Selling Your Baseball Cards to Dean's Cards

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It is truly in the best interest of Dean's Cards to pay the best possible price for sports card collections.  Many of the people that we buy cards from were either referred to us or are repeat sellers.  Many were customers.  Some people take years to fully liquidate their collections.  They sell us a few sets every several months or so.

While there is no shortage of dealers who will buy vintage collections, Dean's Cards can almost always pay a higher amount of money than most traditional card dealers.  We have been told by people who have received bids from numerous dealers that our offer was the highest (click here to see the seller testimonials for yourself).  We can usually pay more because we market directly to the customer and what we buy goes directly into our own online inventory of more than 1 million cards. 

Dean's Cards is, by far, the #1 online seller of vintage sports cards.  While so many baseball card dealers claim to be #1, we have found no other online store that has close to the breadth and depth of the vintage card selection posted on  In many cases, our online selection for a single year, 1969 Topps Baseball Cards, for example, is larger than the total online inventory for many of these self-proclaimed #1 dealers.

How to Sell Your Collection to Dean's Cards

The Dean’s Cards Buying Team strives to make selling your collection an extremely fast, easy and hassle-free experience.  All correspondence is handled by Dean and our experienced Purchasing Department (click here to meet the buying team). Turn around time on inquiries is usually within one business day.

Our buying team strives to make selling your collection fast, fun, and hassle-free.
The Dean’s Cards Buying Team strives to make selling your collection an extremely fast, easy and hassle-free experience.

The first step is for us to get an idea of what sports cards you have to sell.  Please fill out the collection information form and give us a general idea of how many cards you have and from what years.  If they are something we can buy, we then ask you to send the cards to us so we can review them and assess their value.  Our custom-made bid software generates an offer based on current market prices and availability and we make our top offer on the first bid.  There are no games and no "low-ball" offers.  If you accept our offer, we will mail you a check.  If the amount we offer for your cards falls below your expectations and you decide to reject our offer, we will return the collection to you.  The entire bid process usually takes one to two business days.

We do not have our mailing address listed on the website, as we always try to gauge the seller's expectations and get an idea of what they are wishing to sell before asking them to send the collection.  Please contact us through the collection information form (linked on the red button at the top of the page) first, and then we will be glad to provide the mailing address.  If you are worried about the safety of mailing your collection to us, click on this link to see our page on mailing.  Dean's Cards prioritizes good service.  We've never kept a card that didn't belong to us and we never will.

Almost everyone that sends us their baseball cards decides to accept our offer, as less than 20% of the collections sent to us are returned.  It is not unusual for us to hear that the amount that we bid on a collection is 50% higher, or even double the amount of the other bids that the seller has received.  Our sincere hope is that we will be writing you a large check.  This means we have some nice cards for our inventory and you make more money, which is a win/win situation for both parties!  

What Dean's Cards Buys

Dean's Cards buys vintage baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and non-sports cards, as well as various vintage specialty items and cards. We can buy almost any card from 1969 and before, and most complete sets through 1985.

We buy cards from 1969 and older.

* We buy some 1970s cards if part of a large vintage collection.

* Besides some complete sets, we do not buy cards newer than 1980.

Cards from the 1980s and 1990s generally have little to no value.  Various specialty cards from the 2000s and 2010s are worth something, but we are not equipped to by these since our expertise lies in vintage.  To read more about why this is the case, check out our page on selling modern cards.  We also recommend reading this interesting article about one collector's disappointing attempt to sell his cards from the 1980s and 1990s. 

Football Cards

  • Pre-1970 Football Cards
  • Pre-1985 Complete Sets
  • Pre-1975 Graded Football Cards from PSA, BVG, and SGC

Basketball Cards

  • Pre-1978 Basketball Cards
  • Pre-1985 Complete Sets
  • Pre-1973 Graded Basketball Cards from PSA, BVG, and SGC

Hockey Cards

  • Pre-1978 Hockey Cards
  • Pre-1985 Complete Sets
  • Pre-1975 Graded Hockey Cards from PSA, BVG, and SGC

Non-Sports Cards

  • Pre-1970 Non-Sports Cards
  • Pre-1978 Complete Sets
  • Pre-1970 Graded Non-Sports Cards from PSA, BVG, and SGC
Dean's Cards has over 1 million baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and non-sports cards online.

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