eBay Launches eBay Vault for High-Value Trading Cards
eBay has launched eBay Vault which is a 31,000 square foot, 24/7 secured, temperature-controlled facility and digital marketplace for collectors.
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Originally unveiled during the company’s investor day in March, the eBay Vault will first be available for single, graded trading cards with a value of $750 or more.
eBay says the vault is the latest in a series of significant innovations that the company has introduced to its enthusiasts, bringing together physical and digital capabilities that makes collecting more advanced than ever.
The eBay Vault enables users to manage their collections effectively and efficiently also allowing for fractional ownership of alternative assets with a trusted online marketplace.
Every transaction involving the eBay Vault is backed by the eBay Authenticity Guarantee.
“eBay is the only marketplace that has more than two decades of deep collectibles category expertise.”Dawn Block, VP Collectibles, Electronics and Home at eBay
“As we continue to see exponential growth in the category as enthusiasts merge their passions with investment opportunities, the eBay vault is a critical offering that will let collectors streamline and securely store their portfolio of assets. It’s truly the future of collecting,” added Block.
Today, eBay buyers can easily identify trading cards that are already stored in the eBay Vault via the vault badge in the listing. Prospective buyers browsing eligible cards not already housed in the eBay Vault will have the ability to opt-in when completing their purchase.
eBay vault eligibility requires assets to have been bought for $750+ in the US, purchased directly on eBay, and graded by top graders in the category, including:
- Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA)
- Sportscard Guaranty Corporation (SGC)
- Certified Collectibles Group’s affiliates
- CGC Trading Cards
- Certified Sports Guaranty (CSG)
- Beckett Grading Services (BGS).
Storing items in the eBay Vault will allow for “instant sales” with ownership transferring from seller to buyer in a matter of seconds, and no need to re-authenticate or ship the item.
This is crucial for enthusiasts and investors who are buying and selling coveted cards in real-time and also improves the liquidity of the asset.
The company’s Price Guide and Collections tool are natively built-in, enabling eBay Vault users to monitor the real-time market valuation changes of their portfolios, and list items directly from their Collection.
eBay’s extensive data catalog provides a comprehensive view of a collection’s past and present value, offering assessment, evaluation, and tracking capabilities.
By 2023, eBay expects to expand the program to include additional collectibles categories and luxury goods. Within a few years, the company anticipates the vault will hold up to $3 Billion in assets, making it one of the largest stores of non-governmental assets in the world.
eBay Vault – How It Works
Here is how eBay explained the new eBay Vault works with eligible trading cards.
- When a service-eligible purchase is made, the buyer instantly becomes the owner once the card passes authentication, and can choose to keep their card stored in the eBay vault or withdraw.
- To continue storage, ownership transfers from seller to buyer in a matter of seconds and there’s no need to re-authenticate or ship the item anywhere. There is no time limit for storing in the eBay Vault as it’s designed for long-term, secure storage.
- Cards destined for the eBay Vault are required to go through its Authenticity Guarantee, at no cost. If a buyer opts to send their purchase to the eBay Vault, the seller will first ship the card to be inspected by independent authentication experts.
- For withdrawal, the company’s dedicated eBay Vault team will meticulously package the card and ship it to the buyer via tracked shipping.
Coming soon will also be the option for collectors to send cards directly to the eBay Vault. eBay will take high-quality photos of the front and back of the card, and document all the details making it possible for collectors to list the card on the marketplace straight from the vault.
With the launch of the eBay Vault, the company is delivering a new experience on its marketplace – offering benefits like instant transfer, authentication, insurance, fractional ownership, affordable shipping and a tax-free storage location.
eBay Vault is available in the US only. The company offers free vault storage in 2022 and is waiving the insured shipping fee until the fall of 2022.
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Richard is co-founder of eSeller365. He has over 17 years of experience on eBay which includes tens of thousands of sales to buyers in over 100 countries and even has experience with eBay’s VeRO program enforcing intellectual property rights for a former employer. And for about two years Richard sold products on Amazon using Amazon FBA in the US.
To “relax” from the daily business grind, for a few weekends a year, he also works for IMSA as a professional race official.
So really only saving on shipping? Cards are already authenticated wirh the slab. Not seeing the value or upside…
The value upside is really for alternative asset investors that want to trade these cards instantly or wish to own only a part of a card (fractional ownership). The latter is actually a growing trend… The eBay Vault is less for the average collector that wants to actually hold the cards.
As innovative as they make it sound, it’s a concept that’s been introduced by other specialized marketplaces.