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Re: “I thought my baseball card collection had value. It did, but only to me.

Listen to what half of you people are saying. It takes time to sort through cards, post a halfway decently listing on eBay and then ship them out. If you are lucky you will get $5 and that will cover the cost of the case you put the card in when you ship it out.

Cards from the 1980's and 90's are junk. Yes there are some cards that have value as many have stated but, no one only collected the valuable sets or cards back in the day. People collected in bulk because they were easy to come by. So, the people that have valuable cards also don't know that they have value in their cards because they have 20,000 other cards in a big bin.

By the time you find rare cards you waste more time then they are worth. Most rookie cards from those eras are junk too because they were so mass produced. If you have a huge mass of 80's and 90's cards then I suggest to do 1 of 2 things.

1. Try and find a few cards that are worth $10 to $20 and show that to people when you are selling the cards. Show value up front and you will likely interest them.

2. You now have a great supply of kindling!

It really isn't worth the time to try and go through your big bins of cards. Even when you find valuable cards you have to get them graded and that costs about $5-$10 a card plus shipping both ways. You also aren't going to come back with mints either so sometimes you lose money.

As a kid you didn't collect cards as an investment. It was about the joy and thrill you got from opening those packs. Keep your cards and don't get rid of them. When your kids are starting to collect, bring out your cards and sit down and go through them with your kids. It will bring more joy to you than money ever could.

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Posted by benbernthal on 01/28/2015 at 11:04 PM

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