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SELLING YOUR BASEBALL CARDS

DO YOU HAVE A PLAN? HERE’S HOW TO MANAGE YOUR COLLECTION AND GET THE MOST FROM IT WHILE YOU’RE STILL AROUND.

Do you know what’s going to happen to your baseball card collection when you die? Don’t worry. You’re not alone if you say no. But you need to start working on a plan. No matter how big or small your collection is, think of yourself as its steward. You’re “managing” your collection. But it will outlast you.

Ideally, once you’re gone you want your cards going to someone who has the same passion for them as you do.

The first question you must answer is: Who is going to get my cards when I pass away? If you have family members who share your passion for card collecting, the answer is easy: Pass your cards along to them.

But what if your family has no interest whatsoever in your hobby? Once you’re gone and they get their hands on those card-filled albums and graded card boxes they’re going to sell them. You will have little control over who they sell them to. If that’s ok with you, fine. However, don’t you want your fellow collectors enjoying your cards? Or perhaps if you sell before your time in this world is through, you can use the money to buy more cards or even travel. If this holds true with you, what are your other options in your role as a steward?

That’s the question I had to ask myself. I’m a single, 63-year-old retired trade press editor. My two younger brothers have no interest in baseball cards. So three years ago I decided to slowly (over the next decade) sell my collection, which consists of complete Topps baseball card sets from 1956 to date.

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