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How do you know the value of a hockey card?

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Sports cards, including hockey cards, are valued based on average current auction prices, book values, condition and grade, according to The Cardboard Connection. Book values of sports cards are often higher than online auction prices because brick-and-mortar stores have higher overhead expenses. However, online auction prices give buyers and sellers current data based on the sports card's demand.

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One of the most relevant places to find hockey card values is on eBay. According to The Cardboard Connection, registered eBay users have access to completed auction data on many hockey cards, including the final sale price details for each auction. eBay users are able to view all auctions completed in the past 90 days and a range of prices from similar items. Some online companies, such as Terapeak and HammerTap, offer pricing services with sales data going back as far as one year.

Several online guides provide values for hockey cards. TopHockeyCards.com has a free online price guide. Beckett's price guide has a subscription fee, but this resource lists more than 688,000 cards worth nearly $9 million as of July 2014. VintageCardPrices.com touts cards sold for hundreds of dollars from the 1950s through the 1970s. Professional Sports Authenticator lists the value of hockey cards dating back as far as 1910.

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