In this post, we will discuss the different baseball card dimensions.
Since the mid of 1860, baseball cards have been the highest-collected sports cards in history.
Everywhere in the world, collectors purchase and sell different baseball cards to complete specific collections.
These are the most expensive and popular sports card collections.
The dimensions and sizes of baseball cards have changed with the passage of time but most of the cards have standard dimensions as compared to the others.
What are the baseball card dimensions?
The standard baseball card dimensions are 2.5 inches wide x 3.5 inches long. (2-1/2” x 3-1/2”) which is mostly known to most people.
The dimensions of the older baseball cards from the 1930s are 2.375 inches x 3.5 inches (2-3/8″ x 3-1/2″). Even though the dimensions of the Goudey card in 1933 were 2.375 inches x 0.875 inches (2-3/8″ x 2-7/8″).
Baseball cards from 1980 were 2.625 inches x 3.75 inches (2-5/8″ x 3-3/4″).
Here I have listed how the dimensions of baseball cards have changed over time.
|Baseball card date and type||Dimensions|
|1909 T206||1-7/16″ x 2-5/8″|
|1933 Goudey||2-3/8″ x 2-7/8″|
|1950 Bowman||2-1/16″ x 2-1/2″|
|1970 Topps||2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″|
|1975 Topps mini||2-1/4″ x 3-1/8″|
|1988 Topps big||2-5/8″ x 3-3/4″|
|1992 Topps Micro||1″ x 1-3/8″|
|2021 Topps||2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″|
What is the weight of a baseball card?
The average weight of a baseball card is 1 gram. The weight of the card can vary depending on the material, if it’s in a top loader or not, and the age of the card.
If the weight of 1 card is 1 gram, then the pack of 100 baseball cards weighs approximately 100 grams.
With the top loader, a single card can weigh anywhere from 6 to 8 grams.
What is the thickness of a baseball card?
Points are used to measure how thick a baseball card is. The common thickness of baseball cards is 35 pt, but it could vary from 55 pt to 100 pt. Baseball cards have different thicknesses, but most have the same.
Measurement of the baseball card thickness could be taken using the card thickness point gauge. These can be downloaded and used very easily to measure the thickness of any card.
When you are collecting baseball cards, it is important to know the exact thickness of your card so you can easily store them in a top loader. These are the plastic protectors which are used to store and protect cards so it will be a proper fit if you know the thickness of your card.
Most expensive and rare baseball cards in history:
There has been a long history of baseball cards. Some of the cards are very old and rare. These are the cards of famous players, which is why they are very expensive.
Most of the expensive and high-demand cards are not the standard size of 2.5” x 3.5” which I will show you below.
Here are the most expensive baseball cards in history.
#177 Topps rookie card from 1968 Nolan Ryan was sold in August 2020 for $600,000.
Topps rookie card from 2009 Mike Trout was sold in August 2020 for 3.9 million dollars ($3,900,000).
#53 Goudey card from 1933 Babe Ruth was sold in July 2021 for nearly $4 million ($4,212,000).
The T206 American Tobacco Company card from 1911 Honus Wagner was sold in August 2021 for 6 million dollars ($6,606,000).
#311 Topps card from 1952 Mickey Mantle was sold in 2021 for 5 million dollars ($5,200,000).
How do I measure my baseball card size?
If you want to know the dimension of baseball cards without measuring it, you can compare them with other items of the same dimensions.
You can compare it to other trading cards that are similar in size.
Hockey cards, playing cards, magic cards, and other trading cards have the same size as baseball cards.
You can also compare credit cards with baseball cards but they are not the same in dimensions. The dimensions of a credit card are 3.37 inches x 2.125 inches.
Folded dollar bills or half-dollar bills can also be compared with baseball cards since dollar bills measure 6.14 inches by 2.61 inches. So if you fold it in half, the dollar bill will be near the baseball card dimensions.
So in this post, I have discussed the dimensions of baseball cards, the most expensive cards, and how you can measure baseball cards with any measuring tool. Baseball card sizes have changed with the passage of time as I mentioned the changes above. If you have queries, please go through the FAQs or you can comment below.
Are all baseball cards the same size?
The standard baseball card dimensions are 2.5 inches wide x 3.5 inches long. (2-1/2” x 3-1/2″) which is mostly known to most people.
The dimensions and sizes of baseball cards have been changed with the passage of time, from tobacco era cards at 1 7/16’’ x 2 5/8’’, to much larger 2 5/8’’ x 3 3/4’’ Topps BIG cards from 1988, but most of the cards have standard dimensions as compared to the others.
What is the material of baseball cards?
Baseball cards are typically printed on card stock, although silk and plastic can also be used.
What is the size of an uncut sheet of baseball cards?
The dimensions of an uncut sheet of baseball cards are 28.25 x 28.5 inches.
How are baseball cards measured?
You can compare it to other trading cards that are similar in size. Hockey cards, playing cards, magic cards, and other trading cards are the same size as baseball cards.