How Do I Sell My Baseball Cards?
If you have a vintage sports card collection that you would like to sell, look no further than Just Collect. Not only do we offer the best customer service in the industry, our efficient and free appraisal process ensures that you have a reasonable cash offer within 48 hours. We’ll setup a free appraisal appointment with our vintage card experts at one of our five appraisal locations or, if you’re not within driving distance, we may offer to pay to have your collection shipped to us insured and return shipping guaranteed in the event you choose not to take our offer. In cases where your sports memorabilia is of high value or physically too large to ship, Just Collect will fly out to you for an appraisal!
Identifying What is in Your Memorabilia or Card Collection
The first step in our buying process is to identify exactly what you have. This starts by looking at the year and brand of each sports card. This will tell our vintage card experts quite a bit about the overall value of the collection.
Also, a set’s value will increase depending on the number of “superstars” it includes. For example, a collection of 10 baseball cards with three superstars is usually more valuable than a collection of 100 cards with only one superstar.
If a set is pre-1980, it is considered vintage, while anything post-1980 is considered modern. Typically, vintage collections will have a higher value assuming they are in good condition. Just Collect specializes in vintage cards and currently we do not appraise or purchase modern card collections containing cards printed after 1980.
Evaluating the Condition
Once your sports cards or memorabilia is accurately identified, we can take a look at the condition. Any flaw in the condition of the piece will affect its overall value. These flaws can be as simple as corner wear or surface wear on a baseball card.
A common misconception is that all cards fresh out of the pack are considered to be in mint condition however this is not typically the case. Especially when dealing with vintage cards created using older processes and printing equipment. Print defects, centering issues, or miscuts are all common reasons for cards to lose value and unfortunately, entirely out of your control.
Understanding the Grading System
One of the most important things to understand when evaluating your trading card collection is how the grading system works. Luckily, we can turn to Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), which is a third-party resource that has been helping people put a value on vintage card and memorabilia collections for more than 20 years. Basically, PSA uses a 10-point grading scale to assess every piece. The higher the grade, the more valuable the item.
How We Buy Your Vintage Sports Cards or Memorabilia
At Just Collect, our buying process always begins with a free appraisal of your collection. In order to provide the highest level of convenience to our customers, we offer several different options to help get the items to our New Jersey offices.
One option is to mail in the collection for an evaluation from our vintage card experts, with all expenses paid for by Just Collect. However, we understand that some people are not comfortable mailing in a valuable collection of sports cards and memorabilia. If you are located near one of our appraisal locations, call our team to set up a free appraisal appointment. If you’re not located within driving distance, but have a rare or high value collection that cannot be mailed, our team of experts can fly out to you for your free appraisal.
What We’re Looking For
If your trading cards or memorabilia have value, Just Collect will buy them. To determine the current market value of your items, we utilize information such as past auction sales and published market guides. However, there are a few items we are constantly looking for. This includes vintage (pre-1980) sports cards and non-sports cards. Large collections, especially those including complete or near-complete sets, are always on our list as well. We also like trading cards featuring stars or hall-of-famers, or even high-grade cards featuring common players. And if your vintage collection includes a T206 or any other tobacco cards, 1952 Topps Baseball cards (featuring the Mickey Mantle rookie card), or 1933 Goudey cards, we are definitely interested! In addition to sports cards, Just Collect also buys other collectibles. These can include anything from autographs to vintage photos, game-used memorabilia, and comic books. In just the last few months alone, we have spent a quarter-million dollars buying vintage sports collections from people throughout the United States.
Contact Our New Jersey Offices Today
If you are interested in selling your trading card or sports memorabilia collection, contact Just Collect today to set up a 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!