PDA

View Full Version : Baseball, Football, Hockey, and Basketball card collectors (help)



Red Leader
12-11-2006, 11:11 AM
I started collecting baseball, football, hockey and basketball cards in 1980. I have all complete sets of baseball (Topps, Donruss, Fleer, Upper Deck) from 1980-1991.

I also bought a bunch of cards from a neighbor kid when he needed money. Paid $10 for about 30 boxes of cards back in 1984. I thought my parents through them away when I went to college, but this morning, my parents had them sitting at their kitchen table for me to take home. In the words of Kip Dynamite: YESSSSSSSSSSSS!

Cards that I will not part with:

Johnny Bench Topps rookie card
Dan Marino Topps rookie card
Wayne Gretzky OPC rookie card
Michael Jordan Fleer rookie card

Those 4 are keepers until I really need a healthy dose of money, like when my kids need a car, or they go off to college, and even then, I might just hold onto them. But those are really the only cards that are "untouchable." Those are my 4 favorite players in each sport.

The rest of the cards I have, I'd have no problems selling. George Brett rookies, Paul Molitor rookies, Joe Montana rookies, Rickey Henderson rookies, Wade Boggs rookies, Cal Ripken rookies, Jerry Rice rookies, Kareem Abdul Jabbar cards, Magic Johnson cards, Larry Bird cards, Kurt Rambis cards ( :) ) etc, etc, etc.

Does anyone know what the card market is like these days? I remember in the 90's the cards were starting to get expensive. Beckett listed those Topps Rickey Henderson cards at $125 / piece. I sold 10 of them for around $500 to pay for my car stereo when I was in high school. If I wanted to sell these, what route should I take? Should I buy a table at a card show? Should I sell them on eBay? Should I just take them in to a cardboard heroes and offer them there? Any other ideas? What' the best way to maximize your return for these cards today?

Some people will call you crazy for selling your cards, but as a 34 year old male that is married with 2 kids, I really have no need for them. I'll let my kids look through them with me before I sell them, but they don't know, or never saw most of these players play before. Those cards have no "meaning" to them. My feeling is, why not try and cash them in now and use the money to get something (a new LCD TV, Playstation3, a nice family vacation) that would be more important to me?

So any advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

savafan
12-11-2006, 11:13 AM
Thanks for asking this question, I've been wondering the same thing lately.

Red Leader
12-11-2006, 11:28 AM
No problem, sava. In looking around the internet, it looks like most people are only interested in buying PSA graded cards these days. It would be a headache (and probably a lot of expense) to send all of my cards to them (in California) to have them all PSA graded. Since that is the case, I might have to sell them all in a lot on eBay. In other words, it might be my turn to play the role my neighbor played early in life...sell boxes and boxes of cards for under market value. As for the 4 cards I mentioned earlier that I would not sell, each of those cards were individually put in hard covered sleeves and the cards themselves were never touched. I might send those 4 off to PSA to get "graded" sometime. I think it would be too expensive for me to send 50-100 cards off to them to get graded.

savafan
12-11-2006, 11:30 AM
I feel like a complete tool for buying up PSA graded rookie cards of McGwire and Bonds several years back.

Red Leader
12-11-2006, 11:33 AM
I would still like to hear other opinions on what I should do with all of these cards to maximize return on them. Any help would be appreciated.

justincredible
12-11-2006, 11:59 AM
www.sportscardforum.com

Try that site out. I am a member there but haven't been on regularly for quite some time. They will be able to give you all the help you need.

HotCorner
12-11-2006, 12:02 PM
Even though you will not part with it, the Michael Jordan rookie card is by far the most valuable. Depending on its condition, Jordan rookie Fleer cards are commanding over $1000.

(Side rant: I too was into card collecting in the '80's. I bought about anything including USFL cards. Long story short I bought a couple of boxes of the '86-'87 Fleer for dirt cheap - .10 a pack - because no one had interest in basketball cards. I liked the stickers that came with them. Ultimately I lost all of these cards during one of our several moves as a family back in the day. It just sickens me to think about it.)

cumberlandreds
12-11-2006, 02:20 PM
Even though you will not part with it, the Michael Jordan rookie card is by far the most valuable. Depending on its condition, Jordan rookie Fleer cards are commanding over $1000.

(Side rant: I too was into card collecting in the '80's. I bought about anything including USFL cards. Long story short I bought a couple of boxes of the '86-'87 Fleer for dirt cheap - .10 a pack - because no one had interest in basketball cards. I liked the stickers that came with them. Ultimately I lost all of these cards during one of our several moves as a family back in the day. It just sickens me to think about it.)

Last winter I came across a small box of about 175 1986-87 Fleer cards. I sold them on EBAY which included a Jordan card for over $600. But that is rare to sell 80's sports cards for that price. I tried selling a lot of my 80's stars I duplicates of and could only sell the major stars like McGwire, Bonds and Griffey and those for a very minimal price. Basically 80's cards are considered junk by most people because there was such a glut of them. I had much more success selling old baseball cards from the 50's,60's and 70's. But I ran out of the duplicates I had of them. These older one's sold much better and even one's in poor condition sold.