How to Pawn or Sell Baseball Cards

January 22, 2020 - Antiques, Art and Collectibles

So maybe you’ve inherited Uncle Jimmy’s collection of baseball cards from back in the day.

If you have a card collection you would like to sell or pawn, I’d recommend trying PawnGuru first. We’ll show you multiple offers from pawn shops near you. But before submitting your baseball cards, keep in mind a few tips to get top dollar for your card collection.

Be Honest

When it comes to sports cards, this is even more important since the card’s condition directly impacts its value. If the card you are selling has any major flaws, say so in your description and provide a picture. While this might mean it sells for less money, this is much better than having the pawn shop say no deal, making your trip to the pawn shop a waste.


Make sure you do your research to figure out how much your collection may be worth. It’s always a great idea to walk into a pawn shop knowing how much your cards are worth in a direct sale, and how much you’re willing to settle if the pawnbroker decides to knock the offer down a bit.

Cleaning or other maintenance

Don’t do either of these things. If the cards are a little dirty or dusty, just dust it away. If the card is bent a little or ripped, don’t try ironing it out or taping it. Any chemicals, water, or heat added to a collection of cards can damage them, rendering them worthless.

Paperwork and Validation

Make sure to have the paperwork or certificate that can prove that your collectable cards are legit. Not many pawn shops will have an expert on baseball or basketball cards on staff that can tell if your cards are worth something. The more confident the shop is that your cards are authentic, the bigger the offers you can expect to receive.

If you have any questions, please send us an email at We’re eager to help!
David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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