eBay debuts 'Training Camp' for sports trading card collectors
eBay is a busy marketplace for sports card collectors.
eBay announced 'Collectors Camp' – a series of intense training events for card enthusiasts who want to build world-class collections. Kicking off in Brooklyn, participants will receive premier training from an industry expert – providing the insights, tools and strategy to move from a casual weekend hobbyist to a more serious collector, investor or even professional seller.
eBay seller David Prince from Piece of the Game and NBA star Mikal Bridges will team up to help attendees hone their skills through a series of drills – and coach campers on how to achieve their individual collecting goals.
With 28 years of expertise and leadership in the category, eBay is one of the world's top destinations for collectibles. The marketplace recently introduced cutting-edge tools for hobby shop owners and enthusiasts, making collecting more advanced than ever before. Collectors Camp will demonstrate how these innovations – like the eBay vault, Authenticity Guarantee, Price Guide and Collection – enable smarter buying, selling and trading decisions.
"I started collecting as a kid with my first Tracy McGrady card, and over time a childhood hobby led to a serious portfolio," said Mikal Bridges, NBA star. "Now my collecting game has become almost as intense as my NBA game. I've invested a ton of time searching for and scoring the best cards, and I know I can share my talents to help other people take things to the next level."
Following the Brooklyn event, Collectors Camp will head to Seattle, just in time for MLB All-Star Week.
"As sports fans catch the collector's bug, it can take many years to acquire the skills needed to formulate a valuable collection, but we have an engaged and excited community, and the tools and services to help," said Gene Cook, VP of Collectibles at eBay. "We see surges in interest for collectibles timed to major sports moments, like the NBA Draft and MLB All-Star Game, since collectors are always on the hunt for the next Jordan or Jeter. eBay created Collectors Camp to fuel this passion, giving enthusiasts the opportunity to connect with each other and the athletes they admire."
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Participants will have access to rare basketball merchandise from the game's greats and up-and-coming stars, including: game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers, signed jerseys from Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen, autographed basketballs from number-one draft picks Cade Cunningham and Anthony Edwards – plus coveted trading cards like the Kobe Bryant 2009-10 Panini Studio Platinum Proof 1/1 PSA 10 Autograph.
For those not in Brooklyn, a curated merchandise collection will be made shoppable at https://www.ebay.com/collectorscamp beginning June 21.
Collectors Camp Event Details:
The first event will take place at The Post Bushwick (53 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY), June 21-22 from 3-7pm ET.
Participate in skill and knowledge-based drills to up-level your sports collections, inspired by classic sports camps and powered by eBay's suite of collecting tools.
Tune into eBay Live on Wednesday, June 21, at 8:30pm ET with Mikal Bridges and local eBay seller Piece of the Game to bid on legendary sports trading cards and memorabilia.
The event is first come, first served; entry may be limited. All participants will receive an eBay gift card and limited-edition eBay swag.
eBay Collectibles by the Numbers
Collectibles (which includes trading cards, toys, art, sports memorabilia, coins, and bullion) continues to be the one of the top categories at eBay.
eBay has 1.8 billion active listings from 133 million active buyers in 190 global markets.
eBay has 16M enthusiast buyers, who spend approximately $3,000 annually.
On eBay, 'NBA' was searched over 8,000 times per hour globally in 2022.