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Collecting Ballcards as an Investment

Updated on February 1, 2015
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As a Boy Scout, Greg learned the value of collecting rare items. Coins are his favorite. Greg writes about coins and other collectibles...

Hobby and Investment

I have found that baseball and football card collecting can be both fun and profitable.

I am making this hub to show you how I take care of my cards, what kinds of cards I collect, and where to look for card values.

It is a great hobby for children. That is when I started.

Scroll down and learn more--I am also showing off some of my cards.

Rookie Cards

I would have to say that rookie cards are my favorite. Many rookie cards amount to nothing, but sometimes you hit that "gem". Usually a player that becomes real hot!

What can really add to a rookie card is if you have that persons autograph on it.

The rookie cards at the right are all mine. These cards have been going up in value every year.

You also have to watch the values because sometimes a player will "fall" off.

Here is an example the picture below is a Ryan Zimmerman rookie autograph card--I pulled one out of a pack that cost me $2.99.

I sold that card on E-bay for $245.00--The card below is for sale on E-bay for $25.00. I guess I sold on time!

Vintage Cards

Another good investment is vintage ballcards. I find you can find some great deals on these at garage sales and flea markets.

Many people don't realize what they have. Vintage cards usually gain value every year.

Game-Used Cards

Game-used cards can be really fun to collect. Most are jerseys but sometimes you will get a piece of a ball, or a glove; even a helmet!

The last paragraph will explain how to protect your cards--Keep in mind that you need bigger cases for game-used cards.

They are usually bigger and thicker.

Autographed Cards

My favorite of all: the autographed ballcards. These are true autographs, not reprints. They are usually numbered.

Autographed cards can really gain a lot of value.

The cards on the right are just a few of what I have.

I just hang on to them and let them gain value.

Protecting and Selling

The minute I pull a "good" card from a pack, I put the card in a flimsy sleeve and then I put it in a "toploader". It is a clear, hard plastic case that is just right for holding ball-cards. Remember that they make larger ones for game-used cards.

I usually sell the majority of my cards on E-bay. I keep track of the values by checking E-bay sales and Beckett. com

Hope you enjoyed this hub--Have fun collecting!

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2008 Greg Boudonck

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