Sports Cards Collecting

There are several approaches to sports cards collecting you may want to consider to serve your needs.

Sports card collecting is one of the only hobbies that is not only fun, but can be potentially lucrative as well. There are separate approaches to card collecting that you may want to consider depending on which aspect of the hobby is most important to you.

If you are only interested in collecting for fun, you should stay away from the more expensive cards. Some cards are short-run or short- printed. This means there only a limited number of this series available which also means they are rare and therefore more valuable. But, they are also more expensive to purchase.

If you just want to collect for fun, stay with the basic sets. Topps, Upper Deck, Fleer and Donruss are the main sets. For each sport these manufacturers will release one main series and then several smaller, short-run series. The main series are far less expensive than the others.

If you choose only to collect certain players, than you should never even purchase random packs of cards. The chances that you'll get the players you are looking for are relatively small. You can purchase individual players either at card shops or on the internet at auction sites like e-bay. If you choose the internet, make sure you have a Beckett Monthly Price Guide (a monthly magazine that gives approximate values for individual cards) nearby so you don't pay more than the card is worth.

If you are collecting as a way of investing your money, there are several things to remember. First of all, you get what you pay for. This means you're going to have to spend some money to make some money. You'll want to purchase cards from the short-run series as they'll be worth more.

Another good thing to remember is to go for rookies. They are usually worth much more than a player's later cards. You can often get a rookie card before a player has proven himself while it's still inexpensive. Later if the player becomes a star, you can watch your investment appreciate.

One thing you may want to consider is finding a short run series that is popular and then buying an entire box of this type of card. Then hold on to the box without opening any of the packs inside or even the box itself. Like gold, silver or other commodities, your box will be worth more and more based on the market for that type of card.

When it's time to sell your assets, don't go to a card shop. The shops usually pay only from 25 to 60 percent based on the specific market. Sell your cards on the internet or at a card show. You can find out about card shows either at the shops or online.

Whether you collect for fun or for money, you'll want to protect your cards so you can enjoy them for a long time. Make sure you don't handle them often. Oils on your hands can damage the stock the card is printed on. Put your cards in plastic sheets. These can be purchased at card stores and be kept in three-ring binders.

If you're like me, you'll want to do some kind of combination of these two collecting techniques. Do whatever works for you. I like to buy the expensive cards from time to time, as well as the cheaper cards. But, I also keep my eyes open for specific players that I collect. But whatever you do, enjoy!

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