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 Posted: Sun Dec 8th, 2019 06:28 pm
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Baseball card collecting is actually making a resurgence, believe it or not. I collected as a kid and stopped in the early 90s. 1987-1994 is known as the “junk wax” era. I received the Topps, Upper Deck, Fleer and Donruss factory sets for Christmas in 90, 91 and 92. They’re virtually worthless now.

I got back into collecting around the time I discovered eBay. Topps does a “throwback” set every year with current players using the Topps design from 50 years ago, so I try to collect that every year. It’s called Heritage. The quality of the cards is really nice now too. Very rarely are the cards off center, misfit, blurry, and of course there are no gum stains.

As for value, there are tons of parallels and variations to chase with the current cards. You really need to educate yourself on what the hell is out there. There is Topps, Topps Chrome, Topps Update, Chrome Update, Heritage, etc. The Mike Trout Rookie card from 2011 Topps Update is several thousand dollars. Some of the variation cards for Juan Soto and Ron Acuna from their 2018 Rookie years are insanely expensive.

Have fun with it. To me, collecting is kind of a pleasurable, passive hobby. I collect old White Sox and Bears cards and sometimes pick them up on eBay for a buck or two, and sellers send them in plain white envelopes. When I open mail in the evening, sometimes I’ll have three or four envelopes stacked up from the week and won’t remember what I purchased, so it’s a fun surprise. I probably spend more time reading about it and just surfing card sites than anything else. It keeps me out of trouble, so it’s all good.



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 Posted: Sun Dec 8th, 2019 06:31 pm
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One quick thing on PSA. There is a huge ass scandal currently. They’ve been accused basically of turning a blind eye to cards that have been tampered with and still grading them high. I guess there are sophisticated ways now to laser cut/trim or doctor old cards to make them look more minty. Some of the auction houses are in bed with dishonest sellers and PSA is linked too. It’s messy. Sometimes it’s better to chase raw cards with nice eye appeal for a cheaper price and not worry about having them graded.



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Heritage next year will be the 1971 Topps design with black borders, which is just an awesome design. Should be a fun one to watch.



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Great posts Blazer. So it seems like it may not be the best idea to live and die by the PSA grading. That will obviously save me a ton of money and as I said, I'm just looking to do it for a spot of fun.



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If you're just doing it for fun (which I do) and aren't "investing", just look for nicely centered cards without the grading. I was working on a 1960s Topps set for awhile and just went for "eye appeal". Don't worry about the PSA slab. You can do penny sleeve and a top loader to protect the cards.

Have a blast with it. It's relaxing and a nice hobby.

I kinda like the older cards to connect with my childhood, but its fun to chase the new cards too because you keep up with the current game. The Ronald Acuna Jr/Juan Soto chase for their 2018 Update cards is insane.

The hot new cards are Vlad Jr and Tatis.

Let me or Erick know if you have any questions along the way. Happy to help you out or give you opinions on certain cards if you're looking at buying.



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Speaking of recent cards, as I mentioned, I will just be doing New York Mets cards. The rookie Seaver and Ryan will be the costliest no matter what the condition. However, I'm wondering if the Pete Alonso will creep way up there. Or does he have to prove that 2019 wasn't a fluke and follow it up with a similar sophomore effort?



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WongLee wrote: Speaking of recent cards, as I mentioned, I will just be doing New York Mets cards. The rookie Seaver and Ryan will be the costliest no matter what the condition. However, I'm wondering if the Pete Alonso will creep way up there. Or does he have to prove that 2019 wasn't a fluke and follow it up with a similar sophomore effort?In the 1980's I sold a Ryan Rookie for 800 bucks. It had a crease in it but buyer did not care.



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In Canada the Hockey card biz is doing good and Tim Horton s and Canadian Tire have very popular series. Upper Deck has the only Licence for Hockey Cards.
Topps has a Hockey Sticker set this year.

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Surprised we haven't mentioned the "documentary" that's out on several streaming services, now-- "Jack of All Trades". It's about a former child voice-actor who is excited to sell all of his "vintage" crap from 1987 to 1990.

I say "documentary", because some parts seem staged and it becomes about a man-child's reunion with his worthless dad. The main man-child guy is extremely whiny and unlikable.

There is a somewhat eye-opening segment about the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey, Jr. card. Supposedly, PSA has graded more cards than Upper Deck's official print run. It's believed that Upper Deck produced entire sheets of just the Griffey card.

If you were into cards during the 87-94 boom period, then you'll probably get some enjoyment out of watching it.



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If you decide not the go the PSA route, Here are a few sites that may be able to help you out:

comc.com - make sure to make offers on any card you are interested in, if its reasonable, you can save some money. You can also make several purchases and combine them into one shipment for $4.00 no matter how many cards you want

sportslots.com - shipping is more expensive unless you purchase multiple cards from the same seller, but you can get common cards for $0.18 each

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tdoran70 wrote: If you decide not the go the PSA route, Here are a few sites that may be able to help you out:

comc.com - make sure to make offers on any card you are interested in, if its reasonable, you can save some money. You can also make several purchases and combine them into one shipment for $4.00 no matter how many cards you want

sportslots.com - shipping is more expensive unless you purchase multiple cards from the same seller, but you can get common cards for $0.18 each
That's awesome. Thanks for the tips. I've been combing e-bay and the PSA cards are all quite pricey. I've just looked at the Mets 1962 and 1963 season so far. I will definitely check out your recommendations.



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Stick to pre 1980 cards only.  The rest are completely a waste of time.  
Also, if you are looking to do this to make money at some point, then PSA is pretty much a requirement.  It is a pain in the ass and not cheap but it is hard to sell cards without their rating.  Again, pre-1980 only.  

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Ultimark wrote: Stick to pre 1980 cards only.  The rest are completely a waste of time.  
Also, if you are looking to do this to make money at some point, then PSA is pretty much a requirement.  It is a pain in the ass and not cheap but it is hard to sell cards without their rating.  Again, pre-1980 only. 
If I was in it to make money from everything I've read, it's definitely pre-1980 or bust. However, I'm just looking to collect a complete Mets set from 1962 to present.



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