10 Most Valuable 1987 Topps Baseball Cards

Box of 1987 Topps Baseball CardsHow could anyone forget about the 1987 Topps baseball cards with their iconic woodgrain borders?

And the set was packed with rookies and stars, too…

Everyone knows they were heavily printed just like every other set during the card craze of the late 1980’s.

And, yes, while most of them are basically worthless these days as a result, there are a few that can still be worth decent money.

In this guide we take a look at the 10 most valuable 1987 Topps baseball cards.

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Before we get started, I do want to make it clear that most 1987 Topps baseball cards do not have any value these days.

In order for the cards on this list to be worth much, they'll either have to be the Tiffany version (Topps' premium factory set) and/or be graded by PSA to be in perfect, gem mint condition.

That means the card needs to be basically flawless.

Now that we got that out of the way, let's take a look at the top ten:

1987 Topps #320 Barry Bonds Rookie Card

Tiffany Estimated PSA 10 Value: $325

Base Estimated PSA 10 Value: $50

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Barry Bonds' career may forever be under a cloud of controversy due to the PED scandal of the late 1990's and early 2000's. But his rookie card is still the key to this set and by far the most valuable. 

1987 Topps Tiffany #320 Barry Bonds Baseball Card

1987 Topps Traded #70 Greg Maddux Rookie Card

Tiffany Estimated PSA 10 Value: $220

Base Estimated PSA 10 Value: $40

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Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford were notorious for their double-steal ability during their heyday so hobbyists get a chance to collect that extra piece of history with this card. The card design is unusual as they show one player when open and another when folded. Crawford and Cobb essentially share the same pair of legs on this baseball card depending on how you fold it. Distributed with Mecca cigarettes, this set is also thought to be the first to feature player stats. Because they were intended to be folded, wear and tear are common issues with these cards.

1987 Topps Traded Tiffany #70 Greg Maddux Baseball Card

1987 Topps Tiffany #620 Jose Canseco

Tiffany Estimated PSA 10 Value: $150

Base Estimated PSA 10 Value: $35

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I remember everyone going absolutely nuts for this card. The hype surrounding Canseco was huge in 1987 after he had put up some awesome power numbers during his rookie campaign the year before. So, it would have been nice if Topps had captured him at bat instead of sitting in the dugout. But, still it was an extremely desirable card at the time. And it was one of the first cards to receive the "Topps All-Star Rookie" trophy symbol since the company brought it back for the first time since 1978.

1987 Topps Tiffany #620 Jose Canseco Baseball Card

1987 Topps #170 Bo Jackson Rookie Card

Tiffany Estimated PSA 10 Value: $100

Base Estimated PSA 10 Value: $35

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Not all of the members of the "Future Stars" subset lived up to that name. But, Bo Jackson certainly did. The legendary two-sport star (he also played football for the Raiders) was one of the hottest names in the hobby during the late 1980's. He could hit for power, run, and man did he have a cannon for an arm. 

1987 Topps Tiffany #170 Bo Jackson Baseball Card

1987 Topps #366 Mark McGwire Rookie Card

Tiffany Estimated PSA 10 Value: $50

Base Estimated PSA 10 Value: $25

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Although many consider the 1985 Topps to be the true Mark McGwire rookie card, many others consider his 1987 issues to be rookies as well since they were the first to feature him in an A's uniform. Whatever your opinion may be, McGwire's 1987 Topps card has always been one of the most sought after in the set. Like his teammate, Canseco, McGwire was also known for his enormous hitting power very early on in his career. It's a great-looking card and features a nice image of a young McGwire standing ready to belt one.

1987 Topps Tiffany #366 Mark McGwire Baseball Card

1987 Topps #648 Barry Larkin Rookie Card

Tiffany Estimated PSA 10 Value: $45

Base Estimated PSA 10 Value: $20

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Ozzie Smith may have been the era's greatest shortstop but Larkin was no slouch either. He'd end up in the Hall of Fame once all was said and done. Larkin was incredibly productive and perhaps more importantly, consistent. He was effective with both the bat and his glove on his way to earning 12 All-Star team selections over his career. And his rookie card is one of the keys to the 1987 Topps set as a result.

1987 Topps Tiffany #648 Barry Larkin Baseball Card

1987 Topps #757 Nolan Ryan

Tiffany Estimated PSA 10 Value: $45

Base Estimated PSA 10 Value: $20

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Nolan Ryan is pretty much one of every set's biggest names in which he appeared. Nearly 20 years after Topps featured his rookie card in their 1968 set, the fireballer is pictured with the Astros ready to blow one past another hitter.

1987 Topps Tiffany #757 Nolan Ryan Baseball Card

1987 Topps Tiffany #784 Cal Ripken Jr.

Tiffany Estimated PSA 10 Value: $35

Base Estimated PSA 10 Value: $20

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Cal Ripken Jr. was one of my favorite players as a kid. He was one of the first to really bring the idea of a shortstop who could hit for power. Ripken was a Rookie of the Year, two-time MVP, and nineteen-time All-Star. And we'll never forget his incredible streak of 2,632 consecutive games played. He's a baseball icon and his card rightly deserves to be on this list.

1987 Topps Tiffany #784 Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball Card

1987 Topps #634 Rafael Palmeiro Rookie Card

Tiffany Estimated PSA 10 Value: $35

Base Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

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Palmeiro was another member of Topps' "Future Stars" subset that year who did live up to that expectation. True, his career ended in controversy like other members on this list but his rookie card still holds up as one of this set's most valuable. He put up some monster numbers year after year but surprisingly was only named to the All-Star team four times in his career. Like Maddux, he was one of the key players of that era who slipped away from the Cubs.

1987 Topps Tiffany #634 Rafael Palmeiro Baseball Card

1987 Topps #30 Roger Clemens

Tiffany Estimated PSA 10 Value: $20

Base Estimated PSA 10 Value: $10

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At this point on the list we're way past the point where paying the fee to grade a card really doesn't make much sense from a profitability standpoint. But in top condition, Clemens' card still can be worth $20 so if it's the Tiffany version. A young Rocket is shown smiling in his Red Sox uniform. It's a nice-looking card overall but not nearly as valuable as some of the others on this list.

1987 Topps #340 Roger Clemens Baseball Card

1987 Topps Baseball Cards In Review

So there you have it, the ten most valuable 1987 Topps cards.

As you can see, it will take them being professionally graded in gem mint condition to be worth much.

This set was one of the most popular of the 1980's and contained a monstrous 792 card checklist in total.

Within the set were also several different subsets, including:

  • All-Stars
  • Checklists
  • Future Stars
  • Manager Cards
  • Record Breakers
  • Team Leaders
  • Topps All-Star Rookies
  • Turn Back The Clock

It really is a pretty decent set overall.

And for those of us who grew up collecting these in the late 1980's, they'll always have a huge nostalgic factor to them despite not having the most monetary value.

Ross Uitts
 

Ross is the founder of Old Sports Cards and has been collecting sports cards for over 30 years. He also loves to write about the hobby and has written for Beckett, Topps, SABR and of course, this website. Need help buying or selling cards or have a general question about the hobby? Contact him at [email protected]

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