So i was cleaning my room today and I came across my baseball card collection (and by baseball cards I actually mean baseball and basketball). Some of these were worth a good bit (20 - 30 dollars) when I was still collecting and wondered if they were still worth anything. ANybody know if there is an online baseball card price guide of some kind? Or am I going to have to go buy one? And which ones are good?
Beckett will give you the "value" of the card..but for some of the biggies (presumably pre-1990), I'd recommend hitting eBay and checking out their market price. Enter your card in the appropriate category, and check out "show recently closed items". I haven't seen too many of my supposedly $25 Mike Piazza insert cards actually selling at that price. But eBay does catch a few casual fans. For instance, my dad spent 12 dollars on a 1983 Topps Pirates team set!
The old cliche' about "it's only worth what someone's willing to pay" holds true. This is just my experience, but stuff pre-1985 can get you some decent cash-- close to, or at book value. After 85, I wouldn't hold out much hope.
Originally posted by estragandThis is just my experience, but stuff pre-1985 can get you some decent cash-- close to, or at book value. After 85, I wouldn't hold out much hope.
That's probably right on, though maybe closer to 87 or 88, when the market went ballistic and we picked up three new brands. I got out when I finished middle school because it got to be too nuts with too many sets.
Of course, after the market crashed, I lost $200 on paper on my 1972 Topps Nolan Ryan(down to $100 from $300 during the boom).
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Then again, it's all in the market. I made about $100 recently in a garage sale, just selling Topps sets from 1986 to 1993 (sold 'em cheap too, nothing more than $10). These babies aren't worth a heck of a lot, but some neighborhood kids were interested in the "older" cards.
Stuff from 1980 and earlier really needs to be in Excellent or better condition if you hope to make anything off of it. For that, I'd recommend buying a Beckett, get to know their grading criteria, and honestly grade what you have.
If you're interested in making the most money, I'd pull out the best cards and have them graded by a company like PSA (www.psacard.com). They grade cards on a scale from 1 to 10. If the cards are in perfect condition, then you'll make a fortune. My father is in the (mostly) football card business, and, unfortunately, most modern stuff is junk. He doesn't touch anything before 1972, only because the demand isn't that high yet. I stay away from anything before 1985, but do deal with modern stuff. I have a hard time unloading it.
If you have modern stuff, it should be the superstars. For a while, Ken Griffey Jr. was selling like mad, as was McGwire and Sosa. Bonds and Puljols are big now. You have to remember that one week somebody could be considered Hall of Fame material, and another week they could be considered a bust. When he first got into the league, Mike Greenwell (remember him?) rookie cards were all the rage and were selling for a ton of money. Dad unfortunately invested a large amount of money into those cards, and was stuck with them for a long time. That's why modern stuff is so hit or miss and why he no longer sells it.
There are too many scumballs out there, or I would tell you to take your collection to a shop or a show. Unfortunately, people are crooks, so unless you know what you have and have an idea of what you want to sell them for, you'll be ripped off. I've seen it happen way too often.
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I noticed something odd in the last pack of cards I bought. I was looking at the Mark Redman card and saw something that threw me. In 2003, he pitched for the Marlins. This year, he's pitching for the A's. In the photo on the card, Redman is pitching in an A's jersey. Nothing unusual there. But what IS unusual, is that when I looked closer, he's pitching in Pro Player Stadium, home of the Marlins. I can tell because of the teal wall and the orange seats. Since these cards are printed BEFORE the 2004 season, it can't be him pitching THIS year, and I think the A's last played the Marlins in 2002. And it can't be him pitching for Oakland in Spring Training, because they don't play in teams' home stadiums in Spring Training.
It's my theory that Bazooka (the makers of the card) superimposed an A's jersey over the Marlins jersey of Mark Redman. I don't know why they'd go to all that trouble. Am I ignorant, or has this happened before on other cards that I haven't noticed?
Weird. Maybe the A's and Marlins has an exhibition series in Pro Player, sometime over the last three years? I'm thinking the weekend before the season starts, when alot of Triple A guys are still around. Either that, or it's not Pro Player. I haven't seen the A's Spring Training facility in Arizona, so who knows? Or it could be one of the numerous "back fields" at Spring Training....there's hundereds of those.
I have an old Dave Kingman Topps card from circa 1978. Kingman must have just joined up with the Cubs. It's just a mugshot, but it has an obvious re-touched job on the hat. Looks like someone just took a crayon, scribbled Cubs blue on it and pencilled in the "C".
Originally posted by estragandWeird. Maybe the A's and Marlins has an exhibition series in Pro Player, sometime over the last three years? I'm thinking the weekend before the season starts, when alot of Triple A guys are still around.
Nah- he just started with the A's in '04, and he only played for the Marlins in '03.
As for the field, the orange seats and teal wall give it away and I'm 99.9% sure it's PPS. If the uniform WAS superimposed, they did a REAL good job making it look authentic.
I think that the classic example of this arguement is one of my favorite player, Miguel Tejada. Back two years ago, Tejada had numbers that were, I hate to say, inferior, by a wide margin, to those of A-Rod.