We buy all shapes and sizes of collectibles, including the beloved baseball cards. It seems that at every point in a child’s life, they have the desire to collect baseball cards. It’s no surprise then that most households end up having a huge collection of baseball cards stored away in an attic or closet. When they find it, they realize that there might be value that’s just wasting away, so they sell it to us for cash on the spot!
So let’s say you want to sell your baseball card collection. You have a number of very, very good options. It really comes down to how much time you want to devote to selling the collection and how much value you’re looking for.
Here’s the process you should follow if you want to sell your baseball card collection–
Determine how much time you want to devote to selling the baseball cards
Some methods take longer than others to go through the entire selling process. Maybe you want to really experience the process, but maybe you just want to get them off your hands and get cash in your pocket! Here are your options, from the most work to the least work:
Selling your baseball cards individually on eBay: The most work
Selling your baseball cards individually on eBay is by far the most time-consuming process. And honestly, unless you have extremely valuable individual cards, the payoff is really not that much different than other methods. All the time it takes to take pictures, write descriptions and answer buyer questions really takes a long time, and people often underestimate the work involved.
Selling your baseball cards as a collection on eBay: Moderate work
Selling your baseball cards as a whole collection on eBay still takes moderate work. You still have to take pictures, write a description and answer questions. And the more detailed your descriptions are, the better. In order to unlock the most value here, you should still know exactly what valuable cards are in your collection. Unless you name specific valuable cards and their grade or quality, people will discount your entire collection from its true value since they are basically making a risky bet that they end up finding something valuable, but from their standpoint, it’s a crapshoot.
Selling your baseball card collection to a broker: The least work
Selling your baseball card collection to a broker is by far the easiest way to sell your baseball card collection, especially if you sell it to us! Brokers have the know-how and knowledge to understand the true value of a collection, as opposed to eBay buyers who are essentially betting on whether or not they will find something valuable in your collection. Plus, a broker will have the connections and the rolodex to be able to turn around and sell it at the highest price possible, so it’s inherently more valuable to a collectibles broker than an average investor– which means more cash in your pocket!
Organize the collection
This also is completely dependent on how much time you want to devote to selling your collection and how much value you expect to get. Whether or not you’re selling the collection as a whole or as individual cards, having everything organized will make the sale easier and bring you the highest value possible.
Take note of the quality and quantity
Again, this also is determined by how much time you want to devote. If you think you have a very, very valuable collection on your hands, it’s definitely worth getting the collection professionally graded. If you want to take a stab at doing it yourself, here are some tips to grade your baseball card collection. Or you can get them professionally graded either by selling directly to a broker or going through organizations like PSA or Beckett.
Below is a video with more tips to selling your baseball card collection, but if you have any questions on selling your own baseball card collection, please call us at 800-326-7064 or fill out our inquiry form!