While subcategories like skincare, at-home fitness, athleisure and even home decor have all witnessed a surge in demand during the height of the pandemic, one rarely mentioned category also to witness such an uptick has been high-end collectibles.
In the year 2020 alone, reselling platform eBay sold 7.69 million sneakers in North America and over 4 million watches. Additionally, eBay witnessed its trading card category increase 142 percent the same year.
And while high-valued items saw a healthy gain in popularity, the authentication services needed to validate such items have been lacking. That is an area eBay is looking to solve. Through a series of hosted events across the country, eBay will be offering to authenticate some of the most sought-after items falling under the following categories: sneakers, luxury watches and trading cards.
Over the next several weeks, eBay will host these events across select major cities and is inviting enthusiasts to have their items authenticated on-site, mirroring the authentication practice that the online marketplace offers across these categories.
“Younger generations have upended the idea of a traditional portfolio by marrying their passions with financial opportunity,” said Jordan Sweetnam, Senior Vice President, eBay North America.
“We’ve transformed the eBay experience to reflect that change in behavior, ensuring the authenticity of the most covetable, collectible and investment-worthy items in our marketplace.”
Additionally, in each city, attendees will gain access to view some of the unique collections of athletes and celebrities, starting in Atlanta with basketball star Trae Young’s luxury watch collection.
“Today’s most recognized personalities are frequently known for their unique collections as much as they are their professions – for a lot of celebrities, it’s become part of their brand,” said Charis Márquez, Vice President of Fashion, eBay. “We’re partnering with these high-profile collectors to unearth incredibly rare and one-of-a-kind collectible items, offering a peek into the most jaw-dropping collections across the country.”
eBay will host events on the following days, in the following cities:
- Nashville, TN: April 13, 14
- Seattle, WA: April 21, 22
- Las Vegas, NV: April 30, May 1
- Austin, TX: May 7, 8
At these events, attendees can also bring in their items for appraisal. To get items evaluated, guests can pull up to a drive-in authentication station and watch while third-party authenticators validate their items. Estimations will be provided and guests will be given the option to list their items on eBay.
The first event will take place on April 9 and April 10 in Atlanta, Georgia.