How to start a baseball card collection

There are many different ways to make money with sports cards online. Here are some great tips that can be very helpful for collectors whop are looking to make some extra money online with sports cards.

Buy the Cards that People Want!

One of the most important things that I have learned in business is to try to think like the customer. We all have our own favorite things that we like and people that we admire but these things vary from person to person. Red Sox fans love Red Sox players. Yankee fans love Yankee players. I understand that seems very simplistic but most of the simple ideas are the best ideas. When buying baseball cards you have a better chance of selling a Derek Jeter card faster than selling a Mike Lowell card. I will even take it a step further. Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies won the NL MVP award last year. This helped his popularity and improved his fan base but, with that being said, you can sell Derek Jeter cards ten times faster than you would sell a Jimmy Rollins card. This is true for a few reasons. One reason is that Derek Jeter is very marketable player and plays for one of the most marketable sports franchises in baseball. His sports cards are extremely popular and are sold on ebay in the thousands per week. This concept is something that needs a little practice. Our personal biases sometimes get in the way. I believe in time almost every card has a potential customer but you do not want to tie up your money in cards that are stagnant. Make a list of the most popular players from each team past and present. Take your list of players and fill in all the various rookie cards that they have. For instance, Alex Rodriguez has about 9 different rookie cards that you can buy. Derek Jeter have 7 different rookie cards that you can buy. Almost every card in the 80’s has about two or three different rookie card variations. I am assuming your getting the point. Once you have compiled the list lets move on to the next step and try to narrow it down a little.

Do Your Research

Ebay is no doubt the number one marketplace for people who are buying and selling anything from sports memorabilia to video equipment. It can also be an amazing research tool. If you have an ebay account you can view past sales, prices and popularity of almost anything that has been sold. You can view how many bids a certain card has. You can view how many times the card has been listed in the past 30 days. These bits of information can save you a lot of time and money. I definitely believe that time is money and that cliche is not used enough. One of the main purposes of making money and opening up your own business is to enjoy the freedom and time the money can give you. Use ebay as a tool to help you save time and make proper decisions on what to purchase. Try to keep your own personal opinions out of it. Numbers don’t have opinions, they are just numbers, but if analyzed correctly they can save you and your business from failing. See what cards are selling and at what prices. See what cards have bids and what cards are being listed continuously without any bidders. Make sure to monitor the prices so you can make informed decisions. If you see a Tony Gwynn Rookie card consistently selling for $25-$30 don’t be so surprised if you see one selling for $50 with no bids. This does not mean that Tony Gwynn cards don’t sell it just means that the seller has the card over priced. If your research is done properly you will be able to get a google feel of what is good to buy and what is not. Once you have this information you can start narrowing down your list.

Money, How Much Do I want to Invest !

Every business has a start up cost and this business is no different. Come up with a sum that you are willing to invest and work around that. Do not use your life savings or your kids college tuition but try to come up with a reasonable sum of money to begin your venture. I use the word investment because you are investing in products that have monetary value. If you did your research properly the cards you have purchased can be re-sold on ebay for the price you purchased them for if not more. This is why the research part is so important. This lowers your risk and keeps your investment safe.

The Buying Process

Once you have the detailed list of the baseball card that you want to buy and the prices that you’re willing to pay for each one then it becomes time to start buying. This is definitely the funnest part of the whole process. You get to Rome eBay and spend money like it’s out of style. Feel comfortable that you have done your research properly your money will be well spent and you receive a nice return on the money invested. Make sure that you do your research and buy card lots of certain players that you are looking for to reduce your cost per card. Many times when you purchase card lots you can lower your cost per card 20 to 30%. This is a huge advantage especially if you have a budget and can afford to card lots. Don’t overdo the size of the card lots. Another words don’t buy too many of the same card. you want to make sure if you’re doing this is a business you have a large variety of cars to sell on eBay so you don’t get stuck with too much inventory. Just remember stick budget and do your homework. also don’t be afraid to buy more than one brand for each player you are looking for. Many times people will search for a certain rookie card but will like one brand over another. The larger variety you have to sell or offer the more sales you can generate selling on eBay. If you stick to the plan you’ll make money.

Selling Your Baseball Cards

selling your baseball cards can be a very lengthy subject so we will only touch on some of the key factors that you will be able to use to help you start the selling process on eBay and an easy timely fashion. When selling cards on eBay I would recommend that you use eBay’s software such as Turbo Lister or Blackthorne eBay selling software. Both these software tools can help you list auctions online and save you a lot of time in the process. I believe time is money and you can automate the process by using these listing tools. Automation is the key to everything if you want to make money on eBay. There is absolutely no point in selling a card and making three dollars on that card if it took you an hour to list. You might as well go get a paying job that pays more money. If you use a software correctly and generate templates you can create close to a hundred auctions on our. That might sound like an outlandish statement but it is true. Ebay does a great job in supplying you with online tutorials on how to use both Turbo Lister and the Blackthorne software. Spend some time reviewing the software’s features to make sure you get the most out of it. The learning process is a lot faster than you think and will pay off with large dividends at the end. once you have learned how to list the car on eBay it is very easy to fill in the information of what prices as well is how long you want the auction to last. In a future post we would discuss different strategies to help you make your selling on eBay a much easier and time-saving process. Again just remember the key eBay is to try to automate everything.

Alan Karpuch

Owner of GMA Grading Inc. Over 20 years experience in the sports card industry.

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Few things provide a better return on investment than sports cards. Baseball and hockey cards that are often bought for a buck or two can end up being worth millions of dollars if a player has a great career or gets inducted into the Hall of Fame. And when players reach legendary status in their respective sport, the value of a collectible trading card can really skyrocket. This is true of star athletes still playing today. Hockey player Sidney Crosby’s rookie card, issued by card company Upper Deck in 2005, originally sold for less than $2, but is selling today for $400. That’s a huge profit for anyone who has the card lying around in an old shoe box. So with value for money in mind, here are 10 of the most valuable sports cards ever sold.

10. Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card – $94,162

The Great One, as Wayne Gretzky is known, entered professional hockey in 1979. His rookie trading card, manufactured by company O-Pee-Chee, sold at auction in 2011 for $94,162. What’s impressive about that price is that the card purchased was not considered to be in mint condition, as it was frayed around two of its corners. Still, fans seem willing to shell out big bucks for the card of Wayne Gretzky, who is widely viewed as the greatest hockey player to ever lace up a pair of skates. A similar Wayne Gretzky rookie card that was in even worse shape sold on eBay in 2008 for $50,000.

http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2011/05/01/gretzky_rookie_card_goes_for_94163.html Source: Thestar.com

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      9. Michael Jordan Rookie Card – $100,000

      From the greatest hockey player ever to the greatest basketball player, Michael Jordan’s rookie trading card, issued by manufacturer Fleer in 1986, was bought by a private collector in 2012 for $100,000. The card sold was one of only three copies graded as being in mint condition by Beckett Grading Services, which had analyzed more than 5,500 Michael Jordan rookie cards still in circulation. Cards with poor centering, miscut edges, printing spots, rough edges, or general wear and tear will not receive a top grade from Beckett Grading Services.

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      8. George Mikan 1948 Basketball Card – $218,550

      It’s hard to believe that any basketball player, past or present, could surpass Michael Jordan in any category. But the George Mikan 1948 basketball card is the most valuable among any player in the sport. This is because George Mikan played in the National Basketball League (NBL), the Baksetball Association of America (BAA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) during his career and was known as “Mr. Basketball.” George Mikan was also one of the game’s first big men, standing at 6’10” and weighing 245 pounds. And George Mikan was ambidextrous, meaning he could shoot equally well with his left or right hand. For all these unique qualities, the 1948 card, manufactured by company Bowman, is the most valuable the sport of basketball has ever seen.

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      7. Bronko Nagurski 1935 Football Card – $240,000

      The only card featuring a football player on this list goes to Bronko Nagurski, who played for the Chicago Bears in the 1930s. A legendary fullback, Bronko Nagurski was known to level players and referees during his career. He also helped the Chicago Bears to two NFL Championships during his time with the team—in 1930 and again in 1937. While the 1935 card manufactured by National Chicle isn’t the rookie card of Bronko Nagurski, it’s one of the few surviving trading cards of football players in the 1930s, and that makes it very valuable. Of course, it does not hurt that Bronko Nagurski would go on to become the NWA Wrestling Champion after his football career ended—making him a legend in two sports.

      By Richard Budnick | Submitted On May 22, 2009

      How to start a baseball card collection

      In only minutes you’ll have the tips and secrets for starting a successful sports card collection.

      It’s a great pastime to become involved in, and in only a short while you may have a great collection started. The very first thing you’ll need to have before you can build a successful collection is interest. The more interest you’ve got the better your collection will be, because picking up collectible cards is something that takes a little time to be gratifying.

      Just going out and purchasing any single card, a pack, or perhaps a box isn’t the best concept. Another key is thinking of a collection as an investment. You are investing cash now into a player’s card that you suspect will rise in the future and you can sell. The sole difference is the value of cards only falls if a player fails during his career.

      If a player retires after a successful career, his card will not lessen in worth; it’ll rise eventually. The only way to understand what you need is to analyze the cards and the industry’s perceived values. Make sure you understand the game of baseball and then choose a few teams and players that you like.

      It’s smart to look at the rookies or young players on various teams. The players who have the very best upside are the more youthful prospects, because their cards can be acquired inexpensively and sold later on when the players thrive as major leaguers.

      The best brand as far as picking up prospects is Bowman since they produce a lot of rookie cards, and as it turns out, those cards seem to always demand a higher book price as compared to other brands.

      If you would like to upgrade with Bowman as in most other makes of cards to go for a higher risk or reward, you can buy Bowman Best or Bowman’s Chrome.

      Topps also manufactures good cards; each company offers you one more chance of getting money back on your investment. A successful collection also has many cards that are purchased individually.

      Baseball sports cards and memorabilia are collectibles that have become a passion and business for sports enthusiasts and collectors around the world.

      Some cards that are collectible items you will come across accidentally, and that’s when you’ll want to buy them before they’re sold and not available.

      The most effective way to speculate in a card collection is as formerly stated-through rookie cards. Collecting all of the rookies in a certain class or year is troublesome due to the unforeseen chances. You cannot have enough of cards in a collection, but a collection is more desirable when it has complete sets.

      It’s not smart to spend ten bucks on some packs expecting to get one card when it costs only five dollars to purchase. Your goal should be to have fun with your collection, and you can get started by purchasing several packs and buying a guide with price lists from any card dealer. Then just study the book, target the cards you want, and see which packs have the rarer and more expensive cards.

      It should be a great pastime that you’ll enjoy spending time with, and whenever you travel, you can always find a sports card shop to wander into. Maybe you’ll see just the card you’ve always wanted.

      By Alan Karpuch | Submitted On May 07, 2009

      Since baseball is one of the greatest games in American history there is no wonder that baseball card collecting is such a popular hobby. If you are interested in starting your very own sports card collection then you will need to know what cards to look for. The most important thing you can do is to be aware of fake cards. There are plenty of people that will try to sell you counterfeit cards and if you lack the knowledge it takes to buy and sell cards then you will lose in the end.

      The first thing you will have to do is find how much the cards you want cost are. You can do that by using several price guides which will help you get an idea of a price. Next you will have to decide how much you are willing to spend on the baseball cards you want. Finally after you buy all the baseball items that you wanted you can find a grading company that will take all your sports cards and they will give it a grade. That grade will mean that the card is either valuable or not. The higher grade it will receive the higher its value.

      Grading your baseball cards is probably the best thing you can do because you will only be increasing their value and later on when you decide to sell them you can get more money for them. Card collectors love to buy graded sports cards. Other cards that are very popular are autographed sports cards, old cards, and rookie cards. There is a lot you can learn about card collecting and it’s all up to you. You can find other card collectors like you, and ask them questions that you have. Before you know it you will become a baseball card expert.

      By Richard Budnick | Submitted On May 22, 2009

      How to start a baseball card collection

      In only minutes you’ll have the tips and secrets for starting a successful sports card collection.

      It’s a great pastime to become involved in, and in only a short while you may have a great collection started. The very first thing you’ll need to have before you can build a successful collection is interest. The more interest you’ve got the better your collection will be, because picking up collectible cards is something that takes a little time to be gratifying.

      Just going out and purchasing any single card, a pack, or perhaps a box isn’t the best concept. Another key is thinking of a collection as an investment. You are investing cash now into a player’s card that you suspect will rise in the future and you can sell. The sole difference is the value of cards only falls if a player fails during his career.

      If a player retires after a successful career, his card will not lessen in worth; it’ll rise eventually. The only way to understand what you need is to analyze the cards and the industry’s perceived values. Make sure you understand the game of baseball and then choose a few teams and players that you like.

      It’s smart to look at the rookies or young players on various teams. The players who have the very best upside are the more youthful prospects, because their cards can be acquired inexpensively and sold later on when the players thrive as major leaguers.

      The best brand as far as picking up prospects is Bowman since they produce a lot of rookie cards, and as it turns out, those cards seem to always demand a higher book price as compared to other brands.

      If you would like to upgrade with Bowman as in most other makes of cards to go for a higher risk or reward, you can buy Bowman Best or Bowman’s Chrome.

      Topps also manufactures good cards; each company offers you one more chance of getting money back on your investment. A successful collection also has many cards that are purchased individually.

      Baseball sports cards and memorabilia are collectibles that have become a passion and business for sports enthusiasts and collectors around the world.

      Some cards that are collectible items you will come across accidentally, and that’s when you’ll want to buy them before they’re sold and not available.

      The most effective way to speculate in a card collection is as formerly stated-through rookie cards. Collecting all of the rookies in a certain class or year is troublesome due to the unforeseen chances. You cannot have enough of cards in a collection, but a collection is more desirable when it has complete sets.

      It’s not smart to spend ten bucks on some packs expecting to get one card when it costs only five dollars to purchase. Your goal should be to have fun with your collection, and you can get started by purchasing several packs and buying a guide with price lists from any card dealer. Then just study the book, target the cards you want, and see which packs have the rarer and more expensive cards.

      It should be a great pastime that you’ll enjoy spending time with, and whenever you travel, you can always find a sports card shop to wander into. Maybe you’ll see just the card you’ve always wanted.

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      How to start a baseball card collection

      Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

      Very rarely do I offer up information in my everyday life about my baseball collecting hobby, but when I do there are two things I frequently hear, “I have some old cards packed away somewhere, I wonder what they are worth” and “I would like to get into that, but I don’t know where to start”.

      The hobby is full of all different types of collectors from those who PC (personally collect) vintage cards, those who like to collect their favorite prospects, some who prefer to chase IP autographs (in-person), or the increasingly popular flipper who is trying to make a few bucks. Regardless of your motivation, there is likely something for everyone. Below I will share some information along with tips and tricks to help guide you through the hobby.

      Where should I start?

      I always ask people to consider a couple things when starting out. Do you have a favorite player you want to collect? If you have a favorite team and prefer a variety, what level do you want to collect (prospects, rookies, veterans, hall of famers). Do you want to collect modern day cards, vintage cards, or memorabilia? Collecting is all about preference and what you like, so there is no right or wrong way to do it.

      Company

      There are two main card companies, Topps and Panini. Topps is the only company who holds a baseball license (which was just recently renewed). For this reason, Topps is the only company who is allowed to use team names and logos on their cards. Bowman is a branch of the Topps company that focuses on prospects and rookies. Panini holds the exclusive licenses for NFL and NBA, so likewise Topps can not use names or logos for those two sports. Leaf is another company, although also unlicensed in all sports, does put out some nice cards.

      Types of Card Boxes

      Retail- Only select baseball card products, such as Topps Series 1, are available in retail stores like Target and Walmart. They offer smaller less expensive boxes (blasters) that do not guarantee an auto or relic. They will however insert retail-only exclusives as an incentive to buy, along with the added value of convenience. Retail boxes are a good option for kids and set builders in my opinion.

      Hobby- A shop that sells baseball cards, or a local card shop (LCS), sells the more expensive boxes called hobby boxes that contain guaranteed hits. A typical hobby box promises 1-2 autos per box, but some may vary.

      Jumbo/Super Jumbo- These boxes are similar to hobby boxes, but are more expensive and contain more hits. These vary significantly from product to product and can offer Jumbo-only variations to entice customers.

      It is worth noting that hobby and jumbo boxes are also sold online from dealers such as blowoutcards.com just be careful when purchasing (make sure the plastic wrap has the company logo on it and has not been tampered with).

      Grading

      Cards can be sent to one of two grading companies (Beckett or PSA) and submitted for a number grade from 1-10 to determine it’s condition. Beckett also grades the strength of an autograph if requested on the same 1-10 scale based on it’s completion and boldness. PSA now also offers autograph grading as of recently. Both companies will also authenticate items that have been signed in person, although this is a fairly new service with Beckett. Although cards can be submitted to either company, Beckett is typically for modern cards while PSA specializes more in vintage cards. Obviously the higher the grade, the more valuable the card. Not only can this increase the value of the card, but it can offer protection once in the plastic slab.

      Places to Purchase Singles

      For those of you who want to purchase single cards of your favorite team or player rather than boxes, there are many places to buy. Ebay is the obvious first choice. The huge inventory and buyer protection when paying with Paypal offer collectors a great place to purchase cards.

      Comc.com (Check Out My Cards) is another good option if you are looking for cheaper cards without the reoccurring shipping cost. The option to make an offer rather than paying full asking price can result in some pretty good deals. When you are ready for a shipment of everything you have bought, the cost is as low as $3.99!

      If you are in the Atlanta area, there is a Collectibles show every other Sunday called the East Cobb Sports Collectibles Show from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. You can check their schedule below.

      How to start a baseball card collection

      What is my item worth?

      The go to site for the most up-to-date sales data is Ebay. Although there are Beckett almanacs and other printed data, these do not take into consideration factors such as current player stats or graded cards and should only be used as a guide. Ebay comps are considered the best option for valuing a card based on recent sales. Search for the item you are looking for in the search bar, scroll down until you see a box under “Show Only” that says sold items. Check that box and you will see recently sold items matching your search. Watchcount.com is another option to see ebay sales data dating back 6 months.

      Collection Ideas:

      Prospect autographs of your favorite team- these are often inexpensive and a good way to learn about your organization

      Hall of Famer cards- not as cheap, but another fun way to learn some baseball history

      Autograph baseballs or other memorabilia

      Full sets of a rookie product (Bowman for example)

      Autographs of a Championship team (such as the 1995 Atlanta Braves)

      Gamedays- these are given out at Suntrust Park each home stand and can be a fun collecting idea for kids

      Ticket stubs of significant games- these are also great to have signed by players

      Photos with your favorite players

      Tweet me any questions or photos of your favorite item @slmsolo

      Last year, I started collecting baseball cards after I was inspired by a total stranger. I had saved my money for two years to buy a ticket to the MLB All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. Having been born in a suburb of D.C. the year the Nationals moved from Montreal, I have always loved the Nats and baseball. Traveling on the Metro to the All-Star week festivities, I met a man from Maryland who was intrigued by my knowledge of baseball. My dad collected George Brett cards when he was little, but John Castner took collecting to a whole new level!

      He started collecting cards in 1991 when his nephew gave him ¾ of a complete set of 1970 Topps baseball cards. He began by completing the set, and today he owns two to three million cards! One of his favorite cards is a one-of-a-kind Juan Soto card from 2017. It is also a Superfractor, a term collectors use to describe a card (stamped 1/1) in a set that has a unique surface that refracts light in a special way.

      After I returned from D.C., I began collecting baseball cards. I wanted to see my dad’s childhood collection, and I was intrigued by a pack of cards I got at the National Baseball Hall of Fame for my birthday. Castner also sent me cards. My favorites were cards of up-and-coming players like Hunter Green and Fernando Tatis Jr. My mom gave me a collection with Max Scherzer and Daniel Murphy cards, two of my favorite players.

      I had found a new hobby that I loved! I enjoy finding new cards that I don’t have yet and looking at cards from decades ago. I’m excited to go through each of my dad’s cards—and look at the baseball history behind each player’s stats.

      How to start a baseball card collection

      Topps, which is one of six companies that sells trading cards now, created National Baseball Card Day on August 10 to celebrate a hobby that is more than a century old!

      In 1866, one company, Old Judge, sold the first set of 12 baseball cards. Now, companies like Topps, Upper Deck, and Panini have exclusive deals with leagues and pull out all the stops to create cards that will capture kids’ imaginations. Cards might include grass from a professional baseball field, holograms, numbering, or autographs.

      “It’s amazing how they have cards with all kinds of inserts in them,” said Tim Sharrow, an avid collector.

      Sharrow, who is Lehighton (Pennsylvania) Middle School’s track and field coach and P.E. teacher, has one of the world’s largest collections of Pete Rose memorabilia.

      Sharrow loved cards when he was growing up in the 1980s. Rose played for the Phillies then and was a major part in leading them to a World Series championship in 1980. Sharrow has more than 1,000 Pete Rose cards alone; he also has 5,000 pieces of additional memorabilia such as bats, magazines, and autographed pictures.

      For professional sports fans, collecting is a way for them to feel connected to one another and to the players they admire. Kids just like you and me can build up collections that mean something to them. Start collecting your favorite cards today and join Sharrow, Castner, my dad, and me in our profound love for baseball card-collecting!

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      Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

      Very rarely do I offer up information in my everyday life about my baseball collecting hobby, but when I do there are two things I frequently hear, “I have some old cards packed away somewhere, I wonder what they are worth” and “I would like to get into that, but I don’t know where to start”.

      The hobby is full of all different types of collectors from those who PC (personally collect) vintage cards, those who like to collect their favorite prospects, some who prefer to chase IP autographs (in-person), or the increasingly popular flipper who is trying to make a few bucks. Regardless of your motivation, there is likely something for everyone. Below I will share some information along with tips and tricks to help guide you through the hobby.

      Where should I start?

      I always ask people to consider a couple things when starting out. Do you have a favorite player you want to collect? If you have a favorite team and prefer a variety, what level do you want to collect (prospects, rookies, veterans, hall of famers). Do you want to collect modern day cards, vintage cards, or memorabilia? Collecting is all about preference and what you like, so there is no right or wrong way to do it.

      Company

      There are two main card companies, Topps and Panini. Topps is the only company who holds a baseball license (which was just recently renewed). For this reason, Topps is the only company who is allowed to use team names and logos on their cards. Bowman is a branch of the Topps company that focuses on prospects and rookies. Panini holds the exclusive licenses for NFL and NBA, so likewise Topps can not use names or logos for those two sports. Leaf is another company, although also unlicensed in all sports, does put out some nice cards.

      Types of Card Boxes

      Retail- Only select baseball card products, such as Topps Series 1, are available in retail stores like Target and Walmart. They offer smaller less expensive boxes (blasters) that do not guarantee an auto or relic. They will however insert retail-only exclusives as an incentive to buy, along with the added value of convenience. Retail boxes are a good option for kids and set builders in my opinion.

      Hobby- A shop that sells baseball cards, or a local card shop (LCS), sells the more expensive boxes called hobby boxes that contain guaranteed hits. A typical hobby box promises 1-2 autos per box, but some may vary.

      Jumbo/Super Jumbo- These boxes are similar to hobby boxes, but are more expensive and contain more hits. These vary significantly from product to product and can offer Jumbo-only variations to entice customers.

      It is worth noting that hobby and jumbo boxes are also sold online from dealers such as blowoutcards.com just be careful when purchasing (make sure the plastic wrap has the company logo on it and has not been tampered with).

      Grading

      Cards can be sent to one of two grading companies (Beckett or PSA) and submitted for a number grade from 1-10 to determine it’s condition. Beckett also grades the strength of an autograph if requested on the same 1-10 scale based on it’s completion and boldness. PSA now also offers autograph grading as of recently. Both companies will also authenticate items that have been signed in person, although this is a fairly new service with Beckett. Although cards can be submitted to either company, Beckett is typically for modern cards while PSA specializes more in vintage cards. Obviously the higher the grade, the more valuable the card. Not only can this increase the value of the card, but it can offer protection once in the plastic slab.

      Places to Purchase Singles

      For those of you who want to purchase single cards of your favorite team or player rather than boxes, there are many places to buy. Ebay is the obvious first choice. The huge inventory and buyer protection when paying with Paypal offer collectors a great place to purchase cards.

      Comc.com (Check Out My Cards) is another good option if you are looking for cheaper cards without the reoccurring shipping cost. The option to make an offer rather than paying full asking price can result in some pretty good deals. When you are ready for a shipment of everything you have bought, the cost is as low as $3.99!

      If you are in the Atlanta area, there is a Collectibles show every other Sunday called the East Cobb Sports Collectibles Show from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. You can check their schedule below.

      How to start a baseball card collection

      What is my item worth?

      The go to site for the most up-to-date sales data is Ebay. Although there are Beckett almanacs and other printed data, these do not take into consideration factors such as current player stats or graded cards and should only be used as a guide. Ebay comps are considered the best option for valuing a card based on recent sales. Search for the item you are looking for in the search bar, scroll down until you see a box under “Show Only” that says sold items. Check that box and you will see recently sold items matching your search. Watchcount.com is another option to see ebay sales data dating back 6 months.

      Collection Ideas:

      Prospect autographs of your favorite team- these are often inexpensive and a good way to learn about your organization

      Hall of Famer cards- not as cheap, but another fun way to learn some baseball history

      Autograph baseballs or other memorabilia

      Full sets of a rookie product (Bowman for example)

      Autographs of a Championship team (such as the 1995 Atlanta Braves)

      Gamedays- these are given out at Suntrust Park each home stand and can be a fun collecting idea for kids

      Ticket stubs of significant games- these are also great to have signed by players

      Photos with your favorite players

      Tweet me any questions or photos of your favorite item @slmsolo