These Post-War Baseball Cards Will Make You Drool

Post-war baseball cards are consistently good investments with a wide variety of them available. The players were amazing, and the cards were vibrant. Love of the game hit new highs. There is a unique nostalgia specific to the time.

World War II had forced a slow-down in baseball because many players, as well as their money-spending fans, went off to war, their dreams filled with the pop of a gun instead of crack of a bat. “Home” meant something different. Afterward, as the dust settled and the veterans returned, baseball’s popularity surged to a whole new level. The time brought home some baseball and wartime heroes, like Hank Greenberg and Ted Williams, and over the next few years introduced some new legends-in-the-making to the major league. Mickey Mantle. Jackie Robinson. Roberto Clemente. Hank Aaron. We recovered from the toll of war from the seats of stadiums while witnessing history being in several different ways. Records. Equality. Industry. Maybe that’s a romantic way to think about it, but what is baseball if not a romantic part of American history?

The cards are the tangible remnants of that time. The new baseball cards were colorful, popular, and easily obtained. But there aren’t many truly remarkable high-grade cards still available to collectors today, and the ones that sell, sell fast and sell high.

We’re proud to include in our Inaugural Great American Trading Card Auction some gorgeous post-war baseball cards that are sure to have a Pavlovian effect on any serious collector. It’s okay. Happens to all of us.

952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311

1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card – PSA NM+ 7.5

This is most recognizable baseball card in history. PSA has graded more than 1375 of these, and only 44 graded higher.

1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente Rookie Card - PSA MINT 9

1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente Rookie Card – PSA MINT 9

The Hall of Famer was the first Hispanic player in the Majors and a remarkably versatile talent. PSA has graded more than 4,075 of these and only one has graded better!

1954 Topps #128 Hank Aaron Rookie Card - PSA MINT 9

1954 Topps #128 Hank Aaron Rookie Card – PSA MINT 9

The “Home Run King”. Of nearly 4,000 copies graded by PSA, only two graded higher. This card is beautiful.

1949 Bowman #226 Duke Snider Rookie Card - PSA GEM MT 10

1949 Bowman #226 Duke Snider Rookie Card – PSA GEM MT 10

“The Duke of Flatbush” presented in a state of perfection.
The ONLY GEM MT 10.

1968 Topps #177 Nolan Ryan Rookie Card – SGC 98 GEM 10 "1 of 2!"

1968 Topps #177 Nolan Ryan Rookie Card – SGC 98 GEM 10 “1 of 2!”

Graded 98 GEM 10 by SGC. Hall of Famer, in his debut appearance. This is one of just two examples at its tier among a total of more than 1,400 copies recorded in SGC’s census reporting.

1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card - PSA NM-MT 8

1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card – PSA NM-MT 8

Hall of Famer, and a scarcer “High Number” entry. Among more than 1,600 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting, just ten examples have been graded higher.

Check out the rest the cards in the Inaugural Great American Trading Card Auction for even more great post-war era baseball cards.