Investing in Baseball Cards: Will Milestones Matter?

It’s almost inevitable now. Barry Bonds will break the all-time home run record. What does it mean for the value of Bonds baseball cards and memorabilia? What about the big crop of players approaching major milestones? Is it time to invest in their cards and autographs?

Some fans rooted against Hank Aaron when he approached Babe Ruth’s record of 714 home runs back in the early 1970s. 

The attitude toward Barry Bonds is an entirely different plateau. Yet as much of the country displays disdain or, at least ambivilence toward the passing of the power torch, sports memorabilia shops–at least in San Francisco– are seeing a spike in demand.

Meanwhile, a check of the record book reveals several other players closing in on milestones this season. 3,000 hits, 500 homers, 300 wins usually mean a Hall of Fame ticket–which usually means higher prices for cards and autographs. If you’re wondering who’s closing in on the benchmarks, here’s the scoop.