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The Value of Baseball Cards

October 27th, 2011 Collectibles

Collecting baseball cards is a hobby that many people have taken up for a variety of reasons. Some may be fanatics about the entire game of baseball, while others just collect cards featuring their favorite players. Still others inherit collections, while some people mainly collect cards because of their potential future values.

No matter why you collect baseball cards, you may be interested to learn what your collection is worth. SportsCardFun.com reminds collectors that a card is only worth how much someone is willing to pay for it, which means that there's no single guide or set value for cards anywhere in the market.

If you're thinking about selling your cards, look around for the best price. Research different websites and contact a variety of dealers before you sell to someone, as you never know when you're being low-balled. Price guides are more helpful for traders who are looking to exchange cards, as they can base what cards are an equal trade-off on the suggested values.

According to the source, older cards are likely to be worth more than newer cards, especially if they are in good condition. Anything older than 1970 is worth being careful about, as you wouldn't want to lose a valuable piece of your collection! Because baseball cards were mass-produced in the 1990s, the cards from that time period are generally not as valuable. It all depends on supply and demand.

Kids in the 1950s used to play with their cards, putting them in the spokes of bicycles and flipping them, which caused a lot of wear and tear. As a result, cards from this era are rarer. Children began to take better care of their baseball cards in the 1980s and 90s because their parents were aware of the potential value. Cards became more of a collector's item than a toy.

No matter what your motivation is, you may have a valuable collection worth talking about!