First things first. If we add up all the various Sets and prices mentioned, we get between $1200 & $1400 (depending on the exact configurations you are able to assemble).
Note: These totals DO NOT include the 4 very rare 1991 prototypes which are valued at $300 by themselves.
This is what you can expect to pay with due diligence and obtaining most of your cards in already assembled sets if possible. If you resort to buying cards individually, you will pay a higher amount. As with all collections, however, you will most likely combine both methods to reach your goal.
If you eventually complete your collection (with or without the '91 prototypes), you can expect the value of your efforts to be worth about 20% more than the totals mentioned here.
Although $1500-$1800 is not an insignificant amount, it is an amount that can be considered an affordable hobby. If you appreciate the quality of Conlon's photographs, and the historical value of these cards assembled by the Sporting News, it is certainly worth the investment.
- * 1981 Sporting News Conlon Set (100 cards)
- * 1983 Marketcom Conlon Set Prototypes (5 cards)
- * 1983 TSN 50th Anniv. 1933 All Star Game (60 cards)
- * 1984 Marketcom "Baseball Immortals" Set (60 cards)
- * 1984 Marketcom Postcards (2 sets x 32 cards)
- * 1986-88 World Wide Sports Sets 1-5 (213 cards)
- * 1988 World Wide Sports 1933 All-Stars (60 cards)
- * 1988 Hardees / Coca Cola (6 cards)
- * 1991 Megacards Prototypes (4 cards) VERY RARE
- * 1991 Megacards Set (3 Sets, 727 cards)
- * 1992 Megacards Set (330 cards)
- * 1993 Megacards Set (330 cards)
- * 1994 Megacards Set (2 printings, 2x330 cards)
- * 1995 Megacards Set (110 cards)
- * 1993 10x8 Master Series (9 B&W and 9 Color cards)
- * 1992-95 Color Cards (48 cards)
- * 1992-94 Gold Inserts Cards (12 cards)
- * 1991-95 Prototype / Promotional Cards (48 cards)
- * Card Errors, Autographed Cards and Related Items
- * Collection Value