West Virginia Collector Sells Just Collect 800 Vintage Sports Cards

Mark Closes His First Deal for Just Collect
  • September 22, 2021

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When Paul's brother-in-law passed, he and his wife began to clean out the old home to be sold.  A collection of 800 vintage sports cards filled with 1960's and '70's baseball, basketball, and football cards were found, Paul contacted Just Collect about selling the cards.  Mark, our newest vintage card specialist, worked with Paul to buy the entire 800-card collection.

When a relative passes away and you inherit a sports card collection, you may want to know more information about the cards and possibly sell the collection. Just Collect is here to help provide you a free appraisal and make a fair offer for you.  That's exactly what happened to Paul from West Virginia when his brother-in-law passed away.  Paul and his wife were cleaning out the home to be sold and came into possession of 800 vintage sports cards.


Paul used our free appraisal link, which also has a spot to upload photos of your collection. My name is Leighton and I proudly own Just Collect. With over 25 years of experience of buying collections, I love to pass my vast knowledge down! Recently I have been training our newest vintage card specialist, Mark. Ready to review his first collection, Mark contacted Paul about his cards and began to answer all of his questions about the appraisal process.

We offer many ways for you to show us your collection:

  • SHIP your collection 

If you choose to mail your cards for an appraisal, we will evaluate your cards for FREE still. If you choose not to sell the cards, we'll ship them back shipping fees paid by us!  We can offer our FedEx account with 2-day shipping, fully insured, all covered by us. Simply contact the office to set up this option.

  • Travel to us

If you can make the trip here - we can make a deal at the office. I once met a father-son duo that drove eight hours from Virginia to meet me to sell a Michael Jordan rookie card stored in Tupperware since 1986 - great read here

  • Come to convention

I keep a LIST of card shows I'll be attending.  Come stop by the Just Collect table and chat.

  • Meet in-person

If you have a valuable collection and want me to come to you, I'll hop on the next plane out.

Paul chose to SHIP his card collection to us and have Mark review. After reviewing all 800 cards, Mark made a fair offer to Paul that he gladly accepted. I mailed out a check to Paul after the deal was agreed upon. If you choose to sell Just Collect your collection, I'll pay you cash, check, wire transfer, or I can treat you for dinner with Mark's favorite - wagyu beef steak.


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A binder of 1964 Topps baseball cards starts us off!  Remember collecting cards as a kid - you would buy the three-ring binder, get your 9-pocket pages, and slide your cards in as you tried to complete the entire set. I always liked to display my sets with just 9 cards per page on the front, and no cards on the back of the page; this way I could see the stats! When we were kids, you only knew players' stats by reading the back of their card each year. Ah, days before the Internet. 

The 1964 Topps set has 587 total cards with key cards such as Pete Rose' second-year card, Phil Neikro's rookie card, and of course stars like Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron.

Next we have a row of basketball cards known as "Tall Boys."  Se the size difference between the basketball cards and the baseball and football cards?  The cards with a white background that bookend the basketball cards are 1969 Topps basketball cards and are 2-1/2” by 4-11/16 in size. Believe it or not, this set was the first time Topps had produced basketball cards in more than a decade! No Topps basketball cards were made between 1958 - 1968! On the left is the legendary Oscar Robertson, and on the far right end is the amazing John Havlicek. Our sister company, Vintage Breaks, recently opened a sealed pack of 1969 Topps basketball at the National and pulled a pack-fresh Oscar Robertson! You have to watch that pack opening HERE.

Between the 1969 Topps basketball cards is a run of 1970 Topps basketball cards with more big stars! How about the Wilt Chamberlain all the way on the end that is on top of the Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)! As you can see, Topps stuck with the "Tall Boy" size of 2-1/2” by 4-11/16.  These late 1960's and early 1970's Topps basketball cards are beautiful and we're always interested in the Tall Boys.

The Great Gale Sayers leads off the bottom row with his rookie card from 1966 Philadelphia. How incredible was Sayers on the gridiron?  In his rookie season, the future Hall of Famer rushed for 14 touch downs, caught 6 TDs, returned 1 kick for a score, and 1 punt into the end zone.  Sayers had 22 total touch downs his first year in the league, back when there were only 14 games in a season!  PS, if you have never seen the movie Brian's Song, it's worth a watch- and you'll cry. 

Roberto Clemente is next to Sayers and here sits a 1971 Topps baseball card. In '71, Clemente and his Pirates won the World Series where was named MVP. An all-star in the season and a Gold Glove award, Clemente's 71 Topps card is a beauty. Sadly, Clemente passed away after the 1972 season.  

Perhaps the greatest running back in the history of the NFL (sorry, Barry Sanders), was Jim Brown. The card is Brown's second-year; a 1959 Topps. Brown was the NFL's all-time leading rusher after just 9 seasons. To this day, Brown is still the record holder for most rushing yards per game on average with 104.3!  

The final card is Terry Bradshaw's rookie card from 1971 Topps football.  Bradshaw had himself a career with 4 Super Bowl championships, an MVP award, and a place in both the College and Pro football Hall of Fames. 

The collection is in nice condition and looks to have been saved from the bike spokes of Paul's brother in-law.  Did you ever try to make your bike sound like a motorcycle with your cards? Or how about playing games of flip? Hopefully you take better care of your cards today - we have great tips here on how to protect your cards.

Thank you to Mark for making this deal to buy Paul's collection of over 800 vintage cards! If you have a collection you'd like to sell, we'd love to hear from you. No collection is too big or too small, and we're interested in all sports and non-sports collections.



Just Collect is always buying vintage sports and non-sports cards from 1879 to 1979 as well as select modern cards. If you have a collection that you are considering selling, contact me today to discuss or get my industry-leading purchase offer. If you have a collection that you want appraised, please contact us and I would be happy to discuss your collection and help you understand the real cash value of your collection in the current marketplace. Check out the Just Collect buy list blog here


I've run into a wide range of people and collections over the last 25 years. Although Just Collect is known for buying vintage sports cards and especially vintage baseball cards, I am also extremely interested in buying non-sports cards, too!  

Every collection and every collector is different and I treat EVERY collection with the respect and attention that I show for our own collections. I understand that many have put their heart and souls into building their collections. So when you're ready to sell, I understand the feelings that you're going through and will work with you to help you reach a decision that is a WIN/WIN, because if you're not happy, I'm not happy.


Whether you have vintage cards or modern wax you want to sell, you can reach out to me any time! 


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