A Guide to Selling Us Your Autographs, Sports Cards, Toys and Collectibles

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Our company is always in need of fresh inventory! We are specifically looking for:

-Sports and celebrity autographs (vintage and modern)

-Historically significant rookie cards and unopened boxes of sports cards

-Pre-1980 Marvel and DC Comic Books

-Pre-1990 Toys, Mego Figures, Action Figures, Lunchboxes, or anything else with a character or celebrity on them.

If you have something that fits into those categories, here's a checklist to make the selling process go as smoothly as possible.

1. What do you have? Let us know a general inventory of what you are interested in selling, along with an expectation of what you are looking to sell the collection for.

2. Pictures are a huge help! If you're not entirely sure of what you have, snap a few pictures and send them over. They can be infinitely helpful in determining a quick ballpark estimate.

3. Set up an appointment! Once we determine what we're working with, we can set up an appointment for you to bring in your collection or we can come to you for large accumulations. Call us at 724-243-3546 or email us at buying@steelcitygalleries.com.

Keep these things in mind when selling your collection:

-The rules of supply and demand: There are a lot of sports card collections we see that are made up of cards from the late 80s/early 90s. Unfortunately, these have minimal value today due to the fact that they were manufactured in such mass quantities.

- Condition is key! You may have heard about the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card that sold for $2.9 million in 2018. Unfortunately, that does not mean all 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards are automatically worth $2.9 million. That particular card was graded by professional grading company PSA as a MINT 9, and only six of them have ever achieved such a grade. However, a low-grade copy of the same card can be picked up for around $8,000. Not bad for a piece of cardboard, but a far cry from $2.9 million.

- And so is authenticity! In the world of sports cards and especially in the world of autographs, authenticity is everything. If you're selling items that have been professionally authenticated or come from private signings, you will realize a much higher price in the end. It is important to know where the autograph came from or who sold it to you.

If you'd like to have your autographs professionally authenticated, we use JSA (James Spence Authentication) for our third-party authenticator, as Mr. Spence is regarded as the hobby's foremost authority on autographs. He even paid us a visit for two days authenticating in person in July, 2018!

For professional sports card grading, visit PSA, and for professional comic book grading, visit CGC.

-Different sales channels have pros and cons: We will pay the absolute best price we can on your collectibles, but ultimately we are buying for re-sale. The advantage of this way is that it saves you the work and worries of listing items on eBay or Craigslist, which is no minor detail. Selling yourself takes time, costs money (in fees), and may not even maximize your profit, as new users with low feedback scores typically do not get the same price for a similar item that an established dealer would.

-What aren't we interested in? Due to the fact that we're looking for very specific collectibles, we do not carry and therefore do not purchase the following items: Hot Wheels, Loose video games, coins/currency, stamps, and toy trains.

-Why sell to us? We've sold on eBay since 1997, have an A+ rating from the BBB, we are a member of the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, and we are a JSA (James Spence Authentication) authorized dealer since 2008. Our company has been featured in Sports Illustrated magazine, KDKA Radio Pittsburgh, ESPN Radio Pittsburgh, and in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. We were recognized in the Pittsburgh Magazine 2018 Best of the Burgh Issue as an Editor's Picks Selection for "Best Autograph Repository". You can learn more about us here.

Ready to make a deal? Call us at 724-243-3546 or email us at buying@steelcitygalleries.com!

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