38. Baseball Cards
Yet another item people assume is worth a fortune are baseball cards. Again, not all baseball cards are worth anything. The vast majority of modern cards were printed thousands of times. Kids tend to play with them, and they’re not in great condition by the time they grow up. Remember that they are worth more when they’re still brand new, sealed in packages. Just like stamps, it’s not impossible to find a valuable baseball card. But it has to be very old, and very rare. The most expensive baseball card ever sold was the 1909-1911 T206 Honus Wagner. In 2016, it sold for $3.12 million.
Years ago, I was able to get a huge collection of baseball cards from someone who just wanted to get rid of everything from their childhood collection. This person said they didn’t bother researching the values, because they didn’t have the time. There were thousands of cards. I assumed that maybe if I was patient enough to spend that time looking up the values of every card, it might pay off… Nope. They were all virtually worthless. I ended up donating all of them to a thrift store, because I was sick of seeing them take up space in my house. Just because I struck out doesn’t mean you can’t get a home run. But it’s definitely one of those hobbies where you need to do a ton of research to understand the value of the cards.