Baseball card collectors and investors must remain aware of rookie card value and how it can affect the hobby. Read through the brief list below for information on how you can use rookie card values to help you build a profitable collection.
Buying Large Collections to Ensure Rookie Card Value
When buying rookie cards to try and make money it is necessary to purchase in large lots. Many baseball card shop owners and eBay sellers break open hundreds of boxes through the course of a season. As a result they have thousands of cards that they cannot sell individually for a reasonable price. This motivates them to sell cards in large lots of similar characteristics.
For instance: dealers may take all the Cleveland Indians cards from their slow moving inventory and bundle them together to appeal to Indians fans. Dealers are aware of rookie card value and as a result they bundle rookies together for collectors.
Search eBay or ask dealers in person for deep discounts for buying as many of one rookie card that they have.
A good example of the price disparity that exists in rookie card value between buying in bulk and individually can be seen in Greg Madduxs rookie card. You can buy it on its own, in mint condition, for as much as $5-$10. You can also buy 100-200 copies of his rookie card for less than $1 each. A much more significant investment is required to buy in bulk but it is the best way to maintain your rookie card value over time.
Hall of Fame Players
It is often known if players will reach the Hall of Fame long before their careers are over. Some players are simply quite likely to reach the Hall but not certain. Most baseball fans today can name 10-15 players who are still playing but will most certainly make the Hall. Rookie card value for Hall of Fame players is very consistent and reliable. Many hobbyists make money speculating on which players will make the Hall, and buying up as many of their rookie cards as possible.
Cards from the 80s and 90s
The late 80s and 90s (and most of the 2000s) produced some of the cheapest and most over-produced baseball cards ever. Collectors can buy cases for as much as a single box initially retailed for. I do not recommend buying unopened boxes or cases but I do recommend taking advantage of the low overall value of these sets to get the best rookie card value.
Use the previously outlined strategy of buying in bulk and you will find it works even better on cards produced in the 80s and 90s. Since it is generally known that cards from this era are cheaper, your bulk discounts will be deeper. Again, it is important that you buy in the largest lots possible to retain as much rookie card value in the long run.
Current Rookie Card Value
Making money and retaining the value of your baseball card collection is hard in todays market. Collectors and investors are trying to speculate talent and future card values now more than ever. As a result, young, un-proven players have cards that are grossly overvalued. This makes it unproductive to buy current rookies in bulk since they are too expensive and may not retain their rookie card value into the future.
One way to hedge the rookie card value of todays cards is to purchase lots from the cheapest card sets. Avoid high-end sets and autograph/memorabilia cards. Focus on buying bulk, individual cards from sellers of rookies with potential.
There are many different ways to collect baseball cards. Use the tips on this short list to build and maintain the rookie card value of your collection.