Social media is perhaps the biggest buzz word of the 20th century, changing the way we live our lives and connecting us to the rest of the world, no matter where we are. As such, card trading has become even more exciting and there are now more ways than one to enhance your trading card collection using social media.
In this article, we’ll look at how social media can level up your card collection and make the trading experience more fun and fulfilling.
Enhance Your Trading Card Collection Using Social Media: 5 Outlets for Traders
To many people, social media means Facebook and it’s hard to argue with them since Facebook practically propelled social media into the spotlight all those years ago.
The wonderful thing about Facebook is it’s the melting pot of everything people post in social media. Videos, tweets, stories, blogs, news—all these get shared in the social network and for sports card traders, Facebook is a handy platform to stay updated with the latest action in card trading. It’s also perfect for sharing sneak peeks or teasers of card unboxing events and Facebook’s messenger makes it easy to get in touch with other traders.
YouTube is the second largest search engine next to Google, making it a treasure trove of videos on anything related to card trading, including group case breaks, individual box breaks, and even tips on how to grow your card collection. Live unboxing events are also often hosted on YouTube, and card traders are encouraged to ask for details in the comment section.
The “blogsphere” offers up information on a silver platter. If you’re searching for the contents of a certain card box or the complete card line-up of a particular series, there’s a huge chance you’ll find the information you need in a blog. You can start with the Sports Card Blog Roll if you’re not sure which blog to peruse since it catalogs the many trading card blogs that exist today.
Think about blogs as a really cool online diary. Groups and individuals interested in card trading often dump their thoughts in a blog, and since you can publish nearly anything in a post, blogs can give you valuable insights on anything, from the issues that affect trading card collectors to their honest opinions on some popular sports cards.
4. Photo Hosting Sites
Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, and other photo hosting platforms are useful for archiving your card collection digitally and sharing cards that are up for trade. Although it’s true that Facebook can do the same thing, photo hosting sites still make sharing cards easier since all you’ll need to do is get the URL and put it out there.
5. Forums and Message Boards
Forums and message boards are already a thing way before blogs or “social media” took over the world. These social portals bring together people with the same interests, so you can post questions or comments and not worry whether you’ll be understood or not. This makes forums and message boards useful tools when you’re searching for a specific card and wondering if anyone has it and willing to trade.
Check out The Blez website to learn more about trading cards and card breaking. We also have a large selection of sports cards on our online shop, so feel free to browse—we might have the cards you’re looking for.