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Posted: 4/4/2012 3:36:59 AM
Hey fellas, how goes it.     So I have a bunch of cards that Im kind of looking to get rid of.  Im wondering what my best option is.  Im definitely willing to sacrifice some revenue for convenience.  We are not talking about high priced cards here because I got rid of every card over $100 a while ago and the ones I have left are keepers and not on the shelf.  Basically its a bunch of $3-5  cards (average, but do have some good ones).  Yea its nothing, I know.  But Im currently just sorting them by player.  If I can get like 100 clemens together that are decent then Im hoping to get like $20 or something, i dont know, been away from the market for 10 years.

Anyway Im just wondering if anyone has any suggestions or wisdom they would share.  It would be appreciated

By the way its mostly baseball and basketball,  a few football


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Posted: 4/4/2012 6:32:40 AM
Cards are tough to sell, even though they're supposedly worth what the book says, they're really only worth what someone is willing to pay.

In addition, unless it's a rookie card, or specialty card, most collectors aren't as interested.

You'd be better off using them to light your barbecue grill, summers almost here.
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Posted: 4/4/2012 6:42:10 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by Fishscale:

Cards are tough to sell, even though they're supposedly worth what the book says, they're really only worth what someone is willing to pay.

In addition, unless it's a rookie card, or specialty card, most collectors aren't as interested.

You'd be better off using them to light your barbecue grill, summers almost here.


I understand that the sports card market is very low right now.  There is always money to be made, even if it is a small amount.  I never said I was in the market to buy.   Thanks for the input though.
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Posted: 4/4/2012 7:20:04 AM
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Originally Posted by UNDERD0GG:



I understand that the sports card market is very low right now.  There is always money to be made, even if it is a small amount.  I never said I was in the market to buy.   Thanks for the input though.

That was his point, no one is in the market to buy $3-5 cards like you say you have.  I don't really see any store, or individual collector, wanting 100 Roger Clemens (or anyone else for that matter) cards.  You can't display them, they are going to sit in a box in their closet, they are basically worthless

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Posted: 4/4/2012 7:53:45 AM
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Posted: 4/4/2012 8:19:32 AM
I buy and sell cards all the time and other sports memorabilia, Ebay or amazon would be your best bet especially if you have any auto's or serial numbered cards, some ppl get on there and just those kinds of cards and they don't seem to care who it is, they just see auto or serial #'d and fire away. My suggestion would be to just bundle all the cards you wanna get rid of and sell them as a lot on ebay, put some of the auto's and serial #'d cards in the description but not all of them, let the buyer feel some mystery about it ya know, should fetch you a little higher profit.
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Posted: 4/4/2012 9:27:54 AM

EBay

Suicidekings51 nailed it

You can sell anything there if your not too concerned with the return. There's a collector for everything out there.

To a lesser degree you could try the beckett site, apparently you can sell on there now

I'm in the same boat and about to unload everything on Ebay for pennies to the dollar. Just get rid of everything. Might I also suggest pictures, people need to see what they are bidding on.

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Posted: 4/4/2012 10:02:44 AM
Amp,thanks for the opinion. I understand the market is bad right now but I do see someone wanting to buy.  It may be in bulk or by player but trust me they will sell.  Again Im looking to unload at a huge discount because I know.  Worthless???  lol yea ok.   They arent worth garbage but not quite worthless

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Posted: 4/4/2012 10:03:40 AM
Joker25, thanks bro, that is what I was leaning toward
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Posted: 4/4/2012 10:07:54 AM
suicideking51, thanks for chiming in.

I like your idea of selling them as a lot.

Do you mind if I private mssg you and ask you a few questions about selling?
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Posted: 4/4/2012 10:11:04 AM
DaThunder84, thanks dude.
Youre right on the picture aspect.  Since none of my cards are graded  I absolutely have to have pics on the page.  Do you buy/sell Thunder?
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Posted: 4/4/2012 10:27:48 AM
I have several Who's Who in Baseball guides that I just found which may be worth a little bit.  I have 1950 through 1960.   I will have to do some research on these...
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Posted: 4/4/2012 12:00:26 PM
Ebay is almost dead for Sports cards right now and the fees are outrageous. You could also sell lots of cards on Craigslist and try to find local buyers, or sell them at a garage sale or flea market, then you can get rid of other stuff you don't need or want also. You'll get a better price than Ebay too...
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Posted: 4/4/2012 2:49:25 PM
If you have a decent income and itemize your taxes, donate them and take the tax write-off. I do it annually.
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Posted: 4/4/2012 2:50:15 PM
Why not sell them as a 'mystery' lot?  I remember back in the day, watching the Shop at Home network sell these mystery lots of cards- they would show maybe 5-6 of the cards to demonstrate the value of the lot.  People's imaginations run wild, and you might be able to make a few bucks.
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Posted: 4/4/2012 3:02:40 PM
I have a huge collection.. close to a hundred thousand invested... majority of it all old... but the sports card market, like most, has gone to hell in a handbag, so rather than selling them for a little of nothing, i decided to save them and pass them on to my son, who is 21...so by the time he is an old man, maybe they will be worth something and will benefit him and his family one day.... best of luck to you  
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Posted: 4/4/2012 4:02:06 PM

Gonna go with posts #13 and #16 here...they are your "best" options.

Ebay is the obvious, but unless you're looking to do one (or a few) very large lot...the fees are going to damper any real profit, making it pointless to do all the work.  Selling a large box would be great, but then the postage rises sharply...and some of those same "prospective buyers" will run when they see a large shipping fee.  It's a REAL expense, but people don't want to take it on... Just google ebay fees to see a better idea of what you'll face.  I believe it's in the neighborhood of 12% of your sales, plus an additional fee when you paid.

Craigslist is the next best thing.  It's completely free to list, you probably get paid in cash, and you don't have to ship a thing!  It will cut down on the amount of attention you would attract on ebay, but if you can get someone ELSE to go through all the work of sorting/re-selling/etc, you have already won.  Just remember to keep your asking price realistic...you would probably want to ask a little cheaper than if using ebay, since you don't have any fees bogging you down. 

Otherwise, you go route 'B' and just keep them hidden away.  Whether to pass along, or try to sell down the road as 'vintage'.  Good luck!

 

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Posted: 4/4/2012 9:49:41 PM

the fees for selling on ebay will kill you. your best bet is to find and sell to a local dealer. check for hobby shops or comic book stores. they usually sell cards too

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Posted: 4/4/2012 10:48:10 PM
Craigslist seems to be the best route for buying and selling. Buying is especially good on there right now because people are desperate for cash in many instances, and they are parting with a lot of good cards.
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Posted: 4/5/2012 8:36:20 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by UNDERD0GG:

suicideking51, thanks for chiming in.

I like your idea of selling them as a lot.

Do you mind if I private mssg you and ask you a few questions about selling?
 Nah man I don't mind at all
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Posted: 4/5/2012 1:49:33 PM
i'll give you $10 for the lot
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Posted: 4/5/2012 10:01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by esplanade:

If you have a decent income and itemize your taxes, donate them and take the tax write-off. I do it annually.

Until you get audited and have to prove the cards are worth what you deducted.

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Posted: 4/5/2012 10:18:31 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by TRAIN69:

Until you get audited and have to prove the cards are worth what you deducted.



Have been audited several times. Never a problem. Values come from Beckett.



It would be nice if more people around here knew what...............
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Posted: 4/5/2012 10:55:04 PM
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Have been audited several times. Never a problem. Values come from Beckett.



It would be nice if more people around here knew what...............

Wow. You can deduct "fair market value", which is NOT listed in Beckett.....

Just because you get away with it doesnt make it legit.

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Posted: 4/5/2012 11:07:35 PM
You should stop while you're behind, as you've tripped upon yet ANOTHER area where you know very little or less.

When the IRS conducts an audit and doesn't question the deduction, it pretty much makes it legit. But I'm sure you are far more of an authority on FMV than Beckett, right??




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