The Sports Card Collectors Guide to Trading on the
Chapter 1 - Now that’s progress!
Chapter 2 -
- How to trade
- Packing and shipping
- After the trade: the good, the bad and the…gulp…ugly.
- Upgrade and MAKE $MONEY$
- The BIG LIST of “Smart trader tips”
Sports card resources
Sports card resources
Over the years I have had the pleasure of using several
excellent sports card resources on the Internet. I have
listed some of my personal favorites below and hope that
you get some benefit out of these recommendations.
There are many sports card trading web sites out there
these days. I hope that you give them all a try and
decide to make Sportscardfun.com your home for online
sports card trading. You will find that we provide a
safe and fun place to trade.
Thankfully more and more sports card collectors are
turning to the blogesphere to discuss this great hobby!
Here are a few baseball card blogs that you might want
to add to your daily reading: (or start one of your
The Baseball Card Blog
Treasure Never Buried
Beckett Behind The Scenes
What don't these guys do? As with their
dominance of the market place with their printed
materials and guides to sports cards, their Internet
presence is a force to be reckoned with as well. The
Beckett web site is packed full with great information
about all areas of collecting including price guides, an
excellent card grading service, release dates, a market
place, trading boards, reviews, news, auctions, etc!
If there comes a time that you would like to buy or sell
sports cards on the Internet it is likely that eBay will
be a good place for you to do it. eBay is still the king of
all auction sites. There are many good resources
available for you to learn how to use eBay, including
resources right on the eBay site. When you do decide to
use eBay, you will find that you will be able to use
many of the same suggestions in this trading guide.
(Newly re-named Sportsbuy.com also has auctions!)
Online since 2001 NAXCOM.com is another great place to
buy and sell sports cards. One unique feature at NAXCOM
is the ability for users to post not only sales offers
but purchase offers as well. NAXCOM also offers a Buyer
Protection Guarantee with every purchase, where buyer's
funds are placed into a holding account until their item
is received and approved. NAXCOM also offers Seller
Protection Guarantee, where sellers are guaranteed to
receive their payment for a successful sale. NAXCOM is
also one of the country's largest collectibles show
promoters, with more than 100 show dates annually.
Ebay and NAXCOM work great for most collectors. However, if you’re
searching for or selling high-end cards or sports
memorabilia Mastronet.com and Heritageauctions.com are a
couple of fantastic specialized auction sites you should
be aware of.
Owned by NAXCOM, Thepit.com is a market place to buy and
sell sports cards; however, it’s modeled after a stock
market and not an auction site. As with the real stock
market, the pit displays the real-time market value
fluctuations in the prices of sports cards based on
supply and demand. Unlike traditional Internet auctions,
you are only dealing with thePit.com when you trade in
their exchanges. Thepit.com also guarantees each
transaction, buying or selling.
Etopps.com (yes the Topps Company) cards are actual
sports cards that you can choose to buy, trade, sell, or
track online without ever even actually having the cards
in your hand. You can also play or make up games with
fellow Etopps collectors and use your cards as the
wager. Also, each week they release a limited-time
Etopps is tied into eBay and Etopps cards can be swapped
or purchased on the eBay site. Etopps collectors have a
portfolio that displays the values of their cards partly
based on what the cards are selling for on the Etopps
trading floor. Collectors can also choose to have their
cards sent to them!
Krause Publications produces the well known Tuff
Stuff sports card magazine and has a web site to go
along with it. You will find a lot of good information
on this site, check
lists, and sports card news. The parent site to
Tuffstuff.com is called collect.com and has resources
for all different types of collectibles.
Sports Collectors Digest (SCD) has been published for
the past 30 years by Krause. The Digest covers all
aspects of sports memorabilia collecting including
sports cards, equipment, autographs and uniforms.
Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA)
is a very well established third-party sports card
authentication service. PSADNA.COM is the division of
PSA that specializes in autograph authentication
Sports Market Report (SMR)
If you're thing is collecting graded sports cards and
other sports memorabilia, you'll want to check out SMR.
The publication also has some online accessibility as
well. Sports Market Report is published by the folks at
Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA). Learn more
Sports Market Report.
If you are looking to purchase high quality authentic
sports memorabilia be sure to browse through the
inventory at Steinersports.com.
Tri-star is one of the premier producers of
authenticated, autographed sports memorabilia. They also
put on some of the best sports collectible events in the
Need some top loaders, boxes or any other sports
memorabilia storage device? If you can’t purchase your
supplies from a local card shop, Ultrapro.com and
BCW.com are the online places to pick up whatever you
Photobucket.com and Flickr.com are free online photo
album services that you can use to display your
collection and the cards that you have for trade. It’s
very common for traders to ask to see photos of cards
that they are trading for.
Sports card manufacturers
2300 E. Randol Mill Road Arlington, Texas 76011
16776 Lakeshore Drive #C, PMB 231 Lake Elsinore, CA
One Whitehall Street, New York New York 10004-2109
(212) 376-0300 or fax (212) 376-0623
Upper Deck (also now owns the Fleer trade name)
5909 Sea Otter Place Carlsbad, CA 92008