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.


Speaking of Book Value

This video was posted on YouTube 9/7/2008.  I think this guy, and that lady from the other video should get married.  They have so much in common.

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.  

This Idea Might Be Strange

We’ve all seen them.  You open a pack, and you think there is a memorabilia card, but after shuffling through the pack all you find is a plain white card.  These filler cards have been around the hobby for awhile.  Ever since memorabilia cards became a standard, these filler cards have been placed in packs so it makes it harder for people to search for the ones with the game used cards in them.  Some collectors use fillers to separate cards in their boxes, but most people just throw them away.  They are a disposable item.  My question is this.  Is it possible for a filler card to be worth something in the very far future?  I know this may seem strange because its just a piece of cardboard with no picture on it, but listen to this.  Back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s baseball cards were nothing more than a disposable item as well.  Thats why they are so valuable today.  Most people threw them out because they were used to make cigarette packs more sturdy.  Again, this idea is way out there, but if we could go back 100 years I’m sure that if you told someone that in the future people would spend thousands even millions on sports cards, they probably would think your crazy.

Its The Juice!

I saw the O.J. Simpson trial today on CNN and it got me thinking.  Its pretty bad when you have to steal your own memorabilia.  Now thats what I call a die hard collector.