Selling Collectibles on Amazon

Amazon.com allows listing in entertainment collectibles, sports collectibles, trading cards and collectible coins. Products may include autographed basketballs, baseball cards, movie posters, celebrity photos, or coins.

Prerequisites


You should be familiar with the following topics before continuing:

 

Strategy for Collectibles



Important Considerations:

  • Requires approval by Amazon to sell in these categories.
  • Begin by visting Amazon Seller Central and downloading Amazon's Inventory Flat File for your category to see the Required data fields and valid values required for listing.
  • From Amazon Seller Central,or by requesting from Amazon, review the Browse Tree Guide to idnetify the Item Type Keyword values you will need for your products. Item Type Keyword is a required field on Amazon and when provided, helps Amazon classify your product so it can be located by buyers when they search and browse on Amazon.
  • Review the requirements on the Amazon Seller Central pages for Entertainment Collectibles , Sports Collectibles & Trading Cards , or Coins (login required).
  • Authenticate or grade a majority of the products listed by one or more of the entities listed below:
    • Entertainment Collectibles
      • Third-party authenticators: Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA/DNA), James Spence Authentication (JSA), and the seller
      • Third-party grading companies: Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA/DNA), James Spence Authentication (JSA), and the seller
    • Sports Collectibles & Trading Cards
      • Third-party authenticators: Ace Authentic, Beckett Grading Services, Frameworth, Grey Flannel, Highland Mint, Icon Sports Memorabilia, James Spence Authentication, Mounted Memories Authentication, MeiGray Group, Major League Baseball, Mounted Memories, NFL Players Inc., Panini Authentic, Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), PSA/DNA Authentication Services, Steiner Sports, Topps Collectibles, Tristar Authentic, Upper Deck Authenticated.
      • Third-party grading companies: Ace Authentic, Beckett Grading Services, Frameworth, Highland Mint, Icons Sports Memorabilia, James Spence Authentication, Major League Baseball, Mounted Memories, NFL Players Inc., Panini Authentic, Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), PSA/DNA Authentication Services, Steiner Sports, Topps Collectibles, Tristar Authentic, Upper Deck Authenticated.
    • Coins  Please refer to the Amazon inventory flat file for the valid values for grading companies and grade rating.

 

Listing Data Requirements

Once approved to sell in one or both of these categories, download the latest Inventory Flat File Template from Amazon to confirm the requried and recommended fields and to see the list of Valid Values. ChannelAdvisor provides the templates for both categories in your Amazon > Settings Category Picker. 

Required Fields:

  • Condition Type – All collectibles (Sports, Entertainment) should be categorized as Collectible Like New.
  • Entertainment Type – What is the type of entertainment collectible from a list of Valid Values (e.g. Movies, Music, Theater)?
  • Entertainment Genre
  • Entertainment Brand Theme
  • Authenticated By – Who is providign authenticity for the product (e.g. PSA)?
  • Item Type Keyword – Used to specify what the product is and is used in the Amazon Browse Classification to help buyers locate your product.
  • Condition Provided By – Who is providing the condition and grading of the product (e.g. PSA)?
  • Item Condition (Entertainment) / Condition Rating (Sports) – The grade of the product (e.g. Mint).
  • Collectible Type (Entertainment) – Used to determine if the collectible is original, reprinted or reproduced.
  • Country of Origin, Model Year, Mint Year, Variety, Sub-Variety, Unit Grouping, Material Type, Denomination Unit (for Coins)

 

 Recommended Fields:

  • League Name
  • Team Name
  • Sport
  • Year
  • Actor
  • Composer
  • Publisher
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Artist
  • Conductor
  • Date of Performance
  • Event Name
  • Venue Name
  • Search Terms – Please note that 5 comma-seperated terms are allowed with a combined max character limit of 50. The Amazon  Inventory File Template for Entertainment Collectibles may say the limit is 100 but this is not correct and you should limit the characters to 50.

 

Reference


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