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    Question Trading Cards

    Does anybody here collect baseball/football/basketball cards or did in the past? I've got a couple thousand cards mostly baseball and basketball. I used to collect alot but not so much anymore. Does anybody know where you can sell them? I need to get rid of them and make some quick cash. Anyone got any information or stories?


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    Re: Trading Cards

    Best place to sell them is Ebay. Craigslist might work. You really won't do great with a card shop usually.

    It really depends on what you have. If you don't have cards that are in demand,they will not sell, no matter what the book value is.



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    Re: Trading Cards

    I agree that eBay is probably best. You might make more money if you pull out your most valuable cards and sell them individually, then sell the rest of the collection as a lot. I don't collect anymore, but I can't bring myself to sell my childhood collection. There's too many memories in there, and I'd probably be depressed to see how little it's really worth.



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    Re: Trading Cards

    Unfortunately, a good portion of my collection is littered with stars that were steroid users: Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, A-Rod, Clemens, etc.

    I have no idea how steroid accusations have affected the card's value.



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    Re: Trading Cards

    I don't need to sell mine quick but I am in the same boat. I probably have over 100k cards that I have not looked at in years. When I was going to ISU I had 6 2500 count boxes with all my good stuff in it that I used to sell at shows. They were all stolen at my parents house by my sister. Probably around $30k book value worth of cards (I would never get that much selling them as a lot)

    But since everything I had that was worth something was gone I really have lost all interest in it.

    I have considered craigslist or ebay for selling what I have left, but I don't expect to get much for them.



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    Re: Trading Cards

    I sold the bulk of my baseball cards while in college, and I've regretted it to this day. Pennies on the dollar!

    I have a ton of football cards.....the best of which are rookies of Joe Montana, Dan Marino, John Elway, Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice.



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    Re: Trading Cards

    I have couple folders and boxes, but I haven't looked at them in years. It'd be interesting to see who all I have, and who all can still play without a needle in their arm.



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    Re: Trading Cards

    dealers will only give you 1/3 of book value. The thing is to buy now and sell later.
    Example:
    Montana Rookie card books for $200.00 but you will only get $50 for it if that.

    Like LindenCY stated unless they are quality rookie cards... forget it. read up on the card get a value that is stated in Becket that way you have something to go for. Unless you can get a private buyer you wont really get what you want.

    Personally I look for low number cards numbered out of 10. or one of one cards. Low swatch cards and, autographed cards of certian rookies.

    My Jamal Charles collection is book valued at over 3k but I asked what I can get for it....... $700.00 thats it


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    Re: Trading Cards

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    They were all stolen at my parents house by my sister.
    I hope you kicked her *** for doing that to you.



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    Re: Trading Cards

    I have a few thousand cards mixed with baseball, football, basketball, and even hockey. I never found a card that was truly worth a lot of money and I haven't checked on them in years. They are still sitting on my shelf in my closet back home.

    I used to spend hours sorting my collection and looking up values in Beckett and Tuff Stuff magazines....



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    Re: Trading Cards

    I had a job working with kids and I took most of the best cards in my collection to work to show some of them who had an interest in the topic. I forgot the box in the kitchen for a couple days and a coworker threw them out when he cleaned the kitchen. I was very not pleased.


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    Re: Trading Cards

    Yeah i got some Iowa State Player:

    Basketball: Kelvin Cato (autographed), 2 Fred Hoiberg (autographed), Loren Meyer (autographed)

    Football: Seneca Wallace


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    Re: Trading Cards

    My brother and I used to collect ... we have boxes and boxes of mostly basketball from about the time Shaq and Zo were rookies - maybe a couple years earlier.

    To my knowledge they're still padlocked in the closet at my parents house (we had heard the horror stories of what parents do to cards).

    I'm guessing you can pretty much pitch the commons unless they're full sets. Figure out 50% of book value on anything worth more than $5 in the book and sell it as a lot. Or you could bulk package players (lots of cards of a certain player) - might work better for mid - low end guys.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CylentButDeadly View Post
    Unfortunately, a good portion of my collection is littered with stars that were steroid users: Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, A-Rod, Clemens, etc.

    I have no idea how steroid accusations have affected the card's value.
    Did they all have big heads?

    A-Roid was perhaps the biggest user of the bunch.


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    Re: Trading Cards

    I'm hoping the card boom comes back and the old ones will increase invalue some day. I have thousands upon thousands.


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