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Sports Card/Collectible Values

Sports cards and sport card memorabilia perceived values are mainly dependent upon supply and demand. This applies to Baseball card values, Basketball card values, Football card values etc. However, supply is a big variable. For example, at the beginning of a product's release period, there is limited supply as very little product is opened and prices may be high for a "hot" player. Normally, as an increase in quantity gets in to the marketplace, the price will stabilize. If the number of sellers exceeds the number of buyers, the result is card values may decline. Future card values of Rookies is impacted by selection to the Hall of Fame. Also, since Graded Cards are much more limited (lower supply), their value is usually higher.

Over time, publications such as Tuff Stuff (Baseball card prices, Basketball card Prices, Football card prices, Hockey card prices, Entertainment card prices and, Figurine prices and Collectible prices) may recommend "buy", "hold" and "sell" actions and prices. Ultimately, competition or demand in the marketplace is what determines the value of the sports cards sale and/or purchase.  Both companies publish price guides and Beckett has a sports card guide online.  Also, see  Vintage Card Prices .

Recently, a company has initiated a Beckett Certified Appraisal program.

               Tuff Stuff Online Sports Card Price Guide Archive

Autograph  Prices  (Scroll for the Various Sports) Click Here
Baseball Card Prices Click Here
Basketball Card Prices Click Here
Football Card Prices Click Here
Golf Card Prices Click Here
Hockey Card Prices Click Here
Racing Card Prices Click Here
Boxing Card Price Guide Click Here
Bobbing Heads (Bobbers) Prices Click Here
Sports and Action Figures/Figurines (Starting Lineups and McFarlane's) Prices Click Here
Entertainment Card Price Guide Click Here
Limited-Edition Collectible Prices (Bradford, Costello, Danbury Mint, Gartlan, Hackett American Plates, Hallmark, Hartland, Highland Mint, Memory Co., Romito, Salvino  Sports Impressions etc.) Click Here

Depending on the player, production quantities and perceived value, cards may be submitted for Grading to an independent "third" party. The higher the grade, the more valuable the card.
For example, a key rookie card #1 for Ken Griffey Jr. is his 1989 Upper Deck card.  A key rookie card #138 of Kobe Bryant is his 1996-97 Topps Chrome card.   According to the 2012 Beckett GRADED CARD Price Guide 2nd Edition, below are prices listed (except BGS 10 for Kobe Bryant):

Card 1989 Upper Deck  #1 1996-97 Topps Chrome #138
Player Ken Griffey Jr. RC Kobe Bryant RC
BGS 8.5 $50 $250
BGS 9.0 Mint $80 $350
BGS 9.5 Gem Mint $300 $600
BGS 10 Pristine $1400 $1600*
*Sold for on Beckett MarketPlace in April 2008

Why should someone buy Graded Cards? Trimming and counterfeiting are problems that face the hobby.  Graded cards,  from the reputable companies, are a wise investment. 

Many of our cards are Graded by the various manufacturers.  We offer some of the best prices on Graded Sports Cards on the Internet.

Note: The above presentation is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any cards for investment. It is provided to assist readers in understanding the card market dynamics.