Websites We Like & Recommend
Sports Card Forums:
Sports Card Forum has an extensive membership and active community of collectors. Lots of Sub-Forums so you never get tired of surfing or posting. SCF has many regular contest for free cards. We are on the forum under the name: NorCal Sports
Freedom Cardboard is one of the largest collecting communities on the internet. You will find discussion and active traders throughout the day on the boards. FCB gives away lots of cards and boxes each month as well. We are on the forums under the name: Sports Card Radio
Hobby Kings forum features one of the most active basketball collector threads, plus lots more. A fun place to hang out and make trades. Also, if you want to get involved in basketball case-breaks, I’ve seen some good ones go off on this site.
The Bench is an outstanding website with thousands of active members who trade, discuss and love sports cards. Aside from the active forum you’ll find interviews with Hobby insiders and professional athletes alike. We are on the forum under the name: SportsCardRadio
Trading Card Central is an active community of Sports Card Collectors who talk and trade cards on a daily basis. Friendly and popping forum, you’re sure to find something to read or discuss.
We are on the forum under the name: NorCal Sports
Collectors Universe is actually home of lots of collectors, especially fans of the PSA graded cards that the company is also apart of. This is actually a publicly traded company – and they have lots of capitol to keep the forums up to date. I’ve heard the CEO of the company talk about the message boards on conference calls to investors, so they really do care about their community.
OzCardTrader is an active Australian Card Community, but is home to members from around the world. If you live in the Outback, this is the place for you – and I’m certain you will find friends to connect with that are nearby. An active Basketball thread is also another good place to make trades and connect with other hoop fans from
Places To Shop
eBay The World’s Marketplace
I personally have been buying/selling on eBay since 1999. I have seen the site grow and change quite a bit over the years. You can almost always find the Single Card, Box, or even Case of cards you are looking for all in one place! Be careful of new/bad feedback sellers.. look for the good ones and you will have fun on eBay!
Very cool and easy way to locate cards and shop for singles. Millions of cards and lots to choose from. The search function takes some getting used to, but if you know the cards you need – you should find a seller with them on this site.
COMC (Formerly Check Out My Cards)
This website is pretty cool for both buying & selling. If you are a buyer, the best thing is you can buy a bunch of cards & have them all shipped to you for one price. If you are a seller, you can package up 1,000’s of cards and COMC will scan, sort, ship everything for you from their storage center. The site is not for everyone (because they hold all your cards as a seller, and you request shipment as a buyer) but cards do sell well on the site & you can find good deals.
Had the pleasure of talking with these guys on the podcast, then actually met them at the Industry Summit in 2012 and did another podcast with them (plus we had fun hanging out with them in Las Vegas). I credit these guys with being the 1st to attend the Industry Summit as a box-break only website, and they’ve professionalized the business as well with a nice website and newsletter that keeps you up to date. When I have extra money to buy box breaks, it’s almost always with these guys.
Blogs & Sites
Find a Card Show Our website that has a listing of sports card shows throughout the U.S. and Canada.
MLB Trade Rumors One of the most extensive MLB Trade and Prospect News website. Articles are linked to major newspapers and magazines so you can find the stuff that matters to you. Great if you want to follow your teams off-season or find out all the hot stove updates in one place.
Price Guide App Free Sports Card price guide with a wide range of values you can search for in their database.