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Sportscards collecting tips

By Catalogs Editorial Staff

Sportscards collecting tips will help you organize and grow your collection

Sportscards collecting tips will help you organize and grow your collection

It seems like kids have been doing it for as long as anyone can remember. Nowadays, the children who started the trend of collecting sports cards have grown up into adults. Some of those adults have actually kept their hobbies going as a way to remember the good old days of their youth. Some people just love remembering looking over their old cards and reliving the seasons that their childhood heroes went through. Some people have actually turned to collecting because they believe with the right combination, they can actually make a pretty penny.

Whatever the reason, if you have been collecting for years, or are just starting out there are a few sportscards collecting tips that you should keep in mind.

You Probably Aren’t Going to Get Rich

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We have all heard the stories about someone finding a card that was worth a ton of money. People have managed to strike it rich by selling their old cards, but the people who did are few and far between. Finding a card that has a selling price that will allow you to retire is about as likely as winning the actual lottery.


There are any number of different reasons why it is going to be hard to find one of those cards, (the main one being there aren’t many hugely expensive cards in circulation these days) but the bottom line is that you shouldn’t get into the card collecting business if you are looking to sit back and rake in the dough. A living could even be made, if you were able to handle the buying and selling like you would the stock market, but finding a gold mine is something you should never expect in this particular hobby area.

If Selling is the Thing, then Be Prepared

While some people getting into the sportscard collecting field because they genuinely just like to collect things, others get into because they want to buy and sell and make a profit at the end of the day. If making money is the main reason you are getting into the game, then make sure you have come well prepared.

There are a couple of different sources you can go to, in order to find out how much one particular card is worth, let alone an entire set of cards. One of the most respected and well known pricing companies in the business is Beckett. They used to put out an annual magazine but with the digital age has come the digital subscription. They will be able to give you a good idea about what you can hope to fetch if you are looking to sell cards from your collection, or they can tell you what you can expect to pay if you are looking to buy.

Mint Edition is the Goal

Like other collectibles, the value of any given card is going to depend on a couple of different factors. The older the card, the more value it will have. If the card is rare, it will also have more value. Neither of those factors will matter as much, if your card is beaten up and in poor condition.

As kids, we may not have realized just how important it would be to keep the cards in good condition, but hopefully you weren’t keeping them on musty old basement floors. There are a couple of different ways you can make sure that your cards are being kept in some sort of protective sleeve or display case. This will keep them in a much better condition for a longer period of time. Mint condition means that the card looks as though it did when it rolled off the assembly line. Cards in Mint fetch the highest price.


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