When I am not busy teaching, coaching(I am done now...forever...hooray!) or writing books(Beyond Bartman Curses and Goats:104 Reasons Why Its Been 104 Years available on Amazon)...I buy and sell sports collectibles on Ebay. I am also a member of PSA authentication services, so I would consider myself to be somewhat of an expert (or at least I have expert resources).
When it comes to sports collectibles(cards and autographs), people tend to always think they have something very valuable...and sometimes they do....but alas just as often it's a whole lot of ...crap. Sports collecting is also extremely condition sensitive...hence that is why grading has become such an issue. Grading is a good thing for the collector, dealers used to be able to knock down the condition of your card, buy it from you, and then turn around and sell it in "good" condition. Here are some examples:
Let's say you are an old guy like me, and in 1975 you pulled a George Brett rookie card out of a pack of Topps. Take a look at the difference in grading values
PSA GRADE NM 7 NM-MT 8 MT 9 GEM- MT 10
1975 BRETT $45 $125 $600 $9000
For you young guys, this may have been your collecting Holy Grail:
1989 Upper Deck Griffey $20 $30 $50 $250
ahhh...just for fun
1954 Hank Aaron Rookie $1875 $4900 $20,000 $357,000 (2012 auction)
Why am I writing about this? If any of you are interested in finding out a potential value for your collectibles, I would love to answer your questions. Without seeing the condition of the card, I obviously can't tell you an exact amount...but I can tell you if it's worth getting graded...
and I can definitely tell you if you have crap...or potential cash
and if you are wondering how accurate these book prices are...just depends on the market on Ebay. I recently sold a PSA 5 1956 Willie Mays that books at $175, and I received $173.48. A Barry Larkin PSA 9 Rookie $18, I sold for 7.50.
@OswegoChris23 @BBCG104 Reasons