What to do with old baseball cards?

There are several options for dealing with old baseball cards, including donating them, selling them at a garage/yard sale, listing them in an online classified, packaging them up and giving them out around Halloween, and so on.

It came as a surprise to many kids who grew up in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Baseball and football cards, which they diligently gathered like a great stock portfolio, were intended to appreciate as the players’ careers progressed. You should have enough money to buy your first house by the time you’re in your 30s.

Most collectors who have kept up with the hobby are aware that there were far too many manufactured. Few were thrown out to increase the worth of those that remained.

They were purchased by everyone. Everyone pitched in to save them. To meet up with demand, card makers produced millions of them. So they’re sitting there, gazing back at you by Ken Griffey Jr., Frank Thomas, Juan Gonzalez, Mike Piazza, Kenny Lofton, and the rest of the team. They were excellent players.

The rookie cards you preserved in plastic cases and binders look just as good as they did when you took them out of the pack or the sports card shop owner’s issue. Nonetheless, their once-cherished collection is now worth around 1/100th of what they spent for it.

Ten options you can handle your old baseball cards

Here are ten suggestions for decluttering your closet, getting your wife or significant other off your back, and maybe, just maybe, doing the almost impossible: finding someone who truly wants them.

You can contact your local boys and girls club or children’s hospital. Perhaps a civic organization is hosting a summer camp. Check to see if they’d like some free cards. Deliver them yourself and ask if you may be there when they are distributed. The reaction will most likely be good, if not even better.

There are even organizations that will perform that work for you. All you have to do is mail them in and claim the tax break. However, it is not a foregone conclusion. Some non-profits just do not want to cope with the volume that your giant boxes represent.

Another alternative is two such organizations, Cards 2 Kids and Commons 4 Kids, which look out for groups that may desire cards and other sports collectibles to provide them to children in need.

Children’s hospitals, in addition to these two organizations, frequently welcome gifts of sports card commons. But, before you walk up with a couple of 5,000-count boxes of cards, phone ahead and make sure they accept donations. It can also save you time and make things easier if you know who to see or where to go once you are there.

Put them in a classified ad online,

Calls can generally be generated through eBay Classifieds, Craigslist, or other locally-based web advertisements. If you don’t mind the phone ringing and people wanting to come over or meet you someplace, you can make a few more dollars while avoiding the effort and trouble of hosting a garage sale.

Place them in a garage or yard sale

You’ll be amazed at the response you’ll receive if you put the phrase “baseball cards” in your garage sale ad. Serious collectors will undoubtedly come up, expecting to find a hoard of 1950s gold.

However, you may discover certain flea market sellers or low-budget collectors who will gladly buy them at a lesser price than they can find elsewhere. Think in terms of volume and don’t ask for too much. Mark $30 on your monster box of 3,200 1988-91 commons and minor stars, but be willing to accept $20 if someone offers.

Put some 1960s or 1970s cards or low-priced superstars in there to make it appear more appealing. If your town has a big-league team with a large fan base, take out the cards from that team and sell them separately for $5. Sort them by sport.

Put out a separate box with a variety of other big sporting goods you don’t want, chuck in some cards, and price these as well. If your additional stock is from the post-overproduction era, apply the same logic but put fewer cards in the box.

Give them to some neighbors

Even if you don’t know your neighbors well, if you encounter someone who lives close, ask if they know a young person or organization that would be interested in them–no strings attached. You’ll gain some credit for being the generous man down the block, which may come in handy eventually.

Again, you may want to incorporate a few old cards or highlight certain stars to make it more attractive, but many tiny groups seeking funds for charity accept any gift. Keep a lookout for local fundraisers and offer to contribute any excess you may have. Chances are, the gesture will be much appreciated, and you will feel good about assisting others–not to mention the tax break.

Take advantage of a low-cost classified ad. It’s always fun to watch how many calls you get. Be detailed but concise in your ad to keep the price low and the bargain-hunting antique collectors at bay.


There are websites dedicated to bartering. Some may be close to home. Look for them online and offer them to someone who provides a service you can utilize, such as physical labor. You may need to include some more excellent goods, but it’s a fantastic method to save money while also getting rid of your clutter.

Package them up and distribute them during Halloween

Children enjoy receiving something unusual in their trick-or-treat bags. Instead of a mountain of candy, hand out a tiny piece and a pack of 25 cards to your visitors. You’ll get some incredible reactions from the kids, especially those dressed as sports figures.

Use them for art projects

Have you ever seen what Tim Carroll does with those massive boxes of low-end cards? He transforms them into replicas of some of the hobby’s most renowned cards. That’s awesome! Perhaps you have another suggestion.

Save them

You’ve clung to them for so long. What’re a few more years? Someday, you may have the opportunity to purchase other cards from the same year and build together sets that you may sell at local fairs, flea markets, give away to relatives, or save to pass down to the next generation. They won’t pay for your child’s college tuition, but you’ll never have to repent the day you kicked them out.

Other options you can do with old baseball cards

Handling to get money

In the early days of eBay, you could quickly sell a box of commons from different years and sports and still earn a good profit. Collectors that use the eBay marketplace today are more educated and are typically seeking specific cards.

While there are still chances to sell larger quantities of 400 or more commons, doing so usually necessitates that they are from the same brand or, at the very least, from the same year. You may also need to advertise them many times before the ideal buyer discovers your goods.

Amazon.com has emerged as a viable platform for selling bulk commons in recent years. While eBay is typically utilized for cards with long-term collector potential, Amazon is a location to purchase or sell commodity sports cards. This category includes a variety of bulk sports card commons.

It is effortless to open an Amazon seller account. Listings include the item category, description, shipping costs, and other terms of sale. Because many individuals are glad to buy a box of varied cards for their small children or grandkids, the holidays are a great time to unload commons packages.

Are the old baseball cards worth anything?

If you have a baseball card collection, it probably costs more to purchase than it would sell.

So, even if your collection isn’t worth much money, it still has sentimental value if it represents something important to you. All that counts is that you have good recollections of collecting cards as a child. If your cards are meaningful to you, not every pastime needs to be profitable.

If you decide to sell my baseball cards, you may have to deal with the emotional fallout. Because the pastime is inextricably linked to the most significant people in your life, your unique collection of cards is more than simply a collection of glossy cardboard.

Unless you have a 2009 Mike Trout Bowman Chrome rookie card offered on eBay for as much as $300,000, the best thing you can do with your cards may be to keep the ones that are significant to you and pass them on to a loved one who will cherish them just as much as you do once you’re gone.

In Conclusion

Finally, there are several things you may do with your old baseball cards, such as selling them to someone in need or donating them to deserving orphanages, charities, art projects, and so on. Then you may retain it as a memento of your former life.

About Sean Pamphilon

Sean Pamphilon is an American sports television producer turned documentary filmmaker. He produced multiple television features on National Football League player Ricky Williams for Fox Sports and ESPN, and he later directed the Williams documentary, Run Ricky Run, for ESPN's award-winning documentary series 30 for 30 with film partner Royce Toni.

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