• Hello, I'm New...Card Value and Pricing



    As a new player, there is an excitement to the collectability of this game. With over 1200 cards to pick from acquisition becomes a sudden, unstoppable force in your life. You become the dice master trainer who has gotta catch ‘em all. I have seen so many people online and locally trying to get their hands on as many cards as they can to load their collection and get all the goodness that is out there.

    The question that is often spoken or, in some cases unspoken directly but referred to is this:


    How can I possibly know the value of the cards and sets I want to buy or sell or trade?


    First and foremost, remember that value is in the eye of the beholder. Does the value of a full set of commons and uncommons equal that of a Super Rare Beholder? Or is a Blue Eyes White Dragon with die worth 15 other rares from YuGiOh? It all depends on what you and the person you are trading with want, that is the beauty of trading. If I got what I want, and you got what you want, then it was a good deal.

    Let's remember also that we need to look at this in the entire CCG world in general. There are many ways that people attain the value of a card, and if we look at a game like Magic the Gathering, the granddaddy of them all-there are many stores and sites selling singles and sets out there. I am going to list for you the sites and ways that most CCG are priced so that you as a new player have the opportunity to fairly determine the value of your collection and also so that you will not overpay for cards.


    eBay

    eBay is an interesting option for pricing and purchasing cards. You have opportunities to get some really good deals, but also you may overpay if something is rare and lots of people want it. The worse way to price cards on eBay is to go there, search and assume the “buy it now” prices or the starting bid prices are the true value of the card. If I want to put up my SR SpiderMan from Uncanny X-Men for $80 and put a “buy it now” on it, doesn't mean that is the value of the card.

    The best and only way to use eBay is to look for a specific card by name and then go into the settings and highlight “completed” and “sold” items so that you can see how much money people are actually paying for the cards. This gives you a accurate representation of value because it shows you what others are actually paying for it.


    Websites

    There are a number of resellers of CCG singles out there, and the smaller the company the less likely that their prices are kept accurate and updated. Just because a card is listed at a low price on a site doesn't mean they have it or that they will sell it at that price, often they are out of stock and just have an old price up.

    Here are the best ones to use to get a fair price idea or even buy directly from:

    Coolstuffinc.com

    Trollandtoad.com

    tcgplayer.com

    All of these sites provide prices and places to buy the cards from, and in some cases a chance to sell the cards as well. TCGPlayer is unique in that it has numerous retailers listed in one place. Keep in mind that there are other places to buy from, but they may not be as large, nationally known or updated as often with correct prices. These are sites that have stood the test of time, and often are referenced by brick and mortar stores.


    Trading groups/pages

    Here is where you must be careful as a new player. The enticement of trading with other players to complete your collection or to get the one card your missing is convenient and easy but it comes with the warning: buyer beware. There are few issues that I have personally seen, but there is the risk of not knowing who you are trading with and if they will hold up their end of the bargain. Luckily, most of these trading groups have scores or ways to signify who is trustworthy based on part trades or sales. Use those scores to help determine who best to trade or buy from.

    These groups are all over, but as a new player I would recommend the trade groups on our site (biased I know!), Facebook, Reddit and Boardgamegeek. These sites have checks and measures already set in place, and give you an opportunity to trade with less concern of being ripped of. Many of the active traders can also help guide you if you have concern with a certain interaction.


    Those are the best ways for you the new player to assess value and make sound trades and purchases for this game you are just getting in to. For those of you who are veterans reading this, please help the ones who are new to this game by giving them solid trades, maybe even ones that favor them. The trade that keeps someone interested in this game gives you another person to play against in the future, and isn't that worth it for us all?
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. StrangeBrew's Avatar
      StrangeBrew -
      Great article. For price checking, as well as purchasing, it doesn't hurt look at the prices and availability on Amazon. I acquired 2 different OP cards through Amazon vendors and was very happy with the price, shipping time, card condition and in general the whole process.
    1. Yort's Avatar
      Yort -
      I recently traded my SR Zombie Green Goblin for Jinzo - Goblin was the last thing the other guy needed to complete his set, and he had an extra Jinzo. I didn't have a Jinzo, and while Goblin was fun, he's certainly not as playable as Jinzo, so we both came out of that deal pretty happy, regardless of what either were selling for in the open market.