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Baseball cards are some of the most sought after memorabilia in the collectibles field. While vintage baseball cards have an established value, which tends to increase over time, contemporary cards are a speculative venture. In either instance, rookie cards hold their value longer, especially as the fame of the player grows – with induction into the Hall of Fame setting a base value. Following that, value is determined by scarcity, condition, and player accomplishment. The greatest return on the financial investment comes in an auction environment, rather than in a retail setting. Because of improved copying technology, it is important to have a card’s authenticity verified. Do have cards autographed, as that diminishes the value of both the card and the autograph.