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eBay is now validating transaction cards

Buying and selling trading cards is becoming an increasingly risky business. With the card value increasing significantly over the years, the market for counterfeit and fraudulent cards is also growing. In turn, the card collecting community has requested platforms such as eBay to begin helping both buyers and sellers establish the legitimacy of the sale. eBay has now responded to these requests, agreeing and confirming that it will support transaction cards with Authenticity Guarantee in the future.

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The announcement was shared Wednesday via eBay’s official Twitter account. The short message from eBay came in response to another Twitter user asking if the platform could add Authenticity Guarantee to transaction cards, like Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card. eBay says yes, that they are rolling out Authenticity Guarantee for transaction cards starting now.

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A follow-up tweet included a short video from eBay confirming the announcement and a link to an FAQ with more specific information. For starters, eBay will only accept cards that meet the following requirements. They must be single, unclassified cards, sold for $750 or more before taxes and shipping, and can range from collectible card game, sports trading cards or non-sports trading cards.


However, there are quite a few more restrictive limitations. Eg, autographed card, cards with clothing pieces, jerseys or stickers on them, 1980s Star Company basketball cards, as well as card packs, boxes, sets and more will not be supported for the Count Guarantee authentication from eBay. eBay does not believe it can expand what tags are included in its service, or that prices may be lowered, in the future.

eBay also endorses the partners it works with to ensure the reliability of its Authenticity Guarantee. It says that “industry experts” from Certified CGC Trading Cards and Sports Guarantee will validate the cards received by eBay. These two services are not traditionally equated with the highest quality transaction card scoring service, but are also not considered bad choices. As with all scoring services, it will be interesting to see how the service performs in practice.


As for how eBay users can use the service, whether for Pokemon card, basketball cards, or anything surprisingly simple. eBay users begin by listing their card with the eBay Guarantee of Authenticity flag, which will be indicated by a blue check mark on the listing. If it sells for more than $750, the seller will forward the card to eBay’s validation facility. The card is then verified and packaged in a tamper-proof container and delivered to the buyer. If the card is not authenticated, the transaction will be cancelled. It’s simple and exactly what merchants need from eBay.


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