The 500 Home Run Club

Chicks dig the long ball.  Baseball card collectors do too.  Of the most valuable baseball cards in the hobby, nearly all were either printed in limited quantity (see the Honus Wagner card) or were among the elite home run hitters of all time.  Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle have all joined Babe Ruth among the biggest stars in the hobby. 

Rookie cards from this exclusive club have appreciated significantly over the years.  Led by the 1914 Babe Ruth rookie card, some of these cards sell for ten thousand dollars, one hundred thousand dollars, or more.

1.    Barry Bonds - 762 career home runs - the all-time home run leader's prominence in baseball history is not reflected at all in his rookie card value.  The 1987 Topps, 1987 Fleer, and 1987 Donruss cards can all be found for under $10 today.  His 1986 Topps Traded card is a decent choice if you are looking for a Barry Bonds card with potential to appreciate down the road.  It can usually be found on auction sites for $5 to $10 today.

Hank Aaron rookie card2.    Hank Aaron - 755 - the 1954 Topps Hank Aaron card has sold for over $100,000 in mint condition.  Hammerin' Hank's rookie card is one of the most popular rookie cards with collectors today, as he is considered the "true" home run champion by many.  Lesser grades can be found for under a couple thousand dollars.

3.    Babe Ruth - 714 - the 1914 Baltimore Sun Babe Ruth card is among the most valuable baseball cards in existence today and the crown jewel of this list.  His rookie card has sold for over half a million dollars.

4.    Willie Mays - 660 - the Willie Mays 1951 Bowman rookie card is a true classic.  In PSA 9 condition, it has sold for $93,000 as recently as 2007.  Other grades of the Willie Mays rookie card can be bought for under $1,000. 

5.    Ken Griffey - 611* - as Ken Griffey Jr. has moved up the career home run list, his 1989 Upper Deck rookie card hasn't increased in value much.  It still sells for between $25 and $100 in NRMT condition, sometimes topping $1000 in mint condition.  This card was once one of the more popular cards in the hobby and is a good bet to increase in value once again down the road.

6.    Sammy Sosa - 609

7.    Frank Robinson - 586

8.    Mark McGwire - 583

9.    Harmon Killebrew - 573

10.    Rafael Palmeiro - 569

11.    Reggie Jackson - 563
12.    Alex Rodriguez - 553*
13.    Mike Schmidt - 548
14.    Jim Thome - 541*
15.    Mickey Mantle - 536
16.    Jimmie Foxx - 534
17.    Manny Ramirez - 527*
18T.    Willie McCovey - 521
     Frank Thomas - 521*
     Ted Williams - 521
21T.    Ernie Banks - 512
     Eddie Mathews - 512
23.    Mel Ott - 511
24.    Eddie Murray - 504

* through 2008 season