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Please help - 402 piece Multiple Sports Starting Lineup 1988-2000

Attached is the hand written notes my Uncle made today. How much would you sell the entire collection for, ball park?
Would getting $30 each ($12,000) be possible or did the market tank for the big names in NM condition?

My Uncle has many of these in pristine condition. Sure you've heard it before but my Uncle has preserved these very well. He noted any issues on either the card or the package. He firmly believes his are better than 99% of the highest AFA graded figures.

If I keep one of the Bo Jackson ones then it will be 401 pieces but my 83 year old Uncle called me tonight and told me he wants to sell his collection.
Football - 202 football
Baseball (a couple of cooperstown) - 48 pieces (he had exactly 500 pieces stolen from him in 2006)
Basketball - 81 pieces
Hockey - 71 pieces

Would you do a big auction house or find a private buyer?

Comments

  • He said he has 50 in hard cases. He was planning to include about 8 that are bigger 6" or 7" (from 2000s like emmit and barry) for free as well.

  • RufussCkingstonRufussCkingston Posts: 1,448 ✭✭✭✭

    The cards that come with some of them would probably be more valuable, specifically if it could grade well.

  • If they average $10 each then we're talking roughly $4k for the lot. That almost seems big enough to me that selling them at a place like Heritage or Golden might be worth trying. I think they do a good job drawing attention for large collections.

    I'd hate to find out that there's no interest and someone walks away with the collection for $2k and then 20 years from now the Sanders and Jordan's go for $1500 each.

  • RufussCkingstonRufussCkingston Posts: 1,448 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 23, 2024 8:26PM

    The shipping will be more than what they would sell for.... Only people who plan to resell them individually if the price is low enough or a hoarder is going to bid on 400+ figures. Have you looked at what some of them sell for on ebay? I'm going to doubt that any respectable auction house would sell them as one lot. They might do it by sport, but I don't believe that value would be maximized (if there is real value) by selling them together, if anything it is going to be a quantity discount. At the end of the day, these aren't original star wars figurines! But let me know if you find a taker, maybe I could add these to the pot! Probably going in the trash when I finally do a cleaning!

  • vols1vols1 Posts: 756 ✭✭✭

    You're looking at about $2,500 tops. Go to the Facebook starting lineup site and you'll see anything past 1991 listed for $4 & $5. If you want to maximize the return, then i would suggest putting the 1988 and 1989 football & basketball on eBay separately.

    https://facebook.com/groups/54006496786

  • pdoidoipdoidoi Posts: 438 ✭✭✭

    They are pretty much worthless since the McFarlane figures came out. And now I don't see much interest for the McFarlane figures. I donated tons of them twice. First time we got decent amount back, the second time we donated our tax person would not do it and we took a big loss. I still have quite a few to get rid of but I'm keeping many favorites and and key figures.

  • JoeBanzaiJoeBanzai Posts: 11,135 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @RufussCkingston said:
    The cards that come with some of them would probably be more valuable, specifically if it could grade well.

    This is your best advice to make the most money.

    A 1996 Puckett PSA 10 sold for $300.00 recently.

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  • RonSportscardsRonSportscards Posts: 745 ✭✭✭✭

    Throw it in a storage unit then have a storage wars sale. LOL


  • @JoeBanzai said:

    @RufussCkingston said:
    The cards that come with some of them would probably be more valuable, specifically if it could grade well.

    This is your best advice to make the most money.

    A 1996 Puckett PSA 10 sold for $300.00 recently.

    These are the types of sales my Uncle mentions and why he had me submit a Bo Jackson that he cut up. I figured maybe there is card value since populations aren't absurd for some of the ones he has.

    I think I'm going to let my Uncle call an ad from the magazine he receives monthly because he seems to think he's going to get $20 each ($8k) and he wanted to give me first dibs. He's 87 and got them when they were actually worth something. Once he gets an offer from the guy then he might get sick to his stomach and give them away for whatever offer gets extended to him. He's the Uncle who gave away a rare colony coin from my grandfather because people couldn't identify it and the coin shop said $100.

    He thinks some of them aren't worth more than a couple dollars and he thinks over 10 of them are worth over $500 based on sales he claims he has seen. I uploaded the list as soon as I received it via text because I have a deadline for my work and knew I couldn't do comparisons prior to when he wants an answer. Heck he wanted to know 10 minutes into our phone call and he hadn't mentioned ever wanting to sell them.

  • Nathaniel1960Nathaniel1960 Posts: 2,306 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I just gave most of mine to goodwill. Only kept the Iordans and a few others. You can pick up most post-91 SLUs for $3 each at card shows.

    Kiss me once, shame on you.
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  • ndleondleo Posts: 4,042 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I hope the future board is as kind and helpful to our grandchildren when they ask about the junk slabs old grandpa has in his closet.

    Mike
  • pdoidoipdoidoi Posts: 438 ✭✭✭

    @JolleyWrencher said:
    He said he has 50 in hard cases. He was planning to include about 8 that are bigger 6" or 7" (from 2000s like emmit and barry) for free as well

    I would first check the ones in hard cases, maybe they are worth something. There might be some low production issues which may also be worth some $$. I also have a few from the Start Lineup Collectors Club and special Starting Lineup Covnention figures.

    Do your homework you may have some rare ones. They also make good gifts for the kids that love sports.

  • JoeBanzaiJoeBanzai Posts: 11,135 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @JolleyWrencher said:

    @JoeBanzai said:

    @RufussCkingston said:
    The cards that come with some of them would probably be more valuable, specifically if it could grade well.

    This is your best advice to make the most money.

    A 1996 Puckett PSA 10 sold for $300.00 recently.

    These are the types of sales my Uncle mentions and why he had me submit a Bo Jackson that he cut up. I figured maybe there is card value since populations aren't absurd for some of the ones he has.

    I think I'm going to let my Uncle call an ad from the magazine he receives monthly because he seems to think he's going to get $20 each ($8k) and he wanted to give me first dibs. He's 87 and got them when they were actually worth something. Once he gets an offer from the guy then he might get sick to his stomach and give them away for whatever offer gets extended to him. He's the Uncle who gave away a rare colony coin from my grandfather because people couldn't identify it and the coin shop said $100.

    He thinks some of them aren't worth more than a couple dollars and he thinks over 10 of them are worth over $500 based on sales he claims he has seen. I uploaded the list as soon as I received it via text because I have a deadline for my work and knew I couldn't do comparisons prior to when he wants an answer. Heck he wanted to know 10 minutes into our phone call and he hadn't mentioned ever wanting to sell them.

    As stated by others, 90% of these are worth at the most, $5.00 each.

    I would like to know what 10 are worth $500.00 each.

    I recently started a Kirby Puckett registry set and noticed some of his SLU cards in PSA 10 were going for over $100.00. I thought I might buy a few figures in original packaging and remove the card for grading once I saw how cheap they were. Many go for $5.00 plus another $5.00 or so for shipping. A few of the cards might grade high, most went into the garbage.

    I just looked at "sold items" on eBay and it looks like there's a few football SLU's worth over $100.00 (nothing over $250.00) but not many, and a bunch of Jordan's worth $50-100.00 each. I am by no means an expert on SLU's.

    Reality on all collections is a bummer.
    PlMost collections have a very few $ items and a whole lot of stuff worth little or nothing.

    Selling the entire collection usually results in a low ball offer and no one enjoys going through hundreds of items and selling them one at a time for a few dollars and packaging and shipping. As has been mentioned, these are larger items. Single cards are much easier to deal with.

    After selling the best pieces, this leaves you with pretty much the same collection.

    I took a brief look at what he has, I won't give you an opinion on what the entire lot is worth, because it's not much.

    If I was offered $2,000.00 for them all, I would take that offer in a heartbeat.

    Hopefully he can find someone who wants a big collection of these and they both will be happy.

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  • pdoidoipdoidoi Posts: 438 ✭✭✭

    Jolley Wrencher, Good luck

  • GansetttimeGansetttime Posts: 218 ✭✭✭

    Your uncle does have a few in demand and higher priced figures:

    '88 Rice, Montana, Bonds, Ripken
    '89 Spielman, Maddux, Alomar
    '90 Bo
    Jordans

    I'd sell those on e-Bay as BINs.

    Next tier of figures you'd be lucky to get $5-$8 (major stars like Griffey/Shaq/Marino etc.)
    Rest is junk, yard sale material @$1/$2 each.

    No way you get $2,000. $500 is out of the question, collectors will just want to cherry pick this lot for what I mentioned and not get stuck with the leftovers.

    Hate to break it to your uncle, but his collection isn't worth a lot.

  • JoeBanzaiJoeBanzai Posts: 11,135 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looking a little closer, to get good money for the best ones, you will have to get them graded.

    Looks like it's $90.00-$125.00 to grade, so your $250.00 sale works out to be about $100.00 profit IF he gets a top grade.

    He doesn't have any of the big 3 in 1988 basketball.
    1988 seems to be the only year worth any $.
    A graded 1988 Bonds went for $300.00. Subtract grading and shipping costs and you're at $150.00.
    1990 Bo Jackson is around $75.00 profit.

    I was going to say $500.00 for all of them.

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  • @nam812 said:

    @JolleyWrencher said:
    .......my 83 year old Uncle called me tonight.........

    @JolleyWrencher said:
    .......He's 87 and got them...........

    You better hurry because he seems to be aging rapidly.

    Lol. 83...I crossed his age with my old friend Larry who is 77. That's comedy. Thanks for making a joke instead of assuming I'm a horrible con artist.

  • JoeBanzaiJoeBanzai Posts: 11,135 ✭✭✭✭✭


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  • @JoeBanzai said:

    So I should take the best ones cards out and have 4SC submit for me? 😜

  • RonSportscardsRonSportscards Posts: 745 ✭✭✭✭

    Now I gotta keep an eye out for high grade starting lineup cards. Who knew.

  • ghooper33ghooper33 Posts: 302 ✭✭✭

    I used to submit SLU cards pretty regularly, and I have two points: 1) the cards rattle around in the package and I rarely found decent cards to grade from an unopened package, and 2) the grading on these cards have become stricter than ever.

    Either way, good luck to your Uncle which ever way y’all decide to sell them.

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  • JoeBanzaiJoeBanzai Posts: 11,135 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ghooper33 said:
    I used to submit SLU cards pretty regularly, and I have two points: 1) the cards rattle around in the package and I rarely found decent cards to grade from an unopened package, and 2) the grading on these cards have become stricter than ever.

    Either way, good luck to your Uncle which ever way y’all decide to sell them.

    You're absolutely correct, some of the cards I got were really bad.
    He does mention that these were well cared for, so hoping they have a shot.

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  • @JoeBanzai said:

    @ghooper33 said:
    I used to submit SLU cards pretty regularly, and I have two points: 1) the cards rattle around in the package and I rarely found decent cards to grade from an unopened package, and 2) the grading on these cards have become stricter than ever.

    Either way, good luck to your Uncle which ever way y’all decide to sell them.

    You're absolutely correct, some of the cards I got were really bad.
    He does mention that these were well cared for, so hoping they have a shot.

    It's neat to think about the fact there are many which would grade high and sad to think that he may do damage to them on accident after 25-35 years later.

    I never knew how this was going to play out. He built and dedicated a room to this collection when he was decided to collect these. I helped him sweep sawdust when he was framing it up. The room had no windows, shelving was padded, and the air vents push the air away from the shelves.

    Sad to think he had exactly 500 baseball stolen from him and the set would have been over 900. I'll never forget the room.

    I appreciate everyone's input. Make it a great day.

  • Nathaniel1960Nathaniel1960 Posts: 2,306 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I put the 1988 BB set together. Yes the corners and edges get dinged in the packaging. Also centering can suck and there are often other print defects and snow front and back. Challenging red borders.

    Kiss me once, shame on you.
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  • pdoidoipdoidoi Posts: 438 ✭✭✭

    @Nathaniel1960 said:
    I put the 1988 BB set together. Yes the corners and edges get dinged in the packaging. Also centering can suck and there are often other print defects and snow front and back. Challenging red borders.

    Also, the plastic case starts to yellow after time on some of them.

  • @pdoidoi said:

    @Nathaniel1960 said:
    I put the 1988 BB set together. Yes the corners and edges get dinged in the packaging. Also centering can suck and there are often other print defects and snow front and back. Challenging red borders.

    Also, the plastic case starts to yellow after time on some of them.

    He was shocked when he saw a couple that had turned yellow. I wonder if they didn't fully seal or were made of some other plastic. Or possibly they had slight sun damage before he acquired it and it degraded more over time?

  • JoeBanzaiJoeBanzai Posts: 11,135 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @JolleyWrencher said:

    @JoeBanzai said:

    @ghooper33 said:
    I used to submit SLU cards pretty regularly, and I have two points: 1) the cards rattle around in the package and I rarely found decent cards to grade from an unopened package, and 2) the grading on these cards have become stricter than ever.

    Either way, good luck to your Uncle which ever way y’all decide to sell them.

    You're absolutely correct, some of the cards I got were really bad.
    He does mention that these were well cared for, so hoping they have a shot.

    It's neat to think about the fact there are many which would grade high and sad to think that he may do damage to them on accident after 25-35 years later.

    I never knew how this was going to play out. He built and dedicated a room to this collection when he was decided to collect these. I helped him sweep sawdust when he was framing it up. The room had no windows, shelving was padded, and the air vents push the air away from the shelves.

    Sad to think he had exactly 500 baseball stolen from him and the set would have been over 900. I'll never forget the room.

    I appreciate everyone's input. Make it a great day.

    Sounds like a fun project, with some great memories.

    Not many of these stories end up with a collection worth a lot of money.

    It's the journey, not the destination.

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  • dontippetdontippet Posts: 2,580 ✭✭✭✭

    I gave mine to goodwill as well. They sat in my ebay store for several years without much action whatsoever. And I had them in group lots where they were maybe $5 apiece. Sold maybe 10% of them, then donated the other 90%. In my opinion, they are about the hardest collectible to sell.

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  • lahmejoonlahmejoon Posts: 1,663 ✭✭✭

    It's sad - these used to be so fun to chase. Had to go through the section whenever we went to Kay-Bee Toys or Toys 'R' Us.

  • by chance, would anyone else here recall a gent in Hawaii making a 1 Million dollar purchase of a Starting Lineups lot back in their heyday ? There was an article picturing the 18 wheeler dropping the stuff off, with the buyer pictured next to it with a wood.
    If anyone can find that article, of which I do not recall from what mag or site, you win.

  • GansetttimeGansetttime Posts: 218 ✭✭✭

    @Ridethelightning said:
    by chance, would anyone else here recall a gent in Hawaii making a 1 Million dollar purchase of a Starting Lineups lot back in their heyday ? There was an article picturing the 18 wheeler dropping the stuff off, with the buyer pictured next to it with a wood.
    If anyone can find that article, of which I do not recall from what mag or site, you win.

    I remember that article well, it was in SCD. At the height of the SLU craze. If I recall, the gentleman only had star/key pieces.
    I was a former SLU dealer with a direct account with Hasbro. Great memories and times. Sad to see how that hobby has fallen so far.

  • IronmanfanIronmanfan Posts: 5,417 ✭✭✭✭

    Back in 1989 I couldn't locate the Cal Ripken Jr, figure so I wrote Kenner a letter and they actually sent me on for free (that would never happen today).

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  • GrooGroo Posts: 42 ✭✭

    SLU had its day just liked POGS. Those days aint ever coming back.

    Some SLU Cards will pull in solid coin if PSA10. Thing is that in my experience theres maybe 1-2 PSA10 from every 40-50 package rips. If u dont get a 10 its almost a certain money loss on the grading charges.

    IMHO is a lot of effort with minimal potential reward.

  • McvillagehtxMcvillagehtx Posts: 103 ✭✭✭

    List them on facebook marketplace, offers and Craigslist for $800 for the whole lot and take anything over $250

  • @Groo said:
    SLU had its day just liked POGS. Those days aint ever coming back.

    Some SLU Cards will pull in solid coin if PSA10. Thing is that in my experience theres maybe 1-2 PSA10 from every 40-50 package rips. If u dont get a 10 its almost a certain money loss on the grading charges.

    IMHO is a lot of effort with minimal potential reward.

    Pogs...lol...apparently originated in Hawaii and I saw a YouTube who films dangerous neighborhoods had gone there to film and sure enough, kids were slamming hard-core. I was looking to see if anyone had snap bracelets or tamagotchi.

  • pdoidoipdoidoi Posts: 438 ✭✭✭

    @JolleyWrencher said:

    @pdoidoi said:

    @Nathaniel1960 said:
    I put the 1988 BB set together. Yes the corners and edges get dinged in the packaging. Also centering can suck and there are often other print defects and snow front and back. Challenging red borders.

    Also, the plastic case starts to yellow after time on some of them.

    He was shocked when he saw a couple that had turned yellow. I wonder if they didn't fully seal or were made of some other plastic. Or possibly they had slight sun damage before he acquired it and it degraded more over time?

    Not sure what causes that. I have a couple of nice Shaq Lineups that have yellowed. I also just replaced a bunch of hard sleeves that I had stored for many years and most had yellowed. None of the cards or the Lineups spent much if any time in the sun.

  • EstilEstil Posts: 6,846 ✭✭✭✭

    @Ironmanfan said:
    Back in 1989 I couldn't locate the Cal Ripken Jr, figure so I wrote Kenner a letter and they actually sent me on for free (that would never happen today).

    IMF

    Because nowadays we have all this instant communication means (Internet and such) and people upon finding out would be flooding Kenner's social media and be all like, "Oooh, oooh, me too! Me too!"

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  • As I expected...the guy running the ad expects to pay $2 per lineup. He doesn't care if it'll sell for $5 or $80. So far my Uncle isn't bummed like I assumed he would be but I told him while the Chiefs are beating the Ravens. If Ravens win then he probably dwell on it.

  • vols1vols1 Posts: 756 ✭✭✭

    That's pretty much what I expected. I know someone who buy big Starting Lineup and junk wax collections. But they have to rent the U-Haul, pay the gas, plus other expenses. Most folks just sell them on eBay or Facebook.

  • BLUEJAYWAYBLUEJAYWAY Posts: 7,824 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The cases that the line ups are housed in have to be worth something in addition to the lineups. I remember paying a few $ for them.

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