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(CNN)   T206 Honus Wagner baseball card sells for $2.1 million. Your 1983 Topps #55 Mookie Wilson card is still only worth $0.39   (money.cnn.com) divider line 141
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2013-04-07 09:27:29 AM
But Don West said it was worth 1500 dollars book value!
 
2013-04-07 09:28:12 AM
Whatever happened to flipping for it.
 
2013-04-07 09:30:00 AM
When I was I found 3 tobacco cards under the wood floors in the attic of our house (house is 110 years old).. Completely worthless as rot and mice had their way with them over the years they were up there (god knows how long).. The bulk of the card was there, player still viewable, name still barely readable.. But simply worthless. Chunks missings, spots everywhere, corners gone. Was cool though as a kid.. Think I sold them for a garbage pail kids complete series.
 
2013-04-07 09:30:51 AM
$0.39? That's like a 200% ROI !
 
2013-04-07 09:31:56 AM

Abox: Whatever happened to flipping for it.


I remember flipping cards. no one does that any more.
 
2013-04-07 09:36:24 AM
At some point people have to use common sense and realize these are fake.

I can't believe this many are coming out now in near mint condition after 100 years and when the first one sold for 2.8 million
 
2013-04-07 09:38:59 AM
Diddy buys it for his kids bike.
 
2013-04-07 09:39:45 AM

smerfnablin: At some point people have to use common sense and realize these are fake.

I can't believe this many are coming out now in near mint condition after 100 years and when the first one sold for 2.8 million


No, Honus said it's real.
 
2013-04-07 09:42:02 AM
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You can keep your crappy Wagner card, this dickshot card is my Valkyrie.
 
2013-04-07 09:43:46 AM

styckx: When I was I found 3 tobacco cards under the wood floors in the attic of our house (house is 110 years old).. Completely worthless as rot and mice had their way with them over the years they were up there (god knows how long).. The bulk of the card was there, player still viewable, name still barely readable.. But simply worthless. Chunks missings, spots everywhere, corners gone. Was cool though as a kid.. Think I sold them for a garbage pail kids complete series.


The person you sold them to probably turned around and sold them to a collector for a very nice piece of change. Even if they are rotting, chewed up and falling apart, cards from the early 1900's and before are still worth a nice deal of money.
 
2013-04-07 09:44:26 AM
I know the book says it's worth $0.39, but the picture is a little off center and the market is really, really tough lately. It's probably going to sit in the shop for a year and I'll end up taking the first $0.20 offer. I can give you $0.05.
 
2013-04-07 09:45:48 AM
Holding on to my "Heros of America - Desert Shield - Stormin' Norman Schwarzkoph" just in case..

By the way, anyone want to buy a Heros of America - Desert Shield - Stormin' Norman Schwarkoph card?
 
2013-04-07 09:47:22 AM

styckx: When I was I found 3 tobacco cards under the wood floors in the attic of our house (house is 110 years old).. Completely worthless as rot and mice had their way with them over the years they were up there (god knows how long).. The bulk of the card was there, player still viewable, name still barely readable.. But simply worthless. Chunks missings, spots everywhere, corners gone. Was cool though as a kid.. Think I sold them for a garbage pail kids complete series.


You might be surprised what they are worth, even in that condition. Check Ebay for low-graded tobacco cards. I'd do it myself but I'm too goddamn lazy.
 
2013-04-07 09:48:49 AM
I need to see what my baseball card collection is worth, I know it was worth quite a bit before the bottom fell out of the market during the 90s player strike. Most if not all of the players from the 80s and early 90s are retired now.

Also I have some like 50s/60s cards that was dads when he was a kid, I know some of those are worth money.
 
2013-04-07 09:51:26 AM
I have a friend who specializes in sports memorabilia and he says it's worth less than half that. There just isn't a big demand for baseball cards right now. I can offer you $50, but that's as high as I go.
 
2013-04-07 09:52:31 AM
In before Billy Ripken card post
 
2013-04-07 09:53:59 AM
Found it..
www.hometownflashback.com
 
2013-04-07 09:55:24 AM

ongbok: styckx: When I was I found 3 tobacco cards under the wood floors in the attic of our house (house is 110 years old).. Completely worthless as rot and mice had their way with them over the years they were up there (god knows how long).. The bulk of the card was there, player still viewable, name still barely readable.. But simply worthless. Chunks missings, spots everywhere, corners gone. Was cool though as a kid.. Think I sold them for a garbage pail kids complete series.

The person you sold them to probably turned around and sold them to a collector for a very nice piece of change. Even if they are rotting, chewed up and falling apart, cards from the early 1900's and before are still worth a nice deal of money.


Yeah, but Garbage Pail Kids are appreciating faster. A complete set, man!
 
2013-04-07 09:55:46 AM

DubyaHater: I have a friend who specializes in sports memorabilia and he says it's worth less than half that. There just isn't a big demand for baseball cards right now. I can offer you $50, but that's as high as I go.


yodale.org

Rick, is that you?
 
2013-04-07 09:57:31 AM
ongbok: DubyaHater: I have a friend who specializes in sports memorabilia and he says it's worth less than half that. There just isn't a big demand for baseball cards right now. I can offer you $50, but that's as high as I go.

[yodale.org image 760x1024]

Rick, is that you?


$50? $40 sounds better.
 
2013-04-07 09:58:33 AM
I can only give you $225 for it....I've got employees to pay and it's gonna sit around for quite awhile...
yodale.org
 
2013-04-07 10:04:51 AM
I've got a Joe Shlabotnik card.
 
2013-04-07 10:10:25 AM

styckx: When I was I found 3 tobacco cards


When were you not?
 
2013-04-07 10:11:22 AM
T206?

I just KNEW he was an android.
 
2013-04-07 10:14:06 AM

Oldiron_79: I need to see what my baseball card collection is worth, I know it was worth quite a bit before the bottom fell out of the market during the 90s player strike. Most if not all of the players from the 80s and early 90s are retired now.

Also I have some like 50s/60s cards that was dads when he was a kid, I know some of those are worth money.


Most cards in the 80s and 90s aren't worth crap, unfortunately. I have a bunch in my parents house.
 
2013-04-07 10:17:48 AM

smerfnablin: At some point people have to use common sense and realize these are fake.

I can't believe this many are coming out now in near mint condition after 100 years and when the first one sold for 2.8 million


This particular one has provenance so they can be pretty sure its real.  It may have also been submitted to paper testing.
 
2013-04-07 10:20:08 AM
machoprogrammer: Oldiron_79: I need to see what my baseball card collection is worth, I know it was worth quite a bit before the bottom fell out of the market during the 90s player strike. Most if not all of the players from the 80s and early 90s are retired now.

Also I have some like 50s/60s cards that was dads when he was a kid, I know some of those are worth money.

Most cards in the 80s and 90s aren't worth crap, unfortunately. I have a bunch in my parents house.


Well average Joe Schmuck cards from the '80s aren't worth money, I'm pretty sure that like a Barry Bonds Rookie card is worth some money,
 
2013-04-07 10:21:12 AM
My great-great-grandfather worked for the American Tobacco Company.  We recently sold the house that had been in the family for generations.  Cleaning out the attic I found a box marked "Recalled Honus Wager Cards".  It looks like there's about a thousand or so in mint state, right-off-the-printing press.  I wonder if this new supply source is going to affect the demand and/or auction prices?
 
2013-04-07 10:22:06 AM
One of my former project managers was a transplant from NY. His dad used to work for Topps and would bring home cards for his kids. They would glue the cards into bricks and use them to build forts for their army guys. This was in the 50s where some of the cards would be worth $50k today.
 
2013-04-07 10:33:22 AM
Reminds me when I was a kid waking up xmas morning. A pack of 86 donruss cards in my stocking. I opened it and right on top was a rated rookie jose canseco. I wish I sold that farking thing the very next day.
 
2013-04-07 10:37:32 AM

Oldiron_79: machoprogrammer: Oldiron_79: I need to see what my baseball card collection is worth, I know it was worth quite a bit before the bottom fell out of the market during the 90s player strike. Most if not all of the players from the 80s and early 90s are retired now.

Also I have some like 50s/60s cards that was dads when he was a kid, I know some of those are worth money.

Most cards in the 80s and 90s aren't worth crap, unfortunately. I have a bunch in my parents house.

Well average Joe Schmuck cards from the '80s aren't worth money, I'm pretty sure that like a Barry Bonds Rookie card is worth some money,


A few bucks, 5 to 10 probably. Problem is, everybody at that age had a Barry Bonds rookie card. And nobody throws them out because of all the stories about Dad's Mickey Mantle rookie that his mom threw out that would be worth 50k if only he still had it, so a million of them are still around. I still have a couple somewhere.
 
2013-04-07 10:37:44 AM
The most expensive one I ever had was a '89 Ken Griffey Jr Upper Deck card.  I collected when I was a kid in the '80s.  My favorite player back then was Roger Clemens, I bet I had 50 of his early cards.  I guess I picked the wrong horse to hitch that wagon too.

/Upper Deck was the shiat back in the day.
 
2013-04-07 10:38:02 AM

Giltric: One of my former project managers was a transplant from NY. His dad used to work for Topps and would bring home cards for his kids. They would glue the cards into bricks and use them to build forts for their army guys. This was in the 50s where some of the cards would be worth $50k today.


And there's tens of thousands of stories like that, which is why, when combined with the lower print runs, the cards are worth so much.  Upper Deck really did stand the industry on its head, but when the market became collector-oriented it killed itself with its own bubble.

/collected football cards religiously from 1987 until sometime in 1993, I got priced out of the hobby as a kid
//gonna start finding one relatively inexpensive set a year and putting it together through packs.  Probably the Topps base set.
 
2013-04-07 10:39:11 AM

Oldiron_79: machoprogrammer: Oldiron_79: I need to see what my baseball card collection is worth, I know it was worth quite a bit before the bottom fell out of the market during the 90s player strike. Most if not all of the players from the 80s and early 90s are retired now.

Also I have some like 50s/60s cards that was dads when he was a kid, I know some of those are worth money.

Most cards in the 80s and 90s aren't worth crap, unfortunately. I have a bunch in my parents house.

Well average Joe Schmuck cards from the '80s aren't worth money, I'm pretty sure that like a Barry Bonds Rookie card is worth some money,


not all that much value: http://tonsofcards.com/Cart/CardView/f 8189382-ff34-e211-8c93-005056c00 008
 
2013-04-07 10:41:04 AM

GoldDude: My great-great-grandfather worked for the American Tobacco Company.  We recently sold the house that had been in the family for generations.  Cleaning out the attic I found a box marked "Recalled Honus Wager Cards".  It looks like there's about a thousand or so in mint state, right-off-the-printing press.  I wonder if this new supply source is going to affect the demand and/or auction prices?


Assuming you are telling the truth, that would be the biggest news in the collecting world possibly ever. And you would be a very rich person.

Oldiron_79: machoprogrammer: Oldiron_79: I need to see what my baseball card collection is worth, I know it was worth quite a bit before the bottom fell out of the market during the 90s player strike. Most if not all of the players from the 80s and early 90s are retired now.

Also I have some like 50s/60s cards that was dads when he was a kid, I know some of those are worth money.

Most cards in the 80s and 90s aren't worth crap, unfortunately. I have a bunch in my parents house.

Well average Joe Schmuck cards from the '80s aren't worth money, I'm pretty sure that like a Barry Bonds Rookie card is worth some money,


Nope. cards in the 80s and 90s, for the most part, were printed in gigantic quantities. There are a few exceptions, but most cards in the 80s and 90s aren't worth the cardboard they are printed on (there are "rare" versions of rookie cards of guys like Ripken, Clemens, etc that sell for a decent amount, but even most of their rookie cards sell for under $50). Bonds rookie card sells for at most $15, and that is if graded as perfect (getting the card graded alone costs about that, ironically).
 
2013-04-07 10:43:27 AM

Oldiron_79: machoprogrammer: Oldiron_79: I need to see what my baseball card collection is worth, I know it was worth quite a bit before the bottom fell out of the market during the 90s player strike. Most if not all of the players from the 80s and early 90s are retired now.

Also I have some like 50s/60s cards that was dads when he was a kid, I know some of those are worth money.

Most cards in the 80s and 90s aren't worth crap, unfortunately. I have a bunch in my parents house.

Well average Joe Schmuck cards from the '80s aren't worth money, I'm pretty sure that like a Barry Bonds Rookie card is worth some money,


It depends on what company they are from. If it is Topps or Donross, they aren't worth much because those cards were over produced and aren't very rare, exception being if they are from special sets. On the other hand if you have a Bowman, Fleer card or an Opeechee card there wasn't as many of those produced so they are rarer and worth more.
 
2013-04-07 10:47:19 AM

puppetmaster745: styckx: When I was I found 3 tobacco cards under the wood floors in the attic of our house (house is 110 years old).. Completely worthless as rot and mice had their way with them over the years they were up there (god knows how long).. The bulk of the card was there, player still viewable, name still barely readable.. But simply worthless. Chunks missings, spots everywhere, corners gone. Was cool though as a kid.. Think I sold them for a garbage pail kids complete series.

You might be surprised what they are worth, even in that condition. Check Ebay for low-graded tobacco cards. I'd do it myself but I'm too goddamn lazy.


I looked out of curiosity.  Most are offered from 10-50 bucks and look better than what he described.


Then there is this:



I found this Honus Wagner card while raking leaves under the porch.

Bid is $20 dollars so far. Have at it.
 
2013-04-07 10:49:15 AM
Third Leg: Oldiron_79: machoprogrammer: Oldiron_79: I need to see what my baseball card collection is worth, I know it was worth quite a bit before the bottom fell out of the market during the 90s player strike. Most if not all of the players from the 80s and early 90s are retired now.

Also I have some like 50s/60s cards that was dads when he was a kid, I know some of those are worth money.

Most cards in the 80s and 90s aren't worth crap, unfortunately. I have a bunch in my parents house.

Well average Joe Schmuck cards from the '80s aren't worth money, I'm pretty sure that like a Barry Bonds Rookie card is worth some money,

A few bucks, 5 to 10 probably. Problem is, everybody at that age had a Barry Bonds rookie card. And nobody throws them out because of all the stories about Dad's Mickey Mantle rookie that his mom threw out that would be worth 50k if only he still had it, so a million of them are still around. I still have a couple somewhere.


Well I have a few older like '50s/'60s cards that was dad's. None of them is like Micky Mantle Rookie rare, but I do have a signed Willie Mays and a signed Pete Rose (not like a rookie card for either, but a playing era card for both)
 
2013-04-07 10:54:16 AM

Deep Contact: smerfnablin: At some point people have to use common sense and realize these are fake.

I can't believe this many are coming out now in near mint condition after 100 years and when the first one sold for 2.8 million

No, Honus said it's real.


Google "The Card". I believe it was a New York Post article that went into details on how that card was trimmed, most if not all of the auction house members were or are facing federal charges, the PSA "grader" openly admitted that he juiced the grade because "it was such a beautiful card". Crazy shiat.
 
2013-04-07 10:57:40 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com
Better than money!
 
2013-04-07 11:02:52 AM
You can also thank Ebay for flooding the market with cards and lowering their value. Whatever happened to Renata Galasso anyway?
 
2013-04-07 11:03:51 AM
When I was a kid, we all knew that Mark McGwire was the next Mickey Mantle, and in a few decades those cards of his we got out of 1 dollar wax packs would be worth 50k. The problem was that all our friends knew it too so they didn't use them as noise makers in their bicycle spokes, Topps churned those things out as fast as they could cut down trees for the cardboard, and Mark McGwire didn't, in fact, end up being the next Mickey Mantle.

/geez I wonder how much my collection of miniature plastic vending machine helmets is worth these days? I traded Gary a Bengals and a Seahawks helmet for a 49ers one and that's super rare! Only 3 or 4 kids in my class had one!
 
2013-04-07 11:11:46 AM

MatrixOutsider: You can also thank Ebay for flooding the market with cards and lowering their value. Whatever happened to Renata Galasso anyway?


The market died even before that. Back in the day it was kids buying the cards, trading with each other to get cards to complete their sets, and playing all types of games with the cards that destroyed most of them. Between that and parents throwing out cards, not a lot survived and they were rare and collectable. Then in the 90's companies decided to cash in on this market and started producing premium card sets. These sets priced the kids out of the card market, and the buyers of cards went from kids that would destroy most of the cards to adults that bought cards, encased them in plastic and stored them. So now there really aren't anymore rare cards from probably 1990 on, even the cards that were purposely printed in limited quantities to create a rarity aren't rare because adults bought them all and stored them away.
 
2013-04-07 11:17:48 AM

MatrixOutsider: You can also thank Ebay Topps for flooding the market with cards and lowering their value. Whatever happened to Renata Galasso anyway?


FTFY.

The problem isn't eBay, the problem is that every card from the 80's and 90's were heavily mass produced compared to older cards. This, combined with everybody being aware of their potential value and holding onto them, has meant a gluttony of cards from that era have survived in mint condition.
 
2013-04-07 11:23:33 AM
So my daughters' old Pogs aren't sh*t?
 
2013-04-07 11:25:02 AM
Can you believe the guy at the Bugatti dealership turned up his nose at my offer of TWO boxes of Beanie Babies?
 
2013-04-07 11:29:09 AM
What about my Star Trek the Next Generation CCG cards? How much are those worth? I have thousands of them in a box somewhere.

/nerd
 
2013-04-07 11:29:36 AM

For those of you who are/were into the hobby, check out 'Card Sharks: How Upper Deck Turned a Child's Hobby into a High-Stakes, Billion-Dollar Business'.

Written in 1995 so some may find it dated, but it features lots of fascinating back stories/anecdotes.


Link
 
2013-04-07 11:32:16 AM

puppetmaster745: styckx: When I was I found 3 tobacco cards under the wood floors in the attic of our house (house is 110 years old).. Completely worthless as rot and mice had their way with them over the years they were up there (god knows how long).. The bulk of the card was there, player still viewable, name still barely readable.. But simply worthless. Chunks missings, spots everywhere, corners gone. Was cool though as a kid.. Think I sold them for a garbage pail kids complete series.

You might be surprised what they are worth, even in that condition. Check Ebay for low-graded tobacco cards. I'd do it myself but I'm too goddamn lazy.


Yeah.. Only $10-$60 or so and mine looked nothing like the ones selling on Ebay.
 
2013-04-07 11:36:02 AM

John Buck 41: For those of you who are/were into the hobby, check out 'Card Sharks: How Upper Deck Turned a Child's Hobby into a High-Stakes, Billion-Dollar Business'.

Written in 1995 so some may find it dated, but it features lots of fascinating back stories/anecdotes.
Link


When I was a kid, it was all about the "errors".  We were all sure that our shiatty ass Nolan Ryan card was the error one worth fifteen bucks. And we were always scrutinizing our cards to find an error no one had noticed. At some point in the nineties, the card companies figured out it was easier to just make limited run cards with a piece of sweaty jersey in it and sell them directly to adults who hadn't let go of their dream of making it big with sports cards.
 
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