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Finding book values for your sports cards is fairly easy, but to find out what your cards are really selling for, a tool like the Sports Lizard price guide comes in pretty handy. Using proprietary information-gathering techniques, SportsLizard scans eBay, its own marketplace and many other leading sports collectibles sites to get real time pricing.
Searching is as easy as typing the desired item into a text box, after which the price guide engine returns a price, the sample size and several other stats. Most importantly, you receive a confidence score - a measure of how likely it is that the price truly reflects the market for your item - and descriptions of the listings that were actually included to determine the price.
If there are repeated terms in the listings that may be affecting the accuracy of the price, you can exclude them and run the search again. Once you're satisfied with the confidence level, Sports Lizard allows you to save the item to your collection (with the excluded terms intact), download the results to a PDF or Excel file and more.
Signing up for a free SportsLizard account entitles the user to three searches per day, which may be all beginners or infrequent sellers ever need. More advanced collectors or high volume sellers may want to consider a premium account - especially since each attempt with new excluded terms counts toward your daily limit. Premium users get unlimited pricing searches for $4.99 a month.
SportsLizard works for all types of sports collectibles, not just cards, and also offers free listings for users looking to sell those collectibles. The marketplace allows people who sell on eBay or their own sites to get extra attention for their items with no additional cost.
The site also offers a sports news reader, announcer ratings and a guide to custom sports figures. SportsLizard founder Adam McFarland sounds off on the Lizard's Rant blog, a timely and honest look at the world of sports collectibles.
Seasoned collectors, enthusiasts and beginners alike may find the site's news section particularly useful. It features an impressive array of independent voices on the subject of sports card collecting. Included are the blogs Sports Cards Uncensored, Voice of the Collector, Stale Gum, A Pack A Day, Bad Wax, Fielder's Choice Blog, Old School Breaks, squeezeplaycards.com, Stats on the Back, Sports Card Info, Trader Crack's Card Blog, The Budget Collector, Sports Collectors Daily/Sports collecting News and stacksofpacks.
SportsLizard touts itself as "independent," "transparent," "objective," simple" and "current." That's high self-praise indeed, but it's definitely a site worth checking out if you're a collector looking for a new pricing tool or more than just a new pricing tool.