We get messages like this on our Facebook page frequently:
“I have a collection of cards that I don’t use anymore, can I sell them to you guys?”
Unfortunately, we don’t buy used cards, but still wanted to offer some advice and insight on how you can sell your used cards both quickly and for as much money as possible. This guide will start by taking you through the best places to sell your trading cards, a few tips for selling them, and even some alternatives to selling that you may want to consider.
Let’s start by looking at the best places to sell your cards:
Selling your trading card or sports card collection has never been easier. With the internet there’s been an increased interest in the hobby, and there are now more ways than ever to sell, buy and trade cards. Here are all the places you can sell a card currently:
eBay is likely your first thought when it comes to selling trading cards, especially online. The online auction site has long been a place to sell trading cards online, but is it the best? Well, in some cases yes, in others no. The best way to check which site to sell your cards on is to simply look at what other cards have sold for. However, if you were to stick with rough generalizations, eBay makes the most sense for selling cards between $5 and $11 in value.
Buylists, if you’re unfamiliar, are lists of cards that shops are willing to purchase from you along with their rates. They are typically going to be some of the lowest rates you’ll receive for cards, but you won’t have to worry about things like fees, managing card listings, and shipping to multiple different locations. We only recommend selling your cards to a shop’s buylist if they are under $5 in value.
Facebook has become home to many groups for buying, selling, and trading cards. There may be a group for your local area, so it’s worth checking out! Even if there isn’t a group specifically for selling or trading, you may be able to join a group related to your cards and ask the group if anyone would like to purchase them.
As the name would suggest, TCGplayer is a trading card game specific website for selling and buying TCG products. You won’t be able to sell sports cards here if that’s what you’re looking to sell, but for TCG cards over $11 in value you can get good rates on the platform. TCGPlayer allows you to either sell the cards yourself on the platform or sell the cards to the site’s buylist.
These tips will help you get the highest value out of your trading cards while also making the selling process as smooth as possible.
At the end of the day though, selling your old cards is always going to be a bit of a hassle. If you don’t necessarily care about the money, consider giving the cards away to friends, family, or charity. It’s a great way to introduce someone else to the hobby, and it often doesn’t require as much effort as selling.
You can also consider trading your cards at a convention, local shop, or within a Facebook group. If you’re still an active player/collector, trading a card will get you the highest value possible. In some cases, you may even be able to trade up for something higher in value!