Monday, August 31, 2009

5 Ways To Save Money When Buying Trading Cards

1: Sell or Trade some of your collection
Even if you get pennies on the dollar for your common trading cards, pennies do add up! Find a player, team, brand, sport, era....ect... that you are interested in (it could be many things) and collect those cards until you max out your visa. Everything else, I say sell it. There are many ways to sell your cards, I have done a few podcasts on the topic.  Check them out below if you are interested.

Show #28 The 3 P's of Selling Your Sports Cards
Show #2 Selling Your Sports Cards

2. Buy During The "Off-Season"
It seems like there is no off season in sports these days and if you collect multiple sports there is always a regular season to follow. If you are serious about collecting a certain player, team or sport what does it matter if you have the cards 6-12 months later? (or longer)

You save money because there will be new product on the market and new RC's that tend to drive up sports card prices in the first or current year of release. Last years product is like a year old BMW, great car...drives as well as any car on the road...but its not "New"  The other difference is probably about $10,000 and the same thing happens in sports cards. Obviously 1/1 and special cards need to be purchased when they come up, however more common jersey and autograph cards can be had for less in the off-season.

3. Set A Budget
Sounds boring...but tell me any great money making (and saving) business that doesn't have a budget? I'm not trying to say that you should run your collection like a business but we can learn from the power of budgeting.  The easiest place to start is make a guess at how much money you have to spend each month on cards. Once you get that $$ down give that to yourself every month for your trading card collection. If you don't spend as much simply carry that amount over to the next month, just try not to go over. Modify you sports card budget as other things in life give/take more money from your pocket...but always have a dollar amount you can spend every month.

This will help you be more choosy when shopping...and keep you from overspending. Plus it will help focus your collection and eliminate cards that you don't really want or need.

4. Check eBay
Even if you don't buy on eBay or rarely do. Check the prices on their site. It gives you a decent idea what the market is for the trading card or box you are looking to buy.

5. Have Fun
Just have fun collecting whatever you decide to collect. Every great sports card collector goes through ups and downs but the main thing is to have fun. If a RC or Player you collect doesn't pan out, don't be discouraged...there is always another card to move on to. Enjoy the cards you cherish and pass on the ones you don't want to someone that will cherish them.

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Here is  another podcast I've done on saving some green
Show #29 Tips on "Buying Low"

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Updated Sports Card Radio Home Page

I thought the home page loaded too slow with the previous version. So I cut some things out and I think it uploads much faster. Overall I think the site looks really good and it gives us a decent footprint on the web.

In the coming months I hope to keep adding to the Baseball Rookie Rolodex
To date I have about 40 players listed, including many of the Top Prospects in baseball.  I'd like to get to about 100 by the end of the year.

Anyway, hope you like the new look!!

Check It Out Here

Let me know how you like it and if there is anything you want me to add!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Got a new job! Time For A Wish List!!

I found out that I got a new job the other day. After being unemployed for over a year you can probably imagine how excited I was!

One of the first things that came to mind was what cards will I want to buy now that I probably will have a little extra spending money for my PC. Here are my wish lists that I'm going to try and pick up once the checks start rolling in!

Magic Johnson Autograph
I've always been a big fan of Magic and never had one of his Autograph cards. I've seen many on eBay in the $40-$50 range and I will try to find a nice one in that price range.

Madison Bumgarner Autograph
I don't think he will get a call-up this year, so its possible his autographs will soften in the off-season. Either way I don't see them going up much unless he does get a shot in the majors. But if he doesn't make it up to the Giants then I will try to scoop an auto in the winter.

A Box Of Cards
I've bought thousands of boxes of cards...but probably have opened less than 10 in my lifetime! I used to sell on eBay and when I had a card store. I'd like to be the one opening now, and I'll probably try my luck at a Football box before the year is up.

That's about it, I'm sure I'll have more to add as I start trolling eBay and other places to buy cards. I'll still be a tight wad and look for the deal but that's my style and how I shop.

I'll keep you posted over at Sports Card Radio

Good Luck With Your Own Collections!!

Places To Buy Sports Cards Wholesale

I have applied to my fair share of sports card wholesale and distributor outlets. Most are really great and are looking to help you make money.

I made a list of all the ones that I know and will be adding more as I find them.

See My List Here Over At Sports Card Radio

Check them out even if you don’t buy wholesale just so you know what kind of wholesale outlets are out there.