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.
Still not sure what a hit is? Check out My Article on Baseball Card Inserts so you get a better idea of what they look.
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!
PSA Graded Baseball Card Collectors & Trade / Keep it Real!
Sports Cards Buy Sell Trade – powered by TX Sports Cards & Memorabilia
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!