One of the most common questions we get (especially through our Instagram DMs) is, “What’s the value of this baseball card, football card, hockey card, basketball card?”
So to help answer that question in one blog post, here’s our short general answer: We search the Sold Items listings on eBay.
We’ll show you how to do that in a second. But first, here’s what we don’t suggest doing.
Don’t do a search on eBay for your baseball card or any sports card and look what it’s currently listed for.
For example, if you had a Mike Trout 2009 Bowman Chrome rookie autograph card (BGS 9.5/10) to sell, a quick search will show you these results on eBay.
You’ll probably get a range of values depending on how popular the sports card is. Sometimes that value can be super inflated since the seller would want the maximum amount for the card.
Since you don’t want to overpay, the better indicator of current market value is how much someone has already paid for it. Even better, find out how much several of the same cards have sold for in the past month or so.
To do that, you simply search for your card on eBay. Scroll down and on the left side column, you’ll see under “Show only” the Sold Items box which you can check off (see video below).
Then sort the results by “Ended Recently” and see what the sports card in question sold for like for this iconic 2009 Mike Trout Bowman Chrome rookie card graded BGS 9.5/10.
Note: some may have accepted their “Best Offer” which means the exact price won’t appear. But you’ll be able to see how much they originally listed for knowing they didn’t get that much as the max limit.
Now whether the sports card value was bought at a fair price? That’s a different post all together.
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