While we talk of assets which have a great resale value, did you know that one of your old baseball cards too could be worth a fortune? That’s right. If you go through this list of some very pricey cards, you will without doubt be convinced that your old baseball cards could really be worth a pot of gold.
Baseball Card Values
Now, like most things in the world, the value of a baseball card too is based on demand and supply. If there are a lot of cards of a certain player, and that card is possessed by pretty much even the most run-of-the-mill card collector, no doubt that card is worth zilch. On the other hand, if there is one card which no one has and everybody wants, and this player was really worth it, then let me assure you that you’re on the brink of something really special here.
Because, like most collectibles such as stamps and coins, the rarest, most special collectibles are of much value. So, if you have a pretty routine collection, then it’s probably not worth much. Big collectors only pay for cards which they don’t have, and most of the time, they have devoted enough money and time to the hobby that they tend to have almost all memorabilia. It is the few missing ones that vexes them the most, and they are ready to break the bank to acquire those.
The good thing about baseball card collections is that their value continues to appreciate. You can actually think of the time and money you put into your collection as an investment. If you have a big, properly organized collection, people will pay through their nose to acquire it. Or even a single card.
There is also the emotional attachment that one has with the cards. A real, hardcore card collector will think twice and will really have to rip his heart out if he is to part with his collection. Hence it often takes a spectacular cash offer to tempt him to relieve him of his prized collection.
Top Baseball Cards
A lot of people try to place their finger on a number, a value of a card, and some who have been entrusted with the job of valuing them include Beckett and Tuff Stuff Magazine. All you need to do is to whip out their latest issue and check the price. Sure, you cannot wag the magazine in the resolute card holder’s face and ask him to accept the bundle of cash and say bye-bye to his collection. Often, the price given in the value list is where the bidding starts. Then it is up to the buyer and the seller to arrive at an agreed price.
1958 – Topps – Roger Maris – GAI 9.5 – $2390.00
1952 – Bowman – Willie Mays – #218 PSA 7 – $1135.25
1933 – World Wide Gum – Babe Ruth – #80 SGC – $717.00
1954 – Dan-Dee Potato Chips – Mickey Mantle – PSA 2 – $507.88 – 1958 – Topps – Mickey Mantle – #150 PSA 6 – $478.00
1936 – National Chicle – DiMaggio/Erickson – VG – $286.80 – 1975 – Topps – Pete Rose – #320 PSA 9 – $227.05
1958 – Topps – Roberto Clemente – #52 PSA 7 – $215.10
If you’re smart enough, you can really earn a pretty big buck on your old cards. You never know what you have if you don’t check it out for yourself.