The Advantages Of Buying Cards With The eBay Vault Badge – Authenticity Guaranteed
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The idea of vaults isn’t new to the hobby, but the new eBay vault improves on existing vaults while offering a service that is directly linked to the biggest sports card marketplace in the world. CardLines is working with eBay to spread awareness of the new vault and all the ways it can improve the hobby.
In today’s article, we’ll be looking at one of the best perks – the Authenticity Guarantee eBay puts on any card stored in the vault. And if that piques your interest, be sure to read our detailed overview of the eBay vault and our guide for buying cards with the eBay vault.
Recap: The eBay Vault overview
In case you’ve missed our previous articles, eBay’s vault, in a nutshell, is a secure location in which you can store the high-dollar cards you purchased on eBay and then use the same service to sell them without paying sales tax, storage, or selling fees. It’s a great idea and incredibly easy to use.
Anybody can participate, you just need to visit this page and opt-in.
This service has specific offers that incentivize becoming an early adopter, such as no vault buyer’s premium until Spring 2023 and Free Storage until 2024, so the sooner you can sign up, the better.
Authenticity Guarantee: A reason to buy using the eBay Vault
If you’ve ever been on the wrong end of a bad transaction, you know the pain. Getting a fake or altered card can sting, and even if you manage to get your money back, it can be a long, tedious process.
That’s where the new eBay Authenticity Guaranteed service comes into play. While it was announced before the vault, it’s now a part of the vault process.
READ: Tips for buying and selling through the eBay Vault
What is eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee service?
eBay’s new Authenticity Guarantee is eBay’s commitment to examining the cards you buy before they ever get vaulted to make sure they’re real, authentic cards.
It’s a process in which trading card experts “meticulously inspect your trading card purchase” before giving it their seal of approval (the cards are literally sealed with an authenticity sticker) and vaulting it for you.
Who’s responsible for eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee?
eBay has partnered with experts to make sure nothing slips by them. The people behind the guarantee are many of the professional grading companies you’ll recognize: CGC, CSG, and PSA. This provides “world-class knowledge, precision, and decades of experience to the process.”
You’ll know CGC and CSG as part of the Certified Collectibles Group, which has certified more than 70 million collectibles since 1987, and of course, PSA, who has certified over 54 million cards and collectibles since 1991.
What does the eBay Authenticity Guarantee process look like?
For graded cards received by the vault, a PSA authenticator verifies that the case and card are authentic to the grade and that there is no visible evidence of tampering. This applies to all cards – not just those carded by PSA.
After that, the card is sealed with a sticker and vaulted.
If you’re a buyer, you’ll be able to track your card from purchase to authentication, and then to the vaulting process.
Here’s a screenshot of what that looks like.
How much does the eBay Authenticity Guarantee cost?
Perhaps the best part of the eBay Authenticity Guarantee is that it comes at no cost. It’s a completely free service that’s included in the eBay vault offering – which is another free service, for now.
Which cards are eligible for vaulting and the eBay Authenticity Guarantee?
If you’re looking to vault your card, you need to know what you’re buying.
Per eBay, “For now, the eBay vault will accept singles, graded trading cards and graded, autograph, relic, and patch cards $250 or more that are directly purchased on eBay. Only cards graded by the following graders will be accepted: Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA); Sportscard Guaranty Corporation (SGC); Certified Collectibles Group’s affiliates, CGC Trading Cards, Certified Sports Guaranty (CSG); and Beckett Grading Services (BGS).”
All cards that are eligible are denoted with an Authenticity Guarantee badge above the listing title, like so. Also, note the “Authenticity Guarantee” box on the right side of the screen.
As a reminder, after you buy that eligible card, you send your card to the vault at checkout. eBay has a team of PSA experts that will verify your card before welcoming it into the climate-controlled facility.
From there, you can instantly buy and sell cards within the eBay vault. Cards will be sold with pre-populated listings and insured shipping, all handled by eBay.
The Authenticity Guarantee: Professional peace of mind from eBay
The eBay Authenticity Guarantee is a tremendous and valuable gateway to the vault. By getting all cards approved and authenticated before ever bringing them into the vault, eBay is offering collectors even more reason to shop eBay – and shop it with confidence.
For big-ticket cards – one’s priced high enough you’d vault – there’s always the concern of “what-if,” and eBay is doing everything in its power to minimize that for collectors. This is another tremendous move by eBay to show how invested it is in sports cards and TCG collectors (quite literally).
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Conclusion: Don’t miss out on the eBay Vault
The eBay vault carefully weighs the pain points of sports card sellers and addresses them with an all-in-one answer to help collectors make better profit on their collection while working less.
We highly encourage you to get in on the vault. Moreso, even, get in on the vault today so you can take advantage of all the collector-friendly perks before the vault’s focus shifts more to profit than being value-add.
Your time is money – and your fees are money too – so sign up for the vault today to take advantage of eBay’s awesome new service.