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How Do I Sell My Vintage Hockey Cards?

Just Collect, Inc. is the nation's top buyer of vintage hockey cards, having bought and sold over $15 million worth of vintage cards and memorabilia in the last decade. Our definition of vintage material is cards and memorabilia produced prior to 1975, but we will buy and sell select modern material from the 1980’s to date. We are looking to purchase entire collections, complete sets, partial sets, unopened cases and boxes, uncut sheets, rookie cards, star cards and high condition commons. If you are considering selling parts or all of your collection, Just Collect, Inc. is 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!

We provide free, true market value appraisals of your vintage card and memorabilia collection by evaluating your collection piece-by-piece. This is done by assigning a condition to each card and looking up the current market value for each one. 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 48 hours!

Key Rookie Cards

The value of vintage hockey cards is determined by several factors. Typically, rookie or first year hockey cards are the most valuable card of a given player. Cards from scarcer sets or from issues with limited availability may also carry increased premiums. Hockey cards have been issued as premiums for a variety of products from tobacco, candy, chewing gum, cereals, potato chips, soda pop and even restaurants and odd-ball food issues. Some are extremely rare and very highly sought after. A few of the key single rookie cards from hockey issues over the past 100+ years have included:

  • 1910 C56 Imperial Tobacco Art Ross
  • 1911 C55 Imperial Tobacco Georges Vezina
  • 1933 Ice Kings #33 Howie Morenz
  • 1951 Parkhurst #4 Maurice Richard
  • 1951 Parkhurst #61 Terry Sawchuk
  • 1951 Parkhurst #66 Gordie Howe
  • 1958 Topps #66 Bobby Hull
  • 1966 Topps #35 Bobby Orr
  • 1979 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky
  • 1985 O-Pee-Chee #9 Mario Lemieux
  • 1986 O-Pee-Chee #53 Patrick Roy
  • 2005 Upper Deck SP Authentic #181 Sidney Crosby

We are looking to buy these cards and many others issued over the past 100 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 or if you just want an appraisal, give us a call!

Top Vintage Sets

Similar to rookie cards, the older the set, typically the more value the set will hold. Many of the very early sets were relatively small in both size of the cards and the amount of cards included within the set. These early issues contain many players that have names that are synonymous with hockey. Patrick, Ross, Vezina, Shore, Morenz, Bailey, Johnson, Clapper and Taylor are just a few of the names that graced these early cardboard gems. In a day when the sticks were only made of wood and the goalies didn’t wear masks or helmets, these legends played for the love of the game.

  • 1910 C56 Imperial Tobacco
  • 1911 C55 Imperial Tobacco
  • 1951 Parkhurst
  • 1954 Topps (first ever hockey issue from Topps)
  • 1966 Topps USA Test Set
  • 1979 O-Pee-Chee
  • 1985 O-Pee-Chee

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.

Hockey Memorabilia

We are also are interested in buying many types of vintage hockey autographs and memorabilia. Specific player, team or event items are highly sought after. 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 Steve Yzerman, Patrick Roy, Denis Potvin, Martin Brodeur, Alex Ovechkin, Mark Messier, Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Dominik Hasek, Mike Bossy, Brett Hull, Ray Bourque and Jaromir Jagr. 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 Selling Process Work?

Selling your hockey 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 1951 Parkhurst Hockey set, send us images of the front and backs of the Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard and Terry Sawchuk 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.

We will need to schedule an appointment 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 locations for after-hour or weekend appointments. These locations are located in Bridgewater, NJ and Hoboken, NJ. 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 on the spot and payment can be made in the form of cash or company check. If you drop off or mail in your collection, the appraisal will be done within 48 hours. If we agree to terms, we will mail you a company check the following business day or return the collection at our expense. Email us at info@justcollect.com to get the ball 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? 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 customer testimonials.

Contact Our New Jersey Office Today

If you are interested in selling your hockey 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.