If you are a fan of baseball cards, you know how rewarding the hobby can be. The value increases significantly, whether it’s a big strike from a wax pack or just a baseball card. The same is true with all other types of cards; football, basketball, or even hockey. Anyone can make mistakes when investing in cards, even the experienced ones. Some of these mistakes are like buying a card more than it’s worth, lumping a card that is valuable, and such.
This article outlines such and other common mistakes with sports card collecting, especially for the first-timers.
Going in blindly
You’ve just developed some interest in sports card collecting. Before you dive in, you need to establish a plan first. Do not bank on the nostalgia and the money you have; that desire has to be nurtured before you can invest in this area. You have to decide on the path that you would want to follow. Do you want to invest, or do you want to flip them or a bit of both? Whichever path you want to take, you have to know what is involved and the best way to execute the tasks accordingly.
The first thing you do is flipping, and this is a speculative purchase of either graded or raw cards of players who have the potential of performing exceptionally well for some time. When it comes to investing, which most investors want to do, most collectors don’t view the cards as something to earn a quick buck but a long-term investment. Here you buy a pricier card of a well-known player, and you stay with the card even for years, hoping you’ll sell it at some profit.
Not setting aside a bankroll
When you’re starting with investing in sports cards, you have to decide on how much you want to spend in the endeavor. If you get there thoughtlessly and buy cards, you will soon realize a severe dent in your bank account. The money you set aside to use in purchasing sports cards is the bankroll. Make sure that the money is not needed so much, and it’s an amount that won’t “break a bone.”
Once you’ve chosen your game plan, you can easily determine your bankroll. If your main objective is to flip, you can start with a smaller amount and build your bankroll slowly. Flipping is where you invest money in sports cards expecting quick returns. If no positive results yet, then you’d better invest in more research, reading up, and revising the game plan.
There’s a difference between buying a card for flip, long-term investment, and just adding it to your PC for the sake of having it. There are so many players out there and loads of sets that look stunning. The big question you need to ask here is; why should I buy the card? That way, you know the best type of card to go for.
Buying cards is one of the best hobbies to engage in, and if started on the right footing and for the right purpose, there are many gains. Take time to study the cards and the industry before you invest your hard-earned money.