Criteria That Determine The Value Of A Phone Card To A Collector
These factors can change with market fluctuations and are often highly personalized. An image of the Eiffel Tower may have more value to a collector who got married there than to one who has never been to France. Phone Card Grading does NOT consider these kind of criteria when determining the grade or condition of a card.
Age of card
Conventional wisdom tells us older items generally have more value, but this is not always the case. Many older cards have disappeared, been lost, or have not been collected. The first U.S. card, IntelExpo, from 1985 is listed for about $1000 while early AT&T cards from 1992 are worth a bit more.
The quantity produced is a major factor. First-rate telecommunications companies would sometimes print very limited runs of a card for a variety of legitimate reasons. Many of these cards were unknown until the promotion was over and are simply not available. It can be expensive to track these down.
Sometimes there are cards left over from promotions. The prudent thing would be to destroy the remaining cards. However, some phone companies with little concern for the collector, were greedy and sold their leftovers at prices well below the established market value damaging the card’s value.
Collector demand is often increased by the design on a card as many collectors prefer to collect by theme or topic. Cards featuring Disney, Coca-Cola, and McDonalds artwork can be highly desirable. Celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, or Elvis and sports-related cards are in high demand.
Some phone cards are genuinely beautiful works of art. Landscapes, space images, animals, birds, flowers, and seascapes can be sought after simply for their appeal. These types of cards may also hold a sentimental appeal to certain collectors. For example, a particular dog or cat breed may be very personal.
Additional determining factors include the phone carrier, dealers' current stock levels, competition, issue price, condition, distribution, trendiness, uniqueness, origin, technology, and whether there is a bull or bear market. As with any other collectible, trends ebb and flow with fashions and current events.
Authentication & Grading
Your phone card will be authenticated and evaluated by our industry professionals and assigned a grade based on its condition.
Your phone card will be encapsulated and slabbed in a protective coating to ensure it retains its current grade and quality.
Serial Number & Certificate
Your phone card will be identified by a unique serial number and a delivered with a printable Certificate of Authenticity.
Phone Card Grading's Objective Fixed Criteria
Phone Card Grading utilizes standardized, objective, fixed criteria unique to phone cards during the grading process. Our guidelines and benchmarks are not influenced by personal choices or market fluctuations but instead are determined by industry standards in judging the condition of a phone card.
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