Baseball cards have been manufactured since the 1800’s and have touched
the hearts of millions of collecting enthusiasts young and old.
We'll let you in on a little secret, the key to this hobby is for you to
collect what YOU like! There are as many different types of baseball collectors as there are
types of baseball cards…which type are you? Some collectors take the hobby
very seriously and invest a lot of money and time on their prized baseball
card collections. Other collectors enjoy the hobby equally as much and
invest much less money and time.
love the hobby so much that they pursue a career in baseball cards! Whichever type
of collector you are we are sure that if you haven’t already, you will
soon discover that baseball card collecting is a hobby you can enjoy for
life. We happen to think that once you discover how fun it is to trade baseball
cards with other collectors, you'll really be hooked on the hobby! Baseball
card trading has been around as long as the cards and is a great way to
get rid of cards that you don’t want for cards that you do.
a valuable 2006
baseball card. What do you think? Was it a mistake or a
ploy to sell more cards?
We've put together a list
of sports card shops
that recommend our site.
Are you looking for information about
football card collecting? We've got that too,
although, once you understand the basics of collecting one sport
you'll pretty much have it for the others.
Where do you get the
Aside from trading baseball cards there are several other
ways to get the baseball cards that you want including:
These shops specialize in selling sports cards. There are many advantages
to hobby shops. Usually you will find an excellent selection of cards and
a knowledgeable shop owner to learn from. It’s also nice to see the cards
up close to get ideas about what you want to collect. Card shops get
“hobby” boxes and packs that often contain more and better baseball cards.
Another advantage of buying your cards from a hobby shop is that they will
often trade with you or buy cards back from you that you don’t want.
As of 2011 there will be only one company that makes baseball cards of
current MLB players: Topps
Stores like Kmart, Target and Walmart. These places can also have a pretty
good selection of cards. Keep in mind they may have packs with fewer cards
and less rare cards. However, sometimes there are some very rare baseball
cards that are primarily found in retail stores! Take for example this
years 2006 Topps set. The packs purchased at Wal Mart had a very valuable
card in it, card number 297 Alex Gordon currently sells for between
$2000-$4000. These packs were specifically made for Wal-Mart and are
called Wal-Mart exclusives. One down side to the retail stores is that they will not be interested in buying or
trading any cards with you.
Baseball Card Shows
Card shows can be a lot of fun. Groups of shop owners and baseball card
collectors get together to buy, sell, and trade cards. You can go just as
a customer or when you have a big enough collection you can get a table
and sell some of your cards. Check with your local hobby shop for the
shows nearest you. You can also locate baseball card shows in most good
sports card magazines. Beckett magazine lists all of the card shows by
State in the back of each monthly issue. You can search our list of
Baseball Card Shows.
Ebay and many other auction sites can be a good place to purchase cards, just make
sure you are familiar with how the auction process works. There are also
sites such as thepit.com where you can participate in a stock market type
of format, only the commodity is sports cards. Etopps.com is another
online card buying/selling tool that sells both digital and real cards.
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of online sports card shops. Naxcom.com is another
popular site to purchase sports cards. As with anything you buy via the Internet it’s good to at least know the
reputation of who you are buying from. You’ll also want to keep in mind
the shipping charges when buying your cards online.
Although the Internet has
provided baseball card collectors with seemingly unlimited access to buy
just about every baseball card imaginable, it's also provided an amazingly
effective tool for
baseball card trading enthusiasts.
The Current State Of Shipping
Baseball Cards When Trading On-line
There's been a wave of speculation
lately over the long-term viability of the U.S. Postal Service. Burdened
with debts of at least $10 billion, and facing operating losses of $200
billion over the next decade, the Post Office--which has been in business
since Benjamin Franklin helped to establish it in 1775--is clearly on the
ropes in the digital age. But its loss would be calamitous for those of us
who collect and trade sports cards as a hobby.
Most, if not all, baseball card collectors
start out as young kids with a passion. Usually it's for one sport or
another, but I remember once having trading cards for the first Star
Wars movie in the 1970s, and for Grease when it came out in
the theaters. These cards were, and still are, a way of keeping something
that matters to us--whatever it might be--close at hand.
As with any collectible item, though, we end up looking for
something new that we don't already have. We do this by trading things
that we already have (but don't want) for other things that we want (but
don't already have). And the Postal Service allows us to trade with others
from around the world.
The trading of sports cards, whether for fun or for profit,
depends on the availability of a post office. Shipping cards from one city
to another, via regular mail, can cost anywhere from a dollar or so, up to
more than $12.00 for a standard-sized box that holds 800 cards. These
things can become heavy when they're sent out in bulk.
In many cases, the monetary value of the cards being
shipped is equal to, or even less than, the postage that is needed to send
them out. And every card trader has horror stories about the package that
got lost after they sent it out, or the envelope that came open in
transit, or the disappointment they felt when a promised parcel never
arrived. But we generally chalk it up to experience and move on to the
next trade as quickly as possible.
Trading cards through the mail allows us to build our card
collections, but it serves another purpose, too. It offers the comfort of
knowing that the card collecting hobby extends beyond our immediate
surroundings, into places that are both near where we live and far, far
away. Card shops, especially, rely on the Postal Service to send their
goods out to collectors across the country and around the world. These
shops are already few and far between, and many of them would be forced
out of business without the services that the Postal Service provides.
Some collectors, who deal in valuable cards with a high
"book value," would use higher-priced services like Fed Ex, if they don't
already. They would find the peace of mind that a tracking number brings,
and revel in the reduced wait time brought about through the wonders of
overnight delivery. But other collectors--who already question if they
spend too much on postage costs--will just stop making trades if the
Postal Service ever goes away. And the hobby itself would be diminished as
All is not yet lost, but lasting solutions to this problem
need to be found, and soon.