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Baseball Card Values: What Your Cards Are Worth in 2018

One of the most common questions I receive is: how much are my baseball cards worth?

The fact is, baseball card values can depend on many different factors...

So how do you put a price on them?

This guide covers the most common things to consider when pricing and selling baseball cards.

Let's jump right in!​

Most Valuable Baseball Cards

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Ross Uitts

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Are you selling sports cards that were produced from 1868 - 1979?

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Star Players


Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Roberto Clemente...

Players like these need no introduction and collectors are constantly chasing their cards.

They were the best players of their era.

And the heroes of many kids.

1958 Topps #5 Willie Mays baseball card
1959 Topps #10 Mickey Mantle Baseball Card
1963 Topps #390 Hank Aaron Baseball Card
1957 Topps #1 Ted Williams Baseball Card
1962 Topps #10 Roberto Clemente Baseball Card

That's why collectors have emotional ties to these cards and are willing to pay up to own them.

Usually cards of Hall of Famers and stars will be worth more than "common" players.

It's not the case 100% of the time as there are many quirks to this hobby.

But, it's a good rule to follow that cards of star players will typically have premiums on them.

For most players, their most valuable baseball cards will be their rookie card.

But, it's not always the case.

Take Roger Maris cards, for example.

1958 Topps #47 Roger Maris Rookie Card

1958 Topps Estimated PSA Value: $1,650

1962 Topps #1 Roger Maris Baseball Card

1962 Topps Estimated PSA 8 Value: $2,200

His 1962 Topps card is actually worth more than his 1958 Topps rookie card.

The reasoning has mainly to do with issues we'll discuss later that make it such a difficult card to find in top condition.

Print Year


Normally, the older a baseball card is the more likely it will have higher value.

There are many exceptions to this rule, too many to list, but in general this is true.

Print Year Timeline of Old Baseball Cards From the 1880's to 1980's

For example, common 1909 T206 cards are worth something while many common cards printed in the 1980's are not.

A 1963 Topps Pete Rose is worth more than a 1983 Topps Pete Rose.

And so on.

The logic is simple here: fewer older cards exist than newer cards. Many were destroyed or lost.

That additional scarcity drives up the price.

Modern cards from the 1980's onward were printed in massive runs so typically their value is much lower.​

Luckily for you, the hobby has divided cards into three main eras to quickly gauge their value: pre-war cards, vintage cards, and modern cards.

Pre-War Baseball Cards (Printed Prior to 1945)

Some of the most valuable baseball cards you'll ever encounter were printed prior to World War II.

This segment of the hobby is filled with cards of legends like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner and "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, just to name a few.

Typically, these cards are characterized by their smaller sizes, beautiful artwork and reverse sides that featured advertisements of tobacco or candy companies.

1916 M101-5 Sporting News Babe Ruth rookie card
1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobb (Green Portrait) baseball card
1909-11 T206 White Border Christy Mathewson (Portrait) baseball card
1910 T210 Old Mill Joe Jackson baseball card

Cards of Hall of Famers and stars from this era can easily be worth thousands of dollars, especially if they are in great shape.

Even common cards (those of non-star players) can be worth major money depending on which card it is.

These are typically cases where a card has a rare printing error or it was pulled early from production for some reason and not many survived.

Vintage Baseball Cards (Printed From 1946 - 1979)

This segment of the hobby is driven by huge names like Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Roberto Clemente.

The most popular vintage set of all-time is easily the 1952 Topps set.

And the Mickey Mantle card within it is by far the most valuable of this segment of the hobby. 

1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle baseball card
1954 Topps #128 Hank Aaron rookie card
1953 Topps #244 Willie Mays baseball card
1957 Topps #76 Roberto Clemente Baseball Card

Modern (Printed In 1980 Or Later)

At this point in the hobby's history, card manufacturers began printing cards in huge quantities.

Topps, Fleer, Donruss, Leaf, Upper Deck, Score and several other companies rushed to print cards to keep up with demand.

The market became flooded and card values almost became worthless in some cases.

But, like everything in life, there are exceptions.

The 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson rookie card, the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card, the 1990 Topps Frank Thomas rookie card (no name on front variation) and the 1993 SP Derek Jeter rookie card are some of the more notable of the era.

Sadly, though, nearly 100% of the cards of this era are worthless.

1980 Topps #482 Rickey Henderson Rookie Card
1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Baseball Card
1990 Topps #414 Frank Thomas Rookie Card No Name

Condition


​One thing that affects the value of ALL baseball cards is their condition.

It doesn't matter if it's a star player, error card, variation, whatever...

...the card's condition will still be key.

Just like any other type of collector, baseball card collectors want to own quality items.

So they're willing to pay higher prices for higher quality cards.​

Buyers and sellers should focus on several key factors that professional graders look at such as:

Centering - From top to bottom and left to right, how well is the card centered? Centering is probably the biggest concern for most collectors. On the front side, if a card exhibits no worse than 55/45 to 60/40 centering on the front and 75/25 on the back then it is usually considered a well-centered card.

Below you can see clear differences in centering between these two 1973 Topps Nolan Ryan cards.

The one on the left exhibits near-perfect centering while the one on the right favors the top and left parts of the card.​

1973 Topps #220 Nolan Ryan Graded PSA 10 Gem Mint Condition
1973 Topps #220 Nolan Ryan Graded PSA 7 Near Mint Condition

Corners - You want to see sharp corners. Ideally "razor sharp" as many people in the hobby like to call them. Round corners are signs of heavy use and are considered eye soars.

Here is a look at a gem mint copy of Carl Yastrzemski's 1967 Topps #355 issue alongside close-ups of each of the four sharp corners.

1967 Topps #355 Carl Yastrzemski Baseball Card Graded PSA 10 Gem Mint Condition
1967 Topps Carl Yastrzemski Baseball Card Upper Left Corner Close Up
1967 Topps Carl Yastrzemski Baseball Card Lower Left Corner Close Up
1967 Topps Carl Yastrzemski Baseball Card Upper Right Corner Close Up
1967 Topps Carl Yastrzemski Baseball Card Lower Right Corner Close Up

Edges - Nice, clean edges go a long way to help a card's eye appeal. Sometimes you'll see vintage cards that were poorly cut and don't have nice clean edges. Professional graders (and collectors) will make exceptions for cards with known cut issues. But when possible, you want to see edges free of chipping and notches.

Both of the Jackie Robinson rookies below were graded PSA 9 Mint condition and exhibit very nice edges.

However, if you look closely at the 1949 Bowman, you can see the left-hand edges are not as smooth. That set is well-known to have rough cut issues so professional graders take that into consideration.​

1948 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson Baseball Card Graded PSA 9 Mint Condition
1949 Bowman #50 Jackie Robinson Baseball Card Graded PSA 9 Mint Condition

Surface - One of the easiest ways to ruin a card's value is if it has a crease on it. Other issues like indentation, marking, scratching, staining and loss of gloss can significantly reduce a card's value.​

When you look at these two examples of Joe Dimaggio's 1941 Play Ball baseball card, you can quickly see differences in surface quality.

​The one on the left features rich coloring, no creasing, no chipping and has strong eye appeal.

But, the one on the right shows fading, a bit of staining, creasing and paper loss.​

 1941 Play Ball #41 Joe Dimaggio Baseball Card Graded PSA 10 Gem Mint Condition
1941 Play Ball #41 Joe Dimaggio Baseball Card Graded PSA 1 Poor Condition

You can always refer to cards listed for sale online as a reference only. See what a Gem Mint 10 or NM-MT 8 looks like by finding current examples listed for sale.

But please be careful and remember those are only references.

It's just too tough to notice some condition issues, especially surface and gloss issues, by looking at your card with the naked eye and comparing it to a professionally graded copy online.

Remember: Professional graders use high-tech optical equipment when reviewing them and grading them. They can see errors you can't.

Graded Cards


​Since we looked at condition as a key value factor, it's important that we look at grading, too.

​After all, professional graders do nothing but judge the condition and authenticity of cards.

Collectors will generally pay more for graded cards versus non-graded or "raw" cards.

They're paying for the peace of mind that someone has professionally judged the card to be authentic and in a certain condition.

With raw cards, it's sometimes tough for a buyer and seller to agree on a card's condition and therefore a price.

Or even agree if a card is authentic in the first place.

Professional grading companies work hard to eliminate that doubt.

There are three main professional grading companies that compete in the vintage baseball card hobby:

1) Professional Sports Authenticators (PSA)

2) Sportscard​ Guaranty

3) Beckett

PSA is generally thought to be the leader in the vintage card circle but there are many who prefer SGC's dark-colored holders.​

Errors


One of the funner things about this hobby, in my opinion, is the ability for a printing error to affect a card's price.

But not every type of error will increase a card's price.

So it's important to distinguish between the different types first:

1) Corrected errors: the manufacturer catches the error and corrects it but not before some versions with the error have already made it into circulation; those error cards in circulation are fewer and more rare​

2) Uncorrected errors: the manufacturer doesn't correct the issue and therefore only one version of the card exists in circulation

Typically, only the first situation will result in higher than usual prices. 

The reasoning?

It's because two or more different versions of a card now exist.

And collectors are willing to pay more for the rarer, uncorrected error version.​

Let's take a look at some examples of both:​

Corrected Error Cards (ERR)

Arguably the most sought after error card of them all is the T206 Joe Doyle with "NAT'L'" printed at the bottom.

When the card was printed, Doyle was a pitcher for the New York Highlanders of the American League.

But some cards slipped through production and made it into collector hands with the term "NAT'L" printed on them as if to signify he was part of the National League.

The company quickly caught the error, chipped off the "NAT'L" from the printing plate and printed the remainders without it.​

1909 T206 Joe Doyle Baseball Card No Error
1909-11 T206 Joe Doyle N.Y. Nat'l baseball card

That small error results in huge prices.

How much so?

A copy of this card in just PSA 3 VG condition is estimated to fetch $550,000!

Think about that for a second...

...that small error equates to roughly more than half a million dollars.

Uncorrected Error Cards (UER)

These types of cards are more oddities than anything...

Do you notice anything weird about the image of Hank Aaron on his 1957 Topps baseball card?

1957 Topps #20 Hank Aaron Baseball Card

​Hank Aaron batted right-handed.

However, Topps reversed the image of the photo negative on the card so it looks like he's batting lefty.

But since they never bothered to correct this issue and all of his 1957 Topps cards were printed that way, it's not rare.

It's still valuable because of who he is, but not nearly as valuable had Topps quickly corrected this issue leaving only a few of his cards like this in circulation.​

The point of all this is that you have to be very careful when sorting through your collection.

On the surface, it can appear you don't have anything of value if you don't recognize any star players in a stack of cards.

But you never know what may be lurking in there.

So you have to double and triple check to make sure you don't have an error card that could potentially be worth a lot of money.

Print Variations


Print variations occur for numerous reasons in this hobby.

They're not exactly errors. They have more to do with multiple different designs of the same card.

And like errors, they can cause prices of even common cards to soar.

Take, for instance, the 1958 Topps Bobby Richardson cards...

...the normal card will come with his name in white letters at the top.

But the rarer and more expensive variation shows his name in yellow letters.

 1958 Topps #101 Bobby Richardson Baseball Card (Name In White Letters)
 1958 Topps #101 Bobby Richardson Baseball Card (Name In Yellow Letters Variation)

In the chart below, notice the steady increasing difference in price between the white letter and yellow letter variation...

...that's because you have both the rarity of the yellow letter variation itself and finding one in mint condition coming into play at the same time.​

 Difference In Price of 1958 Topps Bobby Richardson White Letter Card vs. Yellow Letter Card Variation

Price estimates taken from PSA online SMR price guide

A PSA 9 example of his white letter card is estimated to bring in $600.

But a PSA 9 example of his yellow letter variation is estimated to bring in $2500.

Almost five times as much!

Luckily for collectors, sometimes star players will even have variations for a particular card.

The 1969 Topps Mickey Mantle white letter variation is a prime example.

Usually you'll find his last name spelled in yellow lettering but if you're lucky to get the more rare variation of this card, you'll see his last name spelled in white letters.

1969 Topps #500 Mickey Mantle Baseball Card Last Name Is Printed In Yellow

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $12,500

1969 Topps #500 Mickey Mantle Baseball Card Last Name Is Printed In White

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $40,000

Variations aren't always limited to differences on the fronts of cards either.

For example, sometimes a card will have two different colored backs.

Like the 1952 Topps red backs versus black​ backs or the 1956 Topps white backs versus gray backs.

 1952 Topps 45 Edward Joost Red and Black Back Variation Baseball Cards

1952 Topps Red and Black Backs

1956 Topps #10 Warren Spahn White And Gray Back Variation Baseball Cards

1956 Topps Gray and White Backs

There are even variations in the actual information printed on some card backs, too.

Take the 1959 Topps #322 Hank Hanebrink for example.

One variation shows a statement about him being traded to the Phillies and the other one does not:

1959 Topps #322 Hank Hanebrink Baseball Card No Trade Statement On Reverse Variation

Estimated PSA 8 Value: $400

 1959 Topps #322 Hank Hanebrink Baseball Card With Trade Statement On Reverse Variation

Estimated PSA 8 Value: $25

Similar to the story with error cards, the rarer print variations are usually priced higher since collectors seek out the uncommon and unusual in this hobby.

Print Quantities


Not every card in a given set was printed in the same quantity as the rest of the cards in the set.

Sometimes a card was pulled from production for one reason or another.

That was certainly the case with the T206 Honus Wagner and why it is so scarce today.

Most T206 cards can be found quite easily, but few Wagners survive today since the American Tobacco Company pulled them from production.

Either he didn't want his likeness being used to promote tobacco or he didn't feel he was being properly compensated.

No one is quite sure which is the real reason but it resulted in fewer in circulation and that drives prices sky high today.

1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner baseball card

High Numbers

Hang around this hobby long enough and you'll start to become familiar with the term "high number" really quick.

Many vintage cards were printed in series. It was the company's way of methodically releasing cards out to kids in bunches so as to keep kids' interest high over the spring and summer.

If a player's card was part of the last series to be printed in a given set, it's usually considered more rare since fewer of them were printed.

By the time the last series of cards were printed, baseball season was coming to a close and therefore companies were ramping down production in preparation for football season.

These "high number" cards at the back end of the set can therefore carry a significant price premium, especially if found in high grade.

Take the 1961 Topps #523 Joe Gibbon card for example. Cards #523 to #589 are considered "high number" cards in the set.

Common high number cards like Gibbon's are estimated to be worth anywhere from three to fifty times as much as other common cards in the set.

1961 Topps #523 Joe Gibbon Baseball Card High Number

Short Prints

Sometimes baseball cards were part of short print runs and even for no apparent reason.

Take the 1964 Topps Giants set, for example. There are seven short print cards in the set and Sandy Koufax is one of them.

Not often is a Sandy Koufax card more valuable than a Mickey Mantle card within the same set.

But that's the case here with this card. All because of the fact that far fewer were printed.

1964 Topps Giants #3 Sandy Koufax Baseball Card Short Print

These "short prints" like this can be expensive depending on which card and which set you're talking about.

Always be sure and check to see if your card is a short print.

Position In The Set Sequence


It may sound odd at first but even the card's position in the set sequence can increase its value.

One of the most well-known examples of this is the 1952 Topps #1 Andy Pafko card.

It was the first card printed in the set.

That means it was located in the upper left corner of the printing sheet:

1952 Topps #1 Andy Pafko baseball card
A Sheet Of Uncut 1952 Topps Baseball Cards With Andy Pafko

This position on the sheet exposed it to more damage than most cards.

Added to this was the fact that back then kids would stack their cards in sequence and bind them with rubber bands.

Being card #1, his was usually on the top of the stack, that meant he was in direct contact with the rubber band.

That meant even more exposure to damage and wear​.

Market Conditions


Of course, there are always market conditions to consider.

Like anything else, baseball card prices go up and down during good and bad economic times.

So, if the market's hot then you'll get more money for your cards than when times are bad.​

Price Guides


There are several different prices guides out there but they should all be used in certain situations.

For example, PSA's guide will only contain information about PSA-graded cards.

And the Vintage Card Prices guide may have more recent market-based values to judge your card's price.

You'll have to give them each a try and get used to what works best for you.​

Vintage Card Prices

This is one of the most popular price guide resources for vintage card collectors.

It tracks recent sales history of all eBay and other online auctions so that you can quickly see what current market values are.

It's a paid tool but well worth it.​

Here's a look at how their information is displayed when you look up a card:​

Vintage Card Prices Online Baseball Card Price Guide

I had to cut off the screenshot at just the section that contains PSA-graded card pricing. But it also contains SGC and Beckett information, too.

The nice thing is that their information is up-to-date as it's got all the most recent sales data.​

I am not affiliated with them in anyway but I highly recommend them.​

Website: www.vintagecardprices.com

Professional Sports Authenticators (PSA) Sports Market Report (SMR):

For another point of reference, you can also check the PSA SMR.

In it, you can find price estimates of PSA-graded cards only.​

There is both an online and print version.

The online version is free while the print version is a monthly publication sent only to PSA paid members.​

It contains articles and other hobby news, too, that you may not find on their website.​

Professional Sports Card Authenticators (PSA) Sports Market Report (SMR) Baseball Card Price Guide

Website: www.psacard.com/smrpriceguide/

Beckett Price Guide

When I was a kid, Beckett's monthly price guide publications were what everyone used to help judge prices.

​That was before card grading existed.

So you'd have to jude your own card's condition, look it up in Beckett's guide, and price it accordingly.

Now Beckett has an online resource for vintage baseball cards that you can use.

It's a paid resource but contains lots of information so it may be worth your while.​

Beckett Vintage Card Price Guide Online
Ross Uitts
 

Ross is the founder of Old Sports Cards and has been collecting sports cards for over 25 years. He also loves to write about the hobby and has written for Beckett, Topps, SABR and of course, this website. Need help buying or selling cards or have a general question about the hobby? Contact him at [email protected]

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Thy Nguyen - October 25, 2017

Hello! I wanted to know how much my baseball card value is? 1956 Topps. Roy Campanella Gray back #101 mint 9 PSA #23435913. Thank you!

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    Ross Uitts - October 26, 2017

    Those have sold previously for around the $5k mark.

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Barbara - October 30, 2017

I came across couple 1981 Keith Hernandez Topps baseball cards-1st base cardinals at a junk store. I doubt if they are worth anything but just in case can you give me a quick reply please. Thank you for your effort.

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    Ross Uitts - November 1, 2017

    Hi Barbara, unfortunately no, there isn’t really much value in those particular cards.

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Jonathan - November 1, 2017

I recently came into possession of 10 cards from the 1961 Spokane Indians minor league team and am having a heck of a time determining their value online (I haven’t subscribed to any services). Any ballpark ideas?

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    Ross Uitts - November 1, 2017

    Hi Jonathan, I reached out to you by email. Check your inbox and we’ll go from there, thanks!

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Debra Patrick - November 25, 2017

Hello,

I have been collecting baseball cards since the 70s. From Upper Deck, Topps and so many more. I have had them put in the sleeves that goes into collectors books that holds pages and pages since the day I got them. I have all the well known names and many many more. From Barry Bonds, Nolan Ryan, Sammy Sosa, and you name it, I am sure to have it. I am wanting to sell my entire collection due to medical reasons. If you need more info, Photos or anything, please let me know.
Can you tell me what you may give for them?

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Chris - November 27, 2017

Hi. I’ve got a decent size collection of baseball,football,basketball,NASCAR cards ranging from the late70’s till today. Not sure what anything is worth, but like to sell, a sizable part. Can u help?

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michael - December 2, 2017

1960 topps #316 vg+ 3.5 mccovey all star rookie 28290714
1961 topps #300 vg-ex 4 mantle 28290723
1962 topps #18 ex-mt 6 mantle/mays managers dream 28290724
1963 topps #200 nm 7 mantle 28290722
1966 topps #1 ex 5 mays 28290719
1966 topps #126 nm 7 palmer 28290720 rookie
1966 topps #50 ex-mt 6 mantle 28290718
1967 topps #581 nm-mt 8 denehy/seaver 28290715 rookie
1967 topps #200 nm-mt 8 mays 28290721
1967 topps #569 nm 7 carew/allen 28290717 rookie
1968 topps #177 ex-mt 6 koosman/ryan 28290716 rookie

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Joe D DeSantis - December 10, 2017

Hi,

I have the Pete Rose 1963 rookie card. I see prices everywhere from $400 to $157,000. It is in mint condition but has never been rated. Any idea what the real value is. Please email me if you would like to respond. Thanks for your time.

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Tommy Cannon - December 21, 2017

Hi I was cleaning out an old house and found a stack of baseball cards some of the ones I have heard of before others I have no clue. the ones i know are as follows: Ron Washington, shortstop, Twins, Fleer 626—-Bob Boone, Catcher, Angels, Fleer 509
Gene Tenace, First Base, Pirates, Fleer 266—–Biff Pocoroba, Catcher, Braves, Fleer 189——-Tom Niedenfuer, Pitcher, Dodgers, Fleer 214. I have about 50 +/- cards in the stack some of the players I havenever heard of but may be something to look into. what do you think about the ones I lsted above are thee any value in them or enough to take to a dealer and let them look them over thank you for you assistance let me know as soon as you can please.

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    Ross Uitts - December 28, 2017

    Hi Tommy, those appear to be from around 1983 to 1984 and unfortunately do not have much collector value.

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      James - March 16, 2018

      I have 21 1915 cracker jack cards glued on card board branch johson stallings rabbit any idea what there worth the fronts are a 10 in grade level

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        Ross Uitts - March 16, 2018

        Hi James, I’d like to take a look at the fronts of the cards. I sent you an email as a follow-up so please check your inbox, thank you

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Jessis Brannon - December 23, 2017

I have two baseballs cards I would like to know if they are worth anything Fleer All-Star Game of DEREK HETER#2 and Upper Deck of KEN GRIFFEY JR #30 Thank You for your time

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    Ross Uitts - December 28, 2017

    Unfortunately, no, they probably aren’t worth much. Usually for Jeter or Griffey Jr. cards to be worth much they have to be their rookie cards, a limited number autograph, etc.

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Kevin - January 20, 2018

Hello Mr Ross,I got a few old cards I’ve been hanging on to for years,Roger Maris ,N.Y Yankees and it’s got a 1 on the back left top corner,Rocky Colavito ,Brooks Robinson and A Rookie Card John Powell 1962. #99 I’m not Sure if there the Real Deal,there all in plastic Jackets,I hope I’m not wasting your time sir,Get back with me please when ya get time, Kansas Windmiller Kev

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Noah Lee - January 26, 2018

I have a few baseball cards that I have found and wanted to see if they are worth anything.

Hank Bauer No 183 in the 1951 series Baseball picture cards printed in 1951
Mickey 7 Mantel (Pinnacle) Card #25 of 30 Printed 1992
Orlando Hudson 2002-2006 batting record printed 2007
Mike Cameron 1995-2006 complete batting record printed 2007

Thanks for any help or information with this.

Noah

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Charity Kidd - January 31, 2018

I have three cards that I am wanting to see if they are authentic. How can I tell if a card is authentic?
Magie error card 1910 tobacco card, Lewis (Boston-NL) 1912 tobacco card T-207, and Napoleon Lajoie 1933 Goudey Gum card.

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    Ross Uitts - February 5, 2018

    Usually it comes down to analyzing the cardboard stock, print quality and any wear patterns on the cards to see if they’re consistent with that era. There are a lot of good reprints and counterfeits of those cards out there so it can be tough–I’ve sent you an email as a follow-up as I’d like to take a look at any pictures of the cards you have to get a rough idea. Then we can go from there.

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Seth - February 20, 2018

I have a full set of 1980 Topps Basketball cards all in sleeves.
This has the 3 on 1 Larry Bird/Julius Irving/Magic Johnson cards (have 3 cards of these)
along with several other 3 on 1’s.

What would you do with these cards/set if you were me?

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Daniel - February 21, 2018

So I have hank Arron’s specials: 54-57 62-65 and 70-73 any chance these are expensive? Also I have a ticket stub from 1973 September 4th any chance that’s worth something?

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Carlos - March 15, 2018

Hello sir I’m in Germany and I was cleaning room and I found a bag with around 100 baseball cards from 1967to 1970? In threre is a card from Pete rose and more back say num 100 but as I see in the net the card is being cut only with one side black ,for the rest is all perfect black shiny , three is also cards from rod Carew , Roberto Clemente will like to know how much worth ? Thanks

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    Ross Uitts - March 15, 2018

    Hi Carlos, I’ve sent an email to you so please check your inbox. I’d like to see pictures of the cards if you are willing to send them. That way I can get an idea of their condition and be able to better estimate their value.

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Adon - March 17, 2018

I have a replica of the Sandy Koufax card you are selling for 2,500$. Is it worth anything.

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    Ross Uitts - March 17, 2018

    Unfortunately if it is just a regular reprint it would not really be worth that much. There are some reprints out there that are autographed as part of redemption programs or limited edition print runs that can be worth some money, though.

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hector hernandez - March 25, 2018

I recently found an album full with baseball cards some old 1920 and 40 and recent years……. ,do you have a place where I can sand pictures ?….. like to know what I found

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    Ross Uitts - March 25, 2018

    Hi Hector, I’ve sent you an email with details on where you can send the pictures–please check your inbox for details. Looking forward to seeing them!

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Dorothy Escoto - March 27, 2018

I have found 3 box full of baseball cards. Is there a site I can go to and see what these cards are worth. Some have low numbers

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    Ross Uitts - April 2, 2018

    Hi Dorothy, Ive emailed you to see if I can get some more info on what cards you have–please check your inbox and I’ll try and give you some better guidance, thanks!

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Scott Grothouse - March 30, 2018

Ross

I have the complete 660 card 1975 Topps baseball cards. (Rookies: Brett, Yount …) I also have the Brett and Hank Aaron home run record breaker in a Minnie card that was produced that year. How much would these be worth (I’ve heard of some crazy prices) and where would I go to sell something like this?

Thank you
Scott

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    Ross Uitts - April 2, 2018

    Hi Scott,

    That’s a nice set to collect! A lot of the value will come down to the condition of the cards–especially the key players like the Brett and Yount rookies, for example. I’m sending you a follow-up email so that hopefully we can talk more and I’d appreciate if you would send some pictures, thanks!

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Goat - April 2, 2018

Hi Ross,

I collected large baseball cards as a kid…
pretty sure I got the set of them but maybe 10
do you remember these?
I’d have to dig them out of the attic – but would it be worth it?

Thx,
Goat

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    Ross Uitts - April 2, 2018

    I’d have to see them to get a better idea–I’ve sent you an email so please check your inbox. If you’ve got pictures you can email me I’d be happy to take a look!

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Cybil Rains - April 8, 2018

Please contact me by email, I do not want to put out what cards I have but would like to send you some pics and see what you might think.
I have 10 large Binders completely full in plastic sleeves.

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    Ross Uitts - April 8, 2018

    Hi Cybil, I’ve sent you an email so we can follow-up there and see what you’ve got, thanks!

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Rob Yan - April 8, 2018

Hello!

I have inherited my fathers collection of old baseball cards. 2 shoe boxes full. I noticed most of the cards are topps and from the late 60s or 70s. Most of the bigger names were kept in a case and appear to be in very good condition. I love the cards, but I am interested in seeing just how much value they have. Among the many big names, I have the Mickey Mantle card you used as an example in the article above (with mantle in white writing). Card number 250. Also a nice Reggie Jackson topps 260 from 1969. How do I get the value on these? Should I have them graded?

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    Ross Uitts - April 17, 2018

    Hi Rob, I love cards from that era and it sounds like you’ve got some good ones! Condition will be the biggest determining factor in their value. I’ve sent you an email as a follow-up so please check your inbox and we can discuss the cards in more detail. I’d like to see pictures so I can get a rough idea of their condition to be able to give you a better idea on their values.

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MARK TIEMAN - April 11, 2018

Hi Ross ,
Have a few old baseball cards id like you to tell me if there worth anything. If you send me an email address i can take pics and send to you. Regards Mark

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    Ross Uitts - April 17, 2018

    Hi Mark, I’ve sent you a follow-up email, please check your inbox thanks!

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Rob Herman - April 13, 2018

Hi Ross,

I have thousands of Baseball/Football/hockey, mostly baseball thou. Looks like mid to late 80’s. I want to see the whole lot of them and probably some are worth a few dollars. Would you be interested or know of anyone in the Seattle, Wa area that might be.

Thanks, Rob

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    Ross Uitts - April 17, 2018

    Hi Rob, usually cards from that era don’t hold much value anymore but there are a few that still do. I actually should probably write an article about this so thanks for giving me the idea! Do you know if you have any rookies of guys like Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn, Mattingly, Steve Young, Jerry Rice or any other big names of that era? I don’t know anyone, specifically, in the Seattle area but depending on what you’ve got I might be able to find another buyer elsewhere.

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      Rufus - June 22, 2018

      I have a cal Ripken when he played for Orioles signature. June 1978

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Drew - April 14, 2018

My father has a collection of cards from his youth that are all in pretty good form. Multiple Reggie Jackson rookie cards, Micky Mantle, Hank Aaron, Pete Rose, Nolan Ryan, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Carew, etc. Looking to start a process of selling but don’t really know where to begin or value. I can send some photos of the cards. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Ross Uitts - April 17, 2018

    Hi Drew, thanks for contacting me–let’s discuss more via email. Please check your inbox, thanks!

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Jonathan plummer - April 17, 2018

I have some decent cards I would like to be priced. Thank you Ross

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    Ross Uitts - April 17, 2018

    Hi Jonathan, please check your inbox as I’ve sent you an email–looking forward to seeing what cards you have and I’ll be happy to help give you an idea of their worth.

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Perry - April 19, 2018

I have a Bob Gibson #320 SL Spirals Pitcher 1957 , also a Joe Caffie Cleveland Indians 1957 #187…Mayo Smith Philadelphia Phillies 1954 signed #130..and a Gil Hodges Washington Senators 1963 #99..what are they worth???

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    Ross Uitts - April 19, 2018

    Hi Perry, I’d like to see pictures of them so please check your email as I’ve sent you my email address to be able to send the pictures. Thanks!

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Mary Day - April 21, 2018

Hi Ross,
When my kids were small in the late 80s we were big baseball card collectors. We had a blast. We bought singles, and sets and we probably have over 5000 cards from all makers. They have been tucked away for 30 years and now that I have grandson’s I was thinking of taking them out. However if there are any of value Im not so sure attaching them to the bicycle wheels would be a good thing. LOL. So I guess I need to know if there is anything worth hanging on to from 88 thru 93. I have also many singles of Nolan Ryan and Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire….let me know your thoughts on this, and thank you.

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    Ross Uitts - April 23, 2018

    Hi Mary, unfortunately cards from the late 80’s and early 90’s were so heavily produced that they don’t really have much value anymore. There are exceptions like the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. and 1993 SP Derek Jeter from the years that you mentioned but most don’t have value any longer. Wish I had better news!

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William Lewis Sr. - May 11, 2018

I have quite a few baseball cards (Topps) from 1954-58 that I am interested in selling. All are in good condition but haven’t been rated or appraised. How can I make that happen so that I can eventually sell them? I’ve had them for over 50 years and want to sell a few.

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    Ross Uitts - June 11, 2018

    Hi William, I’ve sent you a follow-up email to discuss your collection in more detail. Please check your inbox thanks!

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Kristina - May 19, 2018

I have a quick question about a Jose Uribe Fleer 1990 card. Why do I see it being sold for different amounts of money? It goes from one extreme to another. What is the actual value of the card?

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    Ross Uitts - June 11, 2018

    I get this question a lot–this card has no real value. Somehow it started as a joke on eBay listed for thousands of dollars. I hope no one ever bought the card for anything over $1 because there is nothing special about it at all and it started as just a joke to list it for such high prices.

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Paula - May 22, 2018

Hi there. I’m wondering if there are any value in sets. I have the 1993 Colorado Rockies Inaugural team set of cards but am not sure if they’re worth anything but memories to me.

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    Ross Uitts - June 11, 2018

    Hi Paula, some sets can be worth quite a bit–especially the stuff from the 1960’s or older. Unfortunately, the particular set you mention does not have much dollar value. But it sounds like there is some strong sentimental value to you, so enjoy them just the same!

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Matthew - May 25, 2018

I have a Mike Trour 2017 gold #4 out of only 5 made and its autographed with a piece of his jersey. It was graded be Beckett a pristine 10. only 1 on pop report. What would the value of a card like this would be. Thanks for your time

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    Ross Uitts - June 11, 2018

    Hi Matthew, I’m not the biggest expert on modern cards but I do know that cards like that have a lot of value. It could be somewhere near $1500-2000 I’d guess. Especially considering it’s a Beckett 10

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Carnell Dickerson - May 28, 2018

I got the full 1968 tigers cards plus more

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colin mahon - May 29, 2018

Hi Ross,

I have some old cards that I am looking to get rid of. varying conditions but none of them have ever been graded. See below and let me know what you think would be my best avenue to move these cards. Thanks!!

1963 Fleer Sandy Koufax
1966 Topps Sandy Koufax
1969 Topps Juan Marichal
1969 Topps Harmon Killebrew
1960 Topps Billy Martin
1959 Topps Yogi Berra – poor condition
1963 Topps Pirates Team Card
1959 Topps Hitters Foes Card (Podres-Labine-Drysdale)
1973 Topps Steve Carlton
1977 Topps Steve Carlton
1979 Topps Steve Carlton
1976 Topps Gary Carter
1979 Topps Robin Yount
1980 Topps Ozzie Smith
1981 Topps Rickie Hnederson
1978 Topps Tony Dorsett Rookie card
1970 Topps Alan Page Rookie card
1984 Topps Daryl Strawberry
1985 Topps Kirby Pucket

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    Ross Uitts - June 11, 2018

    Hi Colin, unless some of those cards from the 1960’s or earlier are in near mint to mint condition, I would probably just post them on eBay and auction them off. Otherwise I would try and get them graded and consider placing them in a private online auction.

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Robert - May 30, 2018

Hello thank you for your article I have some cards in my collection that you might find interesting. Would you take a look and let me know what you think?

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    Ross Uitts - June 11, 2018

    Hi Robert, I have sent you a follow-up email. Please check your inbox, thanks!

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Elayne Kesselman - June 8, 2018

Hi Ross
How can I get my collection graded? The baseball cards are from the late 1950’s to early 60’s. They include Mickey Mantel #300, # 350, # 95, Roger Maris #1, #377, Roberto Clemente #326, #478, Willie Mays #150, Carl Yastrrzemski #148, Stan Musial #250, Sandy Koufax # 344, Hank Aaron, #300, plus hundreds of lesser known players.
Thanks for letting me know.
Elayne

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    Ross Uitts - June 11, 2018

    Hi Elayne, I am actually working on a post that explains the grading process and what the best options are. It isn’t quite ready yet so I’m going to reach out to you by email with a bit more information in the meantime. Please check your inbox, thanks!

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Alex - June 8, 2018

I have many old cards what the value on reggie jackson yankees 1960 tops chewing gum.

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    Ross Uitts - June 11, 2018

    Hi Alex, I am not familiar with the particular card you mention. Did you mean 1980 instead of 1960? In that case, it may be worth $1 or less depending on condition. But, if it’s in pristine shape it could be worth over $100. It all depends on condition.

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Tillie - June 10, 2018

Hi Ross,

I have a 1978 Topps set & was wondering if there is any value in it.
I also have many sets in sheets/binders from 1983-1994.
We collected over the years with our son but he has no interest anymore in the cards. Have about 15-20 binders

Thanks
Tillie

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    Ross Uitts - June 11, 2018

    Hi Tillie, the 1978 Topps set could be worth a few hundred dollars if it were in really top shape and/or had been professionally graded. If the condition isn’t so great then the value will be drastically reduced. The 1983 set would have a little bit of value because of the Gwynn, Sandberg and Boggs rookies but other than that year, there isn’t much value in the rest.

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chris - June 10, 2018

i have a satchell paige card from the topps archives …..reprint of 2001. so #1 why do they reprint? #2 what does that do to the value of the original card? fill in the rest!

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    Ross Uitts - June 11, 2018

    Hi Chris, companies reprint cards mostly as a nice salute to the past and to maintain interest with collectors. Some collectors really enjoy the Archives sets because they get to enjoy the modern players with the look and feel of the older cards. If I had to guess, I’d say most collectors today who enjoy the Archives sets were big collectors as kids back in the 60’s and 70’s so they have a bit of nostalgia. Just a guess. In terms of what it does to the value of the original cards I’d say there really is no affect. The originals will always be more valuable and no matter how many reprints are out there, they won’t drag down the value of the original. The only real downside to reprints is that there are some decent ones out there and people can sometimes end up buying a reprint thinking they’ve got an original…and they’ll end up losing a lot of money.

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McGowan - June 11, 2018

Hey Ross,
Great read, I have a 1933 goudey chalmer cissel, a 1959 Mudcat grant, a 1967 willie stargell, a 1971 willie mcovey and a 1959 brooks lawerence. Would they be worth anything around a PSA 2

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    Ross Uitts - June 11, 2018

    Hi McGowan, glad you enjoyed it. The Goudey Cissel is probably the only one worth anything in that condition since that set itself is so popular–I’d say around $20 potentially. The others would probably only be worth $1-2 at most in that condition. Hope this helps!

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McGowan - June 11, 2018

Hey,
I have a 1933 chalmer cissel goudey, a 1971 willie mcovey and a 1966 mudcat grant. Would they be worth anything around psa 2

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    Ross Uitts - June 11, 2018

    The Goudey Cissel may be worth $15-20 in that condition while the other two would only be worth 1 or 2 bucks I’m guessing.

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Robert Kirkman - June 17, 2018

I’ve got a 1989 donruss Alex madrids and some Ken Griffey sr’s. Are they worth anything?

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Bruce Long - June 19, 2018

I have 5 base ball cards that date back to about 1911. They look to be lithographs about 5″x8″ or so. They were originally acquired by sending in coupons from Turkey Red, Old Mill, or Fez cigarettes to the Base Ball and Athlete Picture department. Drawer S Jersey City, N.J.
I have a “Cy” Young (Cleveland), Chance (Chicago Nat’L), Evers (Chicago Nat’L), Murray (N.Y. Nat’l), and Clark (Pittsburg. I also have a 1949 Fighting Phillies team photo. Any idea what these items are worth?

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    Ross Uitts - June 22, 2018

    Hi Bruce, I would love to see the cards and try and help you estimate how much they are worth. I’ve sent you a follow-up email so please check your inbox, thanks!

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Austin Lambert - August 1, 2018

Hey Ross,

I just recently moved and have a ton of baseball cards that my dad used to collect. I’m lookin to unload them and find out there worth. He has kept all of them in sleeved binders and I know he has a lot of high named players from back in the day. Nolan Ryan, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb, Tony Gwynn. Just to name a select few. I know most of the cards are probably not worth much but I know some of the cards could be worth something.
Could you reach out and we take it from there?

Thanks,
Austin

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    Ross Uitts - August 18, 2018

    Hi Austin, I’d be happy to try and help. I’ve sent you an email so please check your inbox, thanks!

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JJ - August 20, 2018

FYI regarding “error” cards… I was sitting with Lew Burdette at the 1992 Upper Deck Old Timers banquet the night before the game in Seattle. Since the late Fifties Braves were my favorite team of the era I brought my cards for him to sign. Lew, who was famously right-handed, held up the ’59 card and chuckled, “See anything wrong with this? I fooled the photographer. My mitt is on my right hand!”

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    Ross Uitts - August 20, 2018

    Very nice story, JJ, thank you for sharing! Hopefully you still have the card(s) that he signed for you!

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L. A. Barshay - August 27, 2018

Hello,

My husband has lots of old sports cards that I will list below:

1. 1949 [color] Leaf Gum Co. Football Cards: #s [not in order]2, 3,6, 7, 9 two copies,14,,15,18, 27,26, 15,4,38,13,29,16,31,35, 12, 36, 28, 134, 19,23,43,39, 24, 8,45,21, 11,10,44,17 These cards are good to fair condition, some in very good. I’ve seen a couple of these listed on various card sites as being extremely valuable.

2. 1948 Black and White Bowman Gum Football Cards: #s [not in order]1, 4, 191, 77, 34, 88, 59, 31, 98, 76, 23, 47, 44, 32, 61,,47, 91, 166, 10,11, 74, 85, 23, 35, 26, 17, 80, 54, 32, 16, 53, 184, 20, 52, 36, 38. These cards are in good to very good condition. As with the previous cards, some seem to be very valuable.

3. 1950 Color Bowman Gum Football cards [a whole bunch of these] in very good to excellent condition.

4. 1952 {?} big color football cards: a whole bunch of these in mint

5. 1948 color Leaf Gum Co. Boxing Cards: whole bunch of these

6. 1949 Color Bowman Gum Basketball cards: whole bunch of these

Could you help me with determining the prices. I do have pics if you need them,

Thanks!

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    Ross Uitts - August 29, 2018

    Hi L.A., I would be happy to take a look at your collection–I’ve sent you a follow-up email so please check your inbox, thanks!

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