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Have trading cards to sell? It’s getting a lot easier on eBay

We can all use a little extra money during these trying times. You can start by unloading some unneeded clutter from your place. This is great if you’re working from home and not going anyplace during the day anyway.

There are numerous ways to sell your stuff. The heavy hitters include Amazon, Craigslist and Facebook, to name a few. Then there are auction sites where people bid on your products. Tap or click here for six online auction sites you may not know about. When it comes to online auctions, eBay is the biggest fish in the sea. It’s been around for decades and has a huge customer base, so starting there is a good plan.

Hobby-related items such as trading cards are very popular on eBay. They are easy to display, pack and ship, and there is a wealth of resources to determine their value. A new tool from eBay will make it even easier for trading card sellers to list their wares. We have the details on how this can help you bring in some additional income.

From Magic to DiMaggio

A press release from eBay introduces a scanning tool that should cut the time it takes to list trading cards in half. You can find the feature in the eBay app for both iOS and Android.

The e-commerce giant says it will work with Magic the Gathering cards at launch and add support for Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in May. Functionality for sports and other trading cards will follow later in 2021.

According to the release, eBay saw sales of trading cards increase by 4 million in the past year. The new scanning tool uses computer vision technology to not only streamline listing creation but make eBay’s trading card inventory better for its 185 million purchasers.

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Numbers don’t lie

Trading card sales have been huge. Now more than ever, you can find buyers for your collectible cards. Here are some statistics from eBay:

  • 119 trading cards are listed every minute, with 90 sold per minute
  • More than 41 million new trading card listings were created in 2020
  • Nearly 45 million trading cards were sold last year
  • One Magic the Gathering card sold for $511,100 in 2021
  • A Pokémon card went for $375,000 this year
  • A Tom Brady rookie card sold for $555,988 this year

Get the app and start scanning

If you don’t already have the eBay app, you can find it in Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store. Once the update is implemented, here’s how it works:

  • Open the app and type a name into the search bar. Since Magic trading cards will be the first to work with the tool, we’ll use that as an example. Type “Magic the Gathering” and then select Tap to search with your camera.
  • Point your smartphone camera at the card and hold to scan it. A list of matches will come up, showing details such as the name, card title, rarity and more.
  • Tap the closest match to automatically fill your listing in with the details.
  • Add photos, condition, price and shipping costs to complete your listing.

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