Here are some Sports Trading Card Distributors:
eBay – The Worlds Marketplace – www.ebay.com
Believe it or not, eBay has some of the lowest prices when it comes to wholesale lots of boxes and singles. If you are thinking about starting a sports card shop you want to use eBay both as a place to sell and buy. Buying from the wholesale lots section is a good place to find deals that are sometime below wholesale prices. Newer products will be cheaper at wholesale distributors, but eBay can have good deals on older boxes and other unique items.
Southern Hobby Supply
The premiere distributor of the United States with distribution centers in New York, Reno, Nashville, St. Louis and Chicago – Southern Hobby Supply represents all of the major sports and non-sport trading card companies as well as most of the major games and toy manufacturers. This is a true wholesale distributor – meaning you will need your states resale tax-ID number.
I met this wholesale distributor at the 2011 Las Vegas Sports Card Summit, and they are perfect if you own a store. They have much more than Sports Cards and Gaming, they can also provide all of the supplies and accessories that go with the collectibles. These additional items are often high dollar margins that help your bottom line. With 5 locations across the country, Southern Hobby can ship 95% of the U.S. in a 1 of 2 day transit time. They also offer an extensive route deliver service to over 90 major cities across the USA. If you fall into their delivery area, you could save $1,000’s each year in shipping costs.
The Topps Company
Buying directly from the trading card companies themselves is not something I ever tried. But recently, Topps is making it easier to buy direct from them. While you may not be able to make the financial commitment it will take to become a HTA Store, they do offer other products.
I’ve talked to several shop owners who have been flipping the Topps Now cards that Topps began producing in 2016 in their stores. They also continue to sell unique vault items on the Topps eBay Store.
If you would like to be added to the Topps Store Locator, contact the wholesale distributor you sign up with.
Topps Direct Information: HTAinfo@Topps.com
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Panini has quickly become one of the global leaders in Sports Trading cards – with licensed sets for the NBA, NFL, NCAA, Racing and MLBPA. Getting this companies products would be a must if you want to open a card store. In 2016 they will have an NFL exclusive. You must have a store front to have a direct account with Panini America.
Stuff they sell: Panini America eBay Store
With over 20 years experience in providing excellent service to brick and mortar hobby stores, Sweet Deal is a must contact if you have, or are looking to get into the retail space. They are located in California, so if you have a west coast hobby store and are looking to get product fast and hate waiting on east coast deliveries, Sweet Deal can take care of you. Looking for other stuff that’s not sports cards? Well they also carry Ultra Pro supplies, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh plus more!
Global Sales Wholesale
This Sports Card Wholesale outlet paid my bills for many years when I was selling full time online. I have not used them since they were bought by a new company a few years back however they do have a large selection. If you are on the west coast you will want to contact this company.
Peach State Sports
I used this sports card distributor back when they were first starting out. They didn’t even have a website and it was all done over the phone. They have grown a bit and are a good source if you are on the east coast. They sometimes get exclusive autographs from Atlanta Braves players and other athletes. This is a true distributor of cards and supplies – meaning you will need your states resale tax-ID number.
All Sports Marketing
I actually met this Sports Card Distributor at the Las Vegas Sports Card Industry Summit in 2011. They are a great group of people that are working hard to get the best prices and information to you about products. These guys stock the brand new releases PLUS some of the ‘older’ product too. You’ll also find Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, and Magic along with a full line of sports products.
All the prices they quote you are what you pay, no COD or other fees. They also have Net 6 WEEK Payment plans. They also stock BCW Supplies at the same price as direct + free shipping if you order with boxes/cases. This is a true distributor of cards and supplies – meaning you will need your states resale tax-ID number.
GTS Distribution/Talkin Sports
A lot more than just trading cards here. Toys, hobbies and other games make up this sports card wholesale product line. This is one of the biggest companies as they have grown by buying up smaller outlets. You will find that you can make money on more than just cards if you explore their product line. A must if you are on the west coast. This is a true distributor of cards and supplies – meaning you will need your states resale tax-ID number.
In 2014 GTS acquired distributor Sports Images, located in Woburn, MA.
A great option for both non-sports and traditional sports cards from all the top card makers. You will need a state re-sale ID to order from this company directly. The prices are going to be similar to the distributors above. I have never worked with this company directly, however they update the website on a regular basis so its worth giving them a shot.
Gold River Distributors
Located in Rocklin, CA this is a perfect choice if you are on the west coast. I have confirmation that they have good prices from an online retailer who buys from them. I remember these guys when I did business over a decade ago – so they have the experience and knowledge of the industry. Visit the website and give them a call to setup a distributor account.
Great American Distribution
Located in New York, Great American Distribution deals in sports and gaming cards. Great American will sell to online group breakers and match any competitor price.
Upper Deck Direct
Upper Deck is much like Topps in that you must be buying at large quantities in order to be eligible to buy directly from Upper Deck. I know they have restrictions on selling their product online so really this is only an option if you plan to open a popular sports card store. Upper Deck has a Diamond Dealers program you must apply for even if you are buying from distributors, the form is available here: Upper Deck Diamond Dealer Agreement
DA Card World
One of the largest online Sports Card Dealers but not a true “wholesale” sports card distributor, however prices can be as low or lower than your normal outlet. Will be one of your primary competitors if you sell online.
Get ideas what to sell: DA Card World eBay Store
Another company that I have used myself. Very quick and prices are consistently low and they will price match any other major retailer. Will be one of your primary competitors, along with DA Card World, if you sell online. Many hobby shops lament that Blowout and DA Card World have prices at or below wholesale prices.
How low are their prices on eBay: Blowout Cards eBay Store
Not a traditional sports card distributor, but does have interesting items. Has a full line of Topps factory sets dating back to the 1980’s. Might be worth signing up for just to check out some prices.
Located in Federal Way, Washington. Carries a full line of sports cards, gaming, supplies, dice and more.
They don’t sell cards, but they have price guides. Return what you don’t sell and get a refund. If you have a card store, customers will still come in and ask to buy a Beckett Price Guide. It would be a good idea to sign up with a dealer account for them.
Beckett Media: Dealer Information
One of Canada’s top distributors, you want to give them a call if you live north of the United States border. They not only carry the full line of sport trading card boxes and cases, but also a ton of gaming and other type of products that sell well at the hobby shop level.
Grosnor Distribution – www.grosnor.com
Prince Wholesalers – www.princewholesalers.com
The Card Cabinet – Sweden & Finland – www.thecardcabinet.com
Ponderosa Y.S. LTD – Taipai – www.ysponder.com.tw
List of Gaming Card Distributors: Open A Card Store
I subscribe to Terapeak – it’s $30 per month. It allows you to track eBay prices dating back one year. If you do a lot of research or selling on eBay, the $30 per month could be worth it. I enjoy it because I can see what something sold for on eBay longer then what is shown on eBay’s website itself. Looking to price a 1/1, or track a price trend, Terapeak can help.
Buying Sports Cards Wholesale requires a state re-seller ID or Permit in most cases. Visit your States Tax Board to find out the steps needed to obtain this. Keep in mind this is a competitive business and prices are going to be similar across the board for the most part. Find a distributor that gives you the best price and the best service and you can make money. The better relationship you have with your sales team, the better deals they may be able to offer you down the road.
Here is where you get your Reseller ID in all 50 US States
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