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Lot vs. Individual selling

Hi everyone,

I have a near complete set of 1985 topps football, with stars/HoFers in 9 and everyone else in 8.

It would appear that breaking up the set to sell individually would return more money, but the time to list them all individually seems arduous at best (not even including the time to ship each).

Does it make any sense to do it this way? It just seems selling as one big lot would mean less money but a heck of a lot less time, too.

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    gameusedhoopgameusedhoop Posts: 3,540 ✭✭✭

    How does your set stack up to some of the Registry sets? Is there current competition in the registry? What else do you do with your time? Is the extra $$ worth it to you or not. I've broken up quite a few graded sets and it isn't as bad as you think. It was very worth my time to break up certain sets where pops were low and competition was high. Check out ebay sold items to get a feel for the market. Some lower pop commons sell for more than you'd think as not many are getting graded at this point due to costs.

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    1948_Swell_Robinson1948_Swell_Robinson Posts: 1,682 ✭✭✭✭

    Personal choice by weighing how much your time is worth sending that many packages. A retired person with more time on their hands might pick one way. A father getting home from work and hustling to a sporting event every day might pick the other.

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    MistlinMistlin Posts: 11 ✭✭

    @gameusedhoop said:
    How does your set stack up to some of the Registry sets? Is there current competition in the registry? What else do you do with your time? Is the extra $$ worth it to you or not. I've broken up quite a few graded sets and it isn't as bad as you think. It was very worth my time to break up certain sets where pops were low and competition was high. Check out ebay sold items to get a feel for the market. Some lower pop commons sell for more than you'd think as not many are getting graded at this point due to costs.

    Currently ranked #6 - 92% complete, GPA weighted 8.69.

    It has been some time since I have looked into the values of the cards I have, and it's interesting to see Steve McMichael with sales recently nearing $400 for a PSA 9 like mine, As far as lower pop, I guess I should look at the ones with populations graded higher than the ones I have to see how valuable they might be.

    Some things to think about that's for sure. Thank you both for the input.

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    daltexdaltex Posts: 3,486 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think some AHs will do both. That is auction the set and the individual cards at the same time, and if the total of the individual cards is higher than that of the set, then it gets parted out.

    No idea if 1985 football is even eligible for that sort of thing, but it may be worth asking some of the AHs.

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    JolleyWrencherJolleyWrencher Posts: 605 ✭✭✭

    If you go the ebay route then selling at least 2 at a time avoids ebay authenticity program if they sell over the limit to require authentication. Some prefer authentication and others do not. Just more to think about.

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    JolleyWrencherJolleyWrencher Posts: 605 ✭✭✭

    If you sell the set then include information about your set registry score and provide details for how others can validate the claim while also including a snapshot of the registry.

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    gameusedhoopgameusedhoop Posts: 3,540 ✭✭✭

    It looks like sports-cards-forever is breaking a mostly PSA 9 set on ebay right now. There are a bunch around $20 for 9's that haven't sold, 8's may be a total slog unless they are grouped together in lots of 50 or so.

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