By Kevin Lee aka gosens151911

5. Watch E-Bay for Steals
eBay is a buyer’s greatest resource. If you can, make sure you use it. Search daily for popular player names and see what auctions are ending soon. You will usually be able to find steals daily, with many cards ending at prices well under book value. This is a great way to pick up cards for your trade list. Remember to try and avoid bidding wars and only submit your max bid in the final minute or so if possible. Also, don’t forget to take shipping into account, it’s not a steal if you have to pay double digits for shipping.

4. Research Prices before Making Purchases
Book value is not always the most reliable pricing to use when purchasing cards. It is helpful to locate which cards are short printed and rarer, but not for exact selling prices. The best way to do this is to visit card shows, look at the sale boards on trading card sites, and to look at past eBay sales. This gives you an idea of what you should be paying for cards you’re interested in. You should make sure you don’t overpay.

3. Don’t Always Look to Add to your Personal Collection (PC)
When making a purchase, most people tend to only buy items for their PC. A better way to spend your money and to get more value is to try and find cheap deals on good trade bait. This is especially true for star players. You’ll discover that you will usually be able to get many more cards for your PC through trades using the newly acquired trade bait versus buying them outright.

2. Wait before Buying Singles from New Products
If you plan on buying singles from a new product, unless it’s a short print, don’t bother. Wait a year and most cards will go way down in value. Common players will sell for much higher in their current rookie year and will usually decline in value as the years pass. For star players, their cards will usually sell at a very high price point at first, but will eventually level out. Wait and you’ll save! You will easily get better prices allowing you to get more for your money.

1. Don’t Break Wax
Breaking wax is like gambling; you’ll usually end up losing. Odds are always stacked against you to get the huge pull. This is especially true with lower end sets where more often that not there are absolutely no cards in the set that will pay off the box they come in. Rarely will you be able to recuperate the money you spent on a box, even if you get a solid hit. If you have a tight budget, stick to buying singles. You’ll get the cards you want (whether it be PC or trade bait) and not be left feeling upset after a miserable box break. If you can’t resist breaking wax though, at least break new products early and sell early to maximize your profit.