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Graded Vintage Baseball Card Specialist

My name is Stephen and I am the Founder of Cardboard Picasso. I was born and raised in Texas, have a wife and two kids, and started collecting cards when I was eight years old. Although I was born in '79 and was heavily exposed to the "junk wax" era of the '80's and 90's, I always appreciated the beauty of vintage baseball cards during the 50's and 60's because of my dad. When I was very young, he gave me some vintage baseball cards of Hall of Fame players including my most prized possession for decades - a 1960 Topps Mickey Mantle. Unfortunately, this card and numerous others mysteriously disappeared during a move while I was in college at Texas State. The vanishing tore me up even though the card was in poor condition because that card was from my dad and one-of-a-kind to me. I could never find another one that replicated the exact rounding of the corners or that had identical surface blemishes that I had come to admire. After about 10 years of hope that the card would surface, it didn't and I finally accepted that the card was gone. However, I sought to rebuild my collection of vintage cards that gave me so much joy as a youngster and even expand upon it if possible. 

During my collecting journey, I found it very challenging to find a place to buy nice cards from the Pre-War and Golden Era without having to compete with dozens of bidders during an auction, paying an exorbitant price for a card due to there being little or no competition, or having to “bargain” so much with a seller that it would make a hostage negotiator blush.

I thought to myself, "Where can I buy nice cards at competitive prices without having to wait 7-30 days for an auction to end?" It was a tough question to answer. I also found out the hard way about “buyer’s premiums” at auction houses. It's never fun when you have to pay  20%-23% higher than what you originally expected to pay.

Over many years, I put together quite a card collection of hall of fame players, star rookies, rare error cards, autographs, and more. I never intended on selling cards but realized if I did start selling some of my collection, I could do what I like to do for fun, for a living. 

In my wildest dreams, I never thought I would be a baseball card dealer. However, I am beyond ecstatic that I have the opportunity to earn your business while filling a much needed gap in the industry I love. There aren't too many businesses where you can sell something to your customers that brings back nostalgic memories of childhood while offering the opportunity for the item to appreciate in value. 

"Relive Old Memories by Investing in Rarities!" After all, we offer FREE Shipping and RETURNS are available if you are not satisfied with your purchase.  

Cardboard Picasso Vs. Traditional Auction House

 

Cardboard Picasso

Traditional Auction House

Competitive Pricing

Yes

Yes

Feature Rare Cards

Yes

Yes

Ethical Seller who will send exact card pictured

Yes

Yes

Vintage Baseball Card Specialist

Yes

No; most venues feature all sports and all years

Cards only graded by PSA, SGC, or BVG

Yes

No; many auction houses feature raw cards along with cards graded by companies who are no longer in business

Wait-Time/Auction Duration

None; Purchase Immediately

7-30 days on average

Buyer’s Premium

None

20%-23% on average

Loyalty Rewards Program

Yes; 2% cashback equivalent

No

Free Gift with Purchase

Yes

No

Free Shipping & Insurance

Yes

No

Returns

Yes

No Returns or Store Credit Exchange (in most cases)

Birthday & Sign-Up Coupon

Yes, $10 in points for each occurrence

No