11 Tips on Trading Sports Cards in 2020 | Tea With GaryVee

Key Takeaways

  • Athletes who stay relevant after their career ends usually fetch higher prices
  • Since sports are such a huge part of American culture, sports cards are becoming an alternative form of investing
    • “You have to be very careful, very educated, there’s a lot to learn” – Gary Vaynerchuk
      • The sports card market is just like other markets, it has ups and downs
  •  If you want to get your sports cards graded, Gary recommends checking out PSA, BGS, or SGC 
  • Gary is bullish on UFC and eSports cards
  • Grading cards is a skill; if you want to make things easier, buy trading cards raw and sell them raw
    • “I think raw to raw is the easiest way to build up slowly” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Intro

  • Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and internet personality.
    • For a throwback, check out the Podcast Notes from his appearance on The James Altucher Show

Is Ebay Evolving?

  • Gary says yes and that the company is paying more attention to trading cards
    • “When a certain genre gets serious, they get more detailed and they’re already evolving like the search based on the grading and things of that nature” – Gary Vaynerchuk
      • Gary expects StockX to also evolve
        • Gary transacts most of his cards on Ebay

Trading Cards & Grading

  • Athletes who stay relevant after their career usually fetch higher prices
  • Since sports is such a huge part of American culture, sports cards are becoming an alternative form of investing
    • “You have to be very careful, very educated, there’s a lot to learn” – Gary Vaynerchuk
      • The sports card market is just like other markets, it has ups and downs
  • If you want to get your sports cards graded, Gary recommends checking out PSA, BGS, or SGC 
  • Soccer cards are increasingly more popular in Europe
    • Basketball cards are starting to gain traction in Europe
  • Gary is a huge fan of Pokemon cards
    • “I think Pokemon and soccer is a great play if you want to enjoy and try it out” – Gary Vaynerchuk

NBA & Hockey Cards

  • “I think the NBA is by far the most popular global league” Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Basketball also has a ton of superheroes (e.g: LeBron James, Stephen Curry)
    • “They’re just so much more famous to people” – Gary Vaynerchuk
      • Football players wear helmets, baseball players don’t have as much exposure, whereas basketball players are everywhere
  • Gary looks at hockey like wrestling; it has a small but passionate following
    • “I feel like hockey’s got a tougher road but has a small, incredible passionate community” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Advice For Selling Collections

  • There are a ton of places to sell your cards: Discord, Twitter, Instagram, Card forums, StockX, event shows
    • There’s always Ebay
      • “Ebay’s a very fluid and strong market” – Gary Vaynerchuk

New Trading Cards

  • Gary is bullish on UFC and eSports cards
    • “I think UFC and eSports card are gonna be in 20 years, very interesting to debate” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Baseball Players To Watch

To Grade Or Not To Grade

  • Grading cards is a skill, if you want to make things easier, buy trading cards raw and sell them raw
    • “I think raw to raw is the easiest way to build up slowly” – Gary Vaynerchuk
  • “You grade when you know it’s worth it for you” – Gary Vaynerchuk
  • If you’re just starting out, buy established players
    • If you buy rookie cards you’re gambling because you don’t know if the player will get hurt or not

Additional Notes

  • When starting a marketing agency, the most important thing is to get clients
  • Gary loves the hobby of collecting sports cards; it’s not just an investment for him
  • If you want to get better at trading cards, educate yourself
  • If you can get your hands on a “weird” card, like a Michael Jordan card before his rookie season, that could be worth a ton of money in the future
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Notes By Alex Wiec

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