By Darcy Ryan Brooke-Bisschop aka bb_bros
Many sports card collectors buy and sell on eBay on a regular basis, with scores of those doing so as a purely hobby level activity. eBay serves as something of a virtual garage sale, allowing sellers to easily rid themselves of unwanted items while building a base of funds that can be used for items that are wanted.
The ability to use eBay as a means of converting unwanted cards into cash that can then be used to purchase other items is invaluable to many collectors. Some are able to do this with a great deal More >
By Matthew Tomkin aka reoddai
Introduction Paypal is a popular method for sending money in exchange for sports memorabilia online. In addition to allowing transactions all over the globe, it allows users to conveniently link their e-mail to local bank cards, credit cards, bank accounts and store funds in a relatively secure online account. Currently, Paypal tends to focus their attention to eBay transactions. However, collectors can use Paypal for non-eBay transactions and transfer money between individuals securely, such as in trades here at SCF.
Paypal fees: Traditionally, the burden of fee payments rested heavily on the seller. Recent changes now allow for certain More >
By Kevin Lee aka gosens151911
It has become one of the most discussed and probably hated issues discussed by many members of the sports card community: the price guide. However, is all the criticism received by price guides really justified? In my opinion, I do not believe so. Price guides are essential to the hobby, especially to newcomers who usually will have no clue to what cards are valuable or worthless.
The biggest issue I have is how the price guide itself is used. Most price guides usually provide a range, with a LO column, representing the lowest price one could expect More >
By Daniel Poor aka Stl_Cardinals_Fan
Even with all the talk about “going green” or being “eco-friendly” that ideal can be lost on collectors. Has anyone given thought to how “un-green” (to make up a word) sports cards can be? Purchase a case and think about the following: the case comes shrink-wrapped on a pallet with other cases. One’s case is in a cardboard box. Inside that cardboard box are 12 or so smaller cardboard boxes each of which is shrink-wrapped again in plastic. Inside those boxes are 20-30 packs, each a foil/Mylar pack. Then think about how one will likely put More >
By Kevin Lee aka gosens151911
Technology has done wonders for the hobby; especially making purchases for the personal collection just a click away. The most used site to make these sales is eBay, where collectors bid or use a buy it now feature to purchase cards they’re interested in. Another interesting feature available on eBay is that one can view the recent sales of an item. From this, the average sale price can be found for most items. This provides a collector with a very good idea of what he/she could sell a card for. Recently this has become a large More >
By Kevin Lee
Here’s my top ten tips on what I wish I knew when I first started collecting cards.
10: Redemption Cards are brutal - Card companies insert redemption cards into packs for rookies who have yet to play, or for players who have yet to autograph their cards. You have to go online, register with the site and then usually type in a redemption code to have your card mailed to you when it’s produced. Sometimes the redemptions can take months to arrive, or are never even produced. It’s a pain pulling one and not knowing if you’re going to More >