eBay’s second week of free listings for sellers of sports cards and memorabilia is underway. There are no statistics yet to know how many new items have been pumped into the category since the launch on August 19 but judging from the reaction on various message boards, it’s likely that dealers and collectors have been busy listing. As of late Tuesday night, there were 4.3 million sports cards, over 923,000 autographs and 469,000 lots of vintage sports memorabilia listed.
eBay’s Gene Cook told us at the National Sports Collectors Convention that sports collectibles are among eBay’s strongest categories and the move was help sellers connect more closely with eBay. It was also clearly a shot across the bow of Amazon.com, which launched its own sports memorabilia ‘store’ for buyers and sellers earlier this year.
One of the sports card subcategory’s most prolific sellers is Rick Probstein who according to a story on eCommerceBytes.com, is on pace to handle $7 million in sales this year. Probstein told the website he expects that the new promotion will bring in an extra $10,000 and has enabled him to list items he otherwise might not.
Probstein, who sold more than 98% of items listed during a period measured by Sports Collectors Daily late last year, said Amazon representatives have been asking him to put his inventory on its website but he has chosen not to because of what he says are higher fees and more work.
Sellers who list items in the Sports Memorabilia, Cards and Fan Shop categories can also offer the Buy it Now feature for free.