Lets continue to review Baseball Cards Price Guide and determining a cards worth. In my last blog about how much are my baseball cards worth we covered how some use eBay as the value of the card. Just because someone has listed a card on eBay for a certain amount does not mean that is the true value of the card.
For a more accurate amount, you will need to log into your account and find “sold” listings. This will show you the actual sales price for recently ended auctions. Please remember to deduct approximately 13% for eBay and Paypal fees to come to an actual ‘net’ amount for a sale. It should be nice to have a large Baseball Cards Price Guide with every possible source in it, but this does not exists so, let’s review how Beckett arrives at a published “book value.”: Beckett uses secondary market price data from “card shops, printed material, card shows, online trading and catalogs.” To simplify the process, Beckett uses something called “multiplier lines” to derive the book values for sport cards. So they multiple the value of the players base card by some multiplier, which is based on the secondary market selling prices. This is very confusing!
Overall Beckett can be a good source of information, but should not be the only source of information to set a price for a card. In future blogs we will continue to review other sources of information to determine the price of the card. Baseball Cards Price Guides can really help guide you in the right direction if you understand the condition of the card. Remember a card is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. Contact Gary Leavitt at Baseball Card Advisor can help you review and price your sports cards, for more information on pricing your baseball cards, contact us.