I make offers to purchase cards FREE OF CHARGE. Before offering your collection, please read ALL this below first.
You have 2 options! If you want to value the cards yourself; A few
of the more common Tobacco Companies are listed above with a list of every set
issued by each. From the list you can establish the catalogue value of your
cards if you don't have a complete set you can work out the value of a single
card by breaking the price down as follows: (A 50 card set worth £50 means
a single card is worth £1.00, it's as simple as that!). Alternatively, if you just want to sell your cards and get an offer from me for the collection, please read on..........
When giving offers for collections I need to know a few important details to allow me to
give you as good an offer as I can without seeing the cards. Firstly
details usually given on the reverse of the cards are required, which are the
Tobacco Company who issued the cards and the Title of the set. If your cards do
not have any details on the reverse side you will need to send me a scan of the
front plus back if anything is on there at all.
If your cards are glued into albums (designed for the set or otherwise) this
considerably devalues the set giving an across the board price of approx. £3 per set.
The next thing I need to know which is very important, is condition.
Descriptions given to cards condition include, Poor, Fair, Good, Very Good,
Excellent, Near Mint, Mint, and it goes on! For the purpose of valuations I
have included samples below so you can compare and describe more accurately the
condition of your cards.
POOR: Usually torn or creased cards, damage to picture or
damage to reverse of card, damaged (rounded) corners also if card is very
dirty. If any of those details are true to your cards, they are not
particularly worth valuing and near all dealers do not put this quality of card
in their stock and sometimes even throw away!
FAIR:Showing signs of considerable handling, causing corner or
edge damage or a card from one of the better categories listed below with one
of the defects mentioned above.
GOOD: Showing a bit of age with only slight damage such as
slightly damaged corners (not quite 'sharp' corners), slight discolouration
(but not stained), but certainly not torn or creased. This will make the card
worth valuing but certainly not up to 'top' catalogue pricing.
VERY GOOD: This is what we want! Collectors are usually
looking for this condition for adding to or replacing cards in their
collection. Cards need to be clean on both front & back, with pretty good
sharp corners, we do allow for slight signs of wear along the edges for
example. looking nearly as good as the day they were printed - but, be careful!
Make sure they are not reproductions which you find out by checking the small
print on the reverse of the cards. Not all sets have been re-produced but you
can check by looking at my 'repro' section.
EXCELLENT: I would class these as cards that have been handled
but with a lot of care causing no visable damage.
MINT: Not a grading I like to use very often as how can you
expect a collectable to be so old and in 'Mint' condition? Well it is if they
look the same as the day they were printed. To be fair this does include cards
with imperfections which were caused during the printing process which we have
no control over such as off centre printing, slight colour imperfection, marks
caused by faulty printing plates etc...
Finally when asking for an offer please allow a few days for a reply. All
prices are taken from Murrays current Cigarette Card Values catalogue which is
available from this site by clicking here.
So don't forget to tell me:
- Tobacco Company (Issued by)
- Set Title
- Do you want to sell them?