Ask the Experts: Answers to the Top 10 Sports Card Collecting Questions

Sports Cards AuctionIf you’re new to sports card collecting or returning to the hobby, you may enjoy the chance to buy or sell baseball cards from experts in the field. The things you can learn while conducting the business part of the hobby can prove insightful. Once you’ve found a trustworthy expert to buy and sell baseball cards, take advantage of the situation and ask questions. Here are answers to the 10 top questions the experts at Goldin Auctions hear:

  1. Can you show me the difference in how cards are graded?

The best way to learn about card quality is to see it in person for yourself. There’s actually a lot to know, from whether the card is centered to the condition of the card’s corners, which tend to get bent more easily. The grading starts with the best quality, GEM-MT (gem mint), and ends with PR-FR (Poor to Fair). Learning the difference for yourself gives you a heads-up in your hobby.

  1. What are the best cards to buy?

Established professionals in the field see trends come and go. They’ll tell you that their biggest business now likely comes from vintage cards. Since they don’t make them anymore, vintage cards retain their value better than those still in production.

  1. What are the most expensive cards?

If you want to sell baseball cards from your collection to an expert, he’ll look for the best of the best first, such as:

  • Rookie cards of stars before 1980
  • Rare inserts with limited print runs
  • Known mistake cards, like the 2006 Topps Alex Gordon
  • Cards with an authenticated signature, which adds significant value
  1. Is it better to buy singles, packs, boxes or sets?

This answer depends on the age of the cards. For vintage cards, just buy singles of the players you covet, assuming you can afford them. For modern cards, the answer is boxes. Each box often guarantees at least one special insert, and those are the modern cards that may appreciate in value.

  1. Who’s buying sports cards today?

Professionals in the field know who buys and sells baseball cards, and most kids today aren’t buying sports cards. Novelty cards, maybe. Game cards, definitely. But not sports cards. Sports cards are now the province of an older generation more interested in the older cards. (See question #2.)

  1. How are new cards selling?

Selling new cards are part of the business, just not the biggest part of the business anymore.

  1. Why won’t you give me Beckett value for this baseball card?

When you sell baseball cards to an expert, don’t expect to get top dollar. He’s buying it to re-sell. If you want top dollar, find a buyer on your own. When you sell to a sports card professional, you’re essentially selling to a middle man who has to take a cut to earn a living. You always have the option of saying, “No thank you.”

  1. Are my Fleer cards from the 1980s more valuable today because the company no longer exists?

Not as a general rule. The glut in production in the 1980s dropped the value of all those cards.

  1. Do you know of the best card shows to go to in the area?

A sports card professional can direct you to websites like Beckett’s shows, but you can also participate in exciting online auctions.  You’ll find lots of options for buying and selling sports memorabilia, not just cards.

  1. Can I sell cards and memorabilia through Goldin Auctions?

Absolutely. Visit our consignment page to get more information. Then call 856-767-8550 or email us to let us know if you want to sell baseball cards and other sports merchandise through Goldin Auctions.