Q & A: In Person Autograph Market

Question:  How do I know the value of signed cards.  I’ve had these ones since high school(90’s).  Are they worth anything and is there a market?

Answer:  Sports cards that people get signed in person aren’t worth as much as the ones that come from packs of cards.  The only way that any value could be added to your cards would be to get them certified by a reputable company like PSA.  When people get cards signed like that, they usually keep them in their personal collection.  The Yzerman autograph looks to be a little faded as well.  If I were you, I would keep them.  I don’t think spending the money to get them certified would be worth it.

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Q & A – What Is This Card?

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Question: For some reason I cannot find this card anywhere. I have had it for well over 15 years, so I know its not a reproduction.  Its a “Star 85” Michael Jordan 1984-85 Rookie of the Year basketball card.  It says “1 of 11” on the back. If you can help, thanks.

Answer: That Michael Jordan card is part of an 11 card subset within the Star ’85 set.  The Jordan cards from the ’84-’85 set are some of the most valuable within the hobby.  Congrats on having a really great card!

Q & A – What is the value of a ’90 UD Reggie Jackson Auto #’ed/2,500?

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Question: I have a question for yah. When I was twelve, I pulled a 1990 UD Reggie  Jackson autographed card out of a pack. It was numbered 2062/2500. I was only twelve, and sold it for a cool thousand bucks so I could buy my first dirt bike. I’m wondering what its worth today if I had held on to it?  I was hoping you might know. Thanks.

Answer: You were smart to sell that card.  In today’s market the ’90 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson auto #’ed/2,500 sells for around $80.00 – $100.00.  Back in the early 90’s pulling an autographed card was a big deal, but in today’s hobby, there are autographed cards everywhere.  That Reggie Jackson auto will always hold a slight premium because it was the first autographed card inserted into a pack.  Thanks for the question.

Q & A – Did I Get A Fake Box?

Question: I just bought a box of 2003/2004 Upper Deck SP Authentic, and it only had one auto in it, is that normal? Is it possible the box was a fake box? I paid a good amount for it but I was wondering if these came in a retail version? I really think i got ripped off? I also got a lot of doubles? Please let me know what you think, thank you.

Answer:  I highly doubt that you received a fake box.  As long as the original Upper Deck plastic and seal was on it, I wouldn’t be worried.  I do not believe that there is a retail version of 03/04 UD SP Authentic basketball or hockey.  It sounds like you just got a bad box.  If I were you I would contact Upper Deck’s customer service department at 1-800-873-7332 8:00 – 5:00 Mon-Fri, or you can e-mail them at customer_service@upperdeck.com  Good Luck!

Q & A – 2008 UD Masterpieces Football Missing Card Numbers & Errors?

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Question:  I have been putting together the 2008 Upper Deck Masterpiece football set numbered 1-110.  I printed the check list off of Upper Deck’s web site and found that the set is skip numbered, but could not figure out a rhyme or reason that they did this.  I was curious if you knew why?  The numbers that they skipped are 45, 59, 70, and 100.  I have noticed that there are some errors on cards like just printing the artists name instead of “Artist: XXXX”( #84 Tom Brady) and that they capitalized Artist on the base cards but when it came to the time warps and SP Rookies they did not.  Then again maybe I am looking into things way too much or it was Upper Deck’s mistake in trying to get the cards to the public in haste after it was pushed back.  Any light you could shed on the subject would be appreciated.

Answer:  Those missing card numbers from the checklist indicate that those specific cards were never produced.  The word “Artist” being capitalized on some cards, and not on others is probably and error on Upper Deck’s part.  Upper Deck Masterpieces is a “set builders” product, meaning when you have a lot of cards with multiple parallels to produce, there are bound to be some mistakes made.  Sometimes these mistakes truly happen by accident, and other times I believe card manufacturers do it on purpose to create a buzz about their product.  Thanks for the question, and please keep reading Sports Card Info.

Q & A – What is the value of a 1991 Desert Shield set?

Question: What is the value of an authentic set of 1991 Topps Desert Shield baseball cards?

Answer: Right now on eBay there is a complete set with a fixed price of $3,000.00.  That is a lot of money and I think the seller is just fielding for offers.  I would say that a complete set in mint condition would be worth well into the high hundreds and perhaps the low thousand dollar range.  The 792 card set is very difficult to complete and has been popular with collectors for years.  

Q & A – 1965 Topps Mickey Mantle Help?

Question: Do you think that this 1965 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card is fake?  Thanks.

Answer: After checking out the auction, I strongly feel that this card isn’t the real thing.  The seller has 0 feedback, they claim their not sure about the authenticity, and when you compare their image to other 1965 Topps Mantle cards, their card’s color is much darker than ones that are certified.  The color could be darker because of the camera they used, but after reading the description I feel the card is fake.  At least the seller is being honest, and is saying that their not sure.  

Seller’s Description:

 “I picked this up at a show in Syracuse last summer. I traded about $800 in cards for it. I took it around to show off and had 2 people tell me they thought it was a fake. Neither could tell me why. Several others said they were pretty sure it is real, I myself believe it is. It has very very lightly touched corners and a little very slighy dullness on the back like a gum stain.I have no proof of its authenticity and no way to be 100% sure so to be safe and play by the rules I am listing this as a reprint. This has been the pride of my collection since I aquired it.

Due to sudden finacial setbacks I am selling off alot of my stuff to help give my family a decent Christmas this year…
To everyone I thank you very much and I promise you will be very happy with any business between you an I.”

Q & A – Emmitt Smith 1996 Collector’s Edge Auto #’ed/500

Question: There’s been a lot of Emmitt Smith Collectors Edge Cowboybilia # to 500 autos showing up. What do you think about these cards, real or fake? I read you guides and thanks for writing them. 

Answer: Yes, these cards are very real.  Collector’s Edge is no longer in business.  You don’t see many autographed cards like this anymore.  Autographs that are actually on the card and take up a good portion of the photo look great.

Q & A – Please help with these hockey cards?

Question: I recently found some old hockey scrapbooks that have vintage cards in them. Bobby Hull’s rookie card, Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard, etc. Problem is that some are glued on the paper from these books. Some are loose but have glue on the back. Any ideas on how to get the glue off the back and still be able to read the stats??

Answer: I would not try to remove those cards from the scrapbook if they are glued to the paper.  Attempting to remove the cards from the scrapbook could damage them even further.  That goes for the loose cards as well with glue on the back.  Even if you do try to remove the glue from the cards, many grading companies consider that altering.  What I would do is keep them in the scrapbook with the glue on the back.  If you are interested in reading the backs of the cards, you could try and find another card like it up for sale and read it that way.  Trying to remove cards from an old scrapbook is very dangerous.  For example, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library both own an original T206 Honus Wagner baseball card.  One of them is still mounted on a scrapbook page because they are too afraid of damaging it.  If an institution like that, with all their resources, won’t remove a card from a scrapbook page, I wouldn’t try in on my own.

Q & A – Topps Traded vs. Topps Traded Tiffany

Question: How do you tell the difference between regular Topps Traded and Topps Traded Tiffany.  It is pretty important in terms of determining pricing for rookie cards in those years.

Answer: That is an excellent question.  This is pretty hard to determine if you plan to purchase one over the internet.  If you are trying to determine a Topps Traded card from a Topps Traded Tiffany card in person, you will want to take a close look at it.  A Topps Traded Tiffany card will have a shiny, gloss-like finish to it.  A standard Topps Traded card won’t have such a shiny coating on it.  Topps Traded Tiffany cards usually use a thicker card stock as well.  Topps Traded Tiffany cards were printed on white card stock versus grey card stock.  Depending on the set, some Tiffany cards will have a logo on the front of the card as well.  The regular Topps Traded cards are thinner and aren’t as sturdy when compared to a Topps Traded Tiffany card.  Topps Traded Tiffany cards can be worth quite a bit of money depending who the card is of.  Most of the time a regular Topps Traded and Topps Traded Tiffany card look exactly the same.  I would be careful if purchasing one over the internet.  Sellers could tell you that a card is Tiffany when indeed its not.  I would only purchase one that is graded and/or certified if you plan to buy one over the internet.  Thanks for the question.  

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Topps Traded Tiffany