Let’s face it: buying expensive baseball cards can be intimidating. Whether you’re new to the hobby or a wildly old veteran, it can be difficult to distinguish one card from another in terms of future ROI.
And while more blogs or YouTube channels offer advice regarding baseball card buying, few provide sound, long-term advice. This is why we’ve compiled a guide to the 10 best baseball cards to buy for under $1,000.
2011 Topps Update Mike Trout #US175 RC PSA 9
One of the most famous baseball cards of all time and an excellent long-term investment.
2020 Bowman Chrome Jasson Dominguez Auto RC #CPAJDO PSA 10
JDOM was having a down year, the key word being down. Jasson Dominguez is now batting .274 with 10 homers, 41 RBIs, and a nifty .834 OPS.
Buy now before this kid puts up numbers better than Vlad Jr. (related: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Cards).
1989 Donruss Ken Griffey Jr. RC #33 PSA 10
Investing in a Griffey Jr. rookie card is NEVER a bad idea. Plus, we love the Rated Rookie branding.
2020 Jordan Walker Bowman Chrome Draft Refractor RC #BD57 PSA 10
Jim Bowden texted Cardinals president John Mozeliak and told him Jordan Walker was the most impactful prospect in the game. We agree.
1987 Topps Traded Tiffany Greg Maddux RC #70T PSA 10
Greg Maddux was by far the best pitcher we have ever seen. The 1987 Topps wood grain design is one of our favorites.
This all adds up to a no-brainer investment.
2021 Bowman Chrome Refractor Auto Marcelo Mayer RC #CDAMM PSA 10
The best and brightest prospect in the game besides Jordan Walker. BUY NOW and thank us later.
1986 Topps Traded Barry Bonds RC #11T PSA 10
Bonds is a 14-time MLB All-Star and seven-time league MVP. He retired as the all-time home run leader in 2007 with 762, and yet he is not in the HOF.
“There was none better than Barry,” – Dusty Baker
We have said it before and will say it again; the 1986 Barry Bonds Topps RC is one of the most undervalued cards in the hobby.
2020 Topps Bo Bichette SSP Photo Variation #78 PSA 10
Bo Bichette is having a below-average year in just about every offensive category. Not only should his stats improve, but they should improve significantly.
Take advantage of this “buy the dip” scenario with the 2020 Topps Bo Bichette SSP Photo Variation #78.
1986 Topps Traded Bo Jackson RC #50T PSA 10
A great-looking card. A great investment.
2018 Bowman Chrome Draft Refractor Auto Grayson Rodriguez RC #CDAGR PSA 10
That was Grayson’s minor league WHIP before going down with a Grade 2 right lat strain that could end his season.
The injury will lower the price on his rookie cards so buying now should be a great investment.