“How much are my baseball cards worth?”
If you’re in this hobby for more than a few days, you’ve undoubtedly heard this question. Heck, you’ve probably asked this question a few times yourself.
Or at least wondered about the values of your cards.
So what’s the best way to figure out your card values?
One good way is to check out recent sales for yourself.
Another is to consult a good baseball card price guide … and that’s what this page is all about — bringing you the best baseball card price guides available to you right now, free or paid (mostly free).
Here, then, are eight of the best baseball card price guides online right now.
(Check out our other posts on baseball card values here.)
PSA Sports Market Report (SMR) Price Guide
PSA is generally recognized as the most respected and trusted grading and authentication company in the hobby. They handle more cards than any other grading firm, and thus have a huge database from which to draw various bits of information.
For instance, the PSA Population Report is a tremendous asset for collectors trying to figure out the relative availability of cards and which pieces might be subject to condition scarcities.
As much as they can, PSA also tracks the sale of cards they’ve graded — these cards are their “babies,” after all, and you can bet PSA is interested in figuring out how much value they are adding to the hobby through their services.
The cool thing, though, is that PSA also reports back on the prices they observe, through the Sports Market Report (SMR) Price Guide. Basically, SMR represents the average selling prices for each card listed in each condition, as reported through dealers and auction results.
While SMR prices may not be as immediate as those gleaned through real-time sites like eBay, it’s well-organized and indispensable if you’re interested in learning about the value of graded cards.
Check out the baseball wing of the SMR Price Guide here.
Tuff Stuff Price Guide
Once upon a time, in the 1980s, Tuff Stuff was sort of the renegade of the baseball card magazines, telling things like they were and providing market prices that seemed more realistic than the Beckett Monthly mags of the time.
Tuff Stuff also listed prices for other sports, which were hard to come by in those days.
Times have changed, of course, and Tuff Stuff now lives under the expansive umbrella of Krause Publications … but it still provides pricing information for cards across the decades and across the sports.
Tuff Stuff also continues to publish monthly hobby news, but for our purposes here, you can think of them as the price guide arm of Sports Collectors Digest (though they’re different publications).
The cool thing is that all the pricing information is available for free online in PDF format.
Check out the latest Tuff Stuff Price Guide here.
Free Online Baseball Card Price Guide
The Free Online Baseball Card Price Guide is exactly what it says it is … a free online baseball card price guide.
According to the site, they pull their pricing information from actual sales, which makes a lot of sense, right? If you’re like me, your dad probably always scoffed when you told him what your baseball cards were worth — “anything is worth only what someone will pay you for it!”.
This site also offers up free tools like a portfolio organizer and tracker where you can manage lists of your own cards.
Check out the Free Online Baseball Card Price Guide here.
The various Beckett baseball card price guides have been the industry standard for, oh, about 40 years now, and that probably won’t change anytime soon.
The Beckett Online Price Guide is sort of like the electronic version of their iconic monthly magazines, except without the size restrictions and time delays.
You get much more comprehensive listings (55,000+ sets) and up-to-date pricing, but it’s not free. As of this writing, you can choose from a few different packages, ranging from about $80 to about $150 per year.
Of course, you can also still subscribe to the various hardcopy magazines (affiliate link) if you prefer.
And the annual Beckett price guide (affiliate link) will always be a classic.
One of the best ways to determine the value of your cards is to check out recent sales of those cards in the real world. A great place to find those types of numbers is the “sold” section of eBay listings for various categories or searches.
That’s exactly the approach CardMavin takes, harvesting eBay sales numbers to build their own databases. They then present these to us collectors through a custom search interface.
Although CardMavin says they’re looking to add new pricing sources in the future, the current set of results already seems fairly robust. One caveat is that searches sometimes run a little slowly.
Still, cool site and another convenient source of pricing information. Check out the CardMavin baseball card price guide here.
Like other entries on this list, SportsCardDatabase uses real-time and recent market listings to determine the prices in their online price guide.
You can find pretty much any card you want here, but be aware that the results default to current eBay listings. To access historical sales, you’ll have to create a free account and log in.
Check out the Sports Card Database here.
Vintage Card Prices
Vintage Card Prices does a great job of pulling together current eBay listings for whatever it is you’re seeking, and they also provide access to actual sales prices … for a monthly fee (currently $17.99).
This is a fun site to play around on, and they do offer up free recent pricing for certain categories like the Auction Market Report and the top 25 sales of the last month — check that out here.
If you’re into really high-end vintage cards, scarce cardboard, or knockout memorabilia, then listings on eBay and Amazon probably won’t give you all the pricing info you’re looking for.
You need to dig deeper into the market, or find someone to do it for you.
That’s where PriceRealized comes in.
This folks who run this website spend countless hours tracking auctions and sales throughout the hobby, from online sales to major auction houses, in order to compile pricing information for the most outrageous and mouthwatering collectibles out there.
You probably won’t find a 1988 Donruss Mark Grace in these listings, but if you’re looking for the most recent sale of “Ted Signs for 1959” or an autographed set of Ty Cobb dentures (hypothetical?), this is your place.
Check out PriceRealized here.
(Check out our other posts on baseball card values here.)