Million-Dollar Sports Card Sales of 2022

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It used to be that million-dollar sports card sales came along once every year or two and were exclusively reserved for a man named Honus. But as the market evolves, sports cards selling for over $1 million is happening more often. Most months now are seeing multiple seven-figure sales.

Important modern cards of top-tier superstars and high-grade examples of iconic hobby favorites are leading the way. It’s made for a more diverse mix of massive sales. Honus Wagner and Mickey Mantle are now regularly joined by the likes of Tom Brady and LeBron James.

Top Sports Card Sales of 2022

Here’s a running list of sports cards to sell for at least $1 million during the 2022 calendar year. All sales are either from public auctions or confirmed private sales. It’s a ranked list with the highest priced cards first.

1. 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Honus Wagner – $3,136,500

Grade: PSA 1
Source: Mile High Card Company
Date: March 31, 2022

Image: Mile High Card Company

2. 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady Autograph /100 – $2,300,000

Grade: BGS 8.5/10
Source: eBay
Date: February 1, 2022

Image: eBay

3. 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady Autograph 091/100 – $2,040,000

Grade: BGS 8.5/10
Source: PWCC
Date: February 19, 2022

Image: PWCC

4. 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Kobe Bryant 004/100 – $2,000,000

Grade: BGS 8.5
Source: PWCC
Date: February 22, 2022

Note: Emerald PMGs have just 10 copies each, accounting for the first 10 of the total cards for each player.

Image: PWCC

5. 2003-04 Exquisite Collection LeBron James RC 30/99 – $1,572,000

Grade: PSA 8.5/10
Source: Goldin
Date: January 8, 2022

Image: Goldin

6. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle – $1,560,000

Grade: PSA 8
Source: Heritage Auctions
Date: February 26, 2022

Images: Heritage Auctions

7. 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Honus Wagner – $1,528,065.60

Grade: PSA Altered
Source: Robert Edward Auctions
Date: April 24, 2022

Image: Robert Edward Auctions

8. 1916 M101-4 Sporting News Babe Ruth – $1,500,000.00

Grade: PSA 6
Source: Goldin
Date: April 30, 2022

Image: Goldin

9. 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady Autograph 025/100 – $1,470,000

Grade: BGS 8.5/10
Source: PWCC
Date: April 16, 2022

Image: PWCC

10. 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady Autograph 056/100 – $1,410,000

Grade: BGS 8/10
Source: Goldin
Date: February 5, 2022

Image: Goldin

11. 2003-04 Exquisite Collection LeBron James RC 17/99 – $1,392,000

Grade: BGS 8.5/10
Source: Goldin
Date: February 5, 2022

Image: Goldin

12. 1958 Alifabolaget Pelé – $1,330,000

Grade: PSA 9
Source: Rally
Date: February 12, 2022

Image: Rally

13. 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady Autograph 048/100 – $1,309,722

Grade: PSA 8/9
Source: Lelands
Date: March 12, 2022

Image: Lelands

14. 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady Autograph 029/100 – $1,290,000

Grade: BGS 8/10
Source: PWCC
Date: January 23, 2022

Image: PWCC

15. 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady Autograph 099/100 – $1,234,843

Grade: BGS 8.5/9
Source: Lelands
Date: January 30, 2022

Image: Lelands

16. 2003-04 Exquisite Collection LeBron James RC 19/99 – $1,092,000.00

Grade: BGS 9/10
Source: Goldin
Date: April 9, 2022

Image: Goldin

17. 2003-04 Exquisite Collection LeBron James RC 36/99 – $1,062,000.00

Grade: BGS 9/10
Source: Goldin
Date: April 30, 2022

Image: Goldin

18. 1909-11 T206 Piedmont Joe Doyle (N.Y. Nat’l, Hands Up) – $1,055,798.79

Grade: PSA 2
Source: Mile High Card Company
Date: March 31, 2022

Image: Mile High Card Company

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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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6 comments

  1. James 26 April, 2022 at 12:27

    Juanita Griffin send pics I know alot “professionals graders & all that fancy stuff want you to pay them big money to price cards I just wnjou looking at then would loved to price for free pmTom Terrif on fb

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