What Is My Stuff Worth

Seems to be the theme of most of the calls and emails I was getting. Do you know what my stuff is worth ? Or I have stuff and was wondering if you'd be interested in buying it. Many things go into figuring out what your stuff is worth, but let me see if I can break some of it down.

What something is worth depends on many factors and variables. What is your stuff, let's start with say a collectible sports trading card. First off talking in generalities let's say the card is a 1970 cocomilkcollectibles (like Topps) baseball card. Alright baseball card sets usually have about 700 cards in them. Now baseball card sets had common cards (ordinary players), rookie cards (a players first year), star cards (all star players or all star caliber players). The common cards usually aren't worth much. Sometimes common cards are only worth a few cents. Then star cards or all star cards, those were usually the better players and were worth more. The highest valued card in a set if the player ended up an all star or superstar during his career, would be his rookie card. Some rookies cards can be worth hundreds of dollars if not more.

Next is what is the condition of your card ? If a card is pristine or Mint condition it will be worth considerably more than a slightly worn card, or worse a card with creases, tears writing or other damage. A card that is "graded", which is a card certified by a professional on the condition of the card and is in really nice condition would be worth even more.

Here is another thing I try to relate to people that I talk to about their "stuff", how much does the person that wants the item "need" the item. Using again the baseball card example, lets say you have a set that is only one card short of being a complete set, that card would be more desirable than it might be to someone else that needs half the set and will be working on it for a long time. In an auction type setting the person that needs that one card to complete their set might bid, and bid and bid to get that card so they can finish their set and have had a hard time finding it from card dealers.

Another factor and it's a big one right now is "Fair Market Value". Fair market value is defined as �what a willing buyer will pay a willing seller. Fair market value is calculated by taking current and recent sales of similar items. Fair Market Value in our current economy isn't what it was say three or four years ago when people had more disposable cash than they do now. During these economic times I have received more calls and emails from folks trying to sell their stuff, rather than buy our stuff. Times are tough right now.

Another thing to keep in mind as far as Fair Market Value, this is a fluid market, constantly changing. What your item may be worth today isn't necessarily what it will be worth in the future. The Market Value on an item may go up or down. So if your item is worth $100.00 now, one year from now it could be worth $50.00 or it could also be worth $200.00 - basically there are no guarantees.

When I have spoken to people about there collectible stuff I tell them with the economy right now if you aren't in dire need for the money, hold on to your item or items because eventually the economy could come back to where it was. If the economy rebounds, their stuff will be worth a lot more in the future than it is now.

Be careful and get more than one Professional Appraisal or Professional opinion of value in case you are getting information from someone that wants to buy the item because they will appraise it low. Personally I feel it's never a good idea to get this information from someone that wants to purchase your item for obvious reasons. We do not purchase any items, at any time from individuals contacting us wondering if we are buyers or wondering how much their item might be worth.

I hope that some of this information will help you to do research to see what your collectible "stuff" is worth.

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