Are Vintage Baseball Cards A Good Investment?
The answer to this question really depends on what you plan on doing with them once you purchase them. If they are going to sit in a box in the loft for years until someone throws them out because they see them as ‘junk’, then no! However if you know which cards to look out for and which cards to appreciate in value as time goes by then yes, it can be a very good investment.
The drawback of going down the road of investing in vintage baseball cards is the sheer time and effort it will take to find and research the cards that are likely to appreciate in value. The next challenge would be getting hold of enough of these cards to make it worthwhile, and then there’s the small matter of waiters enough years until you can sell them on! So…probably not a hobby to start in your nineties!
However, there are some good tips out there if you are serious about it. If your profit minded it, look for cards pre-1968, they tend to be winners. ‘Back Back Back’, tends to be the key quote of vintage baseball card collectors. The pre-1968 era sees cards featuring greats such as Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb, which are steadily increasing in value as time goes by. Sets like the T206, 1914-1915 Crackerjacks, other gum and candy cards from the 1910′s and 1920′s are great. The jewel and dream card of any collector however would have to be the T206 1909-11 Honus Wagner, with one particular card selling for $2.8 million in 2008. It is true that some vintage cards are outperforming more traditional types of investing. In an unstable financial world, pastimes like investing in shares is not as guaranteed as it used to be. The card collecting market will always stay strong, it’s a hobby that starts in the school playground and becomes part of life growing up – it has been like that for generations and will do for years to come. The trick when you are grown up is just to find the ones that lead to the pot of gold.
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