With Panini releasing the Mosaic FOTL (First of the Line) Hobby Box today, I wanted to take a deeper look at these cards. They look really nice and have been selling for a lot of money. Is that because of the pandemic and the lack of new cards being released into the market? Maybe. But Zion and his play before the shutdown is the true driving force for the value of this year’s basketball cards.
So Mosaic FOTL which is being released today at 11 am. It is being done as a dutch auction. If you want in on the action – Click Here. The price is starting at $1,000 for the box of 150 cards and every 5 minutes the price drops until there are no more. You will receive a guaranteed auto and they have the exclusive pink and green swirl parallels.
You can check out my podcast where I talk about 2020 Mosaic Cards being released.
I decided to look at the other boxes of Mosaic, their price points, and the amounts of cards in each box. The prices came from Ebay solds. I used the higher sale amounts including shipping.
So just looking purely at a cost per card the Mega Box is what you should be buying today. Now this may change but looking at ebay solds gives me this information.
Now I understand that a hobby box will give you an a guaranteed autograph, but can you count on it being a big score? No. It will more likely be a low dollar card. You will also get exclusive silver, blue, purple, pink, gold, and black parallels. But each box has there own special parallel. Which one will be the highest? Time will tell.
Now Mosaic parallels looks great, but it still doesn’t sell as well as the silvers. It looks like it doesn’t matter what the set is, if there is a silver, it’s going to sell higher. So I looked up ebay sold prices for some of the top players in this release. See the chart below.
Base Sold $
Silver Sold $
The prices on most of these will go down once the hobby boxes and FOTL hobby boxes are opened. This will increase the supply of cards which is why the prices will drop, except for Lebron. It seems like it doesn’t matter how many Lebron’s there are, the price of the card will just go up.
If the Mosaic base or silver cards cost the same as the equivalent Panini Prizm cards. Buy the Prizm Card.
Yes Mosaic looks really nice. But for an investment/flipping purposes Panini Prizm is where it’s at. An example of this is Tyler Herro Panini Prizm Silver goes for $40 raw. The Tyler Herro Mosaic Silver has sold from $35-40. If this is the case I would wait for the price to drop.
And yes I said to buy Panini Prizm in a Mosaic article.
If you want to check out what these cards look like see the video below.
So are you buying? Please comment below and let me know!
When I got back into collecting sports cards I was amazed at all of the changes. I thought I would go on Ebay and just buy a bunch of cards. But using Facebook groups to buy and sell cards? That’s insane.
Using Facebook to buy and sell sports cards is about building relationships and saving money on fees. You can buy/sell using different methods like razzes, sports card case breaks, fire sales, and staxx on facebook. You can also buy/sell single sports cards, team lots, hobby boxes, and complete sets. It’s much easier to make deals on Facebook and you have an audience with the exact same interest as you.
Building relationships is key to finding great deals on facebook. You should always make comments and engage with members. Having a list of what other members are looking for will come in handy when trying to sell your cards. At the end of this article I suggest some groups that you should join to get started in buying and selling on Facebook.
Here is some terminoloy which you will see a lot of in the facebook groups –
NFS = Not for sale
NFT = Not for trade
PP FF = Paypal Friends and Family
PP GS = Paypal Goods and Services
FS = For Sale
FT = For Trade
PC = Personal Collection
Line a Card = Razz
WTF is a Razz? I just want to buy some cards and you’re talking about a Razz? Yes, it has become one of the more popular ways to sell cards. Is it legal? Not really, but it’s prevalent throughout all facebook sports cards groups. So how does it work?
Let’s just say you have a 2019 Panini Prizm Zion Williamson PSA 10 base rookie card. At the time of writing this it’s worth around $630.00.
Damn, I can’t afford that?
But, can you afford $21?
Now you’re talking. So how can I get this card for $21?
Well, what a seller would do is write a post stating that they are selling a 2019 Panini Prizm Zion Williamson for 30 spots @ $21 each. It will look something like this on the facebook post.
30 spots @ $21 each
You are spending $21 for a chance to win that Zion rookie card. You’re gambling. Plain and Simple. But it gives people the opportunity to get a really expensive card at an affordable price. In this example you have a 3.33% chance of winning that card or a worse way to look at it 96.67% you’re going to lose.
What does the 85% buyback mean? If you win, you could either take the card or 85% of the sale price. So you would get 85% of $630 which would be $535.50. The buy back is anywhere from 75% – 85%.
There are plenty of people selling cards from $30 all the way to thousands of dollars. The price per spot can be anywhere from $1 to a couple of hundred bucks.
This could become very addictive. Be careful.
Sport Card Case and Box Breaks
There are Facebook groups that are just dedicated to case breaks and other groups where you can sell cards but the only case breaks done are by the admins of the group. So what is a case break?
A case break is where a seller sells a spot, which is a sports team, for an entire case of sports cards. The seller would then open all the boxes on video where you would see which cards you will receive. You would receive all of the cards from that particular team in that case.
A case typically has 12 or 15 hobby boxes. There are some high end sports cards where there are only 2 or 3 hobby boxes per case. There are some instances where you would buy a sports division, ie baseball – American League East, basketball Atlantic Division. Other times where you would get a player.
Now you can either buy a team or buy a spot where you would get a random team. There are times when the case is so expensive and there are so few cards that you would only get a pack or two in the box. There are other times when there is only one box per case and you would only get one card from that pack!
The seller has an amount he wants the sell the entire case for. Let’s just say a seller wants to sell a case for $1500. There are 30 nba teams and each team is priced accordingly. Example the The New Orleans Pelicans would be priced $300 and the Brooklyn Nets would be priced $50. If you are just buying a random spot, all the spots are one price and they randomize who gets what team.
So if we are buying a team and it was The Pelicans, well they have Zion Williamson as a rookie. This team goes for a ton of money. The Nets didn’t have a standout rookie so the price for their spot is lower. So the seller opens the case live and will broadcast on Facebook. All of the New Orleans Pelican players would go to the buyer who bought the Pelicans spot for $300 and the buyer who paid $50 for the Nets spot would get all of the Nets cards.
Now some case breakers just send the hits, other sellers send base cards and the hits. So what is a hit? It’s either an autograph, relic, or a colored or numbered insert card. Why wouldn’t they send the base cards? Some sellers do this as a way to lower pricing on the case. They would then sell the base cards either on Facebook or Ebay.
Their are sellers that sell a couple of hobby boxes, or just a couple of blaster boxes because they are just starting out and can’t afford to buy a case of cards. They would typically do sport divisions, rather than try and get a bunch of buyers to buy a team.
Please note – their isn’t a guarantee that you will get a hit out of a case. Their are plenty of times when buying a break and you just get the base cards or even worse you get absolutely nothing. It’s a tough pill to swallow but it’s the truth. It’s gambling with better odds than Razzes. You wouldn’t invest in sports cards by doing case breaks. But if you just like one team and you don’t want the rest of the teams this may be a cheaper alternative, if you like the action of opening packs.
You can go on youtube and see people breaking cases or boxes of cards. The link below is an example of me breaking a box of cards.
You will see a post with a picture like this. They’re all pretty much use the same picture. We get it, it’s a fire sale. So what is a fire sale?
A sports card fire sale is where people post cards for sale. They will continuously post cards in the comment section of the original post. The amount of cards could be in the hundreds. Buyers will then type either sold or mine to indicate that they are buying a card. You can try and negotiate a price but if someone claims the card at the asking price you lost the card.
These fire sales are typically for lower end cards. They are cards that you want to move and will take a slightly lower amount based off of sold listings on Ebay. Sport cards that go anywhere from .25 to $5.00, is the sweet spot for a fire sale. But you can sell any type of cards/graded cards worth hundreds of dollars but the cheaper cards tend to do better with this method of sale.
This is a great place to buy star rookie cards. However, due to the nature of this sale sometimes people are very quick to type sold that you can’t examine a card thoroughly. If you are looking to buy raw cards where you can get it graded by PSA, BGS, or SGC for a profit, it will be tough. But it can be done.
Once you start buying cards from people you will notice a lot of the same people run fire sales. Some sales are better than others, but also the condition of the cards are similar. I bought from someone twice and I noticed the edges and corner weren’t really sharp, or the card wasn’t exactly the same as the one sold (condition wise). I took note and didn’t buy from them again. I bought from another seller and had great success with getting their cards graded. I wrote their names down and when they were running a fire sale I would make sure to buy their cards as opposed to others.
So you will see 4-5 amazing cards on a facebook post. You get excited. It may even make you move a little in your pants. You want to get these cards, but you see someone running a video with a big stack of cards. You click to see the video and you are now in the Staxx zone. What are Sports Card Staxx?
Sports Card Staxx is where a seller has expensive cards mixed in with less expensive cards. You would pay for a chance to get these cards. Typically they mix them up like a deck of cards, you tell them a number, and they go through the stack to the number you selected and that’s your card.
Let’s say they have 20 card stack. You buy one spot and you tell them the number 5. The seller would mix the stack up and you would get the 5th card down starting from the top. It could be a crap card or a monster card. Once again, this is pure gamble. They continuously replace the card you one so the odds are the same for each pull.
So they would show a card like 2018 Topps Update Gleyber Torres PSA 10 which is over $100 mixed in with a CC Sabathia jersey relic card which might cost $3-4 and a Bowman Autograph of some unknown prospect selling for $8, and a base card rookie card from 2019 that sells for $1.00. It’s a total crap shoot.
I am not a huge fan of these but they have become popular because usually each pick is on the lower end of the sports card gambling spectrum, ie. $5-10.
Single Cards/ Team Lots / Sets
Pretty straight forward – people post pictures of the card they want to sell. They have to coin the card which means you put a quarter or some form of ID to show that you didn’t just steal the picture off ebay.
They also sell team lots and complete sets in a similar fashion. They just post a price state if they are firm (no negotiation) or OBO (Or Best Offer). You would type sold or mine which would indicate to everyone that you intend to buy the card at the price given.
Hobby Boxes / Blaster Boxes
Typically admins of the groups sell Hobby boxes or like to Razz Hobby Boxes but some groups allow members to sell them. Hobby/Blasters boxes should be sold in the same method as single cards or you can Razz it.
You can sell it by pack or by team. If you are just selling one box the best way to sell them is by packs or a group of packs. So it there are 36 packs in a box you would sell 6 spots where you would get 6 packs. Don’t over think it.
Facebook Sports Card Groups To Join
Here are some facebook groups that I like and have bought and sold from them:
Panini Prizm Sportscards
Baseball Card Collectors and Trade ~ Keeping it the Realest!
Basketball Cards Buy, Sell, Trade – BST Sports Card Group
SVA Card Collectors – We don’t buy or sell cards but you will get great information about the sports card world. Click Here to Join!
If you are looking to make some money flipping sports cards take a look at this interview. George makes hundreds of dollars a month part time flipping on Facebook.
If you join all of these groups you will be well on your way to buying and selling sports cards. Also, pay attention to what other people do. Especially the ones having success buying and selling cards. Have fun and Buy some cards and go broke!
When I got back into the hobby, I couldn’t believe all of the changes that were made. I knew Ebay had really changed the game and enabled collectors to buy cards that previously were hard to get. But were there other places that I didn’t know about? Well there was!
When I started searching I could’t believe all the different places I could go to buy, sell, and trade cards. Now if you have been following me and my podcast I have shared this information with you before. But if you are just starting out this will be a great starting point
Ebay – This is still the go to place to buy and sell sports cards. Ebay changed the game when they started back in the day. The ability to buy cards that people couldn’t get at their local card shops really was a huge draw. Also, the amount of cards that were available drove prices down which made cards more affordable. People complain about their fees, but I feel it’s a small price to pay for the amount of buyers they can attract.
Facebook Groups – Outside of Ebay, facebook groups are the biggest buyers and sellers of sports cards. Engage with the community and you will be buying and selling in no time. Please be warned there are scammers on there. Luckily there is a website for that – Click Here. Also make sure you pay Paypal Goods and Services to protect yourself if they don’t ship the card. If you want to learn how to flip cards on facebook check out this interview! Click Here
Instagram – A great place to post pictures of your cards to buy, sell, trade, or just show off. Instagram trends towards a younger crowd with newer cards being more popular on the platform. You can save on fees if you put the work into your account. Here is an article that I wrote to help you build your following and make some bank bro.
COMC – This marketplace is only for buying and selling sports cards. You send in your cards and COMC will scan and list your cards for you. If someone buys you cards they ship it for you! The best part of Comc is that you can buy from multiple buyers and pay one shipping cost. They also have a feature that you can buy and then list the card without touching the card.
Blowout Forum – They have different sections for each sport, there they talk about each release of cards. Also, they buy, sell, and trade cards on these forums. It’s a great place to learn as well as buy/sell cards.
PSA Card Forums – Similiar to Blowout forums. But they also have set registries where you can see collector’s PSA sets. Take a look at what they are missing from the set and shoot them an email if you have the card for a sale. No guessing what they are looking for, you already know it!
Did I miss any? Please let me know in the comments below and if you found this informative please share!
So you want to be up to date on the latest sports cards news and you always listen to SVA Card Collectors Podcast, what a cheap plug, but I’m not on 24/7. What to do? Well twitter is by far the best place to get up to date news about the hobby. Instagram may be the better place to buy and sell cards but twitter is the best spot to get information.
It’s not just sports card information you need. You also need information from the sports world which will help you make better decisions on who to invest in. Twitter has a great sports card community, whether it’s baseball, basketball, or football, sorry hockey card fans, you can get a ton of great information. I’m on twitter as well so give me a follow – Svabbcollectors @ twitter.
Their is no particular order but here is a list of people to follow on twitter so you can get your learn on in the sports card world.
Brent and Becca – https://twitter.com/brentandbecca – They open hundreds of cases of baseball cards and tell you if some cards are harder to get than others or certain cards are more prone to dinged corners or damage. Great resource to learn about the latest cards that are being released.
The Breaks – https://twitter.com/WatchTheBreaks – A lot of good information, some live talks, and great back and forth conversation. The flap jack tweets are annoying but he does plenty to warrant being annoyed alittle.
I talk about this on my podcast a lot. It’s about doing the exact opposite of what everyone is doing. Why? Because that is where you will find the best deals. You are always trying to buy low and sell high but to buy when everyone else is buying doesn’t make sense. To find the best deals you need to be smarter than everyone else and look where no one else is looking.
If you listen to my podcast you’ll know I am a gigantic New York Jets fan and I want to buy PSA 10 Sam Donarld Panini Prism rookie cards, but when I started to get into football cards the prices were already too high at around $120 to me the pricing was on par with Baker Mayfield prices and he had done a little bit more than Sam Donald did in 2018. This was not the buying opportunity I had to wait. So when Sam Darnold contracted mono I saw this as a buying opportunity. I still wasn’t patient enough but I was able to buy multiple cards for less than $80, some as low as $60. This is when you buy, you buy when the market is going down. He wasn’t playing poorly he didn’t do anything wrong he just got sick and that presented a buying opportunity.
The same can be said for 2018 topps update. Their was a run on hobby and jumbo boxes because of how much the Ronald Acuna Jr. base rookie cards was going for in a PSA 10 as well as having Gleyber Torres and Juan Soto rookie card. PSA 10 Acuna Jr cards were going for as high as $175. So all these people were buying these boxes and opening them up to try and get these cards. What did they do with the rest of those cards? The buying opportunity is in buying the rest of those cards because people are just trying to get rid of them. They are trying to recoup whatever money they can after chasing Acuna Jr, Juan Soto, and Gleyber Torres. You should be able to buy an Austin Meadows, Ohtani, or any other inserts for a much cheaper cost then what is typical because people will be a lot more supply.
The same can go for seasons, right now you should start looking for deals for baseball cards because it’s the end of the season. You should start looking for players and teams that didn’t make the playoffs. Their will be buying opportunities through out the end of the year and in January and even in February. You should be also able to buy football cards starting with teams out of the playoff hunt and around March thru July. There will be an uptick around draft time.
Doing the opposite of what everyone is doing is where you can find the best deals and make the most money from flipping. If you keep buying during the off-season of each sport you live steady supply of cards to sell and make money. Now buy some cards and go broke.
When you are getting back into cards you realize that getting your cards graded is more important than ever. Gone are the days where an ungraded card will get you top dollar. Collectors now like the comfort that PSA or Beckett graded card gives you.
Now, yes, their has been turmoil recently in the hobby with regards to grading, but it hasn’t slowed people getting their cards graded. Yet…
But how do you figure out which cards to grade or not? Will it greatly increase the value of my card or am I just throwing money away? Also, there is no guarantee that you will get a top grade. PSA 10 or BGS 9.5 are tough to get. If you don’t carefully inspect a card you can get a lower grade which will make the card worth the same as a raw card. I would say 40% of the time you won’t get a PSA 10.
Want to see how I check my cards out to make sure you give yourself the best shot at a PSA 10? Check out this Video!
Make sure you check your corners, centering (front and back), surface issues, and edges. When buying online compare cards to PSA 10 and BGS 9.5 and 10’s. Centering is one of the easier things to check online compared to the other 3 modifiers. If autograph’s are not clean and a little smeared that will affect the grade as well.
Look at the centering left to right, not PSA 10 worthy.
Now getting your cards graded can be expensive and take more than 3 months to get back! During that time a player can get hurt, be in a slump, or do something stupid that will lower their card values. He can also get hot and perform amazingly well which will make his card become more valuable. Well duhh…. Let’s take a look at a couple of examples to see if we should grade a card or not. We are going to figure $15 to get it graded by PSA and $25 for BGS auto card. I’m including shipping both ways. If it’s more for you just add to these numbers. Also eBay fees are 10% and pay pal fees are around 3%.
2019 Topps Series 2 Pete Alonso Rookie Card – Raw prices including shipping goes for $7.00 a card. We would submit this card for $15.00 so our total cost would be $22.00. Now a PSA 10 goes for $64.00 including shipping. Now take out any fees and that will be your profit. If you sell on eBay figure 13%. So in this example you would make a profit of $30.00. A PSA 9 has one sold at $15.00. You are pretty much breaking even. However, you would have had to wait a couple of months to get this card. In this example you would definitely grade this card.
2018 Topps Update Juan Soto Rookie Card – Raw prices including shipping are around $6-7 dollar so we will figure $6.50. A psa 10 goes for $35.00 shipped on average. Total profit would be $5.95. Now this is an average some cards sell for less. Would you wait a couple of months to make $6.00? You are still almost doubling your money so I would say you should grade this card. But if I were you I would get a lot of these cards because some will come back as a PSA 9 where you will lose money or break even around $15.00.
2013 Topps Update Manny Machado #172 – Raw Prices are around $5.00 including shipping. PSA 10 goes for $16.00 shipped. It would cost more to get this graded, then to actually just buy a PSA 10. I would say this is a good deal to just buy a PSA 10. PSA 9, well, it is a nice paper weight.
2018 Bowman Draft Chrome Casey Mize Auto – Raw Prices are around $75 including shipping. A bgs 9.5/auto 10 is around $180.00. I am not even going to do the math. You would definitely do this. But on prospects you should do a quicker turnaround because a couple of bad games may spell doom for a prospects chances. However, a bgs 9/10 will be harder to sell. I think you can still get $100 for this particular card, but their are no solds for it on ebay.
If you are fanatical about condition you may improve the 60% of your cards being graded PSA 10 or BGS 9.5. But always figure the worse case scenario, if I get a PSA 9 can I atleast get my money back? If not what tolerance do you have?
What about vintage cards? I believe you should grade them for two reasons. More often than not it will enhance it’s value and it will let you know if your cards have been altered or are authentic. Many of the alterations that happened to cards are vintage. Yes, it’s starting to creeping in big time for modern cards, but vintage cards is where cards can go from hundreds to thousands when graded a point or two higher. Again, take a look at ebay comps to gauge whether or not the condition of your card validates getting it graded.
You are getting back into collecting and you are all pumped up. You have been getting good deals and now you want to sell. Ebay charges 10% and PayPal charges 3%. Damn the man you say and you start to look for alternatives to selling online. The kids these days have been using Instagram. I’m hip, I’m cool. Let me create an account and start taking pictures of my cards. I will be rolling in the dough. Doesn’t work quite like that.
It is difficult to get a sale, especially if they don’t know you. Why should they buy from you? They don’t know you or trust you. Trust is built over time. Here are 9 Tips to Help you Sell Sports Cards on Instagram:
1. Hash Tags – Search popular hashtags and make sure use them when posting your pictures. When you start you won’t have any followers. People follow hashtags so there is one way for people to like your photos and maybe start to follow you. After you post a pic, comment on your picture with popular hashtags. Here are a couple to use #topps, #cardcollector,#thehobby, #whodoyoucollect, #baseballcards, #cardcollection
2. Post Daily and Multiple Times – You need to post often – Minimum 2-3 times per day. In order for you to gain traction and get followers you need to be posting everyday. Nice clear photos, don’t try to sell all the time. Post pictures of cards that are in your pc (personal collection). Try to post when people are on, early morning, during lunch, and when people are home from work.
3. Interact with the Community – You need to be constantly on instagram commenting on other people’s post and liking their photos. You can also like other people’s comments left for another user. They will get a notification that you liked their comment and they may check your profile out. Be genuine when responding. Don’t just give generic comments because who wants that?
4. Post on stories – You can just put your post that you just put into your stories. People who may have missed your post on their feed will be able to see it on your stories. These only last 24 hours but they have been proven to get more responses. People check out stories and you will get better engagement.
5. Buy cards – In order for you to gain a reputation you should buy cards from other people. It will lead to credibility and the beginning of building your reputation.
6. Post Videos – You should post videos of your cards, making sure that when starting the video the card is in frame and clear. That is because when scrolling thru posts, they will see the card that you are starting with. So make it a good one! Also, you can talk about collecting and anything you learned.
7. Go Live! – On stories you can go live and interact with your followers. The more you engage, the better. Also, people like to see who they are dealing with.
8. Follow other People – People will follow, people who follow them. I don’t believe in follow for a follow, but if you like their pictures and their comments, show some love!
9. Patience – You probably won’t get people to buy your cards right away. You need to build reputation and an audience. You will need a following of over 1,000 to start seeing some good results.
Just to let you know, you will not have overnight success. But I promise you this, if you do this everyday you WILL see real results. The more you do, the quicker you will get there. Their isn’t any shortcuts. If you post, engage, and build a great reputation; you will see results.