When colllecting baseball cards, everybody usually goes after the Yankees and Dodgers cards. Collectors/hobbyists also try and find the All-star players. This makes sense because they are also the most valuable. The “John Doe’s” of baseball are not usually collected. These cards are referred to as “common” cards.
I like to take the road less traveled. Common cards can be just as valuable if not more than the Mickey Mantle’s or Babe Ruth’s. The price of a baseball card is based upon the condition of the card. How are the corners, are there creases, etc? I own some MINT common baseball cards that are worth more than the Mickey Mantle’s I own. The Mickey Mantle’s are not from his rookie year and they are a little beat up. As you can imagine, the field for collecting common cards is a lot less crowded.