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Spring Cleaning Your Baseball Cards Collection by Trading

by Eric Brantner (05/11/08).

With the spring season fully in swing, there is no better time to do some cleaning of your baseball cards collection. Admit it, you have a few cards in your collection that you don’t like, don’t want, and don’t need. Remember, the best collections are the ones that are focused and organized so the occasional spring cleaning is necessary for the appearance of your set.

Part 1- How to Start a Baseball Card Collection

Part 2- Where to Find Baseball Cards

Identifying the Cards

The first step to cleaning out your baseball cards collection is identifying the cards that don’t suit your needs. Whether it is a duplicate or perhaps a card that just doesn’t flow with the rest of your cards, you should set all of these items aside. Keep in mind, a few good cards surrounded by a bunch of filler is not a worthwhile group. Much like the exercise programs we all being around this time of year, the goal of your spring cleaning should be to trim the fat.

Know the Price

After identifying the items you no longer need, it becomes necessary to research their value. The Worthopedia guide helps collectors identify the worth of all of their collectibles. Just because a card doesn’t fit into your collection doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get full value for it. For this reason, you should make a list of all of the cards you no longer need and the value you expect to receive for them.

Trading Baseball Cards

One popular method of cleaning out a baseball cards collection is trading the unwanted cards with friends or other collectors. It’s like the old saying goes “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” In other words, the cards that you no longer want might be the perfect fit in another’s collection. Likewise, the person you are trading with could have some cards that are more suitable for your set. For instance, I prefer collecting older cards, so I could trade my newer cards to someone whose collection focuses around modern items.

  • Find Your Desires- When beginning the trading process, the first step is to identify cards in the other collector’s set that you desire. These should be cards that you can incorporate seamlessly into your collection. You don’t want to acquire more cards that you will end up not wanting in a few months from now.

  • Negotiate Until You’re Happy- Trading baseball cards is a long process that involves a lot of negotiation. It’s similar to the trading procedure that takes place in the sport. Teams bargain with one another until they arrive at a deal that satisfies both parties. This is why it is necessary that you research the value of your items that are up for trade. You want to ensure that no one takes advantage of you. Both traders must add in the right pieces to sweeten the deal for the other because negotiation is a 2 way street. You have to be willing to give to receive.

  • Finish the Transaction- After you arrive at a deal that you are happy with, it is time to finish the deal. Exchange the cards and make sure that you and the other collector are both satisfied. Take the steps necessary to store your new cards in a safe manner (click here to learn more about storing your baseball cards.) You should also organize them in a manner that is consistent with the rest of your collection.

Enjoy Your New Collection!

Doesn’t it feel good to have a nice, clean collection? I always enjoy sprucing up my collection by trimming the fat and injecting some new life into the set. Trading cards really makes the whole collecting process much more fun, and it can create some new bonds with other collectors.

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