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.
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 .
Depending on the player, production quantities and perceived
value, cards may be submitted for
to an independent "third" party. The higher the grade,
the morevaluable 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):
1989 Upper Deck #1
1996-97 Topps Chrome #138
Ken Griffey Jr. RC
Kobe Bryant RC
BGS 9.0 Mint
BGS 9.5 Gem Mint
BGS 10 Pristine
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.