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Mets Most Valuable Baseball Card: Which one is the Holy Grail?

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Topps' baseball cards from the 2016 season are on display during the "Open Topps Baseball Series 1 Cards " event at the Topps' offices on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Topps' baseball cards from the 2016 season are on display during the "Open Topps Baseball Series 1 Cards " event at the Topps' offices on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)
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Are you sitting on a possible gem in your baseball card collection? Let’s dive in and see what might be the most valuable baseball card in New York Mets history.

Most New York Mets fans at one point or another collected some type of baseball cards. Whether it was Topps or Bowman or even the short-lived Upper Deck.

Everyone was always in search to find that one card that would set them up for life. Whether it was Babe Ruth or Mickey Mantle or Honus Wagner everyone wanted to own one.

Oddly enough the cards that were always worth the most were never Mets cards. It was always Yankees or Dodgers or other teams that had more history.

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So that poses a question. Since the top sought after baseball cards in history are not Mets cards, what is the most valuable Mets baseball card in history?

There are not many answers to this question. The Mets were started in 1962 and have not had many historic players in their history, so that leaves our options limited to a few choices.

Choice number one is Tom Seaver, The Franchise. He is the greatest Met of all time and is in the stratosphere of baseball greats. Another option is Nolan Ryan, who had all of his success after he was traded from the team.

Those two men are written the largest among Mets in the baseball history books. Some of the other Met greats are not held in as high of a regard as Seaver and Ryan which is why their baseball cards are not going to be as valuable.

Now it is down to these two men and the question still remains which one and which type of card.

To tackle the second part of that question, their rookie cards are going to be more valuable than any other year’s card of theirs.

Seaver’s Rookie year was 1967 and Ryan’s rookie year was 1968 which also means that the most valuable brand of card for them is Topps.

Now that we have narrowed it down to the most likely players, the years, and the brand of card, research can be done on psacard.com to fully determine what the most valuable card in Mets history is.

The 1967 Topps Tom Seaver rookie card is valued by PSA for around $7,200 for a mint 9 grade. The 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan rookie card is valued by PSA for around $25,000 for a mint 9 grade.

So there it is the 1968 Nolan Ryan rookie card by Topps is the most valuable baseball card in Mets history.

Some further research was done to find the highest a 1968 Nolan Ryan Topps rookie card has ever sold for and what was found was quite interesting.

Back in August of 2016, a PSA 10 Gem Mint graded card some on Heritage Auctions for $612,359. That’s life-altering money if you ask me.

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So if you or someone you know has a 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan rookie card it could change your life in ways you never knew.

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