Card collecting has captured the minds and imaginations of young people for well over a century. Card collecting as we know it today began a few decades ago, with the release of Pokémon trading cards. The collectible card craze died down over the years but was again reignited in 2015 with the release of Pokémon Go trading cards.
If you want to get involved in card collecting, then there are some things that you should know. By conducting extensive research online, you give yourself a better chance of beating your opponents.
Preparing With Equipment
If you’re going to take up card collecting, then you will need to get all of the necessary equipment. You will need a card mat, custom card box, and potentially gloves to wear when handling your cards. If you don’t buy protective equipment for your cards [like a deck box and gloves], your cards can become damaged and lose their value. Some cards, when preserved, appreciate in value massively, so bear this in mind.
If you want your competitors to take you seriously on the tabletop, then make sure that you have all of the proper equipment.
Buying and Selling
The best way to acquire expensive or rare cards is through trading your cards with other collectors. If you come across any rare cards, you can trade them with other collectors for even rarer cards. When you attend tournaments and matches, you will have the opportunity to network with other card collectors. Make sure that when you meet them that you take their contact information so that you can get in touch if you come across any cards that they might be interested in. Be sure to ask other collectors if they have any rare cards that they would be interested in selling.
Make sure that you only collect cards that you are personally interested in. Unfortunately, many people collect cards that aren’t of any interest to them, purely so they can impress other people or cash in on trends. If Yu-Gi-Oh interests you, then there’s no point collecting Pokémon cards. With the help of the internet, you shouldn’t have any problems finding other people who’re interested in the same card game as you to play with. If you pursue card games that don’t interest you for other people, you will never experience the real joy of card collecting.
Develop a Niche
Within your specific card game, develop a niche. By specializing in a particular area of your preferred game, you can become an expert. This will allow you to gain a reputation within your game’s community. People may approach you to ask for help, or they may approach you with cards they think that you could help them with. Not only can this help you to build your collection, but it can also give you the opportunity to make new friends and meet new people who are interested in collectible cards. Developing a niche is very useful.
Best Condition Cards
When you’re collecting cards – especially older ones – make sure that you buy those that are in the best condition that you can afford. Buying beaten-up, worn-out cards is never a good idea unless they’re very collectible. Restoring cards isn’t easy if you aren’t an expert and can actually take value away from a card. If you don’t have a large budget, that’s fine. You can gradually build your collection up, collecting rarer and rarer cards as your budget grows or as you trade with other dealers. Build a perfect collection, not one littered with damaged and ruined cards.
If you’re going to be buying cards from other sellers online, then make sure that you only buy from reputable sellers. If you get into the habit of buying cards from sellers that aren’t reliable, sooner or later you will get scammed. The card industry is fraught with fraud. There are lots of fake cards circulating. Make sure to learn as much about cards as you can, so that you can identify fake cards. Only deal with sellers who are well-reviewed and respected in the card trading community.
In addition to being able to identify a fake card, you also need to be able to properly evaluate a card’s condition. If you can’t determine a card’s condition you will have a very hard time becoming a card collector, because you will end up investing in poor quality, non-collectible cards.
Collecting cards can be a lot of fun, but if you aren’t careful you can get scammed or tricked into buying something that’s not worth your time. Becoming a card trader requires study, learning, and time. Commit yourself to it, and you will become an expert.