Is My Sportscard collection worth anything?

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While trends come and go, some things stay remain popular and turn into memorabilia over the years. There are collections that can end up increasing in value over the years depending on their condition. Antique housewares and dishes are one of the examples of this, as well as old silverware. Another thing that many people collect is sports cards like baseball or basketball cards. If you happen to have a good baseball card collection, you may wonder what the value of cards like this is these days and if it's even gone up over time? So Kimberly Lankford from the Chicago Tribune shares what the most recent news and trends are with baseball and basketball cards so you can find out which card tend to be worth the most. It turns out that most of the baseball cards from the 1980s and 1990s went down since there were so many new cards made. There are some special cards in people's collections that are increasing in value like cards of rookies who made it to the Hall Of Fame before 1970. It's incredible to think that with recent trends, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card in pretty much mint condition sold for $89,626 in August of 2016. There was also another baseball card that sold for $114,000 around a year after that. In September of 2017, a 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente rookie card was sold for $5,959 and then a few months later for $7,200.

The main reason the prices of these baseball card collection items have spiked is that people from Asia are buying the baseball cards which is bringing up the prices. Unless you have one of the rare cards, you're probably not going to get a lot for it. For example, another card from 1970 only would be worth about $20. The condition of the card from your baseball card collection will also be a factor in the amount you'd get for it. This requires getting a high score from a grading company who rates your card from 1 to 10 and SGC Card is one of the best companies to go through. The other valuable collection items are autographed baseball and basketball cards. These cards were randomly put into packages of sports collection cards in the 90s and 2000s, so there are only a few of them around. Some of those autographed cards could be worth a $1,000 or more if the signature can be authenticated. There are a lot of fake autographs and authenticity documents out there. If you're one who is buying an expensive baseball card to add to your collection, there are some people who will give you a 30-day money-back guarantee to give you time to have the autograph authenticated.

If you have a full case collection of the 1980s and 1990s football, baseball or basketball cards they may also be worth a lot too. Especially if they are unopened and in mint condition. A 1986 Fleer Basketball Box with 36 unopened packages of basketball cards actually sold for $50,190 in 2016. Then one with Michael Jordan’s rookie card sold in 2017 for $77,000. If you want to get rid of your baseball, basketball or football card collection anyway, it's worth having them looked at by a professional to see if they could be worth anything. If they aren't worth anything and you don't want them collecting dust in your attic anymore, pass them onto a kid in your family or a kid you know would like them. Or, you could also donate them to kids in need who would love them.***

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