TRADING CARDS - RECENTLY PURCHASED

TRADING CARDS - WHAT WE BUY

3rd Party Graded Cards:  Currently, the top three respected grading card companies are PSA (Professional Sports Authenticators), SGC (Sports Card Guarantee), and BGS (Beckett Grading Services). These companies evaluate trading cards on a 1-10 grading scale, with 10 being the highest possible certifying that without a doubt that card is of the gem mint pedigree.

The criteria which the grading is based off of consists of the following:
  • Centering:  The closer the borders of a trading card are to 50/50 compared with the subject of the card, increases the cards chances of a higher grade. A cardmay be perfect otherwise, but if the cards centering is not at least 75/25 a card can grade no higher than a 7/10 which is considered near mint. To most collectors and dealers alike centering is one of the most important characteristics of a card.
  • Surface:  The surface of a card is also very important. Any blemishes, indentations, staining, creases, or anything else that subtracts from the visual eye appeal of a card will hinder the grade greatly.  If the obverse of a trading card has great eye appeal with little to no wear, but the reverse has soiling or other surface damage the highest grade achievable would be a 5/10 or EX (excellent).
  • Corners:   Corners of most trading cards should be razor sharp at a perfect right angle.  A few exceptions to this rule include the following: Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, and Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards. These cards were printed with rounded corners which enables achieving higher grades more easily than the average trading cards.  The more rounded the corners are the harder it is to move up on the grading scale. If corners have begun to split so individual fibers can be seen this further hurts the value of a trading card. In order to achieve a grade of an 8/10 NM/MT (near mint-mint) or better corners must be nearly perfect.
  • Edges:  Finally, last but certainly not least, the edges of a card must be crisp. If a card has any chipping, warping, tearing, or any other negative factors taking away from eye appeal on the edges of the card it will lower a cards overall grade.
Note:  Each of these four factors are taken into careful consideration and an average of these sub-grades will then dictate what grade the card receives.  These companies will also have 2-3 graders or more grade the same card to be sure cards receive the grades they deserve.  The cards are then encapsulated in tamper proof slabs with a description of the card and its grade.  Cards that have already been professionally graded by one of the three top graders mentioned earlier will receive significant premiums. Submitting cards can be very expensive and we understand that when we are making offers. If cards have not been professionally graded, our in house grader will grade your cards on the same scale using the same in depth criteria that the other three houses use before an offer is made.  We will never under value your investment and waste your time with low ball offers.

Magic: The Gathering:  The Gathering is a trading card game that was released by Wizards of the Coast in 1993 and after 25 years still remains a classic played and collected by millions all over the world.  The following are sets and key cards we are actively searching for:

  • Alpha/Beta:   The very limited Alpha set was released August 5th of 1993 and contained 295 cards total. After Alpha quickly sold out in stores and became an instant hit Beta, which was the second printing of the original first edition Alpha set, was released but quickly sold out too in October of 1993. Key cards from these sets include the following in no particular order.
  • Wrath of God
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Time Vault
  • Swords to Plowshares
  • Sol Ring
  • Sink Hole
  • Serra Angel
  • Savannah Lions
  • Regrowth 
  • Red Elemental Blast
  • Nevinyrral’s Disk
  • Mind Twist
  • Lightning Bolt
  • Illusionary Mask
  • Icy Manipulator
  • Hypnotic Specter
  • Fastbond
  • Demonic Tutor
  • Dark Ritual
  • Contract From Below
  • Chaos Crib
  • Black Lotus
  • Channel
  • Braingeyser
  • Black Vise
  • Birds Of Paradise
  • Berserk
  • Balance
  • Armageddon
  • Original 10 Dual Lands
Note:  The most well known of all the key cards has fetched upwards of $30,000 recently for a mint 9 graded by BGS.

Arabian Nights:  Arabian Night was released in December of 1993. This is the only MTG set based on a real world setting.  Key cards from this set include the following in no particular order.

  • Ali From Cairo
  • Bazaar of Baghdad
  • City Of Brass
  • Desert
  • Erhnam Djinn
  • Juzam Djinn
  • Kird Ape
  • Library of Alexandria
  • Serendib Efreet
  • Shahrazad

Antiquities: Antiquities is a 100 card set that was released in March of 1994.  It has an artifact theme and its story line showed the war waged by brothers’ Mishra and Urza against one another.  Key cards from this set include the following in no particular order.

  • Mishra’s Workshop
  • Candelabra of Tawnos
  • Millstone
  • Mishra’s Factory
  • Strip Mine
  • Urza’s Tower
  • Urza’s Mine
  • Urza’s Power Plant

Legends:  Legends is a 310 card set that was released in June of 1994.  In this set the first multicolored mana cards were introduced to players. Key cardsfrom this set include the following in no particular order.

  • Chain Lightning 
  • Chains Of Mephistopheles
  • Eureka 
  • Land Tax
  • Mana Drain
  • Mirror Universe
  • Moat
  • Nether Void
  • Reset
  • The Abyss
  • The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
  • Underworld Dreams
 
 The Dark:   The Dark is a 119 card set that was released in August of 1994.  Key cards from this set include the following in no particular order.
  • Ball Lightning 
  • Maze Of Ith
  • Tormod’s Crypt
  • Blood Moon

Fallen Empires:   Fallen Empires is a 102 card set that was released in November of 1994.

  • Goblin Grenade
  • High Tide
  • Hymn to Tourach
  • Order of the Ebon Hand
Note:  All cards from these sets plus many others are in very high demand at this time. If your cards are not mentioned above or if you have cards you would like to sell from later sets please do not hesitate to send us your information with a description of what you have. Unopened booster boxes as well as packs are also high on our want list as they are becoming tougher and tougher to find since they are considered the holly grail of trading card collecting.

Pokémon:   After Magic the Gathering became a wide spread hit for Wizards of the Coast, they decided to create a trading card game for kids.  The first Pokemon base set was release in the United States in January of 1999.  It was an instant success and even after 20 years stil remains the top tradingcard game globally played and collected by kids and adults alike.  Original first edition and holofoil cards are highly collectible.  These early cards can no longer be used in official play, but are sought after in various grades for nostalgia and investment.  Collectors buy, trade, and sell on a daily basis so prices change on a regular basis like the stock market.

The following are just some of key cards we are actively searching for:
 
  • Charizard:  3/110   Legendary Collection  (Rare Holo)
  • Charizard: 6/165   Expedition Set  (Rare Holo)
  • Shining Kabutops:  108/105   Neo Destiny  (Shining Holo)
  • Pikachu – Gold Star:  104/110  EX Holon Phantoms  (Shining Holo)
  • Shining Tyranitar:  113/105  Neo Destiny (Shining Holo)
  • Entei Gold Star: 113/115  EX Unseen Forces (Rare Holo) 
  • Shining Charizard:  107/105   Neo Destiny  (Shining Holo)
  • Charizard:  146/144   Skyridge  (Rare Holo)
  • Mudkip – Gold Star:  107/109  EX Team Rocket Returns (Rare Holo)
  • Shining Raichu:  111/105  Neo Destiny  (Shining Holo)
  • Kabutops:  150/144   Skyridge  (Rare Holo)
  • Any Rare Holo Pokemon 1st Edition Cards
  • All Pokemon cards graded 10 by PSA, SGC, BGS
Note:    All cards from these sets plus many others are in very high demand at this time. If your cards are not mentioned above or if you have cards you would like to sell from later sets please do not hesitate to send us your information with a description of what you have. Unopened booster boxes as well as packs are also high on our want list as they are becoming tougher and tougher to find since they are considered the holly grail of trading card collecting.

Yu-Gi-Oh!:   Yu-Gi-Oh! or “King Of Games” originally was created by Kazuki Takahaski.  The original manga follows a young boy named Yugi Mutou who, with the powers of the millennium items and his trusty card deck, fights the forces of evil who want to either take over or destroy the world. In March 2002, the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game was released in the United States by Konami based on the trading cards from the Japanese manga.  These cards have been a hit with collectors and players of the game alike ever since.

The following are just some of key cards we are actively searching for:
  • Magician’s Force – Dark Magician Girl 
  • Dark Duel Stories Promo – Dark Magician
  • Dark Duel Stories Promo – Blue Eyes White Dragon
  • Retro Pack – Cyber Harpie Lady
  • Legend of The Blue Eyes White Dragon – 1st Edition Secret Rare, Ultra Rare, Super Rare Foils
  • Metal Raiders – 1st Edition Secret Rare, Ultra Rare, Super Rare Foils
  • Magic Ruler – 1st Edition Secret Rare, Ultra Rare, Super Rare Foils
  • G3 – Japanese – Dark Magician Girl Test Cards + All Other Test Cards
  • All Yu-Gi-Oh! cards graded 10 by PSA, SGC, BGS

Pre-War Trading Cards

Trading cards printed prior to 1939 are described as Pre-War era trading cards.  These cards are highly sought after by collectors today, although ironically were originally under appreciated.  Pre-War trading cards were more of a novelty originally packaged with assorted candy such as caramels or gum, cigarettes, or given out as a thank you by small business owners to patrons who frequented their establishments.  The United States was still deep in financial depression and these cards were another gimmick to cheer people up and give them something else to focus on. The subjects of these cards ranged from prominent sports figures of the day such as Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, and Ty Cobb to past United States Presidents to glamoures movie stars.  Other subjects of cards from this time period included outlaws and famous native Americans from the old wild west, pirates, and military powers of the world along with various battle scenes.

Vintage/Modern Sports Cards

We also buy trading cards from 1940 through today.  The vintage and modern era’s include some of the most notable and larger than life athletes including Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Nolan Ryan, Reggie Jackson, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Satchell Paige, Stan Musial, Derek Jeter, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Gordie Howe, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Joe Namath, Julius Erving, Scottie Pippen, Yoa Ming, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Charles Barkley, Tiger Woods among many other legends.  These trading cards have been dubbed “The cardsthat my Mother threw away” and therefore attract nostalgia collectors and serious investors alike.  Rookie era trading cards and later produced game used memorabilia/autographed encapsulated cards are in high demand.  Many collectors of this time period are known as “type” collectors and only pursue certain types of cards such as rookie era trading cards of players from their childhoods or game used jersey/autographed cards that there were only a small number created.  Within the past decade, there has been a great increase in popularity therefore we are avidly searching out and paying extremely competitively for these cards.