Sup team. Sports cards are hot in the streets and I am here to answer the basic question that floods my dm’s at least 5 times a day. The golden question you ask? “How much is this card worth?” I am down to answer this about 9/10 times, but sometimes I’m busy getting rejected on Hinge, recording a podcast, or getting rekt at work. So, here is your guide so you can get educated and figure it out on your own. The more time you spend price checking your own cards, the more educated you get about the market. Also, if you’re new, start my pod Bro, Cards ? from episode 0 and you will learn the fundamentals. Let’s breakdown the 4 sources I use (my favorite is Cardladder.com which is explained last).
The Manual Way – eBay
Ebay is probably the most trusted source to track prices of sports card. It’s the most manual way, but it’s also the most reliable because you can literally see the last transaction for the specific card you’re looking for. The annoying part? Figuring out the filters. Here’s the breakdown.
Step 1, type the player, product, and specification in the search bar. Be as specific as possible
Step 2, if you’re on a laptop, scroll down and look for the “Show Only” filter only the left side of your screen. It’s a decent scroll down but it’s there. If you’re on mobile, simply type in your search, and there will be a “Filter” option on the right hand upper-side of your screen. Scroll down a tad, and press “Show more” and you will find the “Completed and Sold Items” filter option.
Step 3, check off your final specifications. For example, I wanted to see a PSA 10 Justin Herbert Prizm. You can checkoff which grader (PSA, BGS, etc.) you want to see, and what grade the card is (1-10). This will also be on the left side of your screen, but towards the top closer to the search bar.
There you go. Here are the results. You can see a Justin Herbert PSA 10 Prizm just sold for $1,200 on April 2nd. Always make sure the “Ended Recently” filter is on in the top right so you can see the most recent transaction for each search, but I believe that is automatically on when doing any search.
Checking Best Offer Accepted – 130point.com
Now if you look at the results from our first search above, you can see the 2nd Herbert listing has the price crossed out because the best offer was accepted. That means that someone listed the card at $1,100 but allowed buyers to make offers above a certain price point. If we use the search feature on 130point.com we can find what the buyer actually paid for that card (eBay won’t show it).
Start by using the “Search Ebay Sales” feature, and be as specific as possible in the search bar. Then you will be able to find all Ebay Sales for that card in order of most recent, and BANG (Mike Breen voice) you can see what the offer that was accepted.
So now you can see someone paid $965 for the Herbert on April 2nd, and someone else paid $1,200 on the 3rd (above). It pays to send offers to sellers.
Checking Historical Prices & Tracking Over Time – Cardladder.com
This is my favorite and I think the most useful card price website out there right now. Card Ladder was created by a collector, and it allows you to see card prices over a time period of a day, week, month, year etc. It’s awesome and allows you to literally see dips and surges in the market. The only catch is that you have to pay $15 a month to see historical prices beyond 3 months, but that $15 will pay for itself multiple times if you use this site to your advantage. Here’s an example of the data you can see.
So yeah, this is your guide. Use eBay to get familiar with the market, checkout 130point to peep best offer accepted, and invest in your collection with a subscription to CardLadder to bring it all together. This stuff is awesome man. If you have questions slide in my DM’s @MookBets on Twitter, but first, try finding a price on your own. Also go listen to Bro, Cards ? to learn about this expanding market, it’s fun stuff.
Honorable Mention – Cardvalue.io
Shoutout to my guy @Landforce , he’s a card nerd like myself but also a true hustler and entrepreneur. He got tired of answering the same question like me, and instead of writing a blog or recording a podcast about it, he legit built a website for it. Animal. Anyway, cardvalue.io is a simple way to type in the card you are looking for, and then the search engine returns all recent listings, which are clickable, for that card. Shoutout Colin for being a beast and whipping this jawn up.
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