How to Be an Upstanding Member of a Sports Card Online Community

Welcome to the wonderful world of collecting sports cards online. Many forums like,, and can help you enhance your collection and build friendships with other collectors.


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    Make an Introduction. Most online forums will have a section of their forums dedicated to just introduction posts. Tell them your name, where you're from, what your favorite teams are, who you collect, and throw in one or two interesting facts about yourself. This will make people interested in who you are as a person and not just as a collector.
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    Make a banner to put in your signature and add an avatar.These are easy and add a lot of character to your online persona. People see this every time you make a post, so make sure it's a decent representative of what you collect, or make it funny, so people know you have a sense of humor. You can generally find a decent avatar just from a quick Google search and there are usually several members of an online community that make banners for people, as a hobby.
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    Make a trade list/want list.People want to know what you collect and more importantly, what cards you possess that they might need. Scan everything. A description of a card won't entice people into making a deal with nearly as much as a clear photo of the card itself. Scans are nicer than photos.
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    Contribute to other parts of the forums. There are almost always sections that are dedicated to just talk about the actual sports themselves and what's going on in the world of sports. Tell people what you think of a particular topic. Give a strong opinion, do it often. Contribution to discussion is what really makes a website into a community.
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    Try to make both trades and sales. Don't present yourself that you only are looking to make profit, but rather enjoy this great hobby.
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    Do not use Beckett as a card collecting Bible! Beckett prices are for reference, many people are fed up with there terrible prices lately and no longer use it. Take a look for yourself and see if you trust it.
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    Ebay sales are not what the card is worth! Ebay prices are the lowest the card will go for because most often the sellers are looking to get money quick and not exactly what the card is worth.


  • Make sure your posts have content. No one wants to see you post "Nice card" on every single post in the Show-N-Tell section. As long as your posts have content, your contribution will be appreciated and you will blossom into a successful member of the community.
  • Shipping is key! Make sure your cards are always in penny sleeves, top loader, and team bag. Don't use tape, this ruins the holder. Don't use envelopes, padded or bubbled mailers are a must!
  • Join contests! Sites are almost always having giveaways, even if you don't win, just keep trying and eventually you'll get some cool free stuff.
  • Try to help other people out, not just see what you can get out of the hobby. Perhaps its helping them find a card they are looking for, make them a banner or hold a contest.


  • READ THE TERMS OF SERVICE! Not knowing the rules is one of the biggest mistakes you can make and can get you banned from the website very quickly. Know the dos and don'ts.
  • If you are having trouble with a member or are unsure of something, ask someone! Most members are happy to help other members.
  • Don't be rude, use common sense.

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