You’ll need a few details:
- Enter the year. Look at the back for the copyright date, or the last year of stats.
- Enter the brand. For example: Topps, Upper Deck, Fleer, Hoops, etc.
- Enter the player’s name.
- Enter the card number. Found on the back of the card.
Looking up a Basketball Card’s Value
The search results will show basketball card prices, based on recently sold cards… hopefully just like yours. The “worth” that initially shows is the average price (including shipping) of the results showing on the page.
Use the Checkboxes
If you get a lot of results that don’t match your basketball card, try adding more details to your search. You can also use the checkboxes to get an average price. Pick a few comparable items (“comps”). This gives you a much more accurate estimate of what your basketball card is worth.
To look up graded basketball cards, enter the grading company and grade, for example PSA 9 or BGS 9.
What to do Next
Once you’ve gone through and searched for the value of your basketball cards using our price guide, you have several different options:
If they’re valuable: You can either hold onto the cards, perhaps get them graded if not already, and see if they appreciate in value over time. Alternatively, you sell it to a local card shop, but keep in mind dealers pay wholesale prices… they have to make a profit after all, and selling a large collection takes a considerable amount of time and resources… so don’t expect to get eBay prices for your basketball cards when you sell to a dealer. If you have the time and patience, you can sell it yourself on eBay and get a competitive price. Read our guide to selling on eBay.
If not: Basketball cards don’t have to be worth money to be considered valuable. Card collecting has been a beloved hobby that has been passed through generations. Each card has sentimental value to someone: where they found it, how they traded for it, who gave it to them. If your cards aren’t worth money, they could be worth some memories to a relative or a stranger. Put them on Craigslist, take them to a card shop, donate them, or hold onto them to give to the next generation.