Do you accept consignments?
Yes, however it depends on what you are looking to consign. After reviewing what you have, Chris will make a recommendation. Certain high value cards do better when auctioned with other lots of similar cards and, often times, will get higher hammer prices when auctioned by Chris. Lower value cards don’t attract as much attention and don’t provide enough margin for the processing it takes to auction them, so in those cases you may be better off selling the cards outright.
Should I have my cards graded?
This is a great question! Getting cards graded does not always increase their value. Many cards, once graded, will return less than if they were sold raw. Grading costs money and for a lot of cards the cost isn’t worth it. Understanding what not to grade can help you manage your collection wisely. Before sending your cards out, let Chris see them as he knows how to play your cards right when it comes to grading submissions.
How do you know which cards warrant grading?
Card grading is a skill that many people don’t understand and get frustrated when the results are not what was expected. You may see a card and think it is near mint or better. When the professional grading companies see it, they will look at it and give a card with great “eye appeal” low marks due to things you may not see such as surface wrinkles, for example. Most common cards are not worth grading but some commons are very rare in high grade making those worth the trouble of grading. Major stars such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, or Jackie Robinson are almost always worth grading. Let Chris review your cards first so you don’t waste money on getting cards graded that you shouldn’t.
How much does it cost to get a card graded or authenticated?
There are three companies that specialize in authentication and slabbing: PSA, SGC, and Beckett. Professional authentication is recommended for higher value cards, and Chris can help sort through your collection to know what merits the process. It is common to overvalue a collection so the problem is deciding if it’s worth it. It may cost $20 to grade a card, so you have to pick your cards or know how to sell as a lot. That’s where Chris can help you determine whether authentication and “slabbing” is worth the cost.
Do you authenticate items?
Depending on your item and its condition, Chris can evaluate your item and recommend your next step. Chris will walk you through the process and advise based on the item, cost of the service, and your goal in terms of preservation, consignment, or selling the item.
The following is a list of professional grading companies. Please note that no grading company has guaranteed acceptance, and this list may not be all inclusive. If you have questions, feel free to email the details of the item and authentication to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can you verify if a card has been authenticated?
What is a raw card?
A “raw” card is one that has not been graded before and is not encapsulated in a tamper-proof protective plastic holder, also known as a “slab.” The cards Chris enjoys finding the most are raw cards that are fresh to the market that have not yet been traded or authenticated.
How do you do business with an appraiser?
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Where do you get your cards graded?
We can refer you to a grading service. Refer to our list of authenticators at the bottom of this list and call or email with your questions.
What is a Beckett Value?
Beckett magazine is the trusted source for sports card values. A Beckett value, also known as “book value,” is simply a aguideline used to price raw cards. Cards may sell for more or less depending on the condition of the card or the performance of the athlete.
What's a card worth?
Ultimately, the true value of an item is defined by what the item sells for. Do you think you may have something rare and valuable but need to know more? Call or email Chris and let him guide you through the process.