I have 87 cards from this set with all the big names with the exception of Terry Sawchuk. None of the cards have been graded and most are in very good condition. I would like to sell them privately. I took them to a card shop in Toronto and the guy tried to rip me off and now he is constantly calling me wanting me to come back to the store. Any ideas on how to sell other then listing on eBay.
Sorry to hear about your experience. With only the information you gave, apparently that dealer is still interested in your cards, albeit with an unusual approach. Most of us have been there. The Buy/Sell/Thread is a great starting place. Building relationships with the people on this board is another. Although local dealers and shows are also an option, I've found that since the audience is more limited, so is the money that you would realize from them.
Remember, there is no shortage in supply of 1951 Parkie's. And if they are VG condition like you said they frankly aren't worth all that much so it's probably easy to feel like your getting ripped off.
In general, outside of listing them on eBay I think someone is going to have to hold these cards in their hands to inspect each one in order for you to get a fair price. Even then it would have to be a collector and not a dealer. If you sell to a dealer you have to allow for them to make a profit.
If you sell them on eBay you are sure to get much less than they are worth if you don't get them graded. Because the buyers will assume you over graded them. If you get them graded before you sell them on eBay there goes your profits. And grading cards from that set under PSA 7 condition is a waste of time in my opinion (outside of the key cards like lach, Richard, Howe, Sawchuck, and Broda).
If it were me I'd get the key cards graded and than sell them seperately on eBay. For the commons I'd list the raw lot with the best possible scans and condition description of each card. But the commons are worth very little in VG so be prepared to give them away.
I was hugely into the hobby back in the late 80's and early 90's so I know my way around when it comes to prices and grades. I took a good look at most of the cards today and they are all in my opinion NM-MT 8 or better. The Boom Boom card is flawless and with great colour. I would like to sell as one lot.
I have to agree with the idea of getting them graded. If you really feel that they are NrMint to NrMint/Mint then you will make a lot of money getting them graded.
Since you have 87 of them, that would be a lot of money to spend all at once. I would pick a few of the bigger names that are all in that condition and get them graded. See how you do with your grades. If you get anything graded 8, then you will be making good money. If you get a 7, then you will still get a very fair price for most of them.
The only reason to sell them as a lot is if you need the money quickly. Obviously, you can list them here, but I don't know how many people read this board, Certainly much less than the number that shops eBay. You will get knowledgable buyers though. If you can post some scans, then go ahead and at least get some input from the board members. Try to figure out what you want for them and go from there.