Cash for Comics! (Sports/Pokemon/Magic The Gathering/Yu-Gi-Oh/Trading Cards too!)


Potomac Collector

My name is Kevin and I buy old sports trading card and comic book collections. I am an individual collector - not a store - and I will pay CASH for card and comic book collections consisting of issues prior to 1980.

I will also consider collections of sports and Pokemon trading cards, old books, art, toys or other collectibles. YES, I can help you retrieve items you wish to sell from the attic or basement. I get asked by folks to do this regularly.

Items I do not purchase:

  • Toys manufactured after 1975
  • Furniture (unless reasonably valued in excess of $10,000)
  • Encyclopedias
  • National Geographic magazines
  • Magazines printed after 1970

If you have cards or older books - a collection of any size - that you would consider letting me purchase, , please call me or get in touch through the form below.

Thank you!

 

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Ensure that you have a very popular eBay account with over 1,000 positive feedback and a large following. Understand that if you don't, you won't get the bidding traffic or the views (exposure) that you need on eBay, so you better reassess right now.
  • Pay the sometimes very expensive grading fees for the highest value and high-grade cards.
  • Wait the months it can take for grading to be completed.
  • Reassess after you've spent the money on grading and received grades nowhere near what you thought you were going to, causing your theorized card values to plummet.
  • Purchase an extremely good scanner and take high-resolution scans of each card.
  • Post your cards, one at a time for sale on eBay, laboriously and meticulously inputting all the details for every single card.
  • Suffer the eBay fees, PayPal fees, shipping fees, shipping supply costs. occasional scammed card loss (which eBay won't help you with)... typically, all of the fees add up to about 30% to 35% when all factored, not including the next bullet below.
  • Pay your taxes of 15% or more because all platforms now report to the IRS. When factored with the bullet above regarding fees, the total overhead is quite often over 50% of what the card sold for. Oops! We forgot to factor the grading fees, so it's actually higher.
  • Gracefully navigate instances of people leaving negative feedback because the card is not in the condition they say you led them to believe it was. Of course, this will negatively affect bidding on your other cards.
  • Look back on the months of work that you just spent with fondness.
Easy, right?
...or,...you can decide not to suffer any of that and just take cash today from me for the cards, and be done with it, leaving all of the above for me to deal with.
I usually purchase comic books printed prior to 1975; first editions or other unique books, including some magazines printed prior to 1970; sports/trading cards prior to 2015; fine art and antiquities; and children's toys manufactured prior to 1970. Just tell me what you have and, if you would like, email pictures to me.
Yes. Give me a call or send me an email and I would be happy to consider making an offer on the entire lot. I will handle all packing and moving labor/costs if we agree on a deal.
Yes, and I can provide the appropriate security services (usually contracted off-duty police) for the benefit and comfort of all parties participating in deals of such value.
I will consider consignment deals with items exceeding $50,000 in value and in which I am given a minimum of 6 month's exclusivity to facilitate sale. I charge 15% of final sale value due upon sale.
No, probably not. One of the two most prevalent mistakes almost everyone makes in valuing their items is looking up what someone else is trying to get for an item and believing that is an indicator of what it is worth. It isn't. You could likely find the same item in the same condition being sold for wildly differing amounts if you searched enough. Some, if not all, of the sellers will never get those prices. You cannot look at the price someone else is trying to get—and likely won't get—as an indicator of value. What matters is actual sales of the identical item in the very same condition. That suggests the true value. Actual sales, not aspirations. I say "suggests" because the only thing that indicates the value of anything precisely is what another person is willing to pay at a given moment. Period.

The second (huge) mistake sellers make is failing to assess conditions of items accurately. The actual condition of an item can cause the actual value of an item to be drastically different from what a seller believes it to be. If you are not an expert on grading a particular item type, don't pretend to be. You will likely be in for a disappointment. I can help or you can pay a professional grader; you will then have much more realistic and achievable sale price expectations.
 

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9200 Corporate Blvd, Suite 200
Rockville, MD 20850

E: info@potomaccollector.com