I’d say one of the most common stumbling blocks I encounter when speaking with novice (and even more experienced) collectors concerns shipping sports cards.
For someone that hasn’t sent a valuable card through the mail, the process can be a bit of a daunting experience. However, once you do it a few times, it becomes a fairly simple and easily repeatable process.
I put this guide together to help fellow collectors and to provide some further instructions on shipping sports cards. This guide will cover supplies needed in order to ship your cards, how properly package your cards, along with different methods of shipping and how the process might vary if sending to any third-party graders.
If you have any questions on this, feel free to leave a message in the comments section, or as always feel free to shoot us an email at email@example.com
The 1957 Topps Frank Robinson rookie card is one of the key cards in the set.
I’ve always taken an interest in collecting things. I get it from my father, who first began collecting Lionel trains before transitioning into collecting vintage sports cards.
I remember the first card he bought. He dropped it on the kitchen counter, right in front of my mom and me, saying “Frank Robinson Rookie. First card; we’re going to start collecting vintage sports cards!” with a content little smile.
I was only 9 years old when I started collecting back in 1985. I got a few packs of 1985 Topps and was hooked; as a kid that loved baseball, those little pieces of cardboard were everything to me.
I was obsessed right away and it consumed my entire being, ranging from riding my bike three miles to the nearest baseball card store and setting up tables in my basement for a ‘baseball card show’ amongst friends.
I typically stay away from writing about cards from the Junk Era. This website as you might have noticed is dedicated to ‘vintage’ cards, whose definition is still a bit fuzzy among collectors -although usually consensus is that ‘vintage’ is anything pre-1980.
So, when a reader wrote in recently asking my thoughts on the investment potential for Barry Bonds rookie cards I started to think about it for a while.
Immediate reaction — ‘eh Junk Era, don’t bother’. But then I started thinking–hmm, there is still an outside shot at the HOF….so maybe, just maybe some of Barry’s rarer cards from the 80’s are worth another look. We write about Jordan rookies all the time and it’s from the same exact year, so maybe, just maybe it’s something I need to examine a bit closer.
And so I did. This piece will take a look at the Barry Bonds rookie cards, and try to determine whether his cards might have good appreciation potential over the next few years.
The cards were issued on the West coast and only included players from the Pacific Coast League. Thus, many of the players in the sets did not even reach the big leagues. Given the number of sets (25) and the number of cards (nearly 3600) issued over 28 years, it is rare to find many collectors dedicated to completing all of the sets.
Most collectors don’t have a lot of familiarity with Zee-Nut cards but some are familiar with the Zee-Nut Joe DiMaggio pre-rookie cards. Zee-Nut cards with a coupon attached are much rarer and deserve a significant premium.
Thus, I thought it might be helpful for collectors unfamiliar with Zee-Nuts to examine the Hall of Fame players (including DiMaggio) from the sets. Some of the early Zee-Nut cards are super hard to find, so it would probably take you years and a huge budget to try and collect every one.
At the very least this provides some novice collectors with some more manageable targets, and avoids some of the players many of have never even heard of.
“This is a big step in the evolution of digital commerce and especially in the advent of what has become a growing market for cryptocurrencies. Our stance is that bitcoin is here to stay and that we would like to play our part in helping the digital ecosystem evolve into the world of online commerce. It’s only natural that card collectors have the ability to utilize their cryptocurrencies in purchasing sports cards” -says All Vintage Cards President, Evan Gibson.
The All Vintage Cards shop carries high quality vintage sports cards, and was recently launched in 2020, following on years of success in helping collector with a plethora of hobby resources, including numerous resource guides relating to spotting counterfeit cards, along with helping to identify good investments in the hobby.