Awesome NBA cards tricks? The 1980s and early 1990s produced some fantastic sets. They also produced a lot of cards. If you’ve been hoarding a stash of cards away for the past 30 years as part of your retirement fund, you’re likely going to be disappointed. Exceptions exist, but for the most part cards from this era are tough to sell for any real amount of money. The reason is basic supply and demand. Most everyone who wants 1991 Pro Set Football has it. On top of that are cases and cases sitting unopened in closets, basements, storage lockers and warehouses. Simply put, there’s tons of it out there and nobody’s buying. Perhaps the best thing you can do with most of these cards is to pull them out and look through them. Get a sense of what made you excited to collect. Enjoying those cards covers everything except that pesky money-making part.
Is Professional Grading Worth It? Companies such as Beckett and Collectors Universe provide professional grading services; that is, an independent organization that will, for a fee, grade your card (either through a hobby shop, by mail or at a show) and provide a rating of your card. Most grading services are identified by a 3 or 4 letter anagram (Beckett Grading Services—BGS, Professional Sportscard Authenticators—PSA) and most have a rating scale of 10 (some have a scale of 100) ranging from Poor (1) to Gem-Mint or Pristine (10). In addition, these companies add additional codes to indicate other defects, such as “OC” for off-center cards. Most grading companies issue “population reports”, which tell collectors how many of a given card has been given a certain grade, so a collector can see how scarce a card is in a given grade.
Best suggestion for a future huge rookie card value raise? Zion Williamson! You heard it right! In his freshman and only season with Duke, Williamson was named ACC Player of the Year, ACC Athlete of the Year and ACC Rookie of the Year. He set the single-game school scoring record for freshmen in January 2019, claimed ACC Rookie of the Week accolades five times, earned AP Player of the Year, Sporting News College Player of the Year recognition, and won the Wayman Tisdale Award. Zion Williamson can have a fairly healthy career ? Then i would prepare for a big price increase for his rookie cards. See extra details on Zion Rookie Cards.
Another oddball card that makes our list is the 1960 Kahn’s Wieners card of Lakers legend Jerry West. These regional issues were distributed primarily in the Cincinnati area so it’s interesting to note that West was only non- Cincinnati Royal to have a card in this set. The hobby only recognizes the 1961 Fleer as his rookie, but this pre-rookie card released a year earlier is just as if not more expensive. Finding them in top condition without staining is tough though, since the cards were distributed inside packages of meat. Baylor’s acrobatic moves were something the game had never seen before and paved the way for other exciting performers like Dr. J, Jordan and Bryant. And most people forget, he’s actually number three on the NBA’s all-time points per game leader board after posting a 27.4 ppg career mark. Also, notice the giraffe logo on his card, something that’s been somewhat of a mystery to Lakers fans and collectors for years. It’s an amazing card of one of the Lakers’ most overlooked legends.