How to Sell Baseball Cards

Overview
As with anything else, selling baseball cards means accomplishing two things: setting a value and finding a buyer. The special challenge when it comes to baseball cards is the constantly shifting nature of the market. Unlike the markets for most consumer products, the baseball card market fluctuates like a commodities market, with day-to-day events causing ripples that can change the value of a card overnight. If a pitcher throws a perfect game, his card will be "hot" and sell for more money for a brief period. If a player is identified as a drug user, the value of his card may plummet.
Step 1
Check the latest edition of the "Becket Baseball Card Price Guide" for the book value of your card or cards. Note that you will quite likely get less for your card than this amount, but it's a good point of reference.
Step 2
Search eBay and Craigsist for other examples of your card or card on sale, paying close attention to ones in the same condition as your own. Be sure to search eBay's completed auctions as well as the ones currently under way to get a more complete look at the market for your card.
Step 3
Choose your approach. Selling a single card is a lot easier than selling a set or collection. Placing a highly sought-after card inside a collection of lower-value cards is a time-honored way of getting rid of cards you don't want and can possibly make your card more attractive than others on the market.

Selling your cards individually will likely get you more money in the end. However, this will take longer and you could, in the end, be left with some cards that have almost no value. Selling your collection as a set or in several large sets will likely earn you a faster sale with less work, but less money overall.

Step 4
List your cards on eBay and Craigslist. Consider specialty sites such as baseballcardsclassifieds.com and sportsbuy.com. These sites have less traffic overall than sites like eBay, but may have more people looking for your specific cards.
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tip
Don't sell your cards at a card shop unless you really want or need quick cash. These stores will almost always pay less than individual buyers and collectors.
tips
Don't sell your cards at a card shop unless you really want or need quick cash. These stores will almost always pay less than individual buyers and collectors.
warning
Many people are disappointed by the amount of money they get when selling their cards. Remember, it's a hobby -- not something the average collector can do successfully for profit.
warnings
Many people are disappointed by the amount of money they get when selling their cards. Remember, it's a hobby -- not something the average collector can do successfully for profit.
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Resources
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How Much Are My Baseball Cards Worth?
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Card Pricer