If you’re like most people, you probably have a stash of old Pokemon cards tucked away in some closet somewhere. When you first purchased them, maybe you played with them, maybe you planned on selling them in the future. But regardless of your initial motivation, you’re surely wondering what they’re worth now.
That can be a tough question to answer, but here are some guidelines to help you come up with a reasonable valuation for your Pokemon cards:
What Have Similar Collections Sold For?
How many cards do you have? Are there any important, rare or flagship cards? Thanks to the internet, it’s easy to see what similar Pokemon card collections have sold for. This will give you a good starting point for coming up with a somewhat accurate estimate of your collection’s value. The easiest way to do this is to use eBay’s advanced search to find completed listings comparable to your collection. You could also check Craigslist to see what similar asking prices are.
What Quality Are Your Cards In?
Once you have a good baseline price for your collection compared to other collections, then you can begin to adjust up or down. One of the biggest determinants is the quality of the collection. Maybe you’ve stored them correctly in a climate-controlled room in individual sleeves. In that case, they are probably in excellent condition and deserve a price premium. Or maybe you simply packed them together with rubber bands and tossed them under your bed. In that case, they may not be in the best condition and may need to be sold at a discount compared to other collections.
Where Are You Selling?
Ultimately, your collection is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. But this is also a variable you can control. Get in front of the right buyers, or in front of a lot of buyers, and you increase your chances of finding someone willing to pay a high price. This is why it’s so important to sell your Pokemon cards in the right place. Selling them to a local pawn shop may not yield the best price, but selling to an experienced broker usually will.
It’s very difficult to determine what any collectible is worth, let alone Pokemon cards. But by following this advice, you’ll be able to identify an accurate enough number to prepare yourself to find the right buyer.
If you’re ready to sell your Pokemon card collection, we’d love to make an offer! Please give us a call at 800-326-7064 or send us your Pokemon card collection information on our seller inquiry form and someone will get back to you right away!