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June 24, 2010 12:44 PM Subscribe
How can I sell my Star Trek/Star Wars Customizable Card Game cards and Miniatures game pieces for the best balance of money/hassle?
posted by Vorteks to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
More than a decade ago I was really into the Star Trek: The Next Generation Customizable Card Game made by Decipher Inc, and spent a lot of my then meager earnings collecting them. I have some cards that are/were very rare or expensive. I have completed sets of the core game, as well as the first two expansion sets, as well as a large number of cards from later sets. Most of these cards are in very very good condition (some are in so-so condition).
More recently (3-4 years ago) I went through a phase where I collected the plastic Star Wars Miniatures made by Wizards of the Coast, and used them in games with my friends. I have quite a lot of minis, mostly from the first 3 sets, as I didn't keep up with the game after that. All are in good condition, but are not mint in box and bag (I actually used all of them to play the game).
Now, I am interested in selling these things. I haven't used them in ages, and I don't collect things just for collecting's sake. However I'm not sure if/how I can get a decent price for them. I'm guessing I spent more than $6,000 on all this stuff altogether, over many many years. I don't expect to make my money back, but I'm hoping to find a way to make at least $400 on the whole lot. I find it hard to accept the idea of selling everything to a 12-year-old for $20. On the other hand, selling them one item or card at a time seems like it would be more trouble than it's worth... unless you know something about their value that I don't? I don't have the time to sell things for $2 here, $3 there. If I could list a lot that would get at least $40 I'd consider it.
Any idea how to sell these things? EBay prices seem to be very low, and the listings that seem to do the best are of the one-at-a-time variety. I'm not sure if local comic shops might be interested in my Star Wars Minis, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't want an old out-of-print Star Trek game though.
I'd just like to get small fraction of the money I've paid back without spending more than, say, 10 hours total on the selling process. Possible?
If it isn't possible, is there any reason to wait to see if they'll be worth more later, or should I just give up and get whatever I can for them (or maybe even just throw them out)?