If you are planning on selling baseball cards, there are several factors that you should be aware of before you start. Below we offer some tips for your evaluation that will help you get started. This way, you will be prepared when you head out to sell.
The first thing to be aware of is the original inherent value of the card. Using a baseball price guide, you can get the most current price based on the condition of the card. Once known, you can also compare this price to that which others are selling it for. You can easily do this online, going to different selling sites and getting prices, or you can visit local hobby stores and see what they have a similar card in the same condition going for.
If you plan to sell it yourself, online is a wonderful choice for ease of selling, wider audience, and options to sell it for a set price or in an auction. Be honest and give a full description of the item and its condition so that others know exactly what they are purchasing. Also, consider pricing it slightly lower than planned, as this will draw in bidders quickly. You can also put the card in an auction that your local hobby store will sometimes do for collectors, or can put it with the dealer for a consignment sale. In both cases, the dealer will take a small portion of the final sale price and you get the remainder of the proceeds from the sale.
One other option is to sell them directly to stores that specialize in sports cards. These shops will know more about what they are buying, and you may or may not get more than you originally paid for the card. This is why it is crucial to do your research on the card before you sell it so that you will have a marker for how much you want to make in profit. Being prepared can also prevent someone from trying to swindle you by offering much less than the card is actually worth.
By doing research on the card's value, comparing what other's are selling it for, and knowing your options to sell your card you can make more of a profit. The tips offered above for your evaluation are a good place to begin, and will aid you in successfully selling your baseball cards.