March proves to be one of the quieter times of year for sports enthusiasts, in part because the MLB and NFL are not in season. However, that doesn’t mean sellers are churning out the big bucks for trading cards. In the NBA segment – Stephen Curry cards continue to be red-hot and as we all know – baseball season is finally here!
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 7 $161,000
1959 Topps Willie Mays PSA 10 $75,375
1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth SGC 20 $60,000
1951 Bowman Willie Mays PSA 8 $51,875
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle SGC 4.5 $49,500
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth SGC 86 $35,000
1953 Topps Willie Mays PSA 8 $28,100
1954 Topps Hank Aaron PSA 8 $26,100
1968 Topps Nolan Ryan PSA 9 $25,638
1933 Zeenut Joe DiMaggio PSA 2 $25,509
1902 Sporting Life Honus Wagner PSA 2.5 $22,950
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 4 $22,602
1955 Bowman Mickey Mantle PSA 9 $20,500
1968 Topps Nolan Ryan SCG 96 $19,995
1952 Topps Yogi Berra PSA 8.5 $18,277
1915 Cracker Jack Shoeless Joe Jackson SGC 60 $15,705
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA Authentic $15,600
1962 Topps Mickey Mangle/Willie Mays PSA 9 $15,100
1939 Play Ball Ted Williams PSA/DNA 4 $15,000
2009 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout Orange REF /25 BGS 9.5 $14,545
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1965 Topps Joe Namath PSA 8 $37,250
2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady PSA 10 $17,500
1986 Topps Steve Young PSA 10 $16,400
1981 Topps Joe Montana PSA 10 $14,999
1972 Topps Roger Staubach PSA 9 $14,050
1981 Topps Joe Montana PSA 10 $14,000
1976 Topps Walter Payton PSA 10 $13,601
1976 Topps Walter Payton PSA 10 $12,500
1984 Topps USFL Steve Young PSA 10 $12,100
1981 Topps Joe Montana PSA 10 $11,017
1986 Topps Jerry Rice PSA 10 $10,200
2015 National Treasures Marcus Mariota 1/1 Shield/Auto $9,999
2000 SP Authentic Tom Brady PSA 10 $7,633
1957 Topps Bart Starr PSA 8 $7,599
2000 SP Authentic Tom Brady $7,200
1984 Topps John Elway PSA 10 $6,190
1966 Philadelphia Gale Sayers PSA 9 $6,099
1984 Topps John Elway BGS 10 $5,878
1960 Topps Feltback Joe Paterno PSA 8 $5,352
1957 Topps Paul Hornung PSA 8 $4,707
1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractor Kobe Bryant BGS 10 $58,100
2009-10 Crown Royale Stephen Curry BGS 10 $31,000
2009-10 National Treasures Stephen Curry BGS 9 $30,099
2012-13 National Treasures Stephen Curry 1/1 Logoman $29,999
1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan PSA 10 $25,300
1985-86 Star Michael Jordan BGS 10 $25,000
2009-10 Upper Deck Stephen Curry Auto /30 $24,500
1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan PSA 10 $22,400
2009-10 National Treasures Logoman Stephen Curry 3/5 $19,999
1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan PSA 10 $18,851
1961 Fleer Jerry West PSA 9 $16,000
2002-03 Topps Finest LeBron James BGS 10 $15,000
1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan BGS 9.5 $15,000
1980-81 Topps Bird/Erving/Magic BGS 9.5 $14,999
2009-10 National Treasures Stephen Curry /99 $14,600
1961 Fleer Sam Jones PSA 10 $13,800
1986-87 Fleer Johnny Moore PSA 10 $13,556
2009-10 National Treasures Stephen Curry /25 BGS 8 $12,689
1984-85 Star Michael Jordan BGS 8.5 $10,750
2009-10 Upper Deck Stephen Curry Auto /225 PSA 10 $10,699
And finally, here’s a bit of data you might find interesting as an eBay seller (or maybe even as a buyer too). Notice that you have these spikes in Total Bids (top chart) usually on Sunday-Monday … which is typically when the top eBay sellers are ending auctions. However, what I noticed is that the total bids doesn’t necessarily mean the average ending price ticks up too. What I think drives the average end price up is big-time $10k auctions like the ones I post above … however I also think Paydays, typically 1st of the month, Friday’s, and the end of the month. That trend seems to make sense, as people get paid they tend to splurge a bit on items like baseball cards.
I think if you’re a seller, ending key items on Sunday/Monday – that also correspond with the 1st/end of the month could be a winning strategy. Also – running sales on those days could be viewed a few different ways. Running a sale on a day where people spend more money might be effective if you’re a larger inventory seller and you think people will fill up their carts with your items. Or, I actually could see raising prices on paydays because people are willing to pay more.
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This data is for the last 7 days prior to the date posted below.
Updated March 21, 2016
If you’re not already aware, many of these sellers are consignment sellers. Very few people would consistently have access to this many cards so selling other people’s cards is highly profitable. As you can see, even if pwcc_auctions or probstein123 only made a small profit margin on sales …. it’s still quite a bit of money given their massive amount of volume. While scaling up to that level isn’t viable for most people, using your expertise to sell other people’s stuff on ebay is a good business model to think about especially if you plan on opening a retail store. Here is a decent article about becoming a consignment seller. Here’s another article that breaks down about how much you can charge for being a consignment seller. Keep in mind though, it’s not all glitz & glamour. In fact, one article I read discusses ebay’s tough standards to be a consignment seller & I’ve heard other complaints from many other sellers too. Here’s another good article explaining that selling anything worth less than $250 might not even be worth your time. So it’s not for everyone, but it can be a segment of your overall business model & it could potentially bring in leads/clients that might do business with you again one day.
February is a short month, but an extra day was squeezed in this year being a leap year. The same group of top-sellers dominated the landscape again this month, with PWCC_Auctions taking the top spot by a large margin on sales. However, it was top ebay seller gregmorriscards that really stands out selling an impressive 21,294 items in the month.
Top Sellers February 2016
It was a big month for PWCC_Auctions as they out paced probstein123 considerably this month. While those two really paced the industry in terms of total sales, ebay seller gregmorriscards really set the pace with volume, doing almost double the amount of successful listings as anyone else in the category.
When I see a seller like gregmorriscards sell 21,294 items in one month … you have to figure the guy has some really nice cards for sale, but he must also be driving lots of traffic to his auctions. One way of doing that is by using keywords ebay users will type in the search box – and you need to price your items right otherwise you’ll never sell 21,000+ items in one month.
Here is ebay seller: gregmorriscards keyword & pricing strategy for February.
So we’ll notice that this seller used the word “set” and “break” more than they used the word Topps! That’s because gregmorriscards lists mainly vintage cards with a title looking something like this:
1970 Topps Set Break #321 Lou Piniella EX-EXMINT p24736
So while I doubt all of his listings are true “set break” cards …. his use of that term clearly help draw attention to his auctions. Also not that the vast majority of cards he sells are priced under $3.99 – and that’s kind of the sweet spot price for single card sellers online. The other thing I noticed about his listings is he exclusively sold 10-day auction duration … so maybe the extra time is worth paying for as a seller.
There was a large spike in listings towards the end of the month on ebay in February 2016. Average end price was in a rage of about $20 – $40 the entire month.
1955 Topps Roberto Clemente PSA 8 $45,100
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth PSA 7 $44,988
1952 Topps Willie Mays PSA 8 $39,600
1954 Topps Hank Aaron PSA 8 $36,102
1961 Fleer Wilt Chamberlain PSA 9 $35,100
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