Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Trading Card Database?

    The Trading Card Database is an archive of trading cards and all things trading card related.

    It is maintained via crowdsourcing whereby visitors like yourself pitch in to add items with the goal of having a shared resource that not only preserves the hobby and its history, but also benefits collectors across the globe.

    The database is fully searchable by year, card manufacturer, player/character name, or team and is growing by the hour.

    You can add items to the site or use the database to track your personal collection by registering.

  • How long has the site been around?

    Work began on the site in the fall of 2007. The site went live on Monday, January 14, 2008.

  • Is the site free?


  • How can I see everything that is available?

    One of the best ways to explore everything that is available is to scroll all the way down to the bottom of any page and check out all of the different areas listed on the bottom navigation:

  • What can I do to help?

    The Trading Card Database is maintained by collectors just like you. Some ways you can contribute include:

    • Submit the checklist for a set that's missing the checklist
    • Submit the teams for a checklist that is missing the teams
    • Scan some of your cards and send them in
    • Rate your favorite (or least favorite) sets using the 1-10 scale in the Ratings link for a set
    • Post your review of a set in the Comments section for a set
    • Submit Trivia for a set in the set's Trivia page
    • Post a box break video on a set's Videos page
    • Post a link to an article about a set on the set's External Links section
    • Submit scans of product packaging in the Packaging section of a set's page
    • Submit product sells sheets and print ads in a set's Ads / Sell Sheets section
    • Start a thread on a set, person or team's page
    • Write a 'Card of the Day' using the 'Write One' link
    • Fix any inaccuracies you encounter, or report them either by using the Inaccuracies link on a card or set's page
    • Crop some cards
    • Sponsor your favorite team's or person's page

  • What else can I do to help?

    The Trading Card Database is a member of the eBay Partner Network. Any time you click through the Trading Card Database and make a purchase on, this site receives a commission. All proceeds go directly to maintaining this site.

    When purchasing items on eBay, consider clicking through the banner below (or any of the other eBay links on the site) and get a cozy feeling knowing that you're helping maintain this site.

    See the Support page for more ways to contribute.

  • Are the cards listed for sale?

    The Trading Card Database does not sell cards directly.

    On pages for cards and sets, you will find an eBay section where items for sale are listed. These items are for sale through our eBay Partner Network and this site receives a commission.

    Underneath each card is also a link that shows how many times the card is mentioned in members' collections. There you can find if the card is for sale or trade by a specific site member. You can then send the member a private message or make them an offer using the Transaction Manager.

    There is also a Buy/Sell/Trade forum where you can find items for sale by site members or post about items you're interested in buying.

  • Is there an app available?

    The site does not currently have an app, but it is optimized for mobile devices.

    Also, note that you can pin the site to the home screen of your device for ease of access. Conduct a search in your favorite search engine for your specific device and the terms "add website shortcut to home screen" for more information on how to accomplish this. Select "Remember Me" on the login page and have your device save your password for best results.

  • Is it ok to link back to the site?

    Yes, if you would like to add links to TCDb on your website or blog, this is perfectly acceptable.

  • What is the best web browser to use for the site?

    The site is best experienced on Google Chrome. If you are using a different browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.) and are experiencing issues navigating the site, especially with latency, try switching to Google Chrome. Google Chrome is a free download available at this link:



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