As one of the best supported teams in the AFL, Collingwood Magpies trading cards are in hot demand. The club, famous for a glittering history of premiership wins and grand finals, has hosted some of the most celebrated players to ever take to the pitch. Collecting the football cards of a team as great as the Magpies can be good fun, but with so many players and so many cards, it can sometimes be hard to know where to begin a collection. This guide outlines five tips to keep in mind when collecting Collingwood Magpie Trading Cards. These cards can be found quickly and easily on eBay.
1) Collect for Love
The first thing to remember is that there is no wrong or right way to collect football trading cards. Different collectors begin collecting for different reasons. For some it’s simply a love of AFL, andthey choose to collect only their favourite team or even only their favourite players. For others, collecting runs a little deeper and they won’t be satisfied until they have got their hands on every card produced in each annual run, from every team in the league.
Magpies’ cards are no different. Each year the annual release of cards updates the players’ statistics and reflects changes to the team’s makeup including the fresh face rookie cards of the new draft picks’ players.
2) The Price is Right?
There’s nothing better than grabbing a bargain. With such a great selection of Australian Rules Trading Cards on offer at eBay, collectors have a great chance of finding an absolute keeper if they are keen eyed enough looking through the listings.
A card’s value is a combination of three factors:
· how in demand that card is
· how many were made
· the condition of the card at the time of sale
Condition is the most definitely measured of the three variables. Conditions can range from “mint” to “poor.” Cards described as “mint condition” should look brand new, with all four corners sharp, with the surface unblemished and not faded from exposure to sunlight. “Poor” condition will include major imperfections such as creases, rips, tears or folds in the card.
Quantities of each card produced can often be deduced from the card manufacturers, who tend to, though don't always, publish information about how many cards, both in general and of each specific type, were produced that year.
Demand can be harder to gauge, but it’s generally true that the fewer of a particular card there are, the higher the demand for it. Cards of popular players are often more sought after too.
One of the easiest ways to judge the value of a card is to compare what similar cards sold for. Searching listings on eBay can be a great help for this. Talking to other football trading card fans can also be highly useful. There are plenty of forums and other places online where you can ask the advice of experiences trading card fans that are usually very willing to help lend a hand and get you started.
3) Check Everything is up to Scratch
With such a large part of a card’s value based on the condition it’s in, it’s important to check that a seller's description of ‘mint’ matches with your expectations before buying. Look at the pictures of the card in the item description, checking for those all important corners and surfaces.
The best sellers include high resolution photos of any blemish the card has, so you can judge for yourself if it detracts from the card’s value. If you're unsure about something to do with an item it’s always best to ask before buying and with eBay this is simple. Go to the seller’s profile and simply click the “ask seller a question” button.
4) Keeping it Real
Just as with anything in life, there will always be a few people whose intentions are less honourable than others. Australian Rules Trading cards, by and by, aren’t hugely afflicted by forgeries or counterfeiting, but there are occasions when something could be forged, such as the signature on a card.
Pro tips to check that the object of your affections is indeed legitimate merchandise include:
· Checking the signature on the card against other examples of the signature.
· Asking other experts from the football card community for their opinions.
· Contacting the seller to ask if you’ve any qualms or questions.
The detailed seller rating system on eBay helps both sellers and buyers judge each other’s trustworthiness based on feedback left from previous transactions. Always have a look back over the feedback of someone you’re buying from to get an idea of how satisfied they’ve made their previous customers.
5) Wrap it up
Some football fans carry their cards around wrapped up in elastic bands. Others employ all manner of transparent casings and sleeves to protect each card from wearing or weather. One of the best ways to protect your Collingwood Magpies Trading Cards can be with Select’s specially produced albums. These non-seasonal football card wallets have the team's logo embossed on the front and are specially designed to protect football cards from wear and tear, whilst allowing both the front and backs of the cards to be easily viewed.
How to Buy Collingwood Magpies Trading Cards on Ebay
Categories: The categories list on the left side of each page will help you narrow down your listings by item type. You'll find links for Memorabilia and Trading cards. As you refine your search you'll be able to narrow down your choice by subcategory.
Product Finder: Use the Trading Cards finder to quickly narrow down item listings by type of Bundle Type, Autographed, Team, Era, and Condition.
If you can't find exactly what you want, try browsing eBay Stores or tell the eBay Community what you’re looking for by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay and eBay will email you when a matching item becomes available.
Remember also to check eBay’s Deals page to search for bargains.
Buy Collingwood Magpies Trading Cards with Confidence
Make sure that you know exactly what you’re buying and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.
Know your Item
Read the details in the item listing carefully.
Remember to add delivery costs to your final price. If you’re buying a high value item, check that the seller will insure it until it is delivered to you.
If you want more information, click the “Ask seller a question” button on the seller’s profile or the “Ask a question” link at the bottom of the item listing page.
Know your Seller
Research your seller so that you feel safe and positive about every transaction.
· What is the seller’s feedback rating?
· How many transactions have they completed?
· How many positive responses do they have?
· What do buyers say in their feedback?
· Do they offer a money-back guarantee?
· What are the terms and conditions?
· Are buyers positive about the seller?
· Most top eBay sellers operate like retail shops and have a returns policy.