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How to Sell Your Baseball Cards


By Dylan, Baseball Cards Only

I am usually buying quality baseball cards. If you have cards that you would like to sell, please read these guidelines first. Feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

  1. WHAT I WANT: I am interested in purchasing rookie cards, vintage cards (at least pre-1980, earlier preferred), serial numbered cards, certified autographed cards, short prints, and game used cards. With the exception of certain notable rookie cards and a few sets that are particularly popular with collectors (i.e. 1992 Bowman), I am NOT generally interested in any cards from the 1980's or early 1990's, since I have multiple copies of most everything from those years. However, my needs change frequently and I am always willing to look at your list if you put the time into making it. Due to the expense of shipping cards through the mail, I do not generally purchase low value common cards.

    Unlike some other dealers, I am not exclusively interested in purchasing ultra-rare game used patch autographs of Hall of Famers and graded Mickey Mantle rookie cards (though I like those, too!). In fact, I prefer to buy entire collections and am as likely to be interested in your 2002 Topps Gold commons as I am in your 1963 Topps Willie Mays.

    Please note that I am mostly interested in entire collections, and I don't generally buy single cards unless they are valued at $50 or more.

  2. CATALOGUE YOUR CARDS: I will need to know what you have to some extent or another. "A box with hundreds of cards" is not enough. A list of the star cards and a note telling me what you have (for example, 57 1968 commons) works great. The more specific information you can tell me about your cards, the better.

  3. WHAT YOUR CARDS ARE WORTH: If you have looked at my inventory, you will have noticed that I generally sell cards for 70% of the Beckett (retail) price. So, if Beckett says that your card is "worth" $5.00, please do not expect to receive $5.00 for it from me or any other card dealer. Instead, if I am interested in your cards, I will offer you a percentage of the Beckett value depending on the desirability of what you have available.

  4. WHAT SHAPE ARE YOUR CARDS IN?: Condition plays a major role in the value of cards. Please consult Beckett for help determining the condition of your cards. I will consider purchasing vintage cards in almost any condition, but am not interested in newer cards (post-1980) in anything but near mint or better. I may ask for scans to help me determine their condition, or I may ask you to send me your cards so that I can grade their condition before I make you an offer.

  5. If we agree on a price for your cards, I will ask you to send them to me. Once they arrive, and I determine that the condition is satisfactory, I will send you a check.


Since selling baseball cards is how I make my living, I prefer to buy and sell rather than trade. However, I will trade in the right circumstances. If you want to trade with me, please email me with a list of what you have to trade and details about what you are hoping to get in return. Please understand that I cannot trade for even Beckett value and will ask for a premium in exchange.

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