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Just Collect is aggressively buying pre-1980 football cards

Just Collect, Inc. is the Nation's top buyer of vintage football cards! We have bought and sold over $15 million worth of vintage cards & memorabilia over the last decade. We consider vintage material to be cards and memorabilia produced between 1879-1975. We are looking to buy entire collections, complete sets, partial sets, unopened cases and boxes, uncut sheets, rookie cards, star cards, and high-grade commons. If you are ready to sell your collection, you have found the right place. We are paying a higher percentage than any other dealer or auction house, and take great pride in providing the best customer service in the hobby. We also provide free appraisals on vintage card and memorabilia collections. How does that work? We go through your collection piece-by-piece, and assess the condition of each card. Once the condition is determined, we look up the current market value for each card. Once your entire collection is appraised, we will make you a cash offer on the spot! The appraisal process is absolutely free, and is usually completed within 24 hours! Now, let's take a look at the top football cards and sets in the hobby.

Most Valuable Rookie Cards

When talking about vintage sports cards, the most valuable pieces will be rookie cards, specifically those of Hall of Famers. Football cards have been around for over 120 years, and some great cards have been produced over that time. Some are extremely rare, while others are just highly sought after, both of which create a tremendous demand. Here is a list of the top 20 vintage rookie cards in the hobby:

  • 1933 Goudey Sport Kings #4 Red Grange
  • 1933 Goudey Sport Kings #6 Jim Thorpe
  • 1935 National Chicle #34 Bronko Nagurski Bears
  • 1948 Leaf #1 Sid Luckman Bears
  • 1948 Leaf #22 Steve Van Buren Eagles
  • 1948 Leaf #34 Sammy Baugh Redskins
  • 1948 Leaf #54 Chuck Bednarik Eagles
  • 1950 Bowman #43 Marion Motley Browns
  • 1950 Bowman #45 Otto Graham Browns
  • 1950 Bowman #52 Elroy Hirsch "Crazy Legs" Rams
  • 1951 Bowman #4 Norm Van Brocklin Rams
  • 1955 Topps All-American #97 Don Hutson Alabama Packers
  • 1957 Topps #94 Raymond Berry Colts
  • 1957 Topps #119 Bart Starr Packers
  • 1957 Topps #138 Johnny Unitas Colts
  • 1958 Topps #62 Jim Brown Browns
  • 1962 Topps #90 Fran Tarkenton Vikings
  • 1962 Topps #17 Mike Ditka Bears
  • 1965 Topps #122 Joe Namath Jets
  • 1966 Philadelphia #38 Gale Sayers Bears

We are looking to buy these rookie cards in any condition and quantity. Obviously, the more you have and the better the condition is, the more valuable your collection will be worth. Not sure how to determine the condition of your cards? No problem. You can read about card grading here: How To Determine The Condition Of Your Cards. Don't see your rookie card on the list? Again, don't worry. This is just a list of the top-20 rookies, and there are plenty others. Additionally, there would also be a few rookie cards that were produced after the "vintage" cut-off that would still have some value, including a 1981 Topps Joe Montana, 1984 Topps Dan Marino & John Elway, and 1986 Topps Jerry Rice. For those, we would be looking to buy a group, rather than just a single card. When you are ready to sell, give us a call!

Top Vintage Sets

Just like with the single rookie cards, the more vintage the set is, the more valuable. The first set of football cards ever produced was the 1894 Mayo's Cut Plug, which featured the game's brightest collegiate stars. Although none of the players turned out to be Hall of Famers, the cards are still extremely rare, which puts this set at the very top of our want list. We are buying 1894 Mayos singles and sets - in any condition! The best card in that set is the John Dunlop "Anonymous" card, as there are believed to be less than 15 examples in existence. Since the likelihood of you having that set (or any cards) is infinitesimal, let's take a look at the "other" Top 10 vintage football sets:

  • 1935 National Chicle
  • 1948 Leaf
  • 1950 Bowman
  • 1951 Bowman
  • 1952 Bowman Large
  • 1952 Bowman Small
  • 1955 Topps All-American
  • 1957 Topps
  • 1958 Topps
  • 1965 Topps

We are looking to buy these sets in any condition, ranging from Very Good (VG) to Mint! Don't have a complete set? No worries. We are also looking to buy near-sets, singles of stars and HOFers, and high-grade commons.

Football Memorabilia

We are also buying all types of vintage football memorabilia, whether it's related to a specific player, team or significant event. The most sought-after pieces will be autographed rookie cards, followed by original wire photos, signed photos, game-worn jerseys, game-used balls, ticket stubs, and programs. Now, even though we focus primarily on vintage cards, there are still some "modern" cards of value. We would have interest in autographed relic cards, as well as short-printed rookie cards of today's mega-stars, such as: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant. We'd also be looking for modern auto & relic cards of the '90s stars, such as Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, and Brett Favre. If you are looking to sell your collection for cash, contact us today!

How Does The Selling Process Work?

Selling your football cards to Just Collect is relatively easy - but does require a little bit of work on your part. First, you will need to send us a brief, but detailed list of what's in your collection. You will need to let us know how many total cards you have (approximately), and what years they are from. Then break down, to the best of your knowledge, the percentage of stars, rookies and commons. The next step will then be to send us a few high-resolution photos of the best cards in your collection. For example, if you have a 1957 Topps Football set, send us photos of the front and backs of the Bart Starr, Johnny Unitas, and Raymond Berry cards. Also include a few photos of a random sampling of cards from the set. This will help us to better determine the condition of the cards. After our specialist reviews the list and photos, we will need to set up an appointment to value your collection, also known as the appraisal. This can be done at our office, which is located in Somerset, NJ. We also travel to see collections, for those that are too large to transport. Additionally, we have two remote locations for after-hour or weekend appointments, and they are located in Bridgewater, NJ and Hoboken, NJ. After your appraisal is complete, we are going to make you an offer on the entire collection. If you are meeting us in person, this offer will be on the spot, in the form of cash or company check. If you dropped off or mailed in your collection, the appraisal will be done within 24 hours, and if we agree to terms, we will mail you a company check the following business day. Email us at info@justcollect.com to get the ball rolling!!

Why Choose Just Collect?

Selling to Just Collect saves you time and money, and is hassle-free. Sure, you could try to sell your cards on your own, but do you really want to deal with eBay & PayPal fees, questions, and the possibility of negative feedback & returns? Do you really want to spend hours listing all of your items for sale? 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 auction prices. And above all, they are not guaranteed to sell! You could consign your items to a large auction house, but you won't get paid for months and will be hit with consignment fees - and that's if they even take your items! We eliminate all of that stress, and have made the process simple. Read what people are saying about Just Collect.

Contact Our New Jersey Office Today

If you are interested in selling your trading cards or sports memorabilia, contact Just Collect today to set up your free appraisal appointment. Our reliable industry experts can help determine what you have, what it’s 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 possibly too valuable to send through the mail? Not a problem. 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.