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.
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