Vintage Cards & Condition Notes

Thank you for all of the feedback on the previous post. Here is one idea we came up with to reduce the cost of handling vintage cards and condition notes.

Rather than spending so much time documenting all of the issues with damaged cards, we will try to group cards into 3 buckets and only give them detailed condition notes if they have a significant book value.

Bucket 1: “Damaged”. This would be any card that has any creases, writing, stains, water damage, holes, tears, severely rounded corners, miss-cut…
– If the card has a book value of $50 or more, we will give it a detailed condition note listing the issues.
– If the card is vintage (pre-1980) and has a book value of less than $50, we will simply list it with a condition note of “damaged”
– If the card is modern (1980 to present) and has a book value of less than $50, we will generally return the card to the seller, but in some cases we will list it with a detailed condition note.

Bucket 2: “Vintage Wear”. This would be any card that has some normal wear, minor scratches…
– If the card has a book value of $20 or more, we will give it a detailed condition note listing the specific issues.
– If the card is vintage and has a book value of less than $20, we will simply list it with a condition note of “vintage wear”
– If the card is modern and has a book value of less than $20, we will generally return the card to the seller, but in some cases we will list it with a detailed condition note.

Bucket 3: “No Condition Note”. This is any card that has no issues that we deem worthy of a condition note.
– These cards are listed without condition notes.

Condition Notes Fee
– If we give a card the generic “poor condition” or “vintage wear” condition note, we would only charge $0.05.
– If we give a detailed condition note, we would charge $0.25.

What do you think of this idea?

UPDATED 5/14: Changed “Poor Condition” to “Damaged” & changed the $100 threshold for detailed condition notes to $50.