Baseball card value in the last 20 years0

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By the ’80s, baseball card values were rising beyond the average hobbyist’s means. As prices continued to climb, baseball cards were touted as a legitimate investment alternative to stocks and The Wall Street Journal referred to them as sound ‘inflation hedges’ and ‘nostalgia futures. Are you wondering if the value of the baseball card has risen or declined in the last 20 years? Unless you have some good rookies, short print or very rare cards, probably you can just still stuff them in a shoebox.  If your concern is about the baseball rookies of popular players and whether their value inflated in the last 20 years, the answer is yes.

Being said that the baseball card value has risen in decades, how much they are worth very much depends on the physical condition and other factors. A BGS 9.5 or PSA 10 grade cards could be the perfect example. But, again, those cards need to be well centered to achieve such grades, which at times are not possible for vintage items. The baseball card worth of the scarcest items can command even higher prices. Some of the top vintage baseball cards often fetch six figures in popular auctions.

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The 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth card is the most valuable, worth $500,000 in good condition; the second-most expensive card is the 1909 Honus Wagner rookie, worth $300,000 in comparable condition. If you have a pile of baseball cards and want to know the current pricing trend, you may either pick price guide books and monthly or weekly magazines from the newsstands or check out good and reliable online resource. The online medium is easily accessible and comes with cheaper subscription fees. Beckett offers Online Baseball Card Price Guide which will enable collectors to access the millions of databases.

The cards for which I have cited examples are all high graded. And if you look only at the prices of ungraded baseball cards, you could generalize that baseball card values have taken a plunge over the past two decades. Also, you will see the unanticipated trend that even the best rookie cards of the best players would have made horrible investments.

However, there has been dramatic improvement of the new product releases in the past decades. Apart from the affordable, good condition high graded cards, the presence of a clear best product on a yearly basis, inclusive of best autographed rookies, short-printed rookies, and enhanced visual appeal led to a more exciting hobby with a better product and better economics.

You may check out current baseball card pricing trend by subscribing to Beckett’s Baseball Online Price Guide

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Appraising and pricing your football cards0

How are things going …. Hope you’ve been amazing :) It’s been almost a month now. But, I must admit, this World Cup really saddened me. Anyways, I am out from the shock and now back again.

Today, it’s an utter surprise for me. I found few vintage football cards and that inspired me to research on them and gathered few important informations…  Let me share…

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You happened to find a stack of old football cards that your ancestral collected long time back and don’t know what to do them. No issues, it may be quite likely to find some of the valuable cards which are worth a thousand dollars or more if lucky. Though baseball a card collecting is the most popular hobby, collecting football cards is becoming one of the popular hobbies in the sports industry.

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Now, getting back to the stack of football cardboards, it is very important to know the value of each card and price accordingly. The main hurdle is how to appraise the Football Card Values and Pricing football trading card. Accurate pricing requires in depth knowledge about the football trading card market trend and right skill set to keep up with the ever changing card values. Apart from the market trends it is also important to know the numerous factors affecting the Football Card Worth.

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No doubt it’s a daunting task to determine the exact value, but, nothing is impossible. Find out from the online auction sites and other resources; compare the value listed in their record. Gather as much as information you could, finally you would be able to get an idea of the price range. When doing the task, you should note that the value differs according to the physical condition of the card. If the same item carries different price, it may be due to the difference in condition.

Refer to football card price guides
My experience says that Beckett and Tuff Stuff are the two most reliable companies providing football card price guide and other sports card price guide. Tuff Stuff offers free downloadable online price guides while Beckett charges a minimal fee. But subscribing to Beckett’s football card pricing guide, you can access to the millions of databases which might be of good help and also will get latest pricing updates.

Appraising the vintage items
You never know your vintage cardboard may be worth thousands of dollars, but due to lack of knowledge you sold it online for just a few dollars. To avoid such situations, vintage football cards and other valuable sports cards must be professionally appraised.  By appraising the value you will know the actual worth of the football card you have.

Once you have determined and appraised the vintage items, it is also very important to store them in an organized way. You may use a binder or storage box with dividers to store them. Organize them the way you want so that you can locate them easily. You may group them as per set, year, player and value etc.

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2014 FIFA – Top players to watch!0

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The game has already begun and Neymar is a star now! Enjoy the weekend watching the war :)

 

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2014 FIFA World Cup Match Schedule0

FIFA World Cup 2014 is upon us all!This will be the second time that Brazil will host the World Cup, the previous being in 1950 which was won by Uruguay. The opening game of the 2014 Fifa World Cup will see hosts Brazil play Croatia on June 12, 2014. There will be a total match of 64 which will be played in 12 cities across Brazil. Check out the 2014 Fifa World Cup match schedule for the first week (12th to 15th June):

Time  THURSDAY, JUNE 12    THURSDAY, JUNE 12  Stage Venue
20:00 GMT BRAZIL  VS CROATIA Group A Arena Corinthians
FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014
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16:00 GMT MEXICO  VS CAMEROON Group A Estadio das Dunas
19:00 GMT SPAIN  VS NETHERLANDS Group B Arena Fonte Nova
22:00 GMT CHILE  VS AUSTRALIA Group B Arena Pantanal
SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014
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16:00 GMT COLOMBIA  VS GREECE Group C Estadio Mineirao
19:00 GMT URUGUAY  VS COSTA RICA Group D Estadio Castelao
22:00 GMT ENGLAND  VS ITALY Group D Arena Amazonia
01:00 GMT IVORY COAST  VS JAPAN Group C Arena Pernambuco
SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014
Time Stage Venue
16:00 GMT SWITZERLAND  VS ECUADOR Group E Nacional
19:00 GMT FRANCE  VS HONDURAS Group E Estadio Beira-Rio
22:00 GMT ARGENTINA  VS BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA Group F Estadio do Maracana

Have a look at the FIFA World Cup 2014 Groups below:

GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C GROUP D GROUP E GROUP F GROUP G GROUP H
BRAZIL SPAIN COLOMBIA URUGUAY SWITZERLAND ARGENTINA GERMANY BELGIUM
CROATIA NETHERLANDS GREECE COSTA RICA ECUADOR BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA PORTUGAL ALGERIA
MEXICO CHILE IVORY COAST ENGLAND FRANCE IRAN GHANA RUSSIA
CAMEROON AUSTRALIA JAPAN ITALY HONDURAS NIGERIA UNITED STATES SOUTH KOREA
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Panini’s gift right ahead to FIFA World Cup0

We are almost there! Yes, the 20th FIFA World Cup 2014 will kick off in Brazil from 12th of June. Everyone is excited to cheer their favorite team. Happiest new, right ahead of the grand event, Panini released 2014 FIFA World Cup Prizm soccer cards this year. The cards featured dozens of soccer players from across the globe….

This autograph subset included just two names: football’s Andrew Luck and basketball’s Kobe Bryant.

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Check out the Value of the Soccer Cards

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2014 Topps Five Star Baseball Cards0

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That’s the Sneak Peek of the 2014 Topps Five Star baseball cards from Beckett.com

Read the complete news HERE

 

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1948 Leaf Football Cards0

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The NFL Leaf series 1948-49 was printed on white and gray cardboard stock. The white color was more common in the first series, while the gray color dominated the second series. The color variation problem was seen throughout the set. Not only this, but the problem was combined with the general centering issue. These both issues became a major challenge for high-condition collectors.

Most collectors tend to dominate the historical football cards from leaf released in the year 1948-1949. However, baseball card released in that year made a memory imprint over the ages. During 1948-49 Leaf released two different sets of football cards. Both the sets seemed to be similar featuring the same players and with almost the same design. But, there is an obvious difference between both the sets which can be spotted easily.

In both the sets the front features picture of the player which is in black and white, however, adding to the charm is the color added to the uniform of the player. The uniform color is being superimposed over a solid color background. A strong color bar at the bottom featured players name or nickname. The card was surrounded by white borders. Now coming to the back of the cards, it was printed in almost black ink without any graphics. The number of the card is printed at the top of the back of the card and highlight of the player and vital stats underneath it followed by the biography of the player. Even it had an advertisement and details of redemption for both major and minor leagues and colleges. Now, continuing to where we left that is; differentiating between the two sets of NFL Leaf of 1948-49, the very bottom carries a 1948 copyright line.

Check out the value for NFL Leaf of 1948 in Football Card Price Guide

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Collecting Pokemon cards0

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It was last month that I posted some interesting images of Pokemon cards. To me, collecting Pokemon cards seems to be of immense pleasure. Unlike the traditional sports cards, Pokemons are more vibrant and fun to collect.

Now here comes my tip on collecting Pokemon cards…..

Determine the rarity level
It is very important to know if the item is common, uncommon, rare, or promotional. It’s very easy, you may watch out for the small symbol in the lower right corner of the card. If you see a circle, if signifies common, diamond for uncommon and start signifies rare. Promotional ones are different; it usually includes Holo-foil cards, gold star cards and crystal cards. Promotional are the most valuable and priciest ones.

Examine the quality
It is similarly essential to examine the condition. Check if it is a mint condition; doesn’t have any marks, scratches or the surface has been faded. The more wear and tear you see, the value will be lesser. If you have a good condition item, make sure to store it in a plastic protector. If still you are eager to know the value, Beckett’s Pokemon card price guide could be a great source to start with. It provides the complete Pokemon card values list for all the cards ever made.

Attend conventions and check out the dealers’ room
Often the big dealers and collectors come to the conventions and industry meet. You can find rare to rare Pokemon card list at the show. You may ask the dealer about the current value and the selling price. They are always happy to talk with hobby enthusiast.

Browse the auction websites or Marketplace
You may check out from numerous auction sites and see what other collectors are paying for it. Auction site is the best to know the real time value because you can actually see how much people are paying for it. You can compare the value listed in price guides with the actual price people are willing to pay. This will help you get rid of the guessing game.

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Baseball fever is back0

It’s baseball time now! Yes, baseball fever is back. The whiz of the bat, the whiff of the freshly cut grass and the vendors streaming — that means: Major League Baseball has started! I am sure you wouldn’t want to miss out any of the games specially the weekend matches.

Check out this weekends MLB schedule. Go out to cheer the teams and if in case you couldn’t make it to the field, watch it live.

 

FRIDAY, 9th MAY 2014

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Watch out the latest baseball card release and baseball card values HERE

 

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Top 10 Tiger Woods Golf Cards0

Golf cards aren’t much popular like the baseball cards. But, the most highly paid athletes are a golfer. Yes, we are talking about the legendary golfer “Tiger Woods”. There are a handful of Woods card which are priciest and all time favorite amongst the collectors.

There… enjoy browsing the images!!

1. 2001 SP Authentic Tiger Woods #45 Autograph #/900

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2. 2013 Upper Deck Tiger Woods Master Collection Golf Autographs

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 3. 2012 SP Authentic Sign of the Times Duals Tiger Woods / Michael Jordan #ST2TM Autograph

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4. 2001 Upper Deck Player’s Ink Tiger Woods #TW Autograph

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5. 2013 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Sport Royalty Autographs Tiger Woods #SRATW

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6. 2001 SP Authentic Sign of the Times Red Tiger Woods Autograph

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7. 2012 SP Game Used Inked Drivers Silver Tiger Woods #IDTW Autograph

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8. 1996 Sports Illustrated for Kids II Tiger Woods #536

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9. 2001 Upper Deck Tiger Woods #1

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10. 1997-98 Grand Slam Ventures Master Collection Tiger Woods #1997

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Information courtesy: Cardboard Connection

Check out the latest value of these top 10 Tiger Woods Golf Cards at Beckett.com

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