Baseball card collecting is a leisure activity that many of us began to embrace an early age when to values and prices were much lower then today. As with most of us often times the collections were place in a closet, storage or attic gaining value for many years. only to be discovered again when we are well into adulthood and unbeknownst to us many of the cards values have skyrocketed.. It does not take long for that baseball card bug to hit you again as you go through your collection 25 years later learning the updated values of many cards and the memories they bring back. As young collectors we were less concerned about the value of baseball cards and more concerned about winning a flip ot toss up at school. As adults we began to learn more about the values of the players on the cards, as well as the number in the set and year it was produced. Many young baseball card collectors have grown up to become part of a knowledgeable base of baseball card enthusiasts whos baseball card collections have added value to the market to this this particular day, making it an favorite pastime for baseball card enthusiasts and collection agencies alike.
The Basics About Using Baseball Card Price Guide
Baseball price guide is a set of values that help professionals buy baseball cards. There are millions upon millions of baseball cards on the market from several different manufacturers with Topps being the most prevalent. You should be able to get the average price of any card with a quick search of some of the more reputable online sports card pricing sites such as PSA, Deans Cards, Beckett Pricing, Sports Card Prices and many more. Studying different baseball price guides helps you better understand the different prices of cards you may want to buy. You can choose from a lot of baseball cards. Use whatever guide you find to be the most useful and selects one that will help you assess the values in the most user friendly manner to your specific researching habits. If you ever find a rare and old map but you find that map much easier to use then a more advanced technology, then by all means use the older map as you base pricing guide by which you compare others to. You must find out what technique works the fastest for you as well do you the large number of cards you will be researching as time goes on. you also might notice minor Baseball card pricing fluctuations throughout different times of the year.
Topps has been the leader in the baseball card industry basically every year with the exception of the mid to late 80s due to massive overproduction. then in 1993 with the introduction of Topps finest, Topps quickly took over the upper edge again. the collectors became very active again with refractors, autographed, Jersey, Patch and relics baseball cards. I will explain more about these newer card designs later, but it is very important to learn these newer aspects of the baseball card industry if you are a prior collector who is seeking to collect again or even a beginner who wants to start a collection.
The easiest way to get the specific baseball card that is missing from a collection is through an online search. Simply search collectable sports or baseball cards until you find a specific one on sale. Since most people who become collectors generally communicate with each other through blogs and such basically if you look hard enough you will find the card you want at a good value. With the internet stretching so far and wide it is not very unusual to get taken advantage of by a rogue baseball card dealer who cheats people by selling certain baseball cards at value prices that are to good to be true and in many cases are and or by taking the money and then not supplying the baseball card or cards. When a rogue dealer is spotted, there name and reputation spread like around a wildfire and most collectors are usually warned. Anyway, as with all internet sales, check on the website fully before parting with your cash or other details. This could be someone looking to steal identities, with a private sale, as always buyer beware.
Baseball cards have been increasing in value, such as Hall of Famers' rookie cards prior to 1970, says Michael Osacky, president of Baseball in the Attic A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card in near-mint condition sold for $89,626 in August 2016, and a similar card commanded a price of $114,000 about a year later. For example, Mickey Mantle's 1952 Topps rookie card is selling on eBay at prices ranging from $39,000 to $125,000 depending on its condition. PLUS, Topps® Traded cards, cards with multiple players such as League Leaders, World Series and Future Stars, and all the rookies from the '90, '91 and '92 Topps® Debut sets. This card in near mint/mint condition is worth between $100 and $140 If you should have one in perfect condition, you may get upwards of $5,000 for it. As a bonus, the 1982 Topps Traded set also included the Ozzie Smith (card #109T) that sells for about $20. There were numerous 1950s post war national issues there were hard to find, even at the time of release.” The 1951 Topps Major League All-Stars card of Robin Roberts was a short print, and its price guide listing of $15,000 would certainly place it high on a list of valuable cards. He also happens to be the biggest card in one of the greatest baseball cards sets of all time, as the 1975 Topps set included many rookie cards including but not limited to George Brett, Fred Lynn, Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez and Robin Yount as well as base cards of the 1970s legendary All-star players. Many people question if there have b been major price increases among the most highly sought after rookie cards in the past 10-20 years. the answer to this is a big yes and they will continue to grow at most likely even a faster rate, especially the PSA 9 and 1 the key rookie cards of baseball's biggest stars have risen in the past 20 years or so, the answer is clearly yes, if you take into consideration the gem mint 10 cards professionally graded by the PSA.
Several Carl Yastrzemski baseball cards have fooled collectors due to Topps placing a rookie slogan on the front of the card. If you calculate a price for a VG-EX 1952 Topps common (half-way between the prices for Excellent and Very Good cards) it is only 40 percent of the Near Mint price. Still, there is no denying that few players are on the epic star level of mantle, and just observing one of his PSA 10 rookie cards thrills even the simplest collectors. We owe A large part of the 1980s baseball card boom and the thriving vintage card market of today to Micky Mantle’s 1952 (faux) rookie card. 1969 Topps Reggie Jackson (33) Of all the 1960s Hall of Fame rookie cards graded, this one has the lowest percentage of 9s compared to other grades (just 77%). Printing quality issues plague the 1963 Topps set and with only 28 Stargells graded 9, this one is pricey, but with a mint percentage of almost 2, it's been easier to land a mint Stargell than a mint Rose rookie. The 70s offer late-career cards of greats like Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente, they also contain some of the best seasons for Hall of Fame Players such as Nolan Ryan, Pete Rose, Tom Seaver and Johnny Bench. Making these hall of fame players cards the most valuable cards in seasons and sets that did not contain any big-name rookie cards. Most of the cards from the 1970s that contain the highest values are the same as with every other decade the hall of fame players and the rookies. There is no denying that the 1970s baseball cards did not provide the variety as well as many new elements that were added in the 1980s and 1990s Topps baseball card collections.
The prices for common cards in popular sets had a minor decline in value. Prices for '50s Topps sets declined 15 percent in total over a 10-year span ending in 2001. the early 1980s were not the best for 1950s baseball cards. for instance, if you purchased Topps sets from 1950 to 1960 in 1981 that were in near mint condition and resold all of them in 1985 the profit was next to nothing. The prices of 1950s Topps sets have had an average annual return of about 10% for the 30 years since 1981. The higher grade in the vintage Beckett card grades were listed as Mint' in retrospect the SCD's top grade was in general considered near mint.” While there is a major financial distinction in cards graded Mint and Near Mint, it appears cards that were referred to as near mint in the 1980s were often referred to Mint as well, is if they were one in the same. Therefore, the top condition in all the catalogs, regardless of what they were called at the time. It’s well known the most people don’t purchase Mint cards unless they are serious about the purchase. Prices of cards in other conditions generally move with the Near Mint prices. There are at least nine different variations of his "rookie" card, six of them printed and included in the Topps factory sets and packs while the others were special printings for companies like Target and Wal-Mart (plus one with him being hit in the face with a pie.) Right now, the most valuable one at $150 is #661E where he is wearing a grey jersey.