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The Risks of Ripping Retail.

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It’s been happening since the beginning of modern card time… searching of packs. In the beginning, it was simple, almost innocent by comparison, as collectors figured out that some Upper Deck products had a numbering sequence in their pack order and could discern where a better card might be located in the box. I liken this to card counting at the 21 table in Vegas. Maybe not entirely ethical, but probably not a crime. Then came the addition of very expensive inserts, autos, and patch cards that made a true crime more worthwhile. Now, collectors must be more wary than...

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Collecting Insight: Fantasy Provides Guidance on NFL Rookie Cards.

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We say it over and over again, use fantasy drafts to find out which cards are the best to pick up before they jump. It’s simple really, fantasy football owners have basically the same interests as trading card collectors. We both want to know who is going to have a big year. Sometimes it’s obvious, a #1 QB that’s going to get to start right away. Other times it’s more opaque, a fourth round running back that’s looking great in camp while an aging veteran falters. That’s where real money can be made. And with the collective intelligence out there devoted...

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The Secret to Buying Rookie Cards Cheap on eBay.

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eBay is a changing beast, one that is scraping and clawing to succeed as a company after years at the top of the e-commerce mountain. When Amazon.com passed eBay in total traffic not so long ago, massive changes were implemented at eBay… and still are. These changes, paired with a difficult economy, can be used to score top rookie cards at bargain prices. We queried some of the top sellers on eBay, all of whom use eBay to buy as well, and came up with some strong tips to buying your rookie cards (and anything else) cheap. 1. Establish actual valuation...

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How to Use Fantasy Football Drafts to Predict Hot Rookie Cards.

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Really, only two things cause cards to go up in value: performance and championships. With that in mind, a smart collector will look for players who are getting ready to have a big year or take home a trophy. As anyone with a tv or radio is aware, we are in Fantasy Football draft season. And there is much to be learned. Using fantasy information you can go out and purchase rookie cards of the players who the experts thinks will pile up the stats.  Is Matt Schaub poised for a breakout year? Will this be a banner year for...

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Is Topps UFC Round 1 the Greatest Card Set Ever?

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Not since 1986-87 Fleer Basketball have collectors had the opportunity to grab rookies of the brightest stars of a particular sport in one product as they do with the 2009 Topps UFC Round 1 offering. Since there had been no basketball product since the weak 1981-82 Topps Set, the Fleer release had “rookie cards” of an unbelievable cast of future Hall of Famers and Legends like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Akeem Olajuwon, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, Clyde Drexler and many others. But even that legendary set hardly compares in rookie card density and rarity to this...

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