moving high-end vintage cards on the site.

The card has strong centering and corners, as one would expect from such a high-grade card. 1968 Topps Baseball is known for centering issues on a lot of cards.

1968 Topps Nolan Ryan PSA 9 PWCC-Apr-2016 Reverse

Like a lot of the top rookie cards from the 1950s and 1960s, the 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan has seen a surge in prices over the last few years. Three copies of the card graded PSA 9 sold changed hands in public sales in 2015, selling for $22,654, $26,226 and $36,716. In 2010, the card sold for less than $5,000. As recently as 2013, the iconic rookie card could be bought for under $8,000.

For those looking for something cheaper, PWCC has a second copy of the card listed that’s also graded PSA 9. However, this one comes with an off-center qualifier. By comparison, bidding on this card is currently under $800. This card also ends April 14.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Mike ferlo 25 August, 2016 at 15:58

    I have a Topps #177 Nolan Ryan rookie card. It’s in very good to excellent shape. I ‘ve had it for yrs. along with another Nolan Ryan card from the 60’s. How do you find its worth?

  2. Miguel Valencia 22 June, 2017 at 10:39

    I found in the attic of my house a 1968 Nolan Ryan card with Jerry Koosman not graded. (Today June 22, 2017)Good condition. How much is this worth?

  3. Gustavo 28 November, 2018 at 02:46

    I have a Nolan Ryan rookie card as a pitcher for Mets, in the back it says “Ryan’s no hitters” has American League list of 6 teams they played against and the national league Houston vs Los Angeles 5-0 i can’t find this card anywhere online email me any info that you find on that card

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