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How Do I Sell My Vintage Basketball Cards?

Just Collect, Inc. is the nation's top buyer of vintage basketball cards and sports related trading cards, having bought and sold in excess of $15 million worth of material in the last decade. Our definition of vintage material is cards and memorabilia produced prior to 1975, but we also buy and sell specific modern material from the 1980’s to date. We would like to purchase entire collections, complete sets, partial sets, unopened cases and boxes, uncut sheets, rookie cards, star cards and high condition vintage commons. If you are considering selling a portion of your collection or your collection in its entirety, Just Collect, Inc. should be your answer. Just Collect, Inc. pays higher prices than other dealers and auction houses, and takes great pride in providing the best possible customer service in the hobby!

Just Collect, Inc. provides free market-value appraisals of your vintage card and memorabilia collection. Our evaluation of your collection is done on a piece-by-piece basis whenever possible. This evaluation is not some price guide calculation or some pie-in-the-sky hogwash. This is done by identifying and assigning a condition to each card and researching the real current market value for each example. Once your entire collection has been appraised, we will make you a cash offer on the spot. The appraisal process is absolutely free and is usually completed within 48 hours!

Top Rookie Cards

The value of vintage basketball cards is determined by several factors including when the card was issued in a player’s career, the set it was issued in, and the condition of the card(s). Typically, rookie or first year basketball cards are the most valuable card of a player. Cards from rarer regional sets or from issues with extremely limited availability may have increased value. Cards in better condition will obviously have more value than those in lesser condition.

Basketball cards have been issued as premiums for a variety of products promoting candy and chewing gum, breakfast cereals, snack chips, soft drinks and even restaurants and odd-ball food and meat issues. Some are extremely rare and very highly sought after, while some are very common and hold little value. A few of the key rookie cards from mainstream basketball issues produced since World War II include:

  • 1948 Bowman #69 George Mikan
  • 1957 Topps #77 Bill Russell
  • 1961 Fleer #8 Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1969 Topps #25 Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)
  • 1970 Topps #123 Pete Maravich
  • 1972 Topps #195 Julius Erving
  • 1980 Topps Larry Bird/Erving/Magic Johnson
  • 1984 Star #101 Michael Jordan
  • 1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan
  • 1996 Topps Chrome #138 Kobe Bryant
  • 2003 Upper Deck Exquisite #78 Auto/Jersey Lebron James

We are looking to buy these cards and many others issued over the past 70 or so years. Obviously, the more extensive the collection and the better the condition, the more valuable the collection will be. Are you unsure how to determine the condition of your cards? You can read about card grading here: Card Grading. When you are ready to sell your collection, have any questions about your collection, or if you just want an appraisal, please, give us a call!

Best Vintage Sets

Similar to rookie cards, the older the set, typically the more value the set will hold. Many of the early basketball sets were relatively limited with the amount of cards included within the set and were not issued annually like the other sports. In fact, from 1940 to 1968, only three mainstream basketball sets were issued to the public. These early issues contain many players that have names that are synonymous with basketball. Bill Cousy, Hot Rod Hundley, George Mikan, Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor are just a few of the names that graced these early cardboard gems. In a day when the shorts were short and set-shot reigned, these giants of the hardwood played for the love of the game. These are a few of the sets that are high on our WANTED LIST:

  • 1948 Bowman
  • 1957 Topps
  • 1961 Fleer
  • 1968 Topps Test
  • 1969 Topps
  • 1970 Topps
  • 1984-1985 Star
  • 1986 Fleer
  • 1996 Topps Chrome

We are looking to buy these sets in most conditions, ranging from Very Good (VG) to Mint! Even if you don’t have complete sets or the key rookies, we are also buying partial sets, single stars, rookies and Hall of Famers as well as high condition vintage commons and minor stars.

Basketball Memorabilia

We are also are interested in buying many types of vintage basketball autographs and memorabilia. Specific player, team or event items are also of significant interest. We buy and sell memorabilia items including autographed cards, original wire photos, signed photographs, game-worn jerseys, game-used equipment, ticket stubs and important programs. While our focus is on vintage cards, we do have interest in buying select modern cards. Our modern interest is typically confined to scarcer and higher value issues of players such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Karl Malone and Patrick Ewing. So, if you are looking to sell just a portion of your cards or the entirety of your collection, contact us today!

How Does The Process Work?

Selling your basketball cards to Just Collect is surprisingly easy, but does require a little effort on your part. You will need to send us a brief, but detailed list of what is in your collection, letting us know the approximate years of issue and an estimate of the quantities of cards that comprise the collection. In addition, it would be in your best interest to highlight any complete sets or identify specific high value or high name recognition players.

The next step will then be to send us a few high resolution scans or images of the best cards in your collection to assist with the preliminary evaluation (our customer service representative can assist you with identifying these cards if you are unsure). For example, if you have a 1961 Fleer Basketball set, send us images of the front and backs of the Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Bill Russell and Elgin Baylor cards. Also include a few scans or images of a random sampling of cards from the set that gives a representative idea of the balance of the set’s condition. This will help us to better determine the condition of the cards when our vintage card specialist reviews the list and images.

An appointment will be scheduled to value your collection, also known as the appraisal. This can be done at our office which is located in Somerset, NJ. In some circumstances, we can travel to see collections that are too large to transport. Additionally, we have two remote New Jersey locations for after-hour or weekend appointments. These New Jersey locations are located in Bridgewater and Hoboken. After your appraisal is complete, we can make you a cash offer on the entire collection. If you are meeting us in person, this offer will be made and payment can be in the form of a company check or cash upon previous arrangement. If you drop off or mail in your collection, the appraisal will be completed within 48 hours. If we agree to terms, we will mail you a company check the following business day or return the collection to you at our expense. Email info@justcollect.com to get the basketball rolling!

Why Choose Just Collect?

Selling to Just Collect is hassle-free, saves you time, and nets you more money. You could try to sell your cards on your own, lug them to conventions or card shops looking for a better deal. Many have visited with us and thinking they can do better, they have gone that route only to come back stating that our offer was far and above the best that they received and reduced all of the extra effort.

Do you have the hours to set aside to prepare your cards for listing to eBay? Are you prepared to pay eBay and PayPal fees? Are you ready to answer countless questions and endure the possibility of negative feedback and the inevitable returns? You are probably not an expert in the field, so you run the risk of not listing the items properly, which in turn can result in lower realized sale prices or even more serious consequences. Remember, just because you list them, they are not guaranteed to sell! You could consign your items to a large auction house, but you typically won't get paid until after the auction ends and the auction house has been paid and that payment has cleared.

Most auction houses have several months of lead time for their auction and an additional length of time before they pay their consigners. Subtract 15-20% from the final sales price for the Buyer’s Premium and deduct what the auction house charges you as a Seller’s Premium (typically 10-15%) and you could watch upwards of 35% of the final price vanish from your items’ value and that’s if they even accept your items for consignment. Just Collect, Inc. eliminates all of that stress with a cash offer NOW and we’ve made the process as simple as possible. You can read some of what people are saying about Just Collect, Inc. in our customer testimonials.

Contact Our New Jersey Office Today

If you are interested in selling your basketball trading cards and/or any trading cards or sports memorabilia, contact Just Collect today to schedule a free appraisal. Our reliable industry experts can help determine what you have, how much it is worth and make you cash offer within 48 hours! Our main office is located Somerset, NJ, about five minutes from the Rutgers Campus in New Brunswick. Is your collection too large to bring to us, or too valuable to send through the mail? We can travel to you! You can reach us at 732-828-2261 Monday-Friday, from 8AM - 6PM. You can also send us an email at info@justcollect.com.