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How do you get NASCAR collectibles appraised?

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To appraise your NASCAR collectibles, visit local vendors of similar items, take your memorabilia to an auction house, locate a local appraiser through a professional organization, or utilize online appraisal services. You can also get a general idea of the value of your collectibles by comparing them to similar items on online auction and commerce sites, such as eBay and Craigslist, and online price guides.

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Local sources for appraisals include flea markets and trade shows, though you should be cautious of valuations from vendors who are interested in buying your memorabilia and may be motivated to undervalue your items. Local auctioneers often offer free appraisals in exchange for a commission if you choose to list the item. Sellers often receive higher amounts from auction houses than from resellers despite the commissions. Professional organizations, such as the American Society of Appraisers and the Appraisers Association of America, can help you locate local licensed appraisers, who typically charge small fees for professional evaluations.

Some online price guides specialize in racing and other sports memorabilia, such as Beckett and Tuff Stuff. To use a price guide, you must first determine the condition and authenticity of your memorabilia. You can use your own judgment or pay for a professional authentication and grading service, such as Professional Sports Authenticator. These services generally provide documentation of their findings that you can present to interested buyers.

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