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Question about some older MLB cards

I am going through all of my baseball cards. I have so many. I find it very overwhelming at the moment.
I am taking the time to put my older cards in sleeves to help care for them better. I won't lie my plan is to sell them but I will also be keeping a collection of them for myself.
I don't know how to grade cards buy as a Sox fan these cards stand out.
I don't know what year these are from but condition wise they are very nice.
Are these valuable and what year are they from?
Thank you

Student of numismatics and collector of Morgan dollars


  • jimqjimq Posts: 242 ✭✭✭

    Those are 1971s. The higher number cards are sometimes valuable even if they're not stars. As for those, it's hard to see corners and edges of cards in penny sleeves. Maybe pics or scans of unprotected cards would be better. Also any wear at all really looks bad with the black borders.

  • 1951WheatiesPremium1951WheatiesPremium Posts: 6,119 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think they look pretty sharp so I would take those cards in the penny sleeves and get them into Card Savers.

    Scans or closeups of corners would help with appraisal by the forums but be warned that these are notorious cards, too: 1971’s show wear very easily and tend to get hammered when assessed professionally by all of the third party grading companies.

    They do look nicely centered and very sharp from the pics provided.

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  • GroceryRackPackGroceryRackPack Posts: 1,955 ✭✭✭✭✭

    hey 150k
    your 71's look pretty good... :) I agree with jimq about seeing edges in the sleeves...

  • Morgan13Morgan13 Posts: 377 ✭✭✭✭

    Okay I took them out of the cheap sleeves. I took some new photos and placed them carefully into some top loaders I purchased.
    How do they look?
    To me they look very sharp but I am clueless.
    Your opinions matter.

    Student of numismatics and collector of Morgan dollars

  • GroceryRackPackGroceryRackPack Posts: 1,955 ✭✭✭✭✭

    hey 150K,
    those look Really Good...all nice & cherry... :)

  • Chicago1976Chicago1976 Posts: 407 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice cards, remarkable shape considering they have not been in sleeves for a while. I don't see alot of chipping on the front black borders or the green edges on the back. Centering looks pretty good, especially on the Brock cards.

  • Morgan13Morgan13 Posts: 377 ✭✭✭✭

    You know I really cannot see any flaws. I looked on ebay at some of them. I could see minor issues on the graded cards. I don't see anything on these. They are remarkable. I think they should be graded. I will look into it.

    Student of numismatics and collector of Morgan dollars

  • Morgan13Morgan13 Posts: 377 ✭✭✭✭

    Here is another group. These are not nearly as nice but I want to sell them. I need to raise some money for another purchase. I will appreciate some help. I believe you guys as collectors yourselves will benefit because I am not profit driven.
    I am also doing research but it's really overwhelming. I have a few thousand cards from the 60's and early 70'. I need to start somewhere.
    If I am doing something wrong by asking this way please let me know.

    Student of numismatics and collector of Morgan dollars

  • jimqjimq Posts: 242 ✭✭✭

    The 1971s look a lot better out of the sleeves, but keep in mind PSA and others grade 71s very harshly. Don't get your hopes up and if there are any card stores near you then you should get in person opinions before you spend money grading them.

    The 1952s above are always wanted.(the style ike the bruce edwards above). Anything above #310 should be looked at closely. I had some that were beat up and graded 1 and 2 and they sold quickly at over 100 each.

    Keep asking. People here like to help.

  • Morgan13Morgan13 Posts: 377 ✭✭✭✭

    Thank you.
    Looking at the Yaz and Brock cards using a loop I see nothing but good so that helps. I do have a decent eye from my Morgan dollar collecting. I just need to raise a little money for something else. Hey we are all collectors here. I think we all know what it's like to need to raise some dough 😀

    Student of numismatics and collector of Morgan dollars

  • BBBrkrrBBBrkrr Posts: 738 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would start with my expectations very very low when it comes to grading vintage cards these days. If you think you have an 8 or 9 you won't be disappointed when they come back a 5 or 6.

    That's just how things go these days, and when you first start grading.

  • PaulMaulPaulMaul Posts: 4,584 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 6, 2023 4:07PM

    The Yaz and Brock cards are nice but far from flawless. I would guess they would max out at PSA 7. The left Brock has noticeable wear at all four corners. Probably a PSA 6.

  • Morgan13Morgan13 Posts: 377 ✭✭✭✭

    I don't have the faintest idea. I never suggested any numerical grade. I did see the Brock card your talking about but the corners on two of these cards are razor sharp and for being tucked away so long it is remarkable that they are in this condition.
    I don't even know what a 6 is worth.
    I collect Morgan dollars and as an example we go through all kinds of issues with grading. Coins are like snowflakes and apparently so aren't the grading standards at times.

    Student of numismatics and collector of Morgan dollars

  • PaulMaulPaulMaul Posts: 4,584 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Your 1971s are very nice, absolutely way above average for that issue.

    Here is what a PSA 9 1971 card looks like just as a basis for comparison. Any hint of white at a corner is considered wear and impacts the grade.

  • TabeTabe Posts: 5,800 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Don't leave the cards in toploaders without being in a sleeve first. There's some value in your 71s but they are definitely more in the 5 or 6 range than 7 or above.

  • JolleyWrencherJolleyWrencher Posts: 456 ✭✭✭

    The best way to find what year a card is from eBay using name (player or team) and card number.

    If the card has previous year stats then I look at the most recent season year and add one when starting my search.

    You can also see the population reports which tell you how many cards were graded and what the grades were. Keep in mind that sometimes cards are resubmitted and the numbers may not be 100% accurate. You also must know that a few of the high graded cards may have been cut from a sheet of cards. Your gems are definitely excellent. It's great to see.

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