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Value of Baseball Player Autographs

Some player’s autographs can be worth thousands of dollars. The most valuable autographs are ones from players long gone, the ones who’s name grace the Baseball Hall of Fame, the ones that broke records, and the ones that are part of baseball history: players like Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Sandy Koufax, Cy Young, Ty Cobb, Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams… the greats of the game are worth the most. Some players only signed a handful of items and their signatures are extremely valuable. For example, Shoeless Joe Jackson was thought to be illiterate and signed his name to very few things… his signatures go for $20,000 to $100,000 depending on the item.

Modern baseball player’s autographs are usually worth less than players from long ago. Some players that are alive today sign very few things which make their signatures worth more. In recent times baseball card companies started releasing limited numbers of authenticated cards that can be highly sought after by collectors.

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Marvel Comic Books Worth

Marvel comic book worth

The Marvel brand began in 1939 when Martin Goodman released “Marvel Comics #1”. Goodman began publishing under the name Timely Publications, then Atlas Comics, before finally using the name Marvel Comics in 1961. The first wildly successful title was Captain America which included the artwork of Jack Kirby. In 1941, when the editor for Marvel left, Martin Goodman hired his wife’s cousin Stanley Lieber (Stan Lee) to be interim editor. Stan Lee would go on to become a legend in the comic book world, ruling Marvel for decades and overseeing the release of highly successful titles such as the Fantastic Four, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man, Iron Man, X-Men, Daredevil, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Silver Surfer, Magneto, Loki, the Green Goblin… so many popular characters.

As the comic book market contracted in the 1980’s Marvel would be sold and resold until Disney bought Marvel for $4 billion dollars in 2009.

Which Marvel comics are the most valuable? The old ones with popular titles. Certain characters are just more popular, and therefore more collectible, than other characters. For example there are more Spider-Man fans than Ant Man fans. Obviously first editions are usually worth the most. Here’s how you look up what your Marvel comics are worth:

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McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy Values

McDonald's Happy Meal toy values

The Happy Meal was introduced in 1979, an irresistible meal plus toy combo, that continues to be popular with kids today. If you have a collection of Happy Meal toys from the 1980’s and 1990’s, they could be worth hundreds of dollars. But not all happy meal toys are worth a small fortune… it depends on how rare and collectible the toy is. I’ll show you how to look up the value of your McDonald’s Happy Meal toys.

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Value of Vinyl Records

Vinyl records have made a huge comeback recently… and what used to sell for a dollar at a garage sale might fetch hundreds or thousands of dollars online. Depending on the pressing, the same album title could be worthless or worth a fortune. We’ll show you how to use to look up the value of your vinyl records.

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What your Beanie Babies are Worth

Want to know what your Beanie Babies are worth? This article shows you how to easily look up what your Beanie Baby is worth using the price guide.

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How to sell comic books

How to sell your comic books

Want to sell your comic books? This article tells you everything you need to know to sell your comics at a great price and with ease. We cover how to look up what your comics are worth, when to sell online vs. offline, and tips and tricks for listing your comics on eBay that will save you time and money.

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What your comic books are worth

Want to know what your comic books are worth? Use Mavin, a price guide for comic book values. It uses recently sold data to calculate what your comic book would currently sell for online. You can even pick a few comps (comparable items just like yours) to get a custom price estimate of what your comic book is worth. This article shows you how to use Mavin to look up the value of your comic books.

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How to sell your sports cards

Selling your sports cards on eBay.

Once you’ve mastered pricing your cards using Mavin, here are some tips for eBay so you can actually sell them for that price:

1. Photograph Your Card(s) – High quality pictures of your cards are the most important factor when it comes to selling your cards. If you don’t have enough pictures, or low quality pictures, then buyers will be much less likely to buy from you because they don’t trust the quality of your product. Using an iPhone quality camera in decent lighting will be sufficient. Make sure to post front and back images of your card.

2. List Properly – You don’t want to be caught listing like an amateur. This means you don’t want to add a bunch of filler or flashy text to try and make your listing stand out. You’re more likely to annoy a potential buyer than entice them to buy your card. This means don’t say your card is “limited,” “rare,” or “hard to find,” unless you’re prepared to back that statement up. Similarly, don’t add special characters or all capital letters to your listing to make it jump off the page.

3. Sell Cheapest First – While it is tempting to sell your most valuable cards right off the bat, if you’re brand new to selling on eBay you won’t want to start with these cards. When selling online, your reputation is the most important factor in getting someone to buy your product. If you’re selling a $200 card and don’t have any reviews from previous customers, potential buyers might think you are trying to scam them or don’t trust your service. Start by selling lower value cards and build up a reputation as a quality seller on eBay. This will make it much easier to sell your more valuable cards down the line. When selling these lower valued cards, make sure you ship quickly and charge a fair price. This is the easiest way to get a high rating from your customers.

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