How to Sell Pokemon Cards

How to Sell Pokemon Cards


Pokemon cards are a great way to earn money for kids, teens,and adults alike. We'll teach you how to start selling your cards online or in-person, and give you tips on how to maximize your profits.


Find out who's interested.

If you're looking to sell Pokemon cards, there are three things you need to consider before starting: Who's going to buy them? Where will you sell them? And how much will you charge? Knowing your target market and where to find them is always a good first step. You will have to put yourself in the shoes of potential buyers and think about how they might be shopping for cards. By doing this, you will be able to position yourself better to sell your cards accordingly. A few quick Google searches should help point you in the right direction of buyers. Generally reddit, and Facebook marketplaces and groups are a good place to start, but depending on your area there could be more options!              

Sell Globally with Ebay

eBay is one of the largest online marketplaces in the world. It has been estimated that more than half of the world's population uses eBay at least once per year. This means that eBay is an excellent place to start selling Pokemon cards. You can use eBay to find buyers who live anywhere in the world. An Ebay buyer could be living in a rural area without much access to card shops or individuals who have Pokemon cards. This kind of customer will normally do all his shopping online. By becoming one of their go to stores you can develop a relationship with these types of buyers and become their source for Pokemon cards. In the long run, this will increase your overall sales.

The other type of buyers on Ebay are those looking for rare cards. There may not be that many cards available to them locally for what they are after. Ebay helps bring these buyers and sellers together by matching up your rare collection with their needs.

A good thing to note on Ebay is that in most cases, buyers are looking for something specific. This means that you should split your expensive cards off individually, while bulking up your lower value cards. You have to put the time in to maximize your results. If you are going to bulk all your good and bad cards together don’t expect to get full price. The odds of finding someone who will want your whole collection is very slim. They may be after only certain aspects of what you have for sale, and not interested in paying top dollar for the rest. By meeting the buyers needs exactly, you will be able to maximize your return for your cards, but you will have to put the time in.

Ebay takes 15% of the sale, but reaches a wide audience. Think of it as paying to market your collection and generate the final sale.


List your Cards on Local Marketplaces

If you want to sell your cards locally, there are several local marketplaces where you can list them. These sites allow people to buy and sell items within their own communities. They also provide a platform for sellers to connect with other local businesses. Facebook Marketplace is a good starting point, as well as Facebook groups in your general area. These are free to use and allow you to reach a wide audience. Depending on where you are located, there are also local classifieds such as Kijiji where you may find potential buyers as well. With all these transactions be sure to meet in public places to be safe, and never send your cards without payment first if shipping online. Paypal is a good way to insure yourself as a buyer, as it offers protection in case the seller doesn’t send you the cards or if they arrive severely damaged. As the seller, it is always good to be able to offer Paypal as a payment method. Goods and Services is they way to go, just take the 3% hit to sell your cards and give the buyer piece of mind.


Know your cards and stay organized!

You should start by knowing exactly what type of card you have before selling it. This will help you determine whether you need to keep it or not. It's also helpful to know the condition of the card so you can decide whether it's worth selling. Depending on the size of your collection, having it organized might also be a plus. In general, you will want to know your high value cards at the very least and have them organized in a binder for easy viewing. Bulk cards can be put into large white card boxes and sold in bulk. Generally $0.02-$0.10 each for these.

The more information you can provide on your collection, as well as having it organized, the quicker you will find a buyer who will pay you max value. If they buyer doesn’t know what’s there, then they are not going to be able to offer you as much since they are guessing and taking a risk.

Follow up with buyers.

After you've sold your card, follow up with the buyer. Send them an email thanking them for buying your card and asking if there was anything else you could do to make the transaction easier. If they ask for more details, provide them. Developing a good relationship with buyers can help nurture future sales. The first sale is always the hardest, while repeat business comes easier. If you can generate multiple repeat purchases from past customers then your average sales will increase.

It also doesn’t hurt to follow up with buyers who expressed interest but didn’t buy. Sometimes circumstances can change but providing excellent customer service and seeing if there’s anything you can do to help can go a long way towards closing the deal.


By following the steps above. You will increase your chances of selling your cards quicker while maximizing your return. Ultimately knowing your collection, being organized, and knowing where and how to sell to your buys are some of the largest factors. If you are looking for a quick sale, you might have to take a hit to your bottom line. Selling your collection piece by piece is the best way to maximize your return but takes a lot longer. What works best for you is different for everyone and depends on your circumstances.

Sell your cards to Tistaminis!

If you are looking to sell your collection. Tistaminis is always looking to buy your cards! This includes Pokemon, Yugioh, and Magic the Gathering cards. We purchase cards valued at over $5.00> and can offer cash  or trade. If you are not local to our shop you can still mail them in to us and we will pay you online. 

Article Recap!

  • Find Out Who's Interested

  • Sell on Ebay

  • Sell on Local Marketplaces
  • Organize your Collection
  • Follow up with buyer

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