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Old 07-27-2008, 12:47 AM   #1
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I have a big box of baseball cards from the mid- to late-80's - Topps, Flear, Donruss. I have no desire to go through them, but my boys do. Would there possibly be anything in there worth two craps I should dig up and save from certain destruction? I know I had some that would have been somewhat decent prior to the 'roids issue.

Without researching, my impression is that the ship had sailed by the time I got involved.
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Old 07-27-2008, 01:01 AM   #2
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There are some valuable rookies from those times.... Good way to teach the kids responsibility. Maybe get a beckett guide, and tell them a few of these cards are woth 100$ or more. Treat them all like they are.
I used to put mine in team then player alphabetical order. But maybe your kids aren't as nerdy as I was.
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Old 07-27-2008, 03:43 AM   #3
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Ditto getting the guide and make them go through and look each one up. I have several cards from the 80's that are worth a couple hundred each. Sad part is, when I left home years and years ago most of my collection "disappeared" there weer rookie cards from the 50's in there that were worth a few grand each.

 
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Old 07-27-2008, 03:54 PM   #4
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This is an excellent idea. I'll pick up a Beckett today
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:42 PM   #5
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This is an excellent idea. I'll pick up a Beckett today
This is a good idea, but mostly just to teach them about the cards and looking things up. I think you're right about the missing the boat on this one. At that time, cards got really popular and the market was flooded with baseball cards. Not to mention, several more companies started printing cards too. I think even the Hall of Famers from then (Griffey Jr.) cards aren't worth that much.

 
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Yeah, that was really the time that baseball cards really exploded in popularity. Still worth being careful, but I wouldn't get your hopes up. I have a complete box of Topps cards from one year that, last I saw, was still worth less than it cost originally.
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:50 PM   #7
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Sounds like fun! You might find out you have a great Opp to spend some quality time with the kids.

 
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Yeah, that was really the time that baseball cards really exploded in popularity. Still worth being careful, but I wouldn't get your hopes up. I have a complete box of Topps cards from one year that, last I saw, was still worth less than it cost originally.
Yep, I have a bunch of stuff from the late 80's/early 90's, and I gotta concur with Bird. I read an article last year about what happened to the card market, and it was a very interesting read. Essentially, the companies kept pumping out more "rare" (notice the quotations) cards, gold foils, special editions, offshoot collections, junk, junk, junk, just flooding the market with 'em, and pretty soon they got to a breaking point where card shops were going out of business and suddenly your boyhood card collection was worth less than you paid for it.

If I had to guess, I'd say your cards are worth pretty much nada, just like mine. Beckett's might give you a dollar amount, but the harder part would be finding an actual buyer. But it would be something fun for the kids, regardless.
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I went through my cards a month or two ago to give some to The Bean, knowing that the ones I gave her were worth exactly their value as pulp. Hoping that maybe having some pictures of ballplayers (she loves having pictures of her friends) might plant a seed for her to love the game. Alas, hasn't stuck yet...
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There could be a few decent cards in there that are worth some money. It's probably worth the time to go through them and dig out the valuable ones, then pass the rest on to the kids.

I need to do this myself. I have millions of cards from 82-93.
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