Sports card collecting has been around for more than a century, and the reasons for collecting them have differed over the years. Some start collecting as a hobby, enjoyment, or just for fun, others buy them solely for investment purposes or to make profit.
Collecting cards prior to 1980s was a rather simple affair. One could easily buy most new sets or completing their collection with the older cards. However, the high prices these days have caused most people to buy only a limited set in a year; some collect only individual players’ cards.
Today card manufacturers such Topps, Upperdeck, Fleer, Playoff, and Donruss are most popular with card collecting enthusiasts.
Here’s a list of cards that are of interest to collectors:
1. Rookie Cards. These are the first and the most valuable card of a player. They have an “R” next to the player’s name. They appreciate much faster in value than other cards of the same player’s career. Again as with all other cards, factors like condition and scarcity of the card play an important role in determining its price.
2. Inserts. These are limited edition cards, and are sometimes autographed, or contain pieces of the player’s jerseys, bats, gloves, bases, and other sports equipment. An individual insert can sell for thousands of dollars.
3. Vintage cards. If you have the money, buy the vintage cards, especially those prior to 1980s. These are always in demand, and collecting enthusiast are willing to pay a much higher value for them.
4. Complete sets. Though it is difficult (and even expensive, especially for inserts) to get complete sets for new cards these days, many collectors actually started out by collecting complete sets; and many do so even now. Vintage card collectors like to get complete sets.
5. Unopened packs. The excitement of opening an unopened pack and being the first person to know “what’s inside” is quite overwhelming for collectors. New unopened packs often have inserts in them, and so their value can range be really low to very high. Vintage unopened packs from the 1950s or earlier can easily ask thousands of dollars.
6. Graded cards. These are much easier to sell and bring in higher value than the ufabet บอลออนไลน์ ungraded cards. Third party agencies, such as Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), establish the authenticity of the cards, and grade their condition on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the best, and finally seal the cards inside a tamper-proof holder (a process known as slabbing).