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

As an off-and-on serious card collector since 1984, there are a myriad of considerations that this author does not take into account. Specifically, in relation to cards produced between 1987-1994, the large majority of those cards hold little value. Some marginal value can be derived if the cards are sorted into sets.

There were a few premium set variations that if you did own those set variations, they would be worth something appreciable. For example, Topps Tiffany was a parallel set produced in the 1980s to match the base set. Topps Tiffany sets are worth hundreds of dollars and up. Some Fleer Glossy sets from the 1980s also have similar value.

In 1991, Topps produced Desert Shield/Storm baseball cards which parallel the base set. Those Desert Shield/Storm cards are worth a lot of money - even the commons from that set. Highly graded versions of even commons can hold a nice value.

Of course a highly graded 1989 Ken Griffey Jr UD can be worth anywhere from $25-400. A no name Frank Thomas 1990 Topps routinely can be worth in the $500-1500 range. Highly graded rookies of 1990 Leaf also have good value.

It also is worth mentioning that 1992 Bowman cards have significant value. A set of 1992 Bowman in tip-top shape including perhaps a graded 8-10 card of players like Rivera, Chipper, Piazza and Delgado among others can fetch into the hundreds.

I also am reminded of the 1992 Fleer Update set which includes the Piazza rookie. Because this set is relatively scarce, it does command some money to purchase.

Most collectors also know that anything 1993 Jeter is worth a lot. A Jeter SP or a Jeter Stadium Murphy easily go for $50, 60, 100 or more. If this author had 100 1993 Jeter SP cards, graded them, got them all as 9s or 10s, he would net between $10,000-20,000. If this author had 100 1993 Jeter Stadium Murphy cards, graded them, got them all as 9s or 10s, he would net between $20,000-30,000. An astute card collector in 1993 could have cashed in big time today. Just go out on eBay and key in 1993 Jeter Stadium Murphy PSA 10 and see what each one of those cards command.

Error cards like the 1990 Topps Frank Thomas NNO as well as 1989 Fleer Randy Johnson Marlboro, 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken F Face and 1989 UD Dale Murphy Reverse Negative all generate good sales on eBay.

If I was this author, I would spend a weekend, parse through his cards, determine what is there and sort out any of the above cards or sets. I've scoured Craigslist as well and there are plenty of people out there dumping 20,000 cards for $100 yet there can be valuable finds within what they are dumping. I acquired a dozen rather rare team issue Kirby Puckett rookie cards from 1985 - I see them listing for $30 generally on eBay. I also found about 500 1992 Bowman cards including rookies of Mariano Rivera and Mike Piazza. Rarely do either of those cards sell for less than $20-30ish and graded versions often go for $50+.

So while I am no millionaire for the experience, it is too dismissive to throw out blanket statements about the Junk Wax Era which by most accounts began in the mid-1980s and came to a conclusion by 1994.

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Posted by Mac Duff on 11/06/2014 at 2:42 AM

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