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Auction's most costly vintage baseball cards
Over 5,000 vintage sports and non-sports items in each weekly auction
The history of vintage baseball card auctions is long and colorful.
T-206 Honus Wagner tobacco cards have sold for upto $2.8 million in
auction. The "Holy Grail of Sports Cards", it's extreme-high auction
value can mostly be attributed to great PR and "auction fever".
It's not close to being the rarest baseball card and Honus Wagner is not
Babe Ruth or Mickey Mantle. Yes, the T-206 set is beautiful & special but
because of the # of cards and scarcities, few collector's try to complete,
which should keep auction competition down compared to say 1933 Goudey
or 1952 Topps baseball card issues.
BUT IT DOES NOT...
There's a story Wagner banned his card because he was anti-tobacco
but there are other stories about financial considerations.
You surely have heard of PSA and may even know that this card was the
FIRST they ever graded. But did you know that dealer (B.l. .ast.o name
encoded) admitted tampering with the card, perhaps having it trimmed
down to size, before PSA graded it so highly for the auction.
Ways to sell your baseball cards
When buying: For great prices check my vintage sportscard auction.
2 reasons why auctions are a popular way to sell vintage sports cards.
#1 Desirable items tend to get top dollar (or better !)
#2 Everything goes
... This can be good - Everything gone, happy with final total
... or can be very bad - Everything gone, but at super low prices
OTHER WAYS TO SELL YOUR CARDS
• eBay Buy-it-Now • card store • swap meet
• Craigslist • garage/yard sale
• or DONATE to a charity for tax write-off
Not really selling but perhaps easiest with possible $$$ return.
#1) You are one of the RARE tax payers in America
#2) You have mostly late 80's & 90's
Consider keeping better stuff for selling later and donating the rest.
Tax deduction used to be based on lesser of "what-it-cost"
and "What-it-is-Worth". For "What-it-is-Worth" I use Beckett which
often is higher than what you paid. Check with your tax guy.
See the TurboTax discussion below:
Possible Charities for Donations
•Goodwill •Salvation Army •Cerebal Palsy
•Children's Hospitals •Cubs scout troops
...or an online charity (you will need to ship):
Cards 2 Kids Commons4Kids.org CollectiblesWithCauses.org
Verify "charities " including above before donating.
Topps Vault & Proofs
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Topps Vault, Proofs & Blank-Backs
Auctioneer Guernsey's went thru Topps offices gathering over 3,000
items for the auction. Topps spokesman reported auction sales of
OVER $1.5 million !!! Additional sales were made from a mail-only
auction. Collector Keith Olbermann, at the auction, described it
as an archaeological dig.
Topps archive material continued to accumulate after the auction
ending up with another treasure of over 250,000 transparencies,
uncut sheets, color separations, art, photos, slides, proof sheets
& wrappers, canceled checks, contracts and one-of-a-kind
items to sell.
Note: You may be on that page right now.
Baseball card collecting terms (part G)
Grade/Condition Centering, corner wear, photo clarity, edges,
creases, print flaws ... all combine to determine a card's condition or grade.
Along with rarity/scarcity it is the major factor in a card's value.
Graded Card As values increased the condition of cards and the
determination of fakes and alterations became increasingly more important.
Various companies became "graders" of your cards. For a fee they would grade
your card (usually on a 1 to 10 scale) and then placed in a sealed plastic
holder with labelling of the vital information.
From past experiences, most people are NOT HAPPY with the grades they receive.
To keep values up, graders can be extremely picky. Things you don't see,
they do so don't be surprized when the NEAR MINT card you send in ends up
with an EX or EX/MINT grade.
There are TOO many grading companies - if you do, do choose carefully.
PSA / SGC / GAI / BGS are some of the many companies.
It is good to know that getting a card graded by a company that people
do not recognize or respect will usually just cost you time and money
and not help you in any way.
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