Poll of the Day

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

When it comes to trading, what do you look for above all?

Equal value on both sides (your value, not site)

Equal value using site's pricing

Same number of cards on both sides

Star for star, common for common

Whatever feels right

Other (explain in comments)

I don't trade


Posted ByMessage


Posts: 2065
Joined: Nov 2014
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 12:46 AM

I have cards I don't want listed, you have cards you don't want listed....trade away!



Posts: 24
Joined: Dec 2021
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 6:37 AM

I primarily look for how much does it benefits my collection, and will I enjoy the cards I receive more than the ones I give up.  Values is a consideration but not the only one.  



Posts: 443
Joined: Aug 2018
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 6:45 AM

I agree Ryan!!  Too many people are concerned about value and how they can maximize for themselves.  That's fine if it works for them.  For me, I have cards listed that I do not want.  Not in any way, get these gone!!  I have listed cards that I want.  We all value the cards differently.  Most people do not see what I collect as valuable in the first place, let me just get what I want for what I have. 

The flipper mentality is completely different, but the value argument raised by this poll isn't that far off.  Most are thinking about how they can maximize the value of their collections when they decide to move on from collecting.  Whether it is their estate liquidating it, or they do it themselves when it is time, the idea is the same.  How can I make my money back?  That's fine.  Again, you do you.  But I like to get what I want now and I have cards listed on my trade list as my currency.  I want certain cards in my possession for my peace of mind.  Let's just get it done.  Plus, I want to help in your collections.  I have an inventory that I can share and hopefully can give you the collecting pleasure.  No matter how you collect, I don't mind helping your journey.  The value proposition does not enter my mind.  It is truly a win-win.

We have seen the value posts over and over.  We even saw a misguided post about the collectability of a dead set and the "scarcity" of some of the checklist.  If you want to do that and "plan" for your future with card collecting.  That's fine, but it's just not for me.  Is it Chuck that has the double his card value to get half of what he paid for quote in his signature?  This is so accurate!!


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Lea DeFoote

Posts: 1555
Joined: Jul 2012
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 7:26 AM

I've said it before and I'll say it again.  The perfect trade is one where both sides feel they are getting the better end of the deal.


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Posts: 7
Joined: Jan 2024
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 8:23 AM

I like going through value boxes at shows and buying small collections off local auction houses. Because of that I'm usually not into my trade fodder for that much. It gives me the flexibility to get the cards I want without being too concerned about perfectly equal value. Plus I like getting cards to other collectors. 



Posts: 513
Joined: Jan 2014
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 8:58 AM

My Goal in a trade is to try and be generous, so that The Person on the Other end of the trade smiles, upon opening the envelope.  Currently have WAY TOO MANY Cards (something MANY of Us sense here in Our TCDB Community).  Thus, why not send along a few extras on most trades??

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Posts: 96
Joined: Sep 2014
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 9:29 AM

It really is "whatever feels right".  My want list is small, my trade list is huge.  Some of my want list is a huge priority and others are not at all.  Just have to see both sides and think, "yeah that's ok".



Posts: 2274
Joined: Dec 2017
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 9:41 AM

As most here know by now I do not make a lot of offers.  I send out messages asking if they will make an offer and let them figure out which way they want to do the trade.  If I get a reply asking me to make the offer I will.

I also been known to thrown in more cards after the offer has been accepted.  A PIF



Posts: 84
Joined: Mar 2017
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 9:45 AM

When I offer a trade proposal, especially to someone I have not traded with, I try to match value, using the prices on the site unless those prices are above a buck or two, then I try to confirm with an online market place like Sportlots or Comc. The majority of the trades I have done do not involve valuable cards though so I mostly just use the site prices.

When I receive a trade offer I base my decisions on how much I want the cards being offered more than the potential value of the cards.

I also pay attention to how many cards are available on the site and will hesitate to trade something with less than 5-10 available on FS/T list for something with 100s available. 

Edited on: Jul 10, 2024 - 9:47AM

Matt Sharp



Posts: 462
Joined: Jul 2018
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 10:07 AM

I have cards that I don't want on my trade list.  I am willing to trade almost anything to get the cards I want.  I am more concerned with the postage.  I want the cards that I am getting to be worth al least the postage that I am spending.  My example is getting one $4 card for 60 cards that I am sending.  Postage is around $5.26.  I really do enjoy trading here.



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