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How To Buy Baseball Cards As Investments

Updated on May 16, 2012

In the economy of today there are no sure or certain things left in terms of making sound investments, but for a wise and knowledgeable speculator using baseball cards as investments can prove to be a profitable strategy. For the small-time investor, the normal avenues of making a modest profit from certificates of deposit and banking account interest are long gone and these days the monies earned on those are hardly keeping up with the inflation rate. So what does the "little guy" look to in creating sound investments with little capital upfront? Well, baseball cards are a good place to start - that is if the investor has the desire to perform a bit of research and possesses a few hundred dollars of venture capital.

In today's world of baseball card collecting there are literally hundreds of card sets that can make even a professional collector scramble in keeping up with the latest sets and card values. Some individuals that buy baseball cards as investments simply purchase an entire set of cards which can easily cost upwards of $100 each. The logic in doing this is that someday either the entire set will elevate in value or that there will be at least one or more rookie cards of a Hall of Fame player that will take an astronomical jump in value. Other collectors purchase a variety of packs of ten or so cards each in the hopes of obtaining a rare insert card, or stumble upon a sought after rookie card. For those with limited resources neither of these options will work because for every valuable card acquired you end up with 200 or more "junk" cards worth only a penny or two each.

The smart way to buy baseball cards as investments is to do your homework and become a speculator rather than throw money around and hope for the best. The intelligent way to accomplish this is to research the cards you hope to buy, find as many vendors that offer these cards at a reasonable price as is possible and buy in number when possible. Attend flea markets, garage sales and any other destination that may have baseball cards for sale cheaply - buy low and put the cards away until the price increases.

Vintage baseball cards from the 1940's to 1970 are very desirable as investments but are extremely tough to find for reasonable prices. As a baseball card speculator the easiest path to success is to purchase recent rookie cards of young players on the rise to stardom. This is where good research comes into play - the criteria should be that a player is still young enough to have a long time to play in the major leagues, has a reasonable amount of talent that can be nurtured to achieve stardom, and most importantly that the baseball cards can be bought at reasonable price. Buying 100 cards of a player that fits these for a price of 10 cents each is a gamble of $10, but if it pays off these rookie cards could be worth well over $1,000 in ten years or less. True, it's a gamble but it represents an outstanding return on investment if played properly.

Lastly, to buy baseball cards as investments it is extremely important to purchase only cards that in near perfect condition - a small ding on a card corner that can barely be seen can reduce a baseball card's value by as much as 95%.

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