What makes a baseball card collection valuable as an antique? The question, as with all antiques, is time. I grew up in the 1980’s with baseball cards in their hayday. Topps, Fleer, bubble gum… the memories are fond. Wade Boggs, Tony Gwynn, even the now infamous Mark McGwire Olympic cards were all part of my collection. These, however precious to me, and however valuable they may be at a card show, do not, unfortunately, qualify as antiques. Why? Not enough time has passed. I’m not old enough yet.
In the course of collecting, however, I stumbled upon some cards that might qualify as antiques. Within my cache exist Pete Rose, Reggie Jackson, and Catfish Hunter. Ok, now we’re moving in the right direction. Still, however, the time period is not old enough. In order to truly be considered antiques, even Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider are not old enough. They are my father’s generation. These cards are rare and valuable, but consider the comparison: Would anyone want my dad’s armchair, or footstool? No, that is, unless they were in turn received from his father, or better yet, grandfather.
Who are we referring to then? If you have buried away somewhere, in either a shoebox or a vacuumed vault, cards of Tris Speaker, Walter Johnson, or Lou Gherig, your cards are valuable not just in their own right, but also as properly understood antiques. We won’t mention the case of Honus Wagner – if you have him, you don’t need to read this article! Good luck sorting through your collection. It will bring back great memories, and give you a chance to connect with your kids. And best of all, at the end of the adventure, you may discover you are the proud owner of several valuable antiques. Browse through www.iantiqueonline.com, and happy hunting!