The eBay vault
Pricing & fees
The lowest fees in The Hobby. Let’s compare the fees you’ll pay with other marketplace vaults:
The eBay vault
Typical marketplace vault
Buyer’s premium fees
None until 2024, 3% thereafter
Up to 20%
Capped at $50 per card
1-3% of card’s value
None until 2024
The comparison above applies to vault-eligible trading cards.
Keeping items in the eBay vault
There are no fees to store your vault-eligible trading cards in the eBay vault.
Storing items you already own in the eBay vault
When an item is submitted to the eBay vault, there is a cost associated with the expert inspection, insurance, and proper handling and storage of the item. We also take high-quality photos of the front and back on the card, and document all the details—for you to enjoy and also to make listing-to-sell seamless. For any eligible cards purchased on eBay, those costs are covered by us.
We are now accepting the submission of cards from your personal collection into the eBay vault. From now through the end of 2023, you can send cards in your collection directly to our vault for free.
For more details about pricing & fees related to eBay vault, read the full Terms & conditions. eBay reserves the right to move to another fee structure in the future with 30 days notice to all impacted users.
Withdrawing items from the eBay vault
Withdrawal and shipping fees
When an item is removed from the eBay vault by its current owner, we charge a withdrawal fee and an insured shipping fee.
Through the end of 2023, we are waiving the insured shipping fee.
The withdrawal fee is based on the last purchase price of the item but is capped at $50 for all cards. You can see the withdrawal fee breakdown in the table below.
Only items valued at $250+ are eligible for the eBay vault.
$250 - $300
$300.01 - $350
$350.01 - $400
$400.01 - $500
$500.01 - $600
$600.01 - $700
$700.01 - $800
$800.01 - $900
$900.01 - $1000+
*For items valued at $200K or more, eBay customer service will contact you to discuss shipping options.
Buying items in the eBay vault
Vault buyer's premium
When an item in the eBay vault is sold, we charge the buyer a vault buyer's premium. This fee is calculated as 3% of the last purchase price of the item. The eBay vault buyer's premium will be waived through 2023.
The vault buyer's premium covers the administrative costs of securely reassigning ownership of the item within the eBay vault.
Remember that everything in the eBay vault is backed by our Authenticity Guarantee, so in the unlikely event that something is amiss, we've got your back.
Buying items in the eBay vault and shipping them to your address
Vault buyer's premium and withdrawal fees
When an item in the eBay vault is sold and the buyer ships it directly to their address, we charge the buyer both the vault buyer's premium and the withdrawal fee, as well as an insured shipping fee. However, because the vault buyer's premium and the insured shipping fee are waived through 2023, the buyer will currently only pay a withdrawal fee.
When an item in the eBay vault is sold and the buyer keeps it there, we'll only charge the vault buyer's premium at the time of the transaction.
As a security precaution, all customers are limited to three shipping addresses per month and five shipping addresses per year for eBay vault withdrawals.
Selling fees & shipping costs
eBay waives all selling fees for items stored in the eBay vault, which means once your item is in, you won't have any selling fees–including final value fees.
There are no shipping costs when you buy an item in the eBay vault and keep it there.
When an item is withdrawn from the eBay vault, insured shipping costs are calculated based on the shipping address. Insured shipping costs for withdrawals are waived through 2023.
For items withdrawn from the eBay vault with an eBay market value of over $200,000 for the single item, eBay customer service will contact you within 48 business hours to discuss shipping options.
Other payment information
Vault buyer's premium and withdrawal fees are due upon checkout and can be paid using any payment method accepted on eBay.
Taxes and the eBay vault
When you ship a card to the eBay vault or store a card in the eBay vault, you will not be charged sales taxes.
Owners or buyers may have a use tax responsibility upon withdrawal of a card from the eBay vault. Please consult with your tax advisor to understand your individual responsibility.
When you sell or purchase a card that is shipped from the eBay vault to your delivery address, eBay will collect sales taxes as required.
What is the eBay vault?
The eBay vault is a secure, climate-controlled, physical storage facility for graded trading cards available to eBay customers. In addition to best-in-class storage, the eBay vault offers opportunities for seamless buying and hassle-free selling with the confidence that comes with Authenticity Guarantee.
Why is eBay offering a vault service?
eBay is the world’s biggest marketplace for trading cards, and we’re always exploring new features we can build for our community of collectors and investors. Collectors on eBay are looking for a way to safely and easily store their items that integrates easily with buying and selling. Adding a best-in-class storage solution to eBay’s robust trading card platform just made sense.
What types of items are eligible to store in the eBay vault?
For now, the eBay vault will accept single, graded trading cards and graded, autograph, relic, and patch cards $250+ that are directly purchased on eBay. Only cards graded by the following graders will be accepted: Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA); Sportscard Guaranty Corporation (SGC); Certified Collectibles Group's affiliates, CGC Trading Cards, Certified Sports Guaranty (CSG); and Beckett Grading Services (BGS).
How do I enroll in the eBay vault?
Enroll in the eBay vault with your eBay account. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to sign up for two-step verification. We want to make sure that the eBay vault and everything in it is secure, which starts with securing your account. Set up two-step verification in the Sign in and security section of your Account settings.
Only eBay account holders who are registered in the United States are eligible. Certain users will also be required to provide a name, address, date of birth, and last four digits of their social security number.
Once you enroll in the eBay vault with your account, you’ll be able to use the eBay vault.
How can I trust what I’m buying when I send an item to the eBay vault and can’t see it in-person for myself?
Items in the eBay vault are inspected by industry experts and backed by Authenticity Guarantee . In addition to verified information, you’ll get high-quality photos of your card from the inspection facility in your Collection.
Will cards need to go through the eBay Authenticity Guarantee program before they’re admitted into the eBay vault?
Yes, all cards in the eBay vault will be inspected by industry experts as a part of Authenticity Guarantee before they are stored in the eBay vault.
What is the total time it takes from submission to see my card in the vault?
Upon receipt at our authentication center it takes on average 3-6 business days for your card to be visible in your Collection tool.
Are items in the eBay vault insured?
All items in the eBay vault are insured against loss, damage, and theft at no additional expense to the owner of the item(s).
For further information on how insurance is calculated, visit our eBay vault terms and conditions.
Can I send cards to the eBay vault from other vaults or marketplaces?
Yes, once you are enrolled in the eBay vault, you will simply need to go through the same submission process. Once the submission is confirmed and you are provided the packing slip, select Print packing slip to find the C/O details of your eBay account and VS eVTN information that will need to be included on your shipping request from the non-eBay vault. The VS eVTN must be included or the submission processing will be delayed.
The items listed on the packing slip must be shipped together as a single shipment from the non-eBay vault. Please ensure that the requested items from the non-eBay vault match the items from the eBay vault submission list found on the submission details and on the packing slip.
Once the tracking number is provided by the non-eBay vault, upload this tracking number through the “Add tracking number” button on the submissions details page.
As a reminder, please do not include “eBay” nor “eBay vault” as the business name nor recipient of a package as it can draw additional attention to the package from couriers and handlers prior to reception at our facilities.
Can I send other items to the eBay vault?
No, not at this time.
Are NFTs eligible for the eBay vault?
No, NFTs are not eligible for the eBay vault.
Can I send my at-home collection to the eBay vault?
Yes, as of July 10, 2023, there are three ways you can send trading cards to the eBay vault
Ship from checkout - Send eligible cards to the vault at purchase on eBay.com
Ship from home - Send eligible cards from your personal collection
Drop off - Drop your cards off at our booth at select card shows.
How does sales tax work when I buy and sell in the eBay vault?
When you ship a card to the eBay vault or store a card in the eBay vault, you will not be charged sales taxes. Owners or purchasers may have a use tax responsibility upon withdrawal of a card from the eBay vault. Please consult with your tax advisor to understand your individual responsibility. When you sell or purchase a card that is shipped from the eBay vault, eBay will collect sales taxes as required.
Why do I need to set up two-step verification for my eBay account to use the eBay vault?
We take pride in keeping the eBay vault extremely secure. Two-step verification is a requirement for all members of the eBay vault and helps prevent anyone else from accessing the eBay vault with your credentials, even if they discover your password, by requiring authentication from a secondary device when you log in.
Can multiple people share a single eBay vault account?
No. In order to keep the eBay vault secure, each user needs to enroll their own eBay account in the eBay vault. Your access to the eBay vault will be associated with your phone number and email address, and you’ll use these unique identifiers to safely log in.
Can I store my card in the eBay vault if I am located outside the United States?
No, the eBay vault is currently only available in the United States.
Can I visit the eBay vault to check on my items?
No, for security reasons, the eBay vault is a private secured facility. You can view high-quality photos of your cards, plus stats about their value in your Collection.
How do I know if a card I want to buy is already in the eBay vault?
Cards that are already in the eBay vault will have an eBay vault badge next to the listing photo. Browse eBay like you normally would and look for items with the eBay vault badge. If an item is not in the eBay vault, but is eligible to be, you can send it to the eBay vault yourself upon purchase.
How does eBay package and ship cards that are sold or withdrawn from the eBay vault?
Our dedicated team meticulously packages the cards in custom protective packaging and provides tracking information.
How is the eBay vault secured?
The eBay vault facility is protected by 24-hour security. Cards are stored in a climate-controlled environment, and using our state of the art VMT (Vault Management Tool) we will limit operator touches to receive, put away and if necessary, pick-pack and ship.
Where is the eBay vault located?
The eBay vault is in Delaware.
If the eBay vault is in Delaware, why am I shipping a card I have sold to another location?
All cards destined for the eBay vault are required to go through our Authenticity Guarantee service at no cost to the buyer or seller. If your buyer chooses to send their purchase to the eBay vault, you will first ship the card to the partner’s facility to be inspected by professional, independent experts.
How will I know when a card I purchased or sold has arrived at the eBay vault?
Buyers and sellers can track shipping as they normally do for other purchases on eBay. You will get a notification when the item has shipped from the seller, and a second notification when it has arrived at the eBay vault. In between, you will see when it has arrived at our Authenticity Guarantee partner’s facility and passed inspection.
How do I take my items out of the eBay vault?
Go to My eBay > Collection to see the cards you have in the eBay vault. You can withdraw a card from the eBay vault for a fee, subject to restrictions. The shipping address must be located in the United States and cannot be a P.O. Box. U.S. territory locations (incl. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and armed forced postal locations are currently not covered.
What happens if I buy a card that is already in the eBay vault and keep it there?
When ownership changes for a card within the eBay vault, we will transfer ownership immediately without physically moving the card. Starting January 1, 2024, there will be a 3% vault buyer’s premium fee calculated against the last purchase price of the item. The vault buyer's premium covers the administrative costs of securely reassigning ownership of the item within the eBay vault. Until then, we are waiving the fee, so there’s no additional cost to you when you buy a card that is already in the eBay vault and keep it there.
Can others see what I have in the eBay vault?
No. Other users on eBay will only see the items that you have in the eBay vault if you list them for sale. If you keep them in the eBay vault and they are not for sale, only you will be able to see them in your Collection.
Can I withdraw multiple cards at a time?
Withdrawal of multiple cards will be available August 2023. Check back for updates.
Why are there multiple ID verification requirements?
eBay takes the responsibility of protecting your assets very seriously. In the unlikely event anything happens to your items in the eBay vault, we need to verify your identity for insurance purposes. We are also required to verify user identity to comply with legal requirements that apply to items in eBay’s possession.
Do I get an NFT when I send something to the eBay vault?
No separate NFT asset will be produced on a blockchain. NFTs are not eligible for the eBay vault.
How long can I store my card in the eBay vault?
There is no time limit for storing items in the eBay vault. The eBay vault is designed for long-term, secure storage.
Will I be charged to use the eBay vault?
Please read more about the eBay vault pricing & fees here.