The platforms and options to sell low-did value sports cards are growing and evolving, and while the options are a good thing, the amount of them can also be overwhelming.
In today’s post, we will discuss best practices for selling your low-end cards from the different marketplaces consider and tips for making smooth transactions.
Of course, if you’re looking to sell high-end cards (as in, cards that you could probably swap for a new card), it is often best to leave these transactions to the pros or even eBay consignment sellers to get the best value for your card, but that is a post for a later day.
More than ever before, online marketplaces for sports cards are booming. Let’s look at some of the most popular options and figure out what works best for you.
eBay is the obvious first choice. Since eBay began to boom in 1998, sports cards frequently been bought and sold on eBay. Since the 2020 boom in the hobby, the category has become one of its key moneymakers. Therefore, the company has recently paid more attention to sports cards and the needs of collectors and sellers.
Listing your cards on eBay has never been easier than it is now. However, to get the most out of your listing, you want to make sure to follow these tips.
When you are coming up with the title for your listing, do not skimp on the effort. With almost any card, other cards are the same on the market, so you stand out with a quality title.
Make sure you do all the following:
Never list a “ja basketball card” when your description could be, “2019-20 JA MORANT OPTIC RC HOLO ROOKIE, SHARP CORNERS!” See which is more eye-catching? The buyers will feel the same way.
Often, people looking at raw cards on eBay are looking for those they can buy and grade. If you’re opting not to grade the card, the more pictures you can share, the better. The extra effort can mean quicker sales and reduced chances of discrepancies.
The market’s opinion of scanning cards seems to be bouncing back and forth, but personally, I scan my cards in a penny sleeve and offer more pictures as requested.
I’ve seen a few pictures of a sasquatch that are clearer than a few of the eBay card listing I’ve run into, so never be that person. A bit of extra time invested in pictures can mean lots of extra money!
eBay provides sellers with extra options to further describe the cards, such as the set, the team, the player, the additional features, the grade, and lots more.
While it might seem silly to list these things (especially if you included them in the title), eBay designed the feature to get more eyes on your item. Therefore, filling in the specifics for your card can boost its odds of selling quickly by earning it more views.
If possible, print the label off eBay as soon as possible. It is made available as soon as the buyer pays for the item. Therefore, it is best to get your cards shipped within 24 hours. This will win you a good rapport with both eBay and your customers.
While eBay is the premier marketplace for selling cards, there are drawbacks and problems to consider.
Selling in Facebook groups is an increasingly popular way to connect with collectors and dodge eBay fees. To find a group, search “sports cards” on Facebook, and you’ll find many different options. They all have house rules (“no sealed product,” for example), so follow the rules and make friends.
When selling on Facebook, the threat of being scammed is higher than eBay, so do your due diligence on who you are selling to before the transaction. Obviously, this is more of a problem as a buyer, but agreeing to a “half in advance” deal with somebody you don’t know is always a bad idea (my advice: don’t do these deals ever.) Get vouches from people within the group.
These groups are a lot more personal than eBay, and collectors come together to help each other build out PCs, sets or talk about the hobby. While there are groups that focus exclusively on one brand or sport, my favorite group is the SICK Sports Card Community.
The group is well moderated and full of a lot of passionate (occasionally sassy) collectors. Most importantly, many members of this group have big hearts and try to pass the love of collecting to the next generations.
eBay and Facebook are the most common, best places to sell cards, but there are other options to consider.
When you’re selling your low-mid value sports card, the best way to learn is by experience. That said, the experience can also be a tough teacher. Therefore, before you dive into selling cards online, here are three tips to help prevent problems.
There are good ways to ship a card, and there are bad ways. For mid-value cards, follow these steps:
For low-value cards, eBay has recently introduced a “Standard Envelope that we covered in a recent story. In summary, you can ship cards valued at less than $20 with insurance costing less than $1. Note that a separate sports card collection insurance may cover loss in the mail.
A quick way to get burned on eBay is underselling something. Or, even asking too much as a BIN without ever getting a sale.
Figuring out market value is easy. Go to eBay, search your card, filter by “sold auctions” on the options, and then view “recent first.” This practice will give you an idea of the price and even a short-term trend of which way it is moving.
Last, this is more extreme and may be more appropriate for upper-end of mid-value cards. However, if you sell something for a decent sum of money, it’s never a bad idea to record yourself sealing the secured card/box for shipment.
That way, if a buyer tries to claim a box’s shrink wrap was not sealed or that you did not tape your top loader, you have evidence to support your claim. This scenario might seem far-fetched but being burned on a four-digit would sure sting. So better safe than sorry.
As you can tell, the options for selling your cards are plentiful, and there’s never a better time to start selling than today. Now, remember these rules, stay smart, and get to it!