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Observations of selling trading cards (or not) on eBay

Posted Saturday, May 23, 2009, at 5:49 PM

Several years ago, during our eBay infancy, we sold a fair amount of trading cards and were pleased with the results. I am sure that we "gave away" some great deals because we were not well versed, so when I decided to sell some more recently, I went "back to school" to learn more.

Ouch, my head hurts and I don't know if I will ever get the finer points down. We thought grading records was detailed but if you have ever looked at some of the grading systems out there for trading cards, it could intimidate you into not selling. http://www.psacard.com/grading/grading_s...

Professionally graded cards can bring several hundred dollars more than the same exact card that is not graded. Trying to research which ones had much greater value if graded, wore me out, so I guess I am going back to the old standard of providing a good picture and describing the wear, wax deposits, stains etc to the best of my ability and then let it ride.

Hence the beauty of the eBay platform. Folks like me, selling things I really do not know much about, but we still can make a buck. Now before you conclude I am a total loss, I DO know about some things, but not trading cards.

I did not know much about teddy bears until we started selling an inherited collection. I can put teddy bears in my knowledgeable column. Wow! I have two things now!

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Steve - The best thing about not getting the cards graded is that you're much more likely to get some kid a card they really want...but can't afford.

-- Posted by Thom on Sat, May 23, 2009, at 9:09 PM

Good point Thom. From the prices I see on graded cards, only a few can afford them.

While I guess I would love to get the price, I sure would not pay that for a child's collection.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, May 23, 2009, at 9:50 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.