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Old 01-16-2010, 08:24 AM
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Anyone into baseball cards?

I decided to take a look through a shoebox full of cards that I've had since I was a kid. They are all from 1965 through 1971, with most being 1969 & 1970. I went on Ebay to see how active the market was and started referencing some of my cards. Johnny Bench, Rod Carew, Tom Seaver, Jim Hunter, Rollie Fingers, Willie McCovey all in excellent shape, better than many online. Many seem to be worth over $100, and I also have a bunch of stuff from when I lived in NY in 1969 when the Mets won it all.

Anyone have any advice on where to start? I've seen various grading services. Anyone used them. I have many rookie cards of guys that went on to be Hall of Famers and based on what I saw online, some could be worth big bucks.
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:58 AM
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I am interested in the response(s) as well. I have many BB cards from the 1950's and 1970's and some 1980's. What I have seen over the years is that a price guide like Beckett lists a value however getting the amount listed is about impossible. A dealer for example is usually only willing to give you maybe 50% of the stated value, that is after he/she beats you up on condition. What you call mint is almost always not what someone else calls mint. A buyer, no matter if it is a dealer or private party, is going to evaluate the condition and beat you up on this. There are grading companies who appear to charge a strong amount to place a grade on a card. This can become cost prohibitive. The entire system, hobby, whatever you wish to call it appears to be a bunch of BS in my opinion from an investment standpoint. I have over 500 cards from the 1950's in what I believe to mostly be excellent condition. The issue becomes what you think is excellent or mint condition is often not in agreement with someone else's opinion, particularly a buyer. I bought the cards years ago to help someone out who needed cash even though I did NOT want to buy them. I have found it challenging to find a buyer for this type of stuff. I think unless you have something like a Honus Wagner or Mantle rookie that it is difficult to sell. I would be willing to sell most all of my baseball cards however have pretty much forgot about it and have stored the cards in a climate controlled secure environment. Unless you buy something really rare and desirable I think there are far better investments. A friend of mine used to deal in BB cards. I think hobby is a labor of love.
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:01 AM
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I was surprised to see the activity on Ebay. When I enlarged some of the pictures of cards for sale and compared them to what I have, mine are in at least as good condition as most of the highly graded cards. I don't look at them as an investment, but if I had duplicates, triplicates, etc of cards that are worth a few hundred bucks each, I might consider selling some.

The key isn't what they are asking, but looking at cards that have actual bids. These are all cards that I got when I was 6-11 years old back in the late 60's and early 70's. I couldn't believe it when I saw a Rod Carew card with bids over $100 only to find I have 3 of the same card with perfectly sharp corners, no creases, properly centered, etc.
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:36 AM
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Yeah, I could have posted the first post in this thread! I have plenty of cards from the mid 60's to mid 70's with a lot of the same players (I concentrated on the A's and Giants, since I was in the Bay Area, but I have plenty of others as well).

I also have the metal picture coins and rubber balls with the picture inside as well as photo's that the teams used to send out upon request (in their original mailing envelopes with the team logo on them).

Willie Mays, Catfish, McCovey, Fingers, Bench, etc...

I never knew the best route to sell them (without getting screwed), so I have just held on to them.

I guess I'll have to check out eBay...
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