No matter what your age, collecting sports cards is a fun and exciting pastime. All good things must come to an end, however. With the rise of modern technologies and the amount of photos and statistics available for free online, sports cards no longer have the same draw that they once did.
If you feel like it is time to get rid of your sports cards, there are several options available to you. Don’t let your cards gather dust in a closet or attic somewhere: see if you can turn them into profit, or trade them for other goods and services! Read on to find out how.
1. Know their worth.
If you plan on selling or trading your cards, your best first step is to figure out how much your sports cards are worth. Sports cards can have unexpectedly high values to them, and you will surely be frustrated to discover too late the real worth of your card.
Use the Internet to your advantage! You can find a wide range of information about almost any card, including each card’s estimated worth. There are several websites dedicated specifically to pricing out sports cards, and they can help you figure out exactly how much you can expect to get for your cards.
It is possible that you will not be able to find your exact card online. This either means that the card is not worth much at all, or that it is worth a small fortune! Try using websites like eBay as well if you can’t track your card down on another website. It is also worth your time to contact a card collectors’ website or some hobbyist or another to get their input.
eBay is useful as well to see if you can find out how much money other people are receiving for the same kind of cards that you have.
2. Sell your cards to a hobby store.
One of the fastest ways to sell your sports cards is to visit a specialized hobby store. The majority of these kinds of stores will buy and sell sports cards.
Visit several of these stores if you can to make sure you aren’t getting ripped off. Ask them how much money they are willing to give you, and don’t be afraid to try negotiating a higher price with them. Feel free to walk away if you don’t like the price they are willing to offer. Once you have asked around, simply sell your cards to the highest bidder.
3. Put your cards up for auction.
Auctioning sports cards can be a bit of a gamble, as is anything that involves the auctioning process. You could easily walk away with a massive amount of money, perhaps even more than your collection is even worth, or you could end up with a couple dollars: so be cautious of this approach!
Try and find an auction that specializes in selling sports cards or similar types of goods. Register for these auctions as soon as you find one that seems suitable for you. Advertise your collection beforehand if possible to create some hype for the cards you have for sale.
4. Sell them on eBay.
If you don’t feel like attending a real life auction, or going through the trouble of finding one in your area, then why not use an online auction for the same purpose?
eBay is a great solution for selling just about anything. You can set your own bidding terms and minimum starting amounts, or you can use a set price with the “Buy it Now” option.
Be sure to include all of the important details of your sports card or cards, including the condition and age. Including a clear picture is also a wise idea so that people can see whether your card is everything that you said it was.
Once your cards are posted, advertise the links in relevant social networking websites or on hobbyist message boards.
5. Sell them on buy and sell forums.
If eBay is not for you, you can still use the Internet to your advantage. Try and find some solid websites in your area that you can list your collection on. These websites are great, because there are often no membership fees to worry about!
Create a new thread to discuss your collection of cards. Be sure to highlight your best cards so that you can demonstrate exactly what you have and the amount of money that you are hoping to get for your cards.
Once you have found someone interested in a specific card, or even in your entire collection, get in touch with them to arrange a meeting. If you can deliver your cards to the buyer in person, this is always the best approach.
6. Showcase your cards at a collectibles convention.
Hardcore sports card collectors are willing to drop some serious cash on certain cards if they think they are worth their while. You can often find these sorts of people at collectibles conventions.
Once you have figured out the rough worth of your cards, you can determine whether it is worthwhile to try and set yourself up with a booth at the event. This will often include some sort of registration fee, so be prepared to pay a certain amount to get yourself in the door.
7. Use cards as a cash replacement.
Cash is king, of course, but you can’t always get cash for your sports cards unfortunately. In these cases, why not try trading your cards for something else? You can trade your cards for other sports cards, or for other goods and services.
Try going to a hobby store and see if they are interested in anything you have to offer. If they aren’t giving you as much money as you might have hoped, see if you can negotiate a better deal for yourself by trading instead. Depending on the worth of your cards, you might just be in luck! Sometimes you can get better deals if you have rare cards, or if the hobbyist doesn’t have to fork over cold hard cash to get your cards.
Trading cards should be your last resort, as the chances are high that you likely want cash. Sometimes you just can’t get cash though! In these cases, trading can be the answer.
Getting rid of sports cards doesn’t have to be hard. Why not try making some money from them in the process? You can make a serious haul if you play your cards right (to use a bad pun). With some smart advertising, you should have a keen buyer for your sports cards before you know it!