The best way to get the greatest price for sportscards or sports memorbilia is to have them graded.On today’s secondary market, especially online, graded cards are easier to sell. There are 3 good grading sites to use Beckett , SGC , and PSA , i use Beckett the most with these high standards.
Beckett Grading Services uses an easy-to-understand 1 to 10-point grading scale, with descending increments of one-half point (for example 10[ Pristine ] , 9.5[Gem Mint ], 9 [Mint] ,8.5 Nr.Mint] ,etc.). Since you are provided with a detailed report on your card’s key attributes, there are no confusing qualifiers to decipher.
Top-graded cards are identifiable at a glance thanks to Beckett Grading Services’ premium-colored labels. A gold label on the front of the unique cardholder signifies the highest graded cards (9.5-10). A silver label graces cards graded 8.5 to 9. Cards in all other grades are identified with a distinctive and attractive white label
Once a card has been graded and slabbed by BGS, the integrity of the card is protected from all kinds of tampering.
Among the features unique to Beckett Grading Services is a Report Card providing specific grade details and leaving no confusion as to why your card received its grade. Cards will be graded on four key categories: centering, corners, edges and surface. Becket
A 9 to 10 should bring above book value , and 8.5 card will bring book value. Vintage Sportscards in the 60's or early will with a score of 5 to 7 will also bring top dollar. So if you see a card graded 9 or better , it will always be an good investment.
Will have to bookmark those web sites in my "research" folder so I will know where to look if I ever get any sports cards to sell. I saw a whole bunch at a yard sale once, but didn't know enough about them so I passed them up.