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  • Our TOP 4 NJ Storage Unit Scores of 2013

    As the year ends we take a fond look back at where we hit this year at auction. As a disclaimer I just have to say that 90%+ of rooms we bought (hundreds) were nowhere neat this clean or lucrative. Then again that is why this is a highlight reel!

    #4: THE $5 ROOM

    We were at an auction that didn’t have many people at it. They opened the door and it was an OCD room. The room contained about 50+ milk crates and 4-5 wardrobe boxes. Each milk crate contained all of the supermarket circulars ever received by the tenant in chronological order. Noone wanted anything to do with the room.  I won the room with a minimum bid of $5.  When doing the initial inspection I found a small case containing a glass cicada from Steuben glass. Turns out this very rare piece was worth a whopping $2,000 and was a 24k choker.  We also found the wardrobes were full of fur coats! We paid a couple hundred dollars to get rid of the paper to a recycler and cashed in a very nice payday.

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    #3 A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

    We picked up a unit for $200 bucks. Small room maybe 10 boxes and a bicycle. In this room the boxes contained a HUGE collection of Disney and other movie snow globes. Most of these are not worth too much but we had a complete set of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS snow globes. It turns out these extremely limited and extremely collectible pieces brought in the big bucks! The collection sold for just over $2000 and was turned around in less than a week

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    #2 MONEY MONEY MONEY!

    Picked up a unit because I saw a pack of wrapped collectible nickels. Spent $500. 5 x 10 unit about 14 boxes. NOTHING BUT SILVER & CURRENCY!! I do not know how they let this room go. 132 ounces of US MINT Collectible coins and $793 in US silver certificates, star notes and similar. Also a bunch of Monty Python and other 1980s collectibles to boot. We would get close to 10k and were able to turnaround all of it in a single day!

     

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    #1 BEER & BASEBALL

    This  was the most expensive unit we ever purchased at $5800 a plain to see Baseball Card and Beer Collectibles store. We would find our largest ever vintage (1950s baseball card) collection in this unit. Including Mickey Mantles for every year and variant and many many more. These cards were all in EX condition too. The unit would bring over $20,000

     

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    These are the kind of units that keep us in the game. To everyone good luck and happy holidays!

     

     

     

     



  • What are 1980s Baseball cards Worth?

    What are 1980s Baseball Cards Worth?

    We get a lot of people contacting us looking to sell baseball cards. They are one of the most popular collectibles and we love to deal with them. The majority of these are almost always 1980s and 1990s baseball cards. A lot of people inherit their 1980s baseball cards or find them in a variety of ways. They always ask “What are 1980s baseball cards worth”  I always hate having to be the one to tell them the 1000s and 1000s of baseball cards they have accumulated as a kid are worth more in most cases when turned toward paper recycling.  While this sounds harsh it is also true in most cases.

    This era was a perfect storm of over-production and tarnished steroid users that have dropped the bottom out of  card values. It is well documented that during this time they produced so many of each card that almost nothing is rare. They sold boxed dealer sets and even insert runs directly to card stores and other kinds of merchants. This threw off the balance of supply and demand that is the backbone to the value of any collectible item. Even your best rookie cards in the 1980s are not worth much on the open market without a grade

    There is however a bright spot. There is TREMENDOUS demand for cards that can obtain a PSA 9 or PSA 10 grade for their condition. Many of them go for hundreds of dollars, you just need the time and the eye to find them. A  list of some cards that are key cards from the 1980s. Most of the superstars with PSA 9+ can fetch hundreds of dollars. Semi stars can get close to a hundred and commons can get 30-50 dollars!

    Even though these cards were overproduced their quantity far exceeded their quality!!

    A few of the most desirable and lowest population 1980s cards discussed above are

    Sandberg, Thomas, Mattingly, Clemens, Griffey Jr, Ripken Jr, Gwynn rookie cards are all in demand in high grade condition

     

    A few notable exceptions to the 1990s era cards are:

    1993 Fleer SPX Jeter

    2001 Topps Bowman Chrome Ichiro

     

    You should keep in mind a raw ungraded card that looks mint can get a decent price but it has to look PERFECT to the naked eye and if it does you are probably better served sending it in for grading your self. If you would like to sell some 1980s cards please feel free to contact us although we do not often buy them. If you have some of the key cards listed above we may be interested in evaluating them and paying for grading on select cards.

    Feel free to leave a comment on this page or ask us what are 1980s baseball cards worth

     

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  • How do you authenticate an autograph

    How do you authenticate an autograph

    While you really cannot authenticate an autograph yourself for many of us this is a reality every day.  The best way probably is to submit to a nationally recognized publicly traded authentication company. These are known as TPA’s. Many of the TPA’s (third party authenticators) have  prohibitive pricing structure that prevents the common collector from submitting many items for authentication. Leading companies charge up to $100 or more for premiere athletes. This non refundable fee is theirs to keep whether your autograph is deemed authentic or not. Many offer quick opinion services which are really YRMV it seems at least based on more and more conversations I am having with people. For those of you who want to learn to decide for yourself continue as we try to answer the question: How do you authenticate an autograph ?.

    Step 1: Provenance aka (Where does this autograph comes from?)

    We recently purchased a Joe Dimaggio 13 x 10 with no COA. The piece did come with a notary stamp by the name of Marie Cupo with a date of February 1st 1994 on the stamp. A little googling determined that Marie Cupo was the notary featured on a particular series of autographs including the highly desirable Carlo Beninati Seriagraphs. It occurred one month after his exclusive release from a (at the time) record setting exclusive contract to sign only for score board inc. Now because of this we were able to determine EXACTLY when the item was signed which coupled with examination of the signature being consistent with our examples we were able to reasonably authenticate this item. Now most items will not have a trail that you can follow so lets move along to step 2

    Step 2: Basic Signature Construction (LOOK!… at the signature)

    Now one of the best things about today’s information savvy era is that even someone sitting at there house who doesn’t own a collectible has access to a massive library of exemplars on the internet. So it is easy enough to pull a couple of examples that have been TPA Authenticated and are highly credible for comparison. It helps to PRINT a couple of examples out. Use tracing paper in addition to regular paper if you have with a really light stock. Print out the examples and use a scissor to cut them down. On a well lit surface line your signatures up and see how closely they compare. There are little things to look for on some people. Mickey Mantle for example, his second M usually starts on a higher plane than the first M. This is due to the position where the Y in Mickey ends leaving his hand above the original starting point.

    Look at the thickness of the lines and determine where a letter starts and stops or transitions to the next letter. While signatures tend to evolve for some players over the years typically if someone begins an “S” at the top will always begin their “S” from the top. If there is something present in every example autograph you look at it that is or is not present in the example you are looking at that would call an authentication into question for me. I decline to make a decision on some things I am offered if I am not very clear that it looks consistent with the most mainstream version of the autograph. It helps to split the autograph up letter by letter or section by section.

    Step3: Flow and Slant (You have to BE the signature)

    This is what many collectors and autograph experts will define as the “feel” of the autograph. Look at the spacing of letters. We had a Lefty Gomez that looked pretty good. The only thing was that the signature was missing a line transitioning from the G in Gomez to the o. All of the examples we saw had it. Than we noticed none of the letters transitioned properly. The angles were wrong the “feel” was off. A real autograph should be fluid and nimble. Forgeries are often shaky or have a drawn look to them that is the anti-thesis of the “feel” we are currently discussing. 1980s Joe Dimaggio authentic examples usually feature a visible loop at the bottom of the “D”. The bottom and usually smaller bottom loop of the “J” will normally overlap the top loop at 2 locations. His spacing is erratic and many felt jolting Joe signed somewhat sloppily. If I see what I call a stiff Dimaggio I know it is likely not any good.

    Step4: Practice: (Wash Rinse Repeat)

    This means exactly what it sounds like. I like to play a game called Internet Autograph Roulette. You can print images from Google search without reading their source. Go ahead and print a few from the top couple or bottom couple images. Decide if they are real or not mark your answers down than check your sources to see if they are legitimate or not. When you are right basically all the time 90%+ over significant sample size move on to another player.

    Now next time you ask how do you authenticate an autograph you will have some important facts. Good luck out there and lets all try and make a couple bucks!

    We do provide a courtesy free Autograph opinion service you can find more information about that here: Collectibles NJ FREE Autograph OPINION SERVICE



  • Baseball Estate Collections….. THEY DO EXIST!

    We were recently contacted by a gentleman who claimed to have a very substantial sports autograph collection. This was said to feature a variety of autographed collectibles mostly baseball vintage and pre-war stuff. Very often when someone wants to sell baseball collectibles in NJ they will contact a store to get an offer. Retail outlets are notorious for low-balling people with offers to buy. I learned this first person when I took a lot that would later retail for over $10,000 and took them for an appraisal. They offered me $1500 and told me they might make a thousand profit. This is why when someone wants to sell a baseball collection in NJ they will often contact a private buyer like me.

    In this particular case the collection was RAW. Now buying a raw collection of autographs or baseball cards come with an inherent level or risk that isn’t present when dealing with graded or authenticated merchandise. It was 50 autographed baseball cards, 200 8 x 10 Photos, 30 baseballs and 340 index cards. Usually in a situation like this where the collection is a little too far away to warrant inspecting personally without some good faith we will request photos of the bigger ticket items so we can evaluate ourselves or submit to quick opinion services. So we had 9 pictures sent

    Mickey Mantle x 5 (2 balls 3 photos)

    Joe Dimaggio x3  (1 ball 1 index card 1 photo)

    Willie Mays Autograph Index Card x 1

    Mickey Mantle autograph baseball
    Authentic Mantle Autograph Ball
    Mickey Mantle autograph baseball
    Mickey Mantle Autograph Baseball
    Johhny Unitas Authentic Autograph
    Johnny Unitas Autograph Index Card
    Mickey Mantle autograph postcard
    Mantle Autograph Postcard
    Joe Dimaggio Authentic Autograph
    Joltin Joe Autograph index Card
    Stan Musial Autograph
    Stan the Man Autograph Index Card

    The quick opinion results were mixed 6 genuine and 3 fakes.. Now we have a predicament that can be used to the advantage of the buyer. We forwarded the results to him and amended our offer by 30%. After a little more negotiation we were able to close the deal. As it turns out his father who had passed away and his grandfather had amassed most of this collection adding to it from multiple sources and less than reputable dealers etc. When it was all said and done 1 in every 5 were fakes but most of the BIG ONES were good. Keep in mind every collection has fakes, expect them account for them and leverage you offer accordingly.   Here are some of our highlights. Want to sell a baseball collection in NJ

    Contact us!