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Below are 7 great value baseball cards from the 60’s with a price tag of $500 or less in PSA 9 condition.
The sports card collecting industry has gone through several different stages over the years. Ranging from a niche hobby to a booming industry.
Although the first baseball cards can be traced to the late 1800s. They didn’t start to get consistent circulation until the 1950s when Topps entered the industry.
While baseball cards would eventually begin to be produced in massive amounts. They were still relatively rare in the 1950s, 1960s, and first half of the 1970s.
PSA 9 condition was chosen as the standard for this article since cards baseball cards from the 60’s in PSA 10 condition are extremely rare.
#7. 1963 Topps Sammy Esposito Card #181
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $50
Never a consistent starter or offensive threat. Sammy Esposito was best known for his valuable defensive contributions as a part-time infielder for the Chicago White Sox during the 1950s and 1960s.
The 1963 Topps #181 card contains a white border on the top, left, and right outlining a headshot of Esposito with a baseball stadium in the background.
The bottom of the card is covered with a large light-yellow strip listing Esposito’s name and position. The bottom right of the card contains a small circular insert picture of Esposito posing in a defensive stance.
The back of the card contains his stats, displays a baseball cartoon graphic, and notes he was a great defensive infielder.
#6. 1960 Fleer Charlie Gehringer Card #58
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $85
Although Topps had exclusive rights to all current players, other companies were allowed to produce cards for retired players.
The 1960 Fleer set featured several different legendary players including Babe Ruth, Cap Anson, and Charlie Gehringer.
One of the greatest 2nd basemen of all time. Charlie Gehringer compiled a lifetime batting average of .320 and was the 1937 AL MVP.
The #58 card contains a white border outlining a photo of Gehringer swinging the bat on the on-deck circle on a baseball field. The top corners of the player photo, as well as the bottom of the card, display green borders. Gehringer’s name is listed in a light yellow font at the bottom of the card.
The back of the card lists his career stats and notes several of his career accomplishments.
#5. 1965 Topps Transfers Ron Santo, No Number
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $140
The 1965 Topps transfer set included a unique insert series of 72 transfer cards featuring some of the top players from around the league.
Both the front and back of the transfer displayed a headshot of the player wearing a baseball cap of their respective team. The picture of the player was a black-and-white drawing on top of a brown paper background.
The player’s team and position were listed at the top of the card. While their name was listed at the bottom, both on long red strips.
Due to this item being a transfer, the team, name, and position were listed backward on the front of the card, but then forward on the back. The photo of the player was also reversed, facing one direction on the front, and another on the back.
While not the best player featured in this series. Ron Santo nonetheless had a very successful career, establishing himself as a great all-around player for the Cubs in the 1960s.
#4. 1965 Topps Yankees Team Card #513
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $300
While this may not seem like a notable card at first. It is important to note that the 1965 Topps Yankees team card represents the end of an era.
Recapping the 1964 season, it marked the final great season of a legendary run of Yankees teams from the 1920s to 1960s. The 1964 season was the final year the Yankees made the playoffs for nearly a decade.
The front of the card is arrayed in a horizontal layout and displays a white border, orange background, and Yankees team name and logo on a yellow pennant near the bottom left of the card.
The bottom of the card, above the white border, contains the phrase “1st Place – American League” in white font on a separate black border/strip.
The back of the card has a blue and white background and lists different player statistical information, mainly pitching information.
#3. 1967 Topps Fence Busters Willy Mays/Willie McCovey Card #423
Estimated PSA 9 Value $350
The 1967 Topps Fence Busters card featuring teammates Willy Mays and Willie McCovey is incredibly underrated and undervalued.
Mays and McCovey were 2 of the best sluggers in baseball during the 1960s and formed a formidable offensive threat that made the Giants a nightmare for opposing pitchers.
The front of the card contains a white border that outlines a great photo of both players posing with bats, side-by-side. While McCovey wears a fun-loving smile and appears to be having a good time, Mays has a slightly reserved smile on his face, staring off into the distance.
The top of the card lists their names. While the bottom of the card lists the phrase “Fence Busters” in large green font.
The back of the card contains a very lengthy bio highlighting the accomplishments of both players.
#2. 1968 Topps Brooks Robinson Card #20
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $400
Brooks Robinson is a popular player among collectors. Making many of his cards in good condition very valuable.
The #20 1968 Topps card displays a brown-spotted, white border on its front that is enlarged at the bottom. The photo of Robinson pictures him posing with the bat on a practice field, presumably during Spring Training.
Robinson’s name is listed at the bottom of the card on the enlarged portion of the border. With his first name in black font and his last name in red font. The bottom right of the card lists his position and team name on a green circle.
The back of the card displays a mustard yellow color hue and lists Robinson’s major and minor league stats. It also displays a cartoon player graphic and lists a trivia question and answer.
#1. 1960 Topps Harmon Killebrew Card #210
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $500
The fact that a 1960 Topps card featuring a hall-of-fame slugger like Harmon Killebrew can be obtained for right around $500 in PSA 9 condition is quite remarkable.
Although not on the level of Hank Aaron or Willy Mays, Killebrew was an impressive player in his own right, hitting 573 career home runs. The #210 card has a very nice frontal design laid out in a horizontal format. It has a white border that outlines two separate photos of Killebrew.
The smaller, photo on the far left side of the card features a black-and-white body shot of Killebrew swinging the bat amid a blue background. The larger picture of Killebrew which covers much of the card’s front shows a colorized upper body shot of him posing with the bat with a baseball stadium in the background.
The bottom of the card contains a red strip/banner with Killebrew’s name, team name, position, and team logo.
The back of the card employs a brown, black, and white color scheme, and lists his stats and season accomplishments.
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