Cards are some of the most valuable assets you can own in the game of basketball. The more cards you have, the more cards other teams will want. Even the most experienced trade card collectors can find ways to improve their collection and make the most money. Here are some tips for trading cards that you may not have thought about before.
Know what you’re looking for
Picking up a new set of cards can be like going to the grocery store for the first time. You have no idea what you’re getting yourself into. You might not know if a card is worth the high price you’re paying for it or if you should pass on it. The only way to know for sure is to look at all the cards available and see what type of player they have and if they’re a good fit for your team. Once you have a sense for what cards you’re interested in, take the time to go through the card catalog and look through the different sets available.
You might not notice something that an expert card collector might notice right away. Take the time to look at cards in person and ask questions if you’re unsure about anything. Cards are sometimes sold with extra cards in boxes, bags, and mailers. Look at these items carefully. Some of the cards might be damaged or missing pieces. You want to make sure the cards you’re receiving are in good condition. This goes for both you and the seller.
Always, always, try to buy low
It’s easy to get excited about a hotcard market and buy top-of-the-line cards at ridiculous prices. But remember, you may not get a card in that new card set for half the price you paid for it. If you’re really lucky, you might even get a card in a newer set for less than its face value. But even if you don’t get a card for your purchase, you never know when you might see one on the trading floor at a later date. There’s a chance that someone will “raise” a card they own that you want to look at. If you’re patient, you can always wait for the person to “sell” the card to you. But don’t wait for your turn to try to buy or sell cards. Everyone’s waiting for someone to buy and sell theirs. So, always, always, try to buy low.
Even if you don’t end up trading cards, you can still make money by selling high-value cards on the open market. There are many online trading sites where you can post ads for cards that you’d like to sell. Cards will start to “circulate” and other interested parties will start to approach you. You can always tell them no and walk away from the deal, but it’s always a good idea to see what happens. If someone wants your cards and is prepared to pay a high price for them, there’s a chance that you can turn that into some money.
If someone desires your cards and you don’t have a ton of room for more cards, you can always send them some unwanted cards that you no longer want or need. This could be a really easy way to make some cash.