Open Letter (Idea) to CheckOutMyCards (COMC)

I’ve had these thoughts for quite some time. CheckOutMyCards has been a valuable asset to the hobby and is a great change in pace compared other sites out there to buy and sell cards. It reaches a huge audience and provides them one of the best opportunities to buy and sell sports cards and other items.

But why stop at buying and selling? Why not get back to what sports cards was all about? The trading. Sadly, I don’t have the direct contact information for Tim Getsch over at COMC. At least, I don’t think I do. So here is my open letter to CheckOutMyCards.

Tim,

Has COMC ever thought about including a trade option to the website? In 2011, Topps had a fabulous promotion where you unlocked cards and were able to trade them with other users without physically having the card themselves. I thought that was a fantastic idea even before that creation and would make a great website or business.

Sadly, I do not have the resources to create such a venture, nor the experience with software programming. But I do love the hobby. I think a trade function on COMC, or a sister-site, would be a great addition to the hobby and would provide another source of income for the business. Charging to list cards and ship cards would continue, but you could also charge $0.XX amount per trade as well. Essentially you can do this now by agreeing to buy a card from someone else and having them a buy a card from you for the same price. Why not make it easier to trade? Buyers and sellers are going to naturally want to find a way to improve their inventory, and besides buying low, selling high, or buying additional cards outside of COMC, being able to trade with another user of the site would provide them that opportunity.

It also gets down to what the basics of trading cards were all about, trading. I’m not talking about revolutionizing one of the greatest buy/sell sites that has been created. I’m talking about one more dimension to the product that would not only bring in MORE users, but allow the current users to do more with their inventories. Just my two cents. I’d love to see that option added.

Sincerely,

SCB

Again, I’m not changing the wheel or anything here. But making it easier for collectors and people in the marketplace move their cards in an easier fashion. With their current infrastructure, how difficult can it be?

I would love to take all of my traders, send them to COMC, put a price on them in case others want to buy them, but also have the opportunity to trade for some cards I do collect and pay to have them sent back to me. It would be, hands down, the safest place on the internet to trade cards.

It’s worth a thought, isn’t it? What do you think?

Trading Sports Cards Online

We at Sports Card Blog love to trade cards, but the location is absolutely terrible for trading. Living in kind of a mountain, cow town has it’s disadvantages in this regard. The closest decent shops are 30 minutes to an hour away and they really don’t have any events for collectors or their customers. Once a month there is a show at a mall about 35 minutes away. I have actually never been to Jantzen Beach Mall for this card show, but if it is anything like some of the hobby shops in the city I’m going to be disappointed. They need to take some of my ideas to run a better hobby shop.

So I have to resort to doing 99.9% of my trading online, but that is okay with me. Even though I have to pay to ship the cards in some sort of protective package and send it to far away countries like Canada, it’s still worth it in the end. I haven’t had the opportunity to trade with anyone farther away then Canada but I am always happy to trade with anyone else.

I use different sports card forums for my trading. When choosing a sports card forum for trading, you look to find the most legit forums. I’ve been browsing several forums lately looking for the best of the best. First, let me start off by saying no site is 100% safe when you are trading. But I would stay away from places like YouTube where there is absolutely no method of weeding out the bad traders.

My favorite and the place I trade the most is Sports Card Forum. Sports Card Forum probably has the largest number of people to trade with across all sports. These people come from all ages and backgrounds from around the world. I admit I may have somewhat of a “homer” bias with them because it was my first forum I ever joined and I was a staff member there for 3 years. But over 200 transactions and never having any of my cards or money stolen is definitely a good thing. I would say their forte is their football area which is probably the biggest of any forum sites. They are always looking for ways to improve the experience and have a ton of features. Finally, SCF as it’s called, has the best custom built Trade Manager of any site to keep everything organized and in place.

My second favorite place to trade is at CloutsnChara. First, I want to start by stating they are 95% hockey collectors. I collect all sports but this is definitely a great place to trade if you are into hockey. Plus they hold the most group breaks I have ever seen with just about every product imaginable in hockey. If you’re American like me you’ll be sending to Canada quite a bit and Canada Post isn’t always the most reliable when it comes to international shipping. This owner also owns their own card shop in Canada so they can help you getting the newest hockey products.

Although I’ve never traded on this site, I find the discussion to be top notch and it has great possibilities for trading. Freedom Cardboard is that site. Although at times I find some of the discussions to be brash and some of the members to be kind of rude to newer people, I think they mean well. I would recommend this site to those in the slightly older crowd and those with thicker skin. There are a lot of baseball people there and a lot of prospectors so if you are into prospecting or just baseball cards this is probably the best site for baseball card collectors. The owner here is also always trying to improve the experience with new ideas and also owns his own card shop in Georgia.

I’ve traded on Trading Card Central as well, but I feel like this site is slowly going downhill. The members are leaving and it’s becoming more and more inactive on the forums. Secondly, I haven’t traded on Card Collector’s World but I know a lot of the members and staffers there to be good people. It’s a pretty tight knit community that is easy to integrate yourself into. Finally, I’d like to add The Bench as well. I almost forgot about them but they are still a popular forum to trade on, but like others it has tapered off over the years.

So there is a short list of sites for you to check out if you are interested in trading sports cards online.