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Looking to create a listing for your baseball card on eBay, but you don’t know what price to set?
You’re not alone.
Maybe you find yourself looking at other listings baffled on what price to settle on. You might even compare your card and other listings, go through pricing guides and use various apps, and you’re still confused as to what to do.
Card prices will depend on so many different things, so it’s never easy to just pinpoint a price for your card exactly.
Instead, you’ll need to consider various factors when it comes to card prices and make sure you make the right decision.
Here’s how you can price your baseball cards.
- Read our full article on pricing sports cards
Look at Sold Listings for Your Card
A good idea to start with is to always check the expired listings, or rather, sold and completed listings for your card.
This way, you’ll be able to get a rough idea as to what price to use for your card.
You don’t want to set a price too low, but you also don’t want to go too high as that will easily turn away potential interested buyers. So you’ll want to find the sweet spot.
Usually, a good idea of how to do this is to see what has worked in the past for other sellers.
The way you do this is you’ll want to take a look at the sold listings on eBay for your specific card. So let’s say you’re selling a 1970 Topps Nolan Ryan card. Here are the steps to see sold items.
- Type your query into the search engine at the top. In this case, “1970 Topps Nolan Ryan”.
- On the left-hand side, you’ll be able to see filters. Scroll down to the “Show Only” filter and check “Completed Items” and “Sold Items”.
- Find deals that look similar to your card. This way, you’ll have a better idea of what prices to use.
You’ll see that prices for sold items will vary, and of course, the grading will have a huge role in this. So you’ll want to consider the grade of your card and its quality before you make a definite decision here.
Use a Site Like 130Point
An even easier way to check for sold listings is to use a site like 130Point.com.
This site is made specifically for sports cards collectors. It’s one of the most relevant sites if you’re a collector. On it, you’ll be able to find info in checklists, sets, player checklists, redemptions, and other relevant information.
It also uses another feature called “Search eBay Sales”. Essentially, this mode allows you to search expired and sold eBay listings but in a much easier way than seen above.
All you need to do is type in the card you’re looking for, select the category, and start searching. You can also use additional filters such as only seeing the most recent sales, which is important with determining the price of your card since they fluctuate constantly.
You’ll see results based on the criteria you’ve set.
You’ll be able to see different types of information such as sale price, type of sale, sale date, card information, and a link to the site of the listing.
This site has everything you need to know about cards and checklists, as well as prices, so use it wisely.
Use the Market Movers App
One of the most accurate ways of determining the prices of your cards is to use the app called Market Movers.
It’s an app created by Sports Card Investor, and it’s made for every sports card collector out there. The purpose is to make it easier for you to control your card collection, compare and see the prices of cards, and check how the market is moving.
While it is made for maximizing your profits, it can also prove to be invaluable when pricing your cards.
The feature that you’ll almost certainly love if you’re serious about sports cards is the trends feature, where you’ll be able to see charts of card prices. This way, you’ll be able to roughly tell whether it’s time to sell your card or hold onto it for a little bit longer.
You’ll also be able to compare several cards in just one chart and make sure that you’re getting the right price that way.
So if you’re serious about selling cards and you’re planning on selling in the future, this app can be a life-saver.
But also note that you will have to sign up and pay a subscription – Lite or Pro, based on your needs.
Perhaps the most accurate way of determining the prices of your baseball cards, but also the most expensive.
The three above will be your best options, but there are also other ways of accurately setting your card prices.
PSA has a very helpful tool called “PSA Price Guide”.
Here, you’ll be able to see rough prices for your card depending on the condition of the card. The emphasis here should be on the word “rough” since these prices are often relevant only for past listings, and prices change constantly.
One flaw you’ll see here is that this site is only relevant for PSA-graded cards, but since you’ll be selling on eBay, some prices aren’t going to be particularly relevant for your specific case.
Make sure that you only use this site as a rough guide.
There’s another useful resource – it’s a website called vintagecardprices.com. This resource will be helpful for you if you have vintage cards, obviously. So if you’re having a hard time figuring out the price of your vintage card, you can also use this site.