Random Readings: The Value Of Baseball Cards 

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Random Readings is a series of assorted web content assignments originally authored for and previously published on now-defunct websites. These pieces were additionally republished a second time with an added first-person introduction in hopes of making them interesting. The subjects are varied and (duh) random. While your randy writer has been previously paid for his artistic efforts, as anyone on this website must admit, it’s nice to have one’s writing read. Hence, this series.

What’s the market value of baseball cards? 

Determining the value of baseball cards is easier than ever today with the aid of the internet.  In the past, in order to create one’s own and/or find a baseball card value list one needed to personally consult the local baseball card or collectibles vendor.  Several years ago another option opened up with the publication of price guides such as Beckett and TuffStuff. 

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These two guides became industry standards in the buying and selling of baseball cards.  With the dawn of the internet, however, new options were born.  While guides such as Beckett’s now have online equivalents several websites specifically offer assistance in determining the value of baseball cards.  Along with inquiring online with said sites a collector may also investigate some of the online auction sites (such as e-Bay). 

Auctions sites are the most realistic measures of baseball card value in that they provide information on just how much anyone is actually willing to pay for the cards at any given moment.  After all, the true value of any collectible is only what another is willing to pay for it.  Online experts generally agree that people looking to sell baseball cards can only expect to be paid between 5 and 50% of (Beckett) guide value.   

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Specifically, baseball cards that are from the year 1960 or earlier may fetch as high as 50 percent.  Cards from the 1970s may in some cases get a nice price on the market.  Cards that were produced between 1980 and 2000 however generally bring in much less because they were released in large quantities.  The bottom line here is when compiling a value list one must always remember to consult all of these sources to determine an overall realistic average value of his/her baseball cards.