Where To Sell Basketball Cards

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Sports trading cards have been around for decades. Over the years, superstar cards have made people hundreds of thousands of dollars, and as a result, people love to get in on the ground floor with rookie cards. The problem many people run into is that they do not know where to sell basketball cards.

Here we will go over everything you need to know about selling basketball cards. As a result, we will look at what you need to do before you start to look for a sale as well. We hope you are prepared for trading card selling for a long time after you finish reading.

Prepare To Sell Your Basketball Cards

Before you find a place to sell your cards, you should prepare to sell them. There are a few things you need to do before you will be ready to sell your basketball cards to the highest bidder.

Firstly, you should compile a concise but detailed list of the cards in your collection. The list should include the year of issue of each card and each card’s estimated value. If you do not know the cost of some of your cards, you can get them appraised.

Many of you probably have a local sports card shop in your area. If you do, you can head there to get your cards appraised. You should be happy to hear that most sports card stores will look at your cards and give you a quote for free.

Unfortunately, you might not have access to a local sports card store. If you fall into that category, you can get your cards appraised online. Many online appraisers will also look at your basketball cards for free. 

To get your cards appraised online, you must take clear pictures of them. You should then upload them to the collector’s website and provide any essential details.

Once all your basketball cards are appraised, you can move on to the next step. Start by identifying the most valuable cards in your collection. You do not need to overthink things here. The most valuable cards will be those of Hall of Famers, all-stars, and young stars.

Once you identify your best cards, take clear pictures of them. You want to highlight the best cards in your collection to get more interest. You should also decide whether you want to sell cards individually or in a set. Selling your cards individually should net you more money, but it will take longer.

What Influences the Value of Basketball Cards?

Most people do not get into card collecting because they are overly interested in the cards themselves. There are certainly some people who want to have a collection of the best basketball cards on the planet. However, most people buy them because they are hoping they turn a profit.

Many things influence the value of basketball cards. The most crucial factor to consider is the condition of the card. PSA 9 and 10 cards sell for much more than those in PSA 3, 4, and 5 conditions. Collectors want their cards in mint condition, so they are unlikely to pay much for cards in poor condition. The only exception would be for exceptionally rare cards that are almost impossible to purchase in mint condition.

Another thing to consider is when in the player’s career was the card printed. A LeBron James card from the 11th year of his career will not sell for nearly as much as one of his rookie cards.

Additionally, it is essential to remember that there are several trading card brands out there. Different brands hold more value, so the set the card was issued in will influence the sale price.

Finally, supply and demand play a crucial role in the value of cards. Part of the reason cards of old legends are worth so much these days is that not many of them are available for purchase, especially in mint condition. Furthermore, not as many cards were printed back in the 70s and 80s. As a result, collectors will spend more to add those cards to their collection.

Where Should You Sell Your Basketball Cards?

When you are trying to figure out where to sell basketball cards, there are several things you need to consider. Firstly, you should decide whether you want to sell them online or in person. The type of cards you own should also influence your decision.

If you want to sell your cards in person, you should try to sell them in or near a city with an NBA team. Cities with NBA teams will have more people interested in purchasing basketball cards. As a result, there will be more offers, and you will make more money.

The easiest place to sell your cards is a sports card shop. These shops will appraise your cards and offer to purchase your cards and the price they value them at. Unfortunately, these shops will offer you less money than they are worth. So, while you can get rid of your cards easier at these shops, you are unlikely to make as much money as possible.

Your next option is to sell your cards online. You can set up auctions on sites like eBay and Craigslist, and sell your cards to the highest bidder. Alternatively, you can set a price yourself, and wait for someone to buy it. You can also see the price other sellers are listing their cards for so you do not overprice your cards.

Finally, it is a good idea to sell low-priced cards at garage sales or flea markets. Random cards that are only worth a few cents will not make you much money online or at a store. However, kids seeing your cards at a garage sale might buy them for a dollar.

Final Thoughts

Figuring out where to sell basketball cards is not difficult. You can sell them online, at a sports card store, a flea market, a garage sale, or at sports card shows. However, you need to determine the best option based on your cards.

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