Are all of the minty old baseball cards spoken for? Every untouched collection that’s been sitting around now found, catalogued and encapsulated?
Often, it’s a collector who has been hanging on to some boxes until the day comes when cash trumps cardboard. Such was the case recently in the New Jersey offices of Just Collect. The company normally sells cards on a consignment basis, listing hundreds of new items every month on eBay.
One of their latest arrivals, though, was a simple cash deal. Dozens of gorgeous 1966 and 1968 Topps cards. It’s premium material that is usually easy to move.
“They all appeared vending-fresh and were held for years by their owner,” said Just Collect’s Scott Greenwald. “We paid strongly for the cards, making the collector very happy. We graded some of the cards with PSA and received many 9’s and 10’s which we are auctioning starting at $9.99 with no reserve. We are still going through the collection and selecting additional cards for grading.”
Six dozen cards were graded 8, 9 or 10.
While there are no guarantees with a vintage collection, knowing the market and which cards–even commons–are tough to find in high grade helps dealers offer a price that sellers feel comfortable with.
“I would say about 40% of our leads choose to sell outright versus consign,” said Just Collect’s Scott Greenwald. “There is something very attractive to people to accept the guaranteed money, particularly in this type of economic time.”
With graded card set registries still attracting high-end vintage collectors and many others putting together high grade “raw” sets, there is usually competition when new material comes on the market. Post-1950s cards benefit from higher quality photo reproduction and printing processes.
“It is strong,” said Greenwald of the interest in 1960s material. “These are beautiful cards picturing players that many baby boomers remember from their childhood, so they are always in demand.”