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Selling Your Graded Collection - Why Sell Yourself Short?

Just Collect Pays Top Dollar for PSA Graded 1956 Topps Near Set

  • March 08, 2019
  • Leighton Sheldon

1956 Topps Jackie RobinsonAre You Selling Yourself Short?

Just Collect not only buys cards and collections from the public, but we also purchase a lot of our inventory from auction houses. Simple math suggests if we are purchasing sets and collections from auction houses, some of these consignors may missing an excellent opportunity to put more money in their pocket.

Simple math? Yup, simple math. As an example, if Just Collect wins a set or collection at auction for $12,000, that means that the item closed at $10,000 (most auction houses add a 20% buyer's premium to the final bid -- in this case making the $10,000 final bid a $12,000 closing price) and even with a small 10% sellers' premium, the seller would end up getting $9000 from the auciton house on a collection that Just Collect was willing to and paid $12,000 to obtain. So the seller missed out on putting as much as another $3000 in their pocket by not contacting us before listing their item at auction.

What Do You Have to Lose?

If you have a PSA or SGC graded set, sets or an entire graded collection, you have ZERO risk and can have an aggressive and REAL purchase offer usually within 24 hours. You don't need to mail a collection, schedule an appointment to visit us or wait weeks for us to come see you. A prospective seller need only provide Just Collect with a list or a spreadsheet (Excel files are preferred) of the graded collection, graded set or near set and our specialists will review the collection, value each card and prepare our highest cash offer for the purchase of collection.

What Could Be Easier?

If we reach agreement on a purchase price for your collection, Just Collect may even provide FREE, insured FedEx shipping on our FedEx account. This saves the seller shipping costs and puts even more money into the seller's pocket! And after all is said and done, does it make sense to wait weeks, perhaps even months to get paid an uncertain price? You have nothing to lose and have maybe hundreds or even thousands of dollars to game.

We Bought a PSA Graded 1956 Topps Set Minus Two Cards

A prime example is that we recently purchased a near set of PSA graded 1956 Topps Baseball cards. The set included both checklists and was missing only 2 cards (Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle). The set graded mostly PSA 7 with some PSA 8 and some PSA 6 cards.

1956 TOpps #11956 Topps Checklist 1/31956 Topps Checklist 2/4

1956 Topps #4 Ted Williams1956 Topps #15 Ernie banks
1956 Topps #31 Hank Aaron1956 Topps #33 Roberto Clemente

The seller was shopping the collection to auction houses and was doing his due diligence trying to maximize his return. We requested the grades (including any qualifiers) for all of the cards in the set and were able to present him with a purchase offer by the end of the day. The seller was shocked at how strong our offer was and that it was actually extremely close to what he figured that he "might get" at auction. And he didn't have to wait or take any chances! He accepted our offer and forwarded the set to our Somerset, New Jersey office for verification. Upon arrival, we verified the contents and processed and FedEx'd the seller his payment. The total time, from start to finish, was less than a 5 day eBay listing!

The 1956 Topps Set is a gorgeous set and features a bunch of the stars that would excel through the rest of the 1950's and into the 1960's.  While Ted Williams and Jackie Robinson were winding down on their iluustrious careers, players like Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, Al Kaline and Ernie Banks were in the infancy of their Hall of Fame performances.

1956 Topps #79 Sandy Koufax1956 Topps Yogi Berra
1956 Topps Brooklyn Dodgers1956 Topps #292 Luis Aparicio

Schedule an Appointment to Meet Just Collect at a Show Near You

Just Collect travels to several shows on a regular basis. In the New York area, we often attend the White Plains Show at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY. If you're in the New England area, you can make an appointment to meet with one of our specialists when we're in the area for the Shriner's Show at the Aleppo Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. We also visit the Metro-DC area when we attend the CSA Show in Chantilly, VA. If you're in the South Jersey or Delaware area, you can also schedule appointments while we're in the Philadelphia area when we do The Philly Show in Valley Forge, PA.

We set up at The National Sports Collectors Convention every year and this year, it will be at the Stephens Convention Center in the Rosemont section of Chicago, IL and it has also been in Cleveland, Atlantic City and Baltimore in recent years. Additionally, we travel to the Sports Card and Memorabilia Expo in Mississauga, Ontario for those of you in the Toronto area that want to meet with us in Canada.

We would love to meet with you and schedule a private appointment to assess and value your collection while we are in your area, so please check out our show and travel schedule to see when Just Collect will be in your area!

Our Buying Philosophy

We've run into a wide range of people and collections over the past decade. Although we are known for buying vintage sports cards and especially vintage basketball cards, we are also extremely interested in buying non-sports cards, also!

Every collection and every collector is different and we treat EVERY collection with the respect and attention that we show for our own collections. We understand that many have put their heart and soul into building their collection. So when you're ready to sell, Just Collect understands the feelings that you're going through and we will work with you to help you reach a decision that is a WIN/WIN, because if you're not happy, we're not happy.

Won't They Be Worth More if I Grade Them Myself

We discuss all of the selling options with everyone that we meet with. In most cases, selling the collection on their own will put the most money on the bottom line, but it will also take an large commitment of time and energy and one that most are not ready or able to undertake. Another misconception is that grading the collection will return more money. When I hear people say, "You're just going to grade them and get ten times the money," I almost cringe. Grading a collection can be a money losing proposition, especially if you don't know what you're doing. And most times, we grade very few, if any cards, from average collections that we buy.

We value a collection based upon the condition and the value. If a card is worth $100 in a PSA 7 NM, we're going to value it at $100 whether it is ungraded or graded. You can spend hundreds or thousands of dollars grading your cards, but we're still valuing them the same and paying the same regardless of how much you've invested in grading them.

We Are Always Buying

Just Collect is always buying vintage sports and non-sports cards from 1879 to 1979 as well as select modern cards. If you have a collection that you are considering selling, contact us today to discuss your collection and get our industry leading purchase offer. If you have a collection that you want appraised, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss your collection and help you understand the real cash value of your collection in the current marketplace.

Don't hesitate to check out our Google Reviews left by many of the great people that have considered selling collections to Just Collect.

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