As it gets closer
to Thanksgiving, we are gearing up for our big
BLACK FRIDAY PANINI PACK EVENT
on Friday and Saturday, November 25th and 26th.
We always enjoy this promotion and seeing the
Black Friday packs opened. We've had lots of
great hits in past years, so it is exciting
to see what this year's hits will be. Starting
Saturday the 19th, we will have our lists available
of Panini product SPECIALS that earn you packs;
so if you can't make it Black Friday weekend,
you can still earn packs and have them set
aside for you.
We WILL be having PACK WARS on Saturday the 26th
at 1:00 ... so mark your calendars! And please
I've been working hard updating the website.
You'll see a new, updated photo array on the
home page (although you may need to clear your
cache to see it ... I did!). We uploaded almost
200 card pics to our CARD GALLERY. All of these
cards were pulled here in the past year and
a half, and it's fun to look through them and
remember what our customers hit. I definitely
encourage you to take a look. I'm replacing
the entire FAQ's link with new Questions and
Answers and just generally freshening things
up. So, in a week or so, you'll see all of
those changes reflected.
TOMORROW is the GRAND PRIZE DRAWING for our PANINI
PLAYER OF THE DAY CONTEST!! We will be giving
away over $200 worth of FOOTBALL CARDS and
NOVELTIES to one lucky customer, and it could
We hope to see you soon!
Hi everyone. Our two FOOTBALL CONTESTS are
in full swing ... both our store's own YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS
FOOTBALL CONTEST and the 2016 PANINI PLAYER OF
THE DAY FOOTBALL CONTEST. Let's discuss and give
The YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS FOOTBALL CONTEST is
already in its 8th week. Let's re-cap our WINNERS
so far. ERIC STINE (twice!), ADAM LEBOFSKY (twice!),
DYLAN SANDLER, EVAN STINE, and CINDY SANDLER
are our first 7 weekly winners. Runners-Up thus
far have been Joe Aurelia Jr., Noah Pomerantz,
Jackson Glenn, John Tocydlowski, Jake Bulicki,
Brian Kirn, Brendan Kirn, Anthony Gade, Jack
Augustine, "Ricoh" Jim, Brett Jarefsky,
and Mark Jarefsky. The WINNERS will compete for
a $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE GRAND PRIZE at season's
end, and the RUNNERS-UP will compete for a $40
GIFT CERTIFICATE RUNNER-UP PRIZE. This contest
is completely FREE, and entry forms are available
In the 2016 PANINI PLAYER OF THE DAY FOOTBALL
CONTEST, where customers are encouraged to open
Panini football packs to find the designated
Player of the Day (or either of two Wild Cards)
... we are in Week 3. The first two weekly winners
were CRAIG CHERRY and MATT GOTTENBERG. Craig
and Matt will compete (via raffle), alongside
3 other as yet to be determined players, for
the GRAND PRIZE of $200 in FOOTBALL CARDS and
NOVELTIES on Saturday, November 12th. The POD
GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive 15 PLAYER OF
THE DAY PACKS with TWO GUARANTEED JERSEY CARDS,
a 2014 LEAF ROOKIES & STARS FOOTBALL BOX
(guaranteed 4 hits!), a 2016 DONRUSS FOOTBALL
BLASTER BOX (with another hit!), a 2015 DONRUSS
BLASTER BOX (with yet another hit!), a PANINI
CLOCK, WENDELL SMALLWOOD AUTO, FATHEADS, POSTERS,
EAGLES CALENDAR, and MORE! The POD Contest lasts
30 days (or 5 weeks). We have daily prizes, weekly
prizes (awarded on Saturdays), and then the GRAND
PRIZE, on display in our store. Come on in and
try your luck!
Our next order of business is for charity!
Like last year, we are helping our friends the
Lebofskys (Shana, Adam, and Max ... you know
them!) collect toys for Toys for Tots. Last year,
we had a great turn-out from our customers; and
it was really a sweet thing to see. So PLEASE
help us put a smile on a deserving child's face
this Christmas. No toy is too small, as long
as it is new and unwrapped! You'll be hearing
more about our toy drive (on Facebook) in the
next few weeks, but let's get this drive kicked
off right! Steve and I are going to give away
a $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE to one of our customers
who donates a toy (of at least $5 in value for
the raffle, please). For every toy you donate,
you will receive a raffle ticket; so there is
an added incentive to reward your generosity!
If you buy a Funko figure from us to give (they're
$11.95, and we have over a hundred choices!),
you will receive TWO raffle tickets!
If you would like to shop on Amazon and have
the toys shipped here, please feel free to do
so and let us know in advance who the generous
donor is so we can properly thank you.
Our address is ...
299 W. County Line Rd.
Hatboro, PA 19040
Thanks everyone! I hope to beat last year's
stash, but would feel awfully gratified if we
even matched it. You know who you are who should
feel great about helping us give a lot of kids
a great Christmas.
As a parting note ... I'm finding out that
more and more of our E-Newsletters are going
into peoples' Spam filters. If you signed up
for our E-Newsletter but didn't get our last
one (sent October 5th), PLEASE look for it and
change your settings to accept us! It was sent
CONTESTS & EVENTS, CONTESTS & EVENTS,
CONTESTS & EVENTS ...
I had to say it three times because there are
so many of them!!! This time of year is when
we kick it into high gear with our CONTESTS & EVENTS.
Our YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS FOOTBALL CONTEST (all
contests & events will be explained in the
following paragraphs) starts the first week of
football and lasts all season long. The PANINI
PLAYER of the DAY (POD) FOOTBALL CONTEST begins
in October and lasts 5 weeks, and the PANINI
BLACK FRIDAY PACK PROMO takes place over Black
Friday weekend. And during the 5 week long POD
Contest, Steve and I will begin a WORLD SERIES
BASEBALL GRID PROMO as well! We just enjoyed
a NATIONAL BASEBALL TRADING CARD DAY event (where
lucky young COLIN CHAPMAN pulled a KRIS BRYANT
AUTOGRAPH CARD numbered to 55 [FANTASTIC HIT!!!!],
and we're headed into this weekend's hockey event
where we're giving away FREE UPPER DECK WORLD
CUP OF HOCKEY PACKS with random autos and printing
plates. We're also firing up our MYSTERY WHEEL
... a new staple of our events! TJ McGUIGAN won
a $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE on almost the first spin
during the wheel's debut during our baseball
event, and MANY customers won packs (some with
guaranteed hits) all day long. I will break down
some of these Contests & Events in my next
BLOG, but for now, let's go over this weekend's
festivities, including PACK WARS.
If you're reading this because you're interested
in THIS WEEKEND'S HOCKEY EVENT, here are some
- Free (with purchase) UPPER DECK WORLD CUP
OF HOCKEY PACKS
- Multi-Sport PACK WARS at 1:00 ... PLEASE
RSVP if you're attending
- Our MYSTERY WHEEL, back with hockey prizes
- " STEVE'S SPECIALS" ... discounts
on many HOCKEY BOXES
- FREE Raffle for a $25 Gift Certificate (entries
can only be earned by spinning the wheel)
- Our YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS Football Contest,
with a $15 Gift Certificate weekly prize (and
$100 GIFT CERTIFICATE GRAND PRIZE!).
Feel free to check out our latest E-Newsletter
(use link at left) for complete event details.
And if you want to get our E-newsletter, please
just use the link at top to give us your address.
For prospective PACK WARS players, here's what
Pack Wars is and how you play ...
It costs $50 to play, and for that $50, you
are given a stack of packs (generally new and
of various sports) with an average of at least
two hits (jerseys, relics, autos). Sometimes
we're able to offer almost 3 hits depending on
what products are used, but we guarantee an average
of at least 2. [Note that I'm using the word "average".
It IS possible that one person could get no hits
and another person 6 ... it has happened. The
best we can do is deal with averages].
Each person opens the same pack at the same
time, and we ask a question ... like, "Who
has the tallest player?". People yell out
their answers based on the cards they have, and
the winner receives a raffle ticket. At the end
of all of the rounds, we give out prizes by choosing
these raffle tickets. We ALSO give out some prizes
to players who don't win rounds. We have a separate
colored raffle ticket that everyone gets, and
we give out a "Participation Prize" at
the end (and sometimes several prizes at the
beginning if we have a lot of players). This
way, you never have to win a round to still be
Every pack you open and prize you win is yours
to keep. You can't lose anything in this type
of Pack Wars. That wouldn't be any fun!
What I love most is seeing all of the hits.
With an average of at least 2 per person ...
that's a lot of cool cards to go around, and
we've seen some nice (and valuable) ones! We
had a Ted Williams bat card at our last Pack
Wars! Also, we give away extra packs to round
winners along with raffle tickets, so if we know
that 4 hits should have been pulled by the group
based on a given box having 4 hits in it; but
we've only seen 3 of those hits and we have 2
extra packs left over to give away,,,suddenly
those 2 packs have become much more valuable
because they should have that 4th hit! Ironically,
that's how that Ted Williams bat card was "found"!
Pack Wars is fun for all ages. We can help out
younger players or anyone needing a little more
time finding their answers. If the $50 is too
steep for one person, two players can form a
and share their cards and prizes. Hopefully,
this answers your questions. Feel free to call
and talk to me (Heidi) with anything else you
want to know.
Now that we Pack Wars out of the way, let's
discuss our store's own, FREE, YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS
FOOTBALL CONTEST. Every Wednesday, we make free
entry forms available with that Sunday's team
match-ups. You circle each team you think will
win, including that for our Monday Night tie
breaker game. On Monday, whoever has the most
number of correct guesses is named the winner
and receives a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE. IF, on Monday,
more than one person have the highest number
of correct picks ... then we use the Monday Night
tie breaker game (for which we ask for points
too). Each weekly winner then goes on to compete
for the $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE GRAND PRIZE at
the end of the season. All of the Runners-up
(those people tied going into the Monday Night
game) compete in a separate pool at the end of
the season for a $40 GIFT CERTIFICATE. Entry
forms need to be filled out by Saturday at 5.
We never use any game that is played prior to
that time (Thursday Night games, for example),
so you're never at a disadvantage coming in later
in the week. Again, this contest is absolutely
FREE and available each week.
I'm going to end this BLOG here to make sure
it gets posted prior to tomorrow's event. I'll
be back with more info soon!
Hi everyone! I just wrote a Newsletter about
this upcoming weekend's PANINI FATHER'S DAY PACK
EVENT (which I will get to in a second); but
since it's been so long since I've BLOG'ed, let
me start by thanking everyone for "putting
up" with a slightly stale website and BLOG
and just know that one of my summer projects
is to update it and add in updated HOT PULLS
(we've certainly had MANY since August 2014!)
and loads of pics in our CARD GALLERY. Our store
has continued to have some of the nicest hits
from products of every sport. We even had THREE
hits worth over $500 each from the brand new
Star Wars Evolution ... including an auto /5
from none other than JOHN BOYEGA (Finn in Force
Awakens). So, give me some time and I'll get
everything updated. Know that you can find daily
and weekly updates of our Hot Pulls in Facebook,
and you don't need to have a Facebook account
to look around on our page. Just use the link
MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS to some of our recent
contest winners. Just yesterday, with the finish
of the Stanley Cup Finals, our JACK EICHEL AUTOGRAPHED
GLOVE WINNER was crowned. Drum roll please ...
congratulations to ROB CIMINO, who had the winning
block in our grid promo (corresponding to goals
scored by the Penguins and Sharks during the
Finals). Just a week before that, we awarded
our Inaugural PANINI PLAYER OF THE DAY BASKETBALL
CONTEST GRAND PRIZE (a 16 x 20 MAGIC JOHNSON
AUTOGRAPHED FRAMED PHOTO) to CHRIS GIOVANNIELLO.
Chris has been especially lucky here, because
he also won another contest for a MAGIC JOHNSON
AUTOGRAPHED JERSEY!! So, he is building quite
the collection of prizes.
Now onto this weekend's promo. The following
few paragraphs are straight out of the Newsletter.
No reason to re-write it. If you don't get our
Newsletter, simply use the link at top to provide
me with your e-mail address. Thank you!
"We are gearing
up for one of our biggest promos of the year
... this weekend's PANINI FATHER'S DAY PACK
EVENT (which we are celebrating both FRIDAY
and SATURDAY). Each year at Father's Day and
on Black Friday; Panini releases special, limited
edition 2-card packs that have proven VERY
POPULAR with our customers because of their
unique NUMBERED, AUTOGRAPHED, and RELIC INSERTS.
We buy these packs from Panini (we buy certain
products that are paired with the packs) and
then offer them to YOU with select Panini purchases
on Friday and Saturday. When you come in, you
will find sheets of Panini products and specials
(ALL SPORTS REPRESENTED!) available only on
these two days. Your purchase will earn you
a certain number of packs. We do our best to
make sure we have some blasters and "Guaranteed
hit packs" represented on our products
and specials sheets, so this promo can be enjoyed
by all of our customers and not just "big
We have SO MUCH fun seeing these packs opened,
and we have had some AWESOME hits in the past
(check Facebook or our website's Card Gallery
for past hits), including a JOE NAMATH AUTO,
EMMANUEL MUDIAY AUTO /5, KOBE BRYANT 1/1 "HYPER
PLAID" CARD, and HAND DRAWN SKETCH CARD
from JABARI PARKER (sold for over $300!). Each
promo seems to bring something new with it.
One year, there were Prizm Soccer inserts #'ed
to 7 (the Ronaldo sold for hundreds of dollars!).
CRACKED ICE (always limited, sometimes #'ed
to 25) and HYPER PLAID (1/1) parallels were
introduced. Some of the first cards of Jose
Abreu, Masahiro Tanaka, Jameis Winston, and
Marcus Mariota were in Panini Father's Day/
Black Friday packs. And THIS weekend, we will
(hopefully!) see the NEW BUTTON CARDS (1/1
button relics from the players' jersey).
CHECK OUT THESE LINKS from Panini to preview
some of this year's cards ... https://blog.paniniamerica.net/2016/06/13/panini-america-explores-memorabilia-card-lineup-in-2016-fathers-day-set-gallery/ and https://blog.paniniamerica.net/2016/06/09/cracked-ice-hyperplaid-numbered-rookies-fuel-2016-panini-america-fathers-day-set/#more-141806.
Last year, I think
the odds of getting a hit was roughly 3 out
of 10 ... so these packs are pretty loaded!
Make sure you come in and join in on the fun
this FRIDAY and SATURDAY. What better way to
enjoy FATHER'S DAY than by opening packs with
your child, or dad! We hope to see you!"
Okay, THANK YOU for reading this BLOG. I will
try to do a better job of keeping it up to date.
I expect to have PACK WARS again in a few weeks,
so STAY TUNED for that.
FACEBOOK READERS ... we are always surprised
when people who LIKE US on there don't see our
posts (especially since we post every few days
and are ALWAYS showing NEW PRODUCTS, HOT PULLS,
CONTEST INFO, etc.). If you Like us on Facebook
but don't see our posts regularly, please do
me a favor! Go to our page. You can do so by
putting our name SPORTSCARD PLAYGROUND in the
search bar, but once search results come up,
you must then click on "Official Page" or
our blue sign icon to actually reach us. Otherwise,
you will be looking at some random posts and
info, but not our page. Okay, now once you're
on our page (you will see the big banner with
our AWESOME Babe Ruth/Ty Cobb Cut Signature Booklet
Hit ... so you know you're at the right place!),
first, make sure you LIKE Us at top. There needs
to be a Check Mark next to the Liked box. But
here's the important part ... next to "Liked" (or
sometimes "Followed", depending on
your device), there is a pull down menu that
allows you to check off "See First" in
your Newsfeed. PLEASE check this box!!!! THIS
is how you will see our posts. If you prefer
to also be notified when we post (for you die-hard
trading card fans!), you can turn your Notifications
On as well. You might need to repeat this process
on your computer AND phone, but once you do it
once ... you should be good to go for that device.
We would REALLY APPRECIATE it if even our longest
term customers would take a minute to check this
box for us. It used to be much easier to reach
our Facebook customers, but in order to sell
advertising, Facebook is making it much harder
for our posts to automatically reach anyone.
We spend a LOT of time communicating and updating
everyone on there; but if no one sees it, then
ultimately it is not effective. YOU have the
power to change all of that!!!
WINNERS. WINNERS. WINNERS. They're EVERYWHERE!
One of our biggest promotions of the year, our
SUPERBOWL GRID PROMO, has just come to a close
with LOTS of winners! We had FOUR SUPERBOWL GRIDS,
including one for our NATIONAL HOCKEY CARD DAY
PROMO, with prizes supplied by Upper Deck (because
of a contest we won!). We gave away nearly $2000
in prizes, and I'm SO happy to re-cap all of
our prize getters!
- I am putting the winners in roughly prize
- DON RIMMER...MARCUS MARIOTA and JAMEIS WINSTON
AUTO JERSEYS (Yes, Don was lucky enough to
- BOB MITCHELL...CONNOR McDAVID AUTO PUCK,
SHAYNE GOSTISBEHERE Auto /40, VORACEK double
patch card /15, DAVE SCHULTZ Auto Puck, $15
- MIKE KOPFINGER...CAM NEWTON AUTO MINI HELMET
- KAILEE...$105 Gift Certificate
- GREG D'ANTONIO...$105 Gift Certificate
- CHRIS QUINN...$65 Gift Certificate
- PETER McMAHON (aka CHEWIE)...$60 Gift Certificate
- JAMES GALLO...$55 Gift Certificate
- RYAN BROSS...$55 Gift Certificate
- ROB D'ADDARIO...$50 Gift Certificate
- KELLY TARLINI...Travis Sanheim Auto Puck
- MIKE DOBLMAIER...$10 Gift Certificate
- GRANT RASKIN, ANTHONY GADE, MIKE DOLAN,
STEVE BABB, ANDY TOCYDLOWSKI, STEVE K, BOBBY
GOODWIN, A. DiNENNO, and JIM BENNETT JR...$5
And this was on the heels of our epic two-fold
MULTI-SPORT and HOCKEY PACK WARS event on Saturday,
where we crowned lots of winners as well!
- JOEY TARLINI...Connor McDavid/Wayne Gretzky
Shortprint worth $80, DAVE SCHULTZ Auto Puck
- TJ ANTHONY...$75 in Gift Certificates
- JOE OFFENBACK...DAVE SCHULTZ Auto Puck
- ADAM RESNICK...Connor McDavid Collection
- CHASE HANSON, NOAH POMERANTZ, FRANK PERLMUTTER,
MIKE KOPFINGER...$20 Blaster Boxes
- JESS YARNALL, JENNY HODOBA, and JORDAN PERLMUTTER...Flyers
cards and/or team sets
I think a good time was had by all, and we
REALLY thank Upper Deck for supplying us with
some GREAT cards and pucks to give away. We also
thank everyone who came and participated in either
our Grid Promo or Pack Wars. THANKS everyone,
and CONGRATS to our winners!!
Quick side note...since the winners of our
YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS FOOTBALL CONTEST were never
printed in my BLOG, let me mention them here.
MICHELE GODIN won the GRAND PRIZE of a $100 Gift
Certificate, and JIM SIMONE won the $40 RUNNER-UP
prize. Congrats Michele & Jim!
Oh, boy! SO MUCH going on, and SO MANY updates!
One of the reasons I LOVE football season (well,
it DOES also overlap with Christmas and Hanukkah!)
is that we have THREE FOOTBALL CONTESTS!! It
used to be TWO ... our own YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS
FOOTBALL CONTEST, and THE PANINI PLAYER OF THE
DAY. But now, we're repeating a popular promo
from last year, so heck, let's just make it an
annual thing ... our SUPER BOWL GRID PROMO where
we award $500 in PRIZES and GIFT CERTIFICATES
PER GRID!! Last year, we completed THREE GRIDS
and awarded $1500 in GIFT CERTIFICATES. I think
one person won $440!!! More on each of these
in the paragraphs that follow, as well as NATIONAL
HOCKEY TRADING CARD DAY on February 6th (which
is also our NEXT BIG EVENT and PACK WARS!!).
Let's continue with details about our NEWEST
CONTEST ... the SUPER BOWL GRID PROMO! Here's
a little "cut and paste" from my last
BLOG to get the conversation started ...
HOW DO YOU EARN A BLOCK IN THE GRID?? It's
easy. Starting THIS Saturday, we will mark products,
indicating that buying them earns you a block
in the grid. Unlike our Father's Day and Black
Friday pack promotions, this isn't a Panini-only
promo; so all sorts of manufacturer offerings
will be made. We also offer MANY inexpensive
options (including MANY $20 BLASTERS) to make
this promo available to everyone! One of the
items we sold the most of during last year's
promo was the 2014 Sage Autographed Football
pack (with 2 autos per pack at $20, and with
Odell Beckham autograph possibilities!). Each
$20 pack purchase earned the buyer a block in
the 10 x 10, 100 block grid.
Our response to last year's product choices
was so good (in large part because you don't
have to spend a lot of money to get a block!)
that we created a second grid (and later, a third)!
It's great fun to buy something you might normally
buy anyway and then win a HUGE PRIZE because
of it! Well, we're going out on a limb this year
and just starting off immediately with TWO GRIDS.
You can choose which grid you want your block
on (and if you earn multiple blocks, you can
split them!). The GRAND PRIZE for GRID #1 is
an AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPHED MARCUS MARIOTTA JERSEY
(available in-store for your viewing pleasure),
and the GRAND PRIZE for GRID #2 is a GENUINE
AUTOGRAPHED JAMEIS WINSTON AUTOGRAPHED JERSEY
(both jerseys are pictured on Facebook). EACH
of the HALF TIME WINNERS will receive a $100
GIFT CERTIFICATE; and EACH OF THE QUARTERLY WINNERS
(so, that's FOUR PEOPLE for the 2 grids) will
receive a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE. And we will continue
what we started last year ... awarding a $5 Gift
Certificate every time the score changes. So,
if the first score is 6-0, whoever has that block
gets $5. If the next time it changes, it's 7-0,
THAT block holder gets $5. If 7-0 is also the
score at the first quarter, then that same person
wins the first quarter prize of $50 ... for a
total of $55! (We'll explain everything in person
... you just earn your blocks!).
And NO WORRIES if you're more of a BASEBALL,
HOCKEY, or BASKETBALL CARD BUYER! We'll have
ways for you to earn blocks buying what you like
We're starting off our SUPER BOWL GRID PROMOS
with a bang THIS SATURDAY! We will have a complete
list of all of the items that earn you a block
in either of our two grids. We will then have
a RAFFLE at 5:00 for those people who received
blocks on our kick-off day. The winner can choose
ANY of the following three AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOS
(pictured on Facebook) ... JARVIS LANDRY, TYLER
LOCKETT, or TIM HARDAWAY. IF we happen to award
as many as 50 blocks on our first day (highly
unlikely, but it could happen!), then we will
raffle off ALL THREE PHOTOS! (EVERY block holder
gets an entry, so if you earn 5 blocks, you get
5 entries!). So, if you're coming to fill out
your Play-off form for our You-Pick-the-Winners
Football Contest on Saturday (AMAZING SEGUE,
Heidi!!), you can enter BOTH CONTESTS!!
Let's discuss THAT contest now! We're in the
part of our YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS FOOTBALL CONTEST
where the 17 WEEKLY WINNERS compete against each
other in a best of 10 competition (10 Play-off
games, with the Super Bowl only being used as
a tie breaker), with the GRAND PRIZE WINNER getting
a $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE. All of the RUNNERS-UP
are competing for a $40 GIFT CERTIFICATE. After
the first week of play-off games, we have FIVE
people in the WINNERS POOL and EIGHT people in
the RUNNERS-UP POOL with a perfect score. They
are ... MATT ROSENFELD, ADAM LEBOFSKY, JOHN McKENNA,
MICHELE GODIN, and GLENN KNOPF (in the Winners
pool) AND LOGAN MADISON, GLENN KNOPF, JACK AUGUSTINE,
CHRIS HORAN, JIM SIMONE, JAMES SIMONE JR., JOHN
McKENNA, and RICK MACNEAL (for the Runners-Up).
Also still VERY MUCH in this contest are those
players with THREE (out of the possible four)
correct picks. For the Winners Pool, JACK AUGUSTINE
is in very good shape because he has THREE entries
with THREE right ... so some strategy can start
coming into play for his entries (since he is
not only playing against the five folks with
a perfect score, but also against himself). The
four other contestants with 3 right are JAY FIANDRA,
EMILY LEBOFSKY, LIZ SHREVE, and DAVE GODIN. In
the RUNNERS-UP POOL, it's a mighty tight race;
as ELEVEN people have 3 RIGHT. They are RUSTY
SHREVE (with two entries), CRAIG CHERRY, JAY
FIANDRA, RICK MACNEAL, BRIAN KIRN, BRANDON GREGG,
PAUL GREGG, JIM SIMONE, ADAM LEBOFSKY, and MIKE
DOLAN. So, it's really wide open for first place.
Our 2015 PANINI PLAYER OF THE DAY FOOTBALL
CONTEST ended with MIKE DOLAN as the GRAND PRIZE
WINNER of $250 worth of FOOTBALL CARDS and NOVELTIES.
Congrats, Mike! Mike was also entered into the
National POD competition, which could win him
an in-store visit with a local player and a shopping
spree HERE! We would enjoy that as well!!
My last BIG ANNOUNCEMENT for this BLOG (and
yes, I do know this has been a LONG one ... my
apologies!) is our NEXT EVENT! SATURDAY, FEBRUARY
6th is NATIONAL HOCKEY TRADING CARD DAY (FREE
special NHTCD packs available, with an exclusive
JACK EICHEL CARD available with any $10 Upper
Deck hockey card purchase). We expect to have
some SURPRISES, a RAFFLE, and GAMES in store
for you (with prizes courtesy of Upper Deck!)
to celebrate our love of hockey card collecting.
Our store has a HUGE base of customers who collect
hockey cards, so a day honoring them with chances
to win cool stuff seems justly deserved! I will
BLOG later on with specifics!
Saturday the 6th is also the day before the
SUPER BOWL (and the last chance to nab your blocks
to win the MARIOTTA and WINSTON AUTOGRAPHED JERSEYS!)
... so that weekend seemed like the PERFECT time
for an event. We will have PACK WARS at 1:00,
so SAVE THE DATE!
That's "it". Check FACEBOOK (you
can use the link at left if you're not on Facebook)
for updates ... as well as pics of HOT PULLS
and descriptions of NEW PRODUCTS! Come check
out our NEW HELLO KITTY and UNICORNOS MYSTERY
BLIND BOXES! We're not "just" sports
cards, you know! We hope to see you HERE for
the SUPER BOWL GRID PROMO KICK-OFF EVENT on Saturday!!
Hello there everyone!!
It's BLACK FRIDAY WEEK, and things are hopping
here! We have one of our two biggest promotions
of the year THIS weekend (Friday and Saturday)
with the return of PANINI BLACK FRIDAY PACKS!
(I will talk a bit about these packs at the end
of this BLOG, for those of you who don't know
much about them).
We have PACK WARS on Saturday at 1:00. PLEASE
RSVP if you haven't already! If you need to know
more about Pack Wars, check my last BLOG entry!
Our PLAYER OF THE DAY FOOTBALL CONTEST ends
on Saturday, and someone will be walking away
with an AWESOME PRIZE PACKAGE of BOXES, PACKS,
and FOOTBALL NOVELTIES worth $250!! We've had
FOUR WEEKLY WINNERS so far ... MIKE DOLAN, JORDAN
P, RAY STROHECKER, and CHRIS QUINN. On Saturday
at 5:00, we will be crowning our last weekly
winner and immediately be choosing our GRAND
PRIZE WINNER from those five people (via raffle).
I'm excited to see who goes home with the loot.
(You do NOT need to be present to win). So, make
sure you play this week to be a part of Saturday's
We are in the home stretch (WEEK 12) of our
other annual football contest ... our YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS
FOOTBALL CONTEST. I'll re-cap our 11 winners
thus far ... ANTHONY GADE, JACK AUGUSTINE, MATT
ROSENFELD, LIZ SHREVE, ANTHONY GADE (his second
win), GLENN KNOPF, MAUREEN CERULLI, MICHELE GODIN,
EMILY LEBOFSKY, ADAM LEBOFSKY, and DAVE GODIN.
Each of these 11 lucky people enjoyed a $15 GIFT
CERTIFICATE and will all be vying for our $100
GIFT CERTIFICATE GRAND PRIZE at the end of the
season. We also have a bunch of RUNNERS-UP who
will be vying for a $40 Gift Certificate during
the play-offs as well! This contest is FREE and
EASY to play. For more information, see my last
UPCOMING PROMOTION ... we will be doing a SUPER
BOWL GRID PROMO again this year; and so far,
we have an AUTOGRAPHED JAMEIS WINSTON JERSEY
that will be given away as part of the prize
loot! Our previous Grid Promo's (you may be more
familiar with them as block pools) have rewarded
our FIRST QUARTER, HALF TIME, THIRD QUARTER,
and END OF GAME BLOCK HOLDERS with lavish amounts
of product (think boxes, people). We HAVE awarded
AUTOGRAPHED MIKE TROUT and PEYTON MANNING FRAMED
PHOTOS before as well, so this is a big promo
for us. We give away roughly $500 in prizes per
HOW DO I EARN A BLOCK IN THE GRID?? It's easy.
When the promo starts (which will be roughly
2-3 weeks before the Super Bowl), we will mark
products, indicating that buying them earns you
a block in the grid. Because this isn't a Panini-only
promo, all sorts of manufacturer offerings will
be made. We also offer MANY inexpensive options
(including MANY $20 BLASTERS) to make this promo
available to everyone! One of the items we sold
the most of for our last one was the 2014 Sage
Autographed Football pack (with 2 autos per pack
at $20, with Odell Beckham autograph possibilities!).
Each $20 pack purchase earned the buyer a block
in the 10 x 10 grid. And our response was SO
GOOD that we actually created a SECOND GRID and
doubled all of our prizes! It's great fun to
buy something you might normally buy anyway and
then win a HUGE PRIZE because of it! So, look
for this promo to start in a few weeks. I will
send another E-NEWSLETTER out to announce it.
On an unrelated topic, our dear friends SHANA
and ADAM LEBOFSKY (you know them ... they help
out at all of our events!) have an annual TOYS
FOR TOTS FUNDRAISER; and this is their 20th YEAR!
They have set a lofty goal this year to collect
and donate 1000 toys, and Steve and I are doing
our part to help them. We've already made a size-able
purchase at 5 BELOW (I showed the pic on Facebook!),
and we are encouraging our friends and customers
to help us as well! We will be a TOYS FOR TOTS
COLLECTION CENTER through December 4th, and we
encourage you to do some good in this world and
bring in a new, unused toy ... for a tot! We
will make sure the Marines get them; and right
now, we are also rewarding those who donate with
a little present/surprise from us! Thanks everyone.
Okay, I need to go write an E-NEWSLETTER to
make sure everyone knows about this weekend's
fun, but I promised I would explain a bit about
these BLACK FRIDAY PACKS that this promotion
revolves around ... so let's do that! For the
past several years, Panini has partnered with
its hobby stores to offer both Father's Day and
Black Friday packs in exchange for buying their
products. These are 2 card packs of a special,
exclusive set made up solely for the promotion.
Roughly 10 packs will yield 4 hits (jerseys and
autos ... not to mention limited edition cracked
ice inserts ... and new for this year, hyperplaid
inserts), so these packs are pretty loaded and
fun to open. In fact, we have many customers
who try to "earn" lots of 10 packs
(some of which are pre-bagged and right on the
BTW ... we get these packs by purchasing ADDITIONAL
PRODUCT from a very limited selection of items
Panini offers us. These packs are by no means
free to us. In fact, given what market price
vs. cost is on these products, these packs COST
us several dollars per pack ... so our participation
in this promo is absolutely an expense to us
that we expect will be offset by the purchases
our customers make to get the packs. What we
do that is good for our customers is that we
don't limit you to only the products Panini limits
us to. You will earn packs on almost any Panini
purchase you make (such as $50 in packs, certain
blasters, guaranteed jersey or auto hit packs,
We have already awarded over 100 BLACK FRIDAY
PACK IOU's to our customers for their Panini
purchases over the last few weeks. Come on in,
and we'll tell you which items will earn you
packs. On Friday, the official start date of
the event, we will have signs on eligible products
so you clearly know which items you can buy to
earn you packs. After you take a nap/break from
your traditional early morning Black Friday shopping,
come on over HERE and buy something for yourself!
We hope to see you on Friday or Saturday, and
if you intend to come for PACK WARS; please RSVP
today! Thank you!
For everyday store goings-on; such as NEW PRODUCT
ARRIVALS, INFO, and PICS; HOT PULLS; and other
HOBBY NEWS; PLEASE check our daily FACEBOOK UPDATES
We've been talking about this weekend's event
for the last month or so and have included links
to what some of the special cards look like.
We've listed 8-10 different products that you
could buy today that would earn you an IOU pack.
And we always keep you up to date on all of the
NEW PRODUCTS that arrive ... like 2015-16 UPPER
DECK HOCKEY; 2015 FINEST and CHROME FOOTBALL;
etc. etc. We will announce Saturday's BIG GRAND
PRIZE PLAYER OF THE DAY WINNER THERE as well
and let you know when the SUPER BOWL GRID PROMO
BEGINS. Everything gets announced on FACEBOOK
first, so we REALLY want to grow our readership
to best communicate with everyone!! There is
a link at left that takes you right to our page!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone! May your tables
be filled with happy, healthy loved ones.
Hi everyone! The purpose of today's BLOG is
to explain PACK WARS to first timers (with the
next one being THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24th at
1:00) AND to introduce our TWO FOOTBALL CONTESTS
to anyone who hasn't played them. I'll be cutting
and pasting from prior BLOG entries and FACEBOOK
posts, so if some of this looks familiar; it
probably is! I'll be back soon to do some regular
updating of our store goings-on, HOT PULLS (like
the 8 cut signature card booklet with Jackie
Robinson just pulled!!!), and HOBBY NEWS! Thank
The entry fee for PACK WARS is $50; and for
that $50, we give you $50 worth of packs that
will AVERAGE at least 2 hits (jerseys or autograph
cards). Some players may get 3 hits and some
may get 1, but we try to evenly distribute them
as much as possible. We choose mostly new, popular
packs from the three big sports (baseball, football,
and hockey); and then throw in a pack or two
of soccer, basketball, or another sport to mix
it up. You keep everything you get from your
packs. It is NOT possible to lose any cards.
We usually play between 9 and 12 rounds (game
play to be explained in a bit). The exact number
depends on which products we use, which is partly
determined by how many people play and how many
hits each product has. There's a lot of math
that goes into this calculation (more than you'd
realize) to make sure that not only are players
getting the promised average of at least two
hits, but also getting their money's worth, card-wise.
This is Steve's job, and it does require a bit
of patience from our players because the exact
boxes used can only be determined once everyone
arrives (and the head count is taken). We do
ask for RSVP's before hand, which greatly help
us to plan in advance.
Once we see how many people are playing, we
can determine the prizes for that PACK WARS session.
The more people, the better the prizes. We announce
the prizes before we start; and we usually have
AT LEAST THREE PRIZES, plus a PARTICIPATION PRIZE
(so that you don't have to win a round to still
win a prize). Typically, we award a $50 GIFT
CERTIFICATE to the winner and choice of $20 BLASTER
BOXES to a number of other players. From time
to time, we give away special prizes if we've
gotten a good deal on something or gotten manufacturer
support (this has happened many times).
Here's how PACK WARS works ...
Each player has the same set of packs and keeps
them in the same order. So, when we start with
Pack A; everyone is playing with Pack A. Steve
and I tell everyone to open their first pack
(which, again, is the same pack as each other
), and we ask a question. It might be who has
the highest card number, who has the tallest
player (from the stats on the back of the card),
etc.; and players yell out their answers. Whoever
has the winning card gets a raffle ticket (to
be explained in a bit), and often, there is a
bonus prize for that specific round. Bonus prizes
are extra packs we didn't distribute to players,
and any box toppers we may have gotten. So for
example, if we used a product with 24 packs and
only 15 people are playing, then there are 9
packs left over to give away as prizes. That's
what makes this style of PACK WARS especially
fun ... lots of prizes!
We continue asking questions for each card pack,
while giving away raffle tickets for each round.
Once the packs are gone, we start drawing prizes.
We have that previously mentioned participation
prize so that even if you didn't win a specific
round, you can STILL win this prize (each person
is given a certain color raffle ticket with their
set of packs before we start to play, and this
is for the participation raffle). The FIRST,
SECOND, and THIRD place prizes are all chosen
from the raffle tickets won after each round;
and players MAY win more than one of these prizes!
After all, if you were lucky enough to win three
rounds (as an example), you should have a better
chance at winning prizes.
For me, PACK WARS is the most satisfying event
we have in our store. It really fosters a lot
of camaraderie amongst our customers. Many of
our regulars show up (and these are some pretty
good people, if I do say so myself!). The frenzy
of opening so many packs is wildly fun, as is
seeing what hits everyone pulls. We usually have
a couple of REALLY good ones, so that's always
something to look forward to.
IF you can't make it but would like to still
be part of the fun and have a chance to win prizes,
YOU can play "BY PROXY"! Pay your $50
in advance, and we will find a trusted person
to take your place. This person will be your
proxy. He or she will open your packs and play
for you. You will receive every card and every
hit contained in your packs, PLUS any unopened
packs/box toppers or prizes you might win. It's
fun to play by proxy and come find out after
the event what you got ... especially if it's
the Grand Prize (which HAS happened!).
So come join us, won't you? Any age player is
welcome, and assistance by Heidi and Steve (and
fellow, friendly players) is always available.
IF the $50 price tag is too steep, two people
CAN split the cost and enter as a team. PLEASE
REMEMBER to RSVP, as it really does help us to
PANINI PLAYER OF THE DAY FOOTBALL CONTEST ...
Sponsored by Panini, the PLAYER OF THE DAY FOOTBALL
CONTEST lasts 30 straight days. We have 6 day
weeks here since we're closed on Sunday, so that
means this contest lasts 5 weeks for us. To become
a DAILY WINNER, you need to pull a card of the
designated "Player of the Day" ("POD")
from any Panini branded football pack. Each day
the POD changes, and there are two additional "Wild
Card" players you can pull to make winning
even easier. If you buy a BOX of Panini Football
cards, you're an automatic winner; so that's
an easy way to play!!
The DAILY PRIZE is a special pack supplied by
Panini with, for 2015, random CRACKED ICE PARALLELS,
ROOKIE MEMORABILIA CARDS (including those for
Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota), and AUTOGRAPHED
CARDS (including Ty Montgomery, Ameer Abdullah,
and our own Eric Rowe).
EACH WEEK, we award one daily winner the WEEKLY
PRIZE (think more POD packs and football novelties)
via raffle. And then in 5 weeks, we will award
the GRAND PRIZE of over $200 worth of FOOTBALL
CARDS and NOVELTIES to one of the five weekly
This contest is always a big one for us and
well received, in part due to the large GRAND
PRIZE (which will be on display beginning Saturday).
There is no limit to the number of times you
can be a daily or weekly winner (other than one
daily win per day).
Our 2015 PANINI PLAYER OF THE DAY FOOTBALL CONTEST
is starting on Monday the 26th with a sneak peek,
pre-release day, on Saturday the 24th for our
PACK WAR customers!
Our first weekly prize will be awarded the following
Saturday, October 31st ... Halloween! Our GRAND
PRIZE WILL BE AWARDED ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28th
during our Panini Black Friday Pack Event.
We hope you come visit and try your luck!
OUR OWN "YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS" FOOTBALL
This contest started when football season did,
and ends with the last week of game play (winners
and runners-up move onto the post season ...
Each week, we supply FREE entry forms listing
Sunday's match ups. Just circle the teams you
think will win. It's THAT easy! The person with
the most correct guesses wins a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE!
IF there is a tie, then the Monday Night Game
will be used as a tie breaker. Each person involved
will be notified on Monday of what team or points
are needed to make him or her that week's winner.
Whoever doesn't win becomes a RUNNER-UP (with
some post season prize potential).
Each WEEKLY WINNER will then compete against
each other during the post season to see who
can choose the most correct play-off game winners.
THAT person will win our GRAND PRIZE of a $100
GIFT CERTIFICATE. The RUNNERS-UP compete against
each other for a $40 GIFT CERTIFICATE.
FREE entry forms are available starting on Wednesday
at 3:00 and available until Saturday at 5:00.
We never use Thursday night games.
WINNERS so far this year have been ANTHONY GADE
(twice!), JACK AUGUSTINE, MATT ROSENFELD, LIZ
SHREVE, and GLENN KNOPF. RUNNERS-UP have been
CRAIG CHERRY, ADAM LEBOFSKY, and CHRIS HORAN.
We're in WEEK 7 of this contest, and hope to
have you come join in the free fun.
Hi everyone! BUSY, BUSY, BUSY. Apparently,
too busy to update my BLOG. My apologies!! We
have been pleasantly surprised to be quite busy
in the store this summer. We are not used to
that! Usually ... vacations, camps, and shore
weekends take most of our customers away from
us. So, how nice that many of you found your
way back every now and then!
We have had a couple of PACK WARS EVENTS this
summer ... one of them being last weekend! GRANT
GOW and MATT HANSON cleaned up at this recent
one, each winning $50 in GIFT CERTIFICATES! Our
turn-out was GREAT, and we thank everyone who
came ... including our two proxied players! (If
you can't make it to Pack Wars, but you still
want to play and have a chance to win packs and
gift certificates; we will have someone play
for you! Just pay your $50 in advance, and you
will get your $50 in packs plus any winnings
held for you until you can pick it up. A few
people have won Pack Wars and haven't even been
there in person!). Our NEXT PACK WARS will likely
be in mid-October, and our NEXT OFFICIAL EVENT
(with Pack Wars) will be BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND
when we will have PANINI'S BLACK FRIDAY PACKS!
So stay tuned for details!
We've been busy lately with various CONTESTS
and CARD PROMOS. We just finished up TOPPS' TAKE
IT TO THE HOUSE Football Card Pack Promo. Topps
offered special 5 card packs with random autographs
(our store had 5 rookie autos ... but no huge
names) for buying $20 worth of their new 2015
Topps Football product.
This is WEEK TWO of our store's own YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS
FOOTBALL CONTEST! Play our FREE contest for your
chance at winning the WEEKLY PRIZE of a $15 GIFT
CERTIFICATE (for the most correct picks of Sunday's
match-ups). If you win any week, you will then
go on to compete for our GRAND PRIZE of a $100
GIFT CERTIFICATE. Runners-up (established when
the Monday Night Game is needed to decide the
weekly winner) compete for a $40 GIFT CERTIFICATE
at the end of the season. Entry forms are available
Wednesday at 3:00, and due back Saturday at 5:00.
Couldn't be easier to play, and remember it's
Soon, we will be starting our PANINI PLAYER
OF THE DAY FOOTBALL CONTEST. This one starts
in mid-October and lasts for 30 days. Each day,
a new player is designated as the "Player
of the Day". If you pull a card of said
player from any Panini card pack, then you WIN!
Daily prizes are packs. Weekly prizes are little
prize packages on display each week. And then
the GRAND PRIZE is over $250 worth of football
cards,autos, and novelties. It's a really fun
contest. We've been participating in it for the
last several years, and it tends to draw a lot
of attention. So look for the announcement of
the start date SOON!
If you're a fan of FUNKO POP FIGURES, then
you must see the selection we've recently added
of those ... as well as our NEW FUNKO MYSTERY
BLIND BOXES and STUFFED FABRIKATIONS!!! Talk
about an easy gift idea! From Marvel to Sesame
Street to My Little Pony to Star Wars to Guardians
of the Galaxy to Family Guy to vintage Hanna
Barbera characters ... we have over 100 different
FUNKO POPS to please any age. Funko Pop figures
are as popular as can be, and gaining in popularity
daily. Come add to your collection, or check
out what you're missing!
I will BLOG again soon to mention some HOT
PULLS we've had lately (think BABE RUTH!), but
remember you can always find pics of and info
about NEW PRODUCTS by checking our FACEBOOK page
(there's a link at left if you're not on Facebook
yourself!). I need to update the website with
all of the pulls I've been posting daily on Facebook.
Be well everyone! I'll chat again soon.
Hello everyone! I can NOT believe that my last
BLOG was on April 7th. I honestly feel like I
have posted so many times since then, but I'm
sure that's because I'm always posting on FACEBOOK.
Before I tell you about our event THIS WEEKEND
with PACK WARS on Saturday at 1:00, let's discuss
FACEBOOK and how you can see what's going on
in our store without even signing up.
Some people are anti-Facebook. I get it. Steve
is. My parents are. A few of our customers don't
even own computers. It's not for everyone. BUT,
did you know that you can SEE EVERYTHING GOING
ON AT THE STORE ... every HOT PULL, pics of NEW
PRODUCTS, updated RELEASE DATES, HOBBY NEWS,
STORE NEWS, EVENT details, and MORE ... even
if you are NOT on Facebook? It's TRUE! Do you
see the "Visit Us on Facebook" link
at left? That's what it's there for! You shouldn't
pay the price of me not BLOG'ing for 2 months!
PLEASE make it a habit to check our Facebook
page. (I've said it so many times, but posting
on Facebook is SUCH an easy method of communication
... but it's obviously only effective if people
are reading the posts.)
Now, let's say you're ON Facebook, but you
don't tend to see our posts. There's an easy
fix for that. Go to our page. Click "LIKE" and
then under the pull down menu, click "FOLLOW".
That should get you started. You might need to
do it on your phone and computer. After that,
some of you will always see all of our posts.
Others need to "engage" by Liking and
Commenting on posts. I honestly don't know how
Facebook decides this.
Okay, THE EVENT! This is one of our biggies
... where we give away PANINI FATHER'S DAY PACKS
for making Panini purchases. We usually have
a decent turn-out, and we made sure to schedule
this one for TWO DAYS ... both FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
... so that all of our event deals, Father's
Day pack offers, AND Raffles with purchase would
be available to everyone on both days. We know
summertime is weird, schedule-wise. Between sporting
events (both that our customers are participating
in OR watching), graduation parties, and vacations
... schedules are upside down. So PLEASE JOIN
US EITHER DAY to enjoy all that this weekend
has to offer. We will be awarding TWENTY FATHER'S
DAY PACKS to the WINNER of our $100 RAFFLE WITH
PURCHASE and TEN PACKS to the WINNER of our $50
RAFFLE WITH PURCHASE. That will be happening
on Saturday at 5:00, and all purchases from BOTH
Friday and Saturday will receive tickets. In
fact, anyone who plays PACK WARS on Saturday
will get a raffle ticket for the $50 raffle.
What a perfect segue for our SATURDAY PACK
WARS! It's at 1:00. $50, multi-sport, average
of two hit style. The "PARTICIPATION" PRIZE
will be 5 FATHER'S DAY PACKS, so here's a way
to get some even if you're buying Topps product
this weekend (it's not helping our Panini promo
that Topps is releasing 2015 Series 2 Baseball
this week, AND we're selling Finest and Archives
like nobody's business!). So come play PACK WARS
and win Father's Day packs PLUS all your hits
from the packs! AND if you're planning to come
to Pack Wars, PLEASE RSVP!!!
Okay, so we know some of our customers want
to lock in PANINI FATHER'S DAY PACKS before the
weekend. Steve has already designated Panini
products in all four major sports that earn you
an IOU on Father's Day packs. LOOK FOR YELLOW
TAGS on products throughout the store that tell
you how many packs you get for buying that product.
Many of these products have also had their prices
slashed, so it's WIN-WIN. Here are a few examples
of such products, and Steve is adding to this
list each day this week ... culminating with
the most deals during our event this weekend.
Here are some products so far ...
2013 PRIZM DRAFT (3)
2014 PRIZM DRAFT (2)
2014 HOF 75th (3)
2014 PANINI CLASSICS (5)
2012 MOMENTUM PACK (1)
2012 PLAYBOOK (4)
2014 ABSOLUTE (4)
2014 PLAYBOOK (4)
2014 PRIZM (3)
13/14 CROWN ROYALE (2)
13/14 SELECT (2)
13/14 PLAYBOOK (3)
13/14 CRUSADERS (2)
14/15 GOLD STANDARD (10)
14/15 PARAMOUNT (10)
COUNTRY MUSIC BOX (2)
COUNTRY MUSIC PACK (1)
Steve WILL absolutely be adding more products
over the next week, leading up to our event ...
so stay tuned for updates!
I will BLOG again soon to give more details
about NEW PRODUCTS that have arrived lately.
There's lots to tell, but REST ASSURED it HAS
been told on FACEBOOK ... so feel free to look
for it there first! You'll see lots of pics there
that you won't here too!
We hope you join us this weekend!
Hi everyone! It was an EXCITING PASSOVER and
EASTER WEEKEND at the store, starting with our
TWO DAY EVENT beginning on Friday. We continued
on Saturday with PACK WARS and our RAFFLE GIVEAWAYS,
and finished off the weekend with our $1500 SATURDAY
NIGHT and MONDAY NIGHT FINAL FOUR BLOCK POOL
Before I go over everything, let me start by
reminding you that in APRIL, we are holding BOX
BREAK SATURDAYS. THIS Saturday the 11th, we will
be doing a TWO BOX BREAK of 2013-14 THE CUP HOCKEY.
30 spots are available at $35/spot, and you will
be assigned a random team as determined by random.org.
The break is at 1:00, and you absolutely do not
need to be here to hold a spot (there could be
an exciting surprise for you to pick up on Monday!).
The following weekend, on Saturday the 18th,
we will have a FOUR BOX 2015 TOPPS MUSEUM COLLECTION
BASEBALL BOX BREAK. There are 30 spots available
in that break as well, and each spot is $30.
And finally, on Saturday, April 25th, we will
do a FOOTBALL BOX BREAK with an as yet to be
determined product. We DID just receive 2014
National Treasures Football and 2014 Topps 5
Star Football today, so both of these are options.
We hope you can join us, even if not in person,
for BOX BREAK SATURDAYS in April.
NOW, a re-cap of our EVENT and PACK WARS ...
THANK YOU to everyone who came out to PACK
WARS on Saturday. We had a turn-out of 13 people,
which is pretty respectable. It is always so
great to see a combination of our most faithful
of regulars supporting us right along with newbies
enjoying their first Pack Wars! I'm very confident
I did NOT see all of the hits pulled because
Pack Wars was a bit of a whirlwind for me this
time around. I think Chris & Kailee cleaned
up pretty well in the hits department. Chris's
MIKE EVANS auto /10 from Elite was one of the
nicer cards for sure. Don pulled a 4 diamond
NATHAN MACKINNON rookie from Black Diamond. Taki
scored a KRIS BRYANT jersey card from 2013 USA
Champions Baseball (that was fun to see!). And
then we had some soccer fans pull some nice MLS
hits, so that worked out well!
We had TWO BIG PACK WARS WINNERS! Our GRAND
PRIZE $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNER was NICK DAMALAS,
who was an even bigger winner when he pulled
a Tier One SANDY KOUFAX AUTOGRAPH! Nice hit indeed
there! And then NEWBIES to Pack Wars, our father & son
team of CARLOS and ALEX MARTINEZ won BOTH our
SECOND PLACE PRIZE of a $30 GIFT CERTIFICATE
AND our PARTICIPATION PRIZE of a $20 GIFT CERTIFICATE,
to match Nick's $50 win. They spent the whole
$50 on 2015 MLS BLASTER BOXES. You might remember
that little Alex is the young customer who pulled
BOTH a LIONEL MESSI AUTOGRAPH and a CRISTIANO
RONALDO AUTOGRAPH from the 2014 Panini FIFA Prizm
product. Amazing luck, really.
MANY packs of 2014 Sage Autographed Football
were opened to earn blocks in our Final Four
Block Pools. If you haven't been following Facebook,
we have a new customer Ray Hughes (former child
Pokemon customer) who recently pulled an ODELL
BECKHAM AUTO /10 from said Sage Autograph product.
Well, the next day, he tried his luck again;
and after pulling a Blake Bortles auto, he pulled
ANOTHER Odell Beckham auto ... this one /50.
Clearly on a roll, he then opened a single pack
of 2014 Totally Certified Football; and you guessed
it ... he pulled an Odell Beckham auto patch
/25 !!!! So, clearly this sports newbie is hooked!
(All of these hits have been posted on Facebook,
Our RAFFLES WITH PURCHASE WINNERS were TY PIERCE
(no stranger to being a raffle winner here!)
who won 20 2014 PANINI BLACK FRIDAY PACKS and
BOB MITCHELL, who won 10 PANINI BLACK FRIDAY
PACKS. CONGRATS to both guys!
All in all, it was a very nice weekend. Many
of you know my dear friends Adam and Shana Lebofsky
(who likely won't see this, but know they're
loved and much appreciated!). They're ALWAYS
here to support me and Steve on event days, and
their help means more than I can say. So thank
you, Adam and Shana, for everything you do (and
for bringing my Max into the world). Shana and
Adam have three wonderful kids, but my Maxie
is the one who's here most often and who our
customers most recognize.
Onto a re-cap of the WINNERS in our FINAL FOUR
BLOCK POOL! We gave away a total of $1530 in "PLAYGROUND
CASH" to 16 lucky customers (ESPECIALLY
the first FOUR people!!!) ...
THANK YOU to everyone who earned at least one
block to participate. We like this promo, and
will definitely use it again (probably before
the Super Bowl!). It was a fun few weeks and
a very exciting last few days.
Do you know what's going on RIGHT NOW at our
store???? Our FINAL 4 BLOCK POOL!!! I'm happy
to say our grid is more than halfway full! In
my last BLOG, I listed 13 ways to earn blocks
in our grid. Below are 11 more. MANY options
are under $20 (and they're GOOD, practical options
like blaster boxes WITH GUARANTEED HITS!!). We
previously announced that our BLOCK POOL PRIZE
TOTAL would be $500, and we now have the prize
specifics! So read on for that and for some news
about our NEXT EVENT!
First, the PRIZES for the WINNERS of our FINAL
4 BLOCK POOL! We're giving you "PLAYGROUND
CASH!" (our cute name for a store gift certificate).
That way, everyone can select what they most
want! We displayed some nice football trading
card boxes as prizes for our Super Bowl Block
Pool, but we let the winners choose their own
sport so as to make everyone happy (which is
how our winner pulled a Gretzky auto from his
winnings!!). So, the PLAYGROUND CASH seems like
an ideal choice! This is how it works ... we're
giving away prizes for the half time and final
scores of the two semi final games (being played
on Saturday, April 4th ... day two of our event)
AND the NCAA Championship game on Monday the
6th. SO, there are SIX ways for you to win right
there (half and final score of 1st semi-final,
half and final score of 2nd semi-final, and half
and final score of Championship game), then on
top of that ... anyone who has the right numbers
at those game times but for the opposite teams
... will win a smaller amount.
So let's get specific! For each of the two
semi-final games, the person whose points match
at the half will get $25 in Playground cash and
at the end of each game, $50. If you have the
right numbers but for the opposite teams at any
of these four times, you will win $10. And for
the CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, those prizes are $80 for
the half, $20 for reverse numbers at half or
end; and our GRAND PRIZE WINNER will get $200
in PLAYGROUND CASH!!! This will be a LOT of fun
to award all of these prizes, and I'm happy that
we have some contest newbies playing. I REALLY
like to see new faces get involved in our events
and contests and it couldn't be any easier to
get a block in our pool. Again, we have MANY
options under $20 that earn you a block. This
is a contest that everyone can take part in.
What better or easier way to add some fun to
your Easter/Passover weekend?
The 11 NEW OPTIONS to get you blocks are as
follows (and see my last BLOG for the first 13)
- Any 4 current (meaning non-retired) OYO's
(most are $9.95) will earn you 1 BLOCK.
- 2 of our OYO "Superstar Packs" at
$8.95 each (baseball, football, and hockey
available) will earn you 1 BLOCK.
- 2014 Panini Playbook Football at $99.95
will earn you 2 BLOCKS.
- 2013-14 Panini Playbook Hockey at $89.95
will earn you 1 BLOCK.
- 2013-14 Panini Rookie Anthology Hockey at
$99.95 will earn you 2 BLOCKS.
- 2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball HOBBY at $69.95
will earn you 2 BLOCKS.
- 2015 Topps Series 1 Baseball JUMBO at $109.95
will earn you 2 BLOCKS.
- 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard Basketball
at $199.95 will earn you 3 BLOCKS.
- 2014 Leaf Cal Ripken Jr. Ironman Signature
Box at $109.95 will earn you 2 BLOCKS.
- A 2012 Playbook Football Box at $149.95
will get you 2 BLOCKS.
- A 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects
Baseball Blaster Box (with possible Trout rookie!)
at $35 earns you 1 BLOCK.
Now, onto our NEXT EVENT! It's a TWO DAY EXTRAVAGANZA
on FRIDAY and SATURDAY, APRIL 3rd and 4th, featuring
PACK WARS at 1:00 on SATURDAY (and general merriment
throughout the weekend). We are utilizing the
$50, average of two hit, multi-sport style of
Pack Wars; and we want to see you there! PLEASE
RSVP ASAP. It really helps us to plan.
We have also decided to do some box breaks on
Saturdays in April. Many of our customers like
the chance of risking a little to win a lot,
so we'll be doing a different sport and product
each Saturday starting with the 11th. We're accepting
feedback from our customers as to what products
would be the most fun, but right now, we're thinking
for HOCKEY ... TWO BOXES OF 2013-14 THE CUP,
and for BASEBALL ... FOUR BOXES OF the upcoming
2015 MUSEUM COLLECTION. We haven't determined
the FOOTBALL product yet. The "buy-in" for
a spot would be in the $25 range, and you'd get
a randomly assigned team. We'll be talking about
it with you at the next event, but most likely,
the order will be the 11th for BASEBALL (I can't
wait any longer since Museum is coming in next
week!); the 18th for HOCKEY; and the 25th for
FOOTBALL. If everyone enjoys the box breaks,
we'll certainly do more of them (and some case
breaks) in the future.
There's more to say, but if I don't finish
this now, it won't be published soon enough.
Hope to see you soon!
Hello again, everyone! Here are some updates
Our FINAL 4 BLOCK POOL is now in full swing,
and we have selected 13 ways for you to earn
blocks. They are ...
- Any $50 pack purchase (including sports,
Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Magic, ANY pack).
- Any $150 box purchase (two boxes that add
up to $150 counts!).
- A 2014 TOPPS BASEBALL Series 1 BLASTER BOX
at only $15!
- A 2012 MOMENTUM FOOTBALL PACK (with guaranteed
hit!) at $25. (We just opened a fresh box).
- A 2014 Panini Country Music pack (with guaranteed
autograph or jersey) at $29.95.
- A 2014 SAGE AUTOGRAPHED FOOTBALL PACK (contains
TWO football autos) at $19.95.
- A 2013 Topps CHROME Football Blaster Box
(with guaranteed relic card) at $19.95.
- A 2014-15 Prizm Basketball Blaster Box (with
guaranteed autograph card) at $19.95.
- A 2014 Topps CHROME Soccer MLS Blaster Box
(with guaranteed autograph card) at $19.95.
- A 2014 Crown Royale Football RETAIL Box
(with two hits) at $49.95.
- A 2014-15 In The Game Draft Hockey box (has
young players like Connor McDavid) at $49.95.
- A 2012-13 Rookie Anthology Hockey box (with
5 hits) at $49.95.
- A 2008 Stadium Baseball pack (with guaranteed
autograph) at $24.95.
Many of these options are cheap and easy ways
for you to join in the fun and win BIG prizes!
OUR NEXT EVENT! It is a 2 DAY EVENT ... on
Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th. PACK
WARS is officially on Saturday the 4th at 1:00,
and we're hoping for a GREAT turn-out. We have
a few RSVP's so far, but we NEED your replies.
Especially if you're usually a Pack Wars regular,
PLEASE give us a shout and let us know if you're
a YAY or NAY for this one. The timing of this
event is purposely the same weekend as the NCAA
Championship ... to give as many people as possible
a last minute chance to secure a block in our
FINAL 4 BLOCK POOL.
We're also working on some NEW IDEAS for this
event that we think you will be excited about!
Think group box/case break and some different
types of raffles. Info to come!
I'm on here today to announce BOTH our NEXT
EVENT AND a NEW CONTEST!
First, our NEXT EVENT! It's a two day event
over Easter weekend ... FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd and
SATURDAY, APRIL 4th. We are leaning toward FRIDAY
NIGHT at 7:00 for PACK WARS, but we're still
asking customers to let us know which day works
better for them ... Friday night at 7:00 or Saturday
afternoon at 1:00. We chose this weekend because
we're having a MARCH MADNESS CONTEST (to be discussed
next), and the NCAA Championship IS that weekend;
so the timing is good. HOWEVER, that Friday is
the first night of Passover; and Sunday is Easter.
So it's going to be a busy weekend indeed. Please
let us hear from you regarding which Pack Wars
date works better. We are using the $50, average
of two hit, multi-sport version. We have a lot
of new products to use, including 2015 Donruss
Okay, onto the CONTEST. If you liked our SUPER
BOWL BLOCK POOL, then join us for MARCH MADNESS!
We're going to have a FINAL 4 BLOCK POOL where
you earn blocks in our 10 x 10 grid and win prizes
based on the final and half time scores of the
Championship game AND also the scores of the
two semi-final games (so we can give away more
prizes!). Rest assured, all will be explained
in the e-mail you receive with your blocks so
you know how to win; but the date to get your
blocks is that Saturday of our event weekend.
Now, for PRIZES. We gave away $500 worth of boxes
in our Super Bowl block pool ... and I expect
this will be similar! So MORE DETAILS will be
announced soon, but this FINAL 4 BLOCK POOL has
actually begun (for example, anyone who buys
$50 in packs gets a block!). Check back here
and on Facebook for ways to earn blocks, as we
That's it for today! I wanted to make sure
I published this BLOG early enough to reach everyone!
HELLO everyone! I started working on this BLOG
exactly one week ago, but did not finish it.
There is always "just one more thing" to
say. So I came on here today to do what is necessary
to just close it out and publish it so that the
information stays relatively fresh! But there
IS more to tell (like, how PANINI is making an
International Soccer product with Ronaldo autos
[among others], which is GREAT news for our soccer
customers who don't want to wait another 4 years
for another World Cup product!). But the rest
will have to wait. Let's get to today's business.
Read on ...
We had a nice turn-out for NATIONAL HOCKEY
TRADING CARD DAY (NHTCD) on February 21st. We
didn't have Pack Wars, although an all-hockey
version WAS considered. It was just too close
to our last one and too last minute to pull it
together. BUT, we DID have a bit of fanfare with
our FREE NHTCD PACK GIVEAWAY, SPELLING CONTEST
(with OVERTIME PACK prizes), and RAFFLES! The
BIG WINNER of the day was the first person to
arrive, ironically (before I even did!). Little
ALEX MARTINEZ, who previously pulled a Lionel
Messi autograph (a BIG deal!) from 2014 Panini
Prizm Soccer bought another box of the popular
World Cup product before we even opened ... and
pulled a CRISTIANO RONALDO AUTOGRAPH (our store's
first ...and the most valuable autograph in the
set!). This is a HUGE PULL worth over $1000 ...and
needless to say, an excellent start to event
day. Ironically, Alex and his dad Carlos then
went one to win our BIG RAFFLE PRIZE for the
day (for making a $100 purchase) and scored 10
PANINI BLACK FRIDAY PACKS and 10 UPPER DECK 25th
ANNIVERSARY PACKS. Of course, Alex went on to
pull an autograph in those packs as well! FRANK
PERLMUTTER and sons JORDAN and LIAM (BIG hockey
family!) were our other RAFFLE WINNERS for the
day (for making a $50 purchase) and scored 10
PANINI BLACK FRIDAY PACKS as well! So CONGRATS
to both sets of fathers and son(s). It's nice
to see dads collecting with their kids. They
are the future of this hobby, so it's heartwarming
to see dads pass along collecting to the next
generation (and what a great hobby to share together)!.
We had several people who won OVERTIME PACKS
in our SPELLING BEE (we awarded different numbers
of Overtime Packs depending on how hard the hockey
player name you had to correctly spell ...so
an easy name earned you one or two packs while
a VERY hard name earned you 5!). JACK AUGUSTINE
was THE BIG WINNER of our Spelling Contest, because
not only did he win at least 10 packs ...but
he also pulled TWO AUTOGRAPHS in those packs
...a SAM REINHART and MARKUS GRANLUND! So KUDOS
Jack! All in all, we had a fun day and thank
everyone who turned out in less than ideal weather.
If you are trying to put together the entire
16 card NCTCD set, we DO have singles available
In NEW PRODUCTS NEWS, HOCKEY has been huge
here lately (National Hockey Trading Card Day
aside). We recently received 2014-15 UPPER DECK
SERIES 2 HOCKEY, which has been a great seller.
Please note that we DO have hand collated sets
of 2014-15 Upper Deck 1 Hockey available for
$20, and we will have sets of Series 2 later
this week. But most of Upper Deck offerings this
year (remember that they now are the exclusive
licensee of the NHL) have been very well received.
There are scores of pics on our Facebook site
from SP Game Used Hockey. We've seen a lot of
that one this year, and I really like it. They
changed it to a one pack box with 5 hits, rather
than the usual 5 (or 6) packs of one hit each.
It's much more exciting this year ...not to mention
that the hits are MUCH better. It's chock full
of unique relics from the Stanley Cup, Stadium
Series, and Winter Classic games..so no more
plain jerseys in each pack. 2014-15 Trilogy and
SPx Hockey have been good sellers as well. We
had THREE WAYNE GRETZKY AUTOGRAPH CARDS from
Trilogy pulled within 3 days ...one of which
was numbered to 15!
2015 HERITAGE BASEBALL was released last week
and has been a strong seller. There are cards
that smell like bubble gum randomly inserted
(a few per case), and the 1 purple Chrome refractor
per pack HOT BOX is back for this year as well.
2015 TOPPS BASEBALL continues to sell well. One
of the nicest (and most popular) inserts is the
coin and stamp cards. Commemorating a player's
birth year with both a coin and stamp from that
year, these cards combine three beloved and time
honored hobbies in one! We've had a Miguel Cabrera
and Madison Bumgarner pulled here, with pics
on our Facebook page. 2015 DONRUSS BASEBALL arrives
on Wednesday, and I'm excited about this one.
I loved last year's Series 2 Donruss with their
Elite inserts. For a product that can't have
logos and team names because of their licensing,
Panini does a pretty good job with it! If you
want to check out how it looks, here's a link
BLOG discussing it.
Also making a very WELCOME return to the hobby
is 2015 DONRUSS DIAMOND KINGS BASEBALL. The last
time we saw Diamond Kings was 2005, and it was
a VERY popular set. We've seen DK inserts since
then, but not as a stand-alone product. Panini
is adding some sweet BABE RUTH jersey and bat
cards and dual relics to its Diamond Kings product
... even a CUT SIGNATURE! Here is the Panini
BLOG that announces DK, and then a follow-up
BLOG that shows the Babe Ruth inserts .
As detailed on our Facebook site, PANINI has
a DONRUSS BASKETBALL WRAPPER REDEMPTION PROGRAM.
While supplies last, collectors can exchange
24 wrappers of 2014-15 Donruss Basketball Hobby
for a special three-card 2015 NBA All-Star Pack
that will feature three of the brightest stars
from NBA All-Star Weekend: Andrew Wiggins, Zach
LaVine and Stephen Curry. These unique cards
will feature exclusive photography from All-Star
Weekend. Additionally, each subject will also
have randomly inserted autograph cards inserted
into packs. The special three-card packs will
begin shipping in April. Collectors interested
in participating in the 2014-15 Donruss Basketball
Wrapper Trade-In promotion can submit their hobby
wrappers (24 for each three-card pack) to:
2014-15 Donruss Basketball Trade-In
5325 FAA Boulevard, Suite 100
Irving, Texas 75061-3601
OYO fans! We have a DEAL for you! So anyone
who has been in our store in the past year probably
knows we carry OYO's (those little Lego compatible,
licensed sports figures). You may have seen a
few Phillies, Eagles, or Flyers player OYO's
in Hallmark stores and sporting good stores like
Modell's. They're collected by adults and kids
alike. Adults and older kids collect their favorite
players (and often keep them sealed in their
see-thru packaging) while younger kids take them
out of the boxes and play with them (sometimes
right along with their Lego's). We also carry
fields, zamboni's, and other "homes" for
OYO's as well. We're the largest East Coast retailer
of these popular collectibles, and what that
means to you is that we have a selection WAY
beyond just our local teams. In fact, we have
almost every player that OYO produces in all
three sports BASEBALL, FOOTBALL, and HOCKEY.
OYO also has college licenses with generic college
player OYO's, school mascots (the Nittany Lion
mascot was introduced this past week), and then
professional players in their college uniforms
(like Peyton Manning in his University of Tennesee
uniform). And they're working on MLS soccer mascots
presently. So there truly is a choice for almost
any sports fan (or college student) in your life.
Well, OYO has come out with "Superstar
packs" ... a great gift or introduction
to the world of OYO's! A Superstar pack is a
sealed, blind pack that contains one mystery
OYO; and they are available in all three sports
... baseball, football, and hockey. In baseball,
the mystery OYO will be from a list of 60 possible
players. In football, 32. And in hockey, 30.
So, if you need a gift for a sports fan and you're
not sure which player is his or her favorite,
this might be ideal! There is also an extremely
rare GOLDEN OYO (1 in 1,000 packs!) that if you're
lucky enough to find will get you your very own
OYO of you! That's right ...YOU, in OYO form!
We sell each Superstar pack for $8.95 (most of
our player OYO's are $10). HOWEVER, right now,
we have a special where if you buy ANY 4 regular
OYO's, you can choose a Superstar pack for FREE!
So why not take advantage of this LIMITED TIME
SPECIAL OFFER as an opportunity to check out
our massive inventory of OYO's? You could stock
up on a few gifts for the OYO fan in your life,
or maybe start a new collection?
Okay, STAY TUNED for DAILY UPDATES ON FACEBOOK
where I also post tons of NEW PRODUCT PICS to
keep you up to date on what things look like
and what's been pulled here. REMEMBER to use
our link at left to check out our Facebook site
if you're not a member! Steve and I will be pulling
the trigger on our NEXT EVENT and PACK WARS (MAYBE
we'll finally have an all-Baseball Pack Wars
SOON!!!) this week; so stay tuned to both this
BLOG and of course, Facebook, for that announcement!
Take care, everyone! I think warm weather is
headed our way!
Hi everyone! I wanted to come on here and quickly
BLOG about NATIONAL HOCKEY TRADING CARD DAY tomorrow.
It's too last minute for PACK WARS (even though
an all-hockey Pack Wars WOULD be fun!). But,
we WILL have some action going on in the store.
There are FREE National Hockey Trading Card Day
packs (just come on in and ask!). There is a
special WAYNE GRETZKY card (card #16 in the set)
available to anyone who spends $20 on Upper Deck
Hockey packs/boxes. THEN, we are having an all
day "SPELLING BEE". Anyone who spends
$20 on hockey packs/boxes (any brand) may choose
to participate in a spelling challenge. YOU choose
whether you want an easy name or a hard name
to spell (of an NHL player) ... and you'll win
different numbers of Upper Deck Hockey Overtime
packs (special packs made up by Upper Deck in
conjunction with distributor GTS featuring limited
cards and random autographs) for spelling that
name correctly. (Larger purchases can earn you
more chances at the contest). And last, our RAFFLES!
We will have TWO RAFFLES WITH PURCHASE tomorrow.
A $50 purchase will make you eligible for our
10 2014 PANINI BLACK FRIDAY PACK RAFFLE (one
entry per person) and a $100 purchase will make
you eligible for our 10 2014 PANINI BLACK FRIDAY
PACK AND 10 UPPER DECK 25th ANNIVERSARY PACK
RAFFLE (unlimited entries per person). And of
course, we will have refreshments! I have so
many cookies and chocolate from the holidays
looking for a good home in your stomachs! SO,
we hope to see you tomorrow!!
Briefly, in other news, did you hear that PRESS
PASS is no more? The news came as a surprise
to us in its sudden-ness. So, at the moment,
no manufacturer has picked up the NASCAR license.
And as a customer reminded me, this means no
more Press Pass Football (although, frankly,
their sales have waned in recent years).
I have been getting questions from customers
about events/hobby happenings ... like whether
we'd be participating in National Hockey Trading
Card Day or if we have Topps Spring Fever Baseball
card packs, and I want to remind everyone that
you do NOT need to be on Facebook to read our
Facebook page. I update EVERYTHING that is going
on here in the store, in the hobby, great cards
that were pulled, pics of new products, etc.
etc. etc. DAILY ... on Facebook. Our Facebook
page is a FABULOUS resource, and you can see
what is on there by using our link at left. Make
a bookmark. Make a shortcut. Make it easy on
yourself. It's SO easy to update Facebook daily,
and not nearly as easy to post BLOGS (or have
people know to look for them). Facebook is especially
convenient for Facebook users because it's set
up to deliver our posts to our customers (in
a matter of speaking). So, PLEASE find a way
to check our Facebook posts; especially if you're
interested in what's going on and even if you're
not on Facebook. It truly is SUCH an effective
method for updating everyone often ... but obviously,
it's only as effective as the numbers of people
who check it. Thanks everyone!
Hi everyone! So it has come to my attention
(mostly after looking at my last few BLOGS!)
that I have not BLOG'ed enough recently. And
there are a lot of different things going on,
both here and in the hobby, so let's do this
thing! First up, an event re-cap from this past
weekend's event (cut and pasted straight from
my Facebook post, btw) ...
PACK WARS was a lot of fun! Our "BRING
A NEWBIE" RAFFLE was funny. We offered a
raffle (your choice of swag) to anyone who brought
a new Pack Wars player and a separate one to
the newbie. Well, Eddie Stanton brought his cousin
Colin ... and that was it for newbies! So, two
automatic winners! Eddie chose a Verlander bobble
head and , and little Colin chose one of my favorite
items ... a Phillies Mr. Potato Head key chain!
Our PACK WARS $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNER was
none other than one MR. MAX LEBOFSKY! Last time,
Max had won 4 rounds, yet didn't win a prize
at the end. This time, he won only one round
... yet his ticket was pulled and he won the
whole thing! Funny! Our "PARTICIPATION PRIZE" (everyone
who plays gets a blue raffle ticket and a chance
at winning a special prize ... today it was your
choice of 5 Black Friday packs; a special Leaf "Holiday
pack" with guaranteed jersey card, auto,
or printing plate; OR a Fleer Retro Basketball
pack with 3 guaranteed autos) was won by DON
RIMMER, who chose the Leaf pack. And then our
SECOND and THIRD PLACE PRIZES (your choice of
5 Black Friday packs OR a $20 blaster box) were
won by RYAN BROSS and JACK AUGUSTINE (who, conveniently,
had never opened a Black Friday pack ... so this
was a fated win for Jack for sure!). Both Ryan
and Jack chose the Black Friday packs. Jack did
pull a Calvin Johnson Cracked Ice insert /25,
but Ryan pulled THREE relic cards including a
Tom Brady football piece, a Brandin Cooks Santa
Hat Card, and a Jimmy Garappolo CRACKED ICE camo
The other BIG PRIZES at the event were our
RAFFLES with PURCHASE WINNERS. BOBBY GOODWIN
took home the big prize of an ODELL BECKHAM JR.
AUTO 8 x 10 PHOTO CARD, and RYAN BROSS won our
10 BLACK FRIDAY PACKS (I can't wait to see more
jerseys and hopefully autos pulled when Ryan
picks them up!).
By the way, until Steve changes his mind ...
we will keep the SALE PRICES from this weekend's
event on our boxes (until we remove them ...
LOL). That's our way of saying "for now"!
We thank everyone who turned out, especially
for PACK WARS! It's nice to have so many great,
fun people opening packs and enjoying each other
at the store at the same time ... it's my favorite
part of any event. Seeing our customers interact
and getting to know each other is very gratifying
By the way, we've had several people who have
reached out and expressed that they wish they
could have come to Pack Wars. I know that sometimes
Saturday at 1:00 can be tricky, and as we move
into the warmer weather, we'll probably move
to Friday nights at 7:00. I WISH we could do
both times, to satisfy everyone; but we wouldn't
have enough people to turn out to satisfy both
time slots in the same weekend. So, our NEXT
EVENT will be announced soon ... but I'm thinking
early February. PLEASE STAY TUNED TO FACEBOOK
(if you're not on Facebook, just use the link
on the left) for updates!
Do you remember our SUPERBOWL GRID PROMO from
last year where we gave away a HUGE ANDREW LUCK
AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO? Buying certain boxes of trading
cards gave you squares on our grid (with numbers
corresponding to the ending SuperBowl game score
randomly assigned to the grid squares after all
squares have been filled). Well, it's BAAAAACCCCKKKK!
We will be starting up the 2015 version (with
prize to be announced!) this Monday ... so stay
tuned! That was a fun promo, and there WILL be
sale priced boxes involved ... so it's WIN-WIN!
TOPPS has announced that it's bringing back
its SPRING FEVER PROMO (special 5 card packs
with random autographs that you "earn" by
buying 2015 Topps Baseball packs/boxes). We WILL
have these packs. Rules are ... from February
4th thru 10th, when you purchase $20 worth of
2015 Topps Series One Baseball, you will receive
a Spring Fever Redemption Card (from us!) redeemable
for a Promotional Spring Fever pack (a special
5 card pack with exclusive Spring Fever design).
And any multiple of $20 gets you another redemption
card, so a hobby box would earn you 3 IOU's.
The Spring Fever packs will be distributed starting
February 12th (thru the 22nd). So, if you enjoyed
this promo last year (we had a few customers
who completed the set!), come on in!
Okay, there's lots more to say, but no time
to do so right now; and I want to make sure I
post this! So please take care everyone, and
we hope to see you soon!
HI EVERYONE, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hurt my knee and am using a cane hobbling
around (missed some days here), so I've been
completely remiss in promoting our NEXT EVENT
THIS WEEKEND (except on Facebook!)! But, rest
assured ... it IS happening!
PLEASE JOIN US FRIDAY AND SATURDAY for SUPER
LOW SALE PRICES on popular products Steve is
discounting; REFRESHMENTS (more Christmas cookies,
anyone?); PACK WARS at 1:00 on SATURDAY ($50,
multi-sport, average of at least two hits, style);
and our ODELL BECKHAM JR. AUTOGRAPHED 8 x 10
PHOTO CARD as our RAFFLE WITH PURCHASE (to be
given away on Saturday at 5:00). We also have
a few other surprises in store, and as a THANK
YOU to everyone who brings a newbie to PACK WARS,
there WILL be a special FREE RAFFLE JUST FOR
YOU for helping promote our event for us (we
will also have a raffle FOR the newbies!).
So, we hope to see a lot of friendly faces
HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone! I hope that all
of our customers enjoy a wonderful day with the
people that make you smile most! I wanted to
give a few updates about our big BLACK FRIDAY
EVENT this weekend. I've been putting details
on FACEBOOK (as well as pics of some of the Panini
Black Friday pack cards) all day, and I'm more
or less going to cut and paste some of those
posts here. So READ ON ...
This whole weekend revolves around PANINI'S
BLACK FRIDAY PACKS. If you're not familiar with
them, they are special 2 card packs that Panini
produces just for this event. They are LOADED
with autographs and jersey cards. Here's my post
about that ... "I'm VERY excited to tell
everyone that we have received the PANINI BLACK
FRIDAY PACKS, and
they are just like the Father's Day ones! Each
set of 10 packs has one thick pack (sometimes
a thick insert ... could be an auto or other
special card) and 2-3 jersey card packs in EVERY
set of 10. So, if you're owed 10 packs, then
you are guaranteed to get AT LEAST two jersey
cards/autographs (plus other possible hits)." I
was very impressed with what I saw opened, and
I honestly can't wait to see so many packs opened
throughout the weekend. Stay tuned to Facebook
on Friday and Saturday for LOTS of pics!
We are holding PACK WARS at 1:00 on Saturday,
and we have a nice size crowd ... but we definitely
want YOU to come play with us! PACK WARS is guaranteed
fun! We're using the $50, multi-sport, average
of at least two hits, style of Pack Wars ...
so you not only get $50 worth of packs but the
chance of winning some great prizes. This time,
we're offering the GRAND PRIZE WINNER an AUTOGRAPHED
ODELL BECKHAM JR. 8 x10 PHOTO CARD. After his
amazing catch last week, his stock has gone up!
So, this is a great prize; but if you're not
a football fan, no worrries! We have other prizes
(like BLACK FRIDAY PACKS of course!) to offer
as well. We hope to see you on Saturday!
The RAFFLES WITH PURCHASE are going to be the
same as at our last event ... 20 BLACK FRIDAY
PACKS (which we earlier established means AT
LEAST 4-6 hits!) to the raffle winner who makes
a $100 purchase (you CAN earn multiple raffle
tickets for greater purchases). And we're giving
away 10 packs to the raffle winner who makes
a $50 purchase (one ticket per person ... and
your PACK WARS participation automatically makes
you eligible for this raffle). Our winners last
time were MIKE DOLAN and SEAN SUPPLEE, so they
will be enjoying their prize winnings this weekend!
The last announcement right now is a hearty
CONGRATULATIONS to CHRIS SZAGOLA, who was our
GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the 2014 PANINI PLAYER
OF THE DAY FOOTBALL CONTEST. Chris won a prize
package worth almost $250 and included a box
of 2013 Elite Football, 10 Black Friday packs,
10 2014 Score Football packs, an autographed
Eagles card, and a slew of Eagles and misc. NFL
novelties. It was a happy day (and Chris "finished" his
Christmas shopping with his win). Our other on-going
football contest YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS, where
we award a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE each week, still
has a few weeks left! We're presently in Week
13; and soon, our weekly winners will be competing
against each other for the $100 GRAND PRIZE.
We have many Runners-Ups who will be competing
for a $40 Runner-Up prize as well. If you've
never played, it's FREE to enter; and it only
takes one win to be in the finals!
Thanks everyone! Again, enjoy the holiday and
some yummy food. If you're a Black Friday power
shopper, power to you. Hope you get everything
you're going out for. We're open 11-7 on Friday
and 11-5 on Saturday. While the Black Friday
packs ARE limited and available only while supplies
last, we do expect to have enough supply for
the weekend. We hope to see you!
Hi all. Today's BLOG will largely be a cut
and paste job of my last several FACEBOOK posts.
Just a reminder that there is a link that takes
you to our Facebook page on the left side of
the screen. You do not have to be on Facebook
to see our posts!
Announcing our NEXT EVENT, although it's not
much of a secret! It's a TWO DAY EXTRAVAGANZA
on BLACK FRIDAY and Saturday, November 28th and
29th. We WILL have the PANINI BLACK FRIDAY PACKS
that weekend (although they are limited, so you
probably should plan on at least having us set
some aside if you know you can't make it until
Saturday). We are thinking about PACK WARS for
SATURDAY at 1:00, but we definitely need to have
a good number of RSVP's to make it official (or
consider switching it to Friday night). So, PLEASE
let us know when and if you can make it!!! We
will have a LOT of Black Friday pack opening
that weekend, as we have already set aside over
250 packs for a number of customers (over 40
of those packs were prizes at our last event!).
And PLEASE NOTE that ALL Black Friday pack opening
must take place in our store! It's one of the
very few times we can "require" in-store
opening, and we are! We LOVE these packs and
love to see what our customers pull! We also
want to be able to take pics and share them with
Our YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS FOOTBALL CONTEST has
FOUR more RUNNERS-UP after this week!!!! There
are 5 people tied with only TWO wrong this week!
My apologies to everyone with 3 wrong, and there
were a lot of you! The 5 people tied are LIZ
SHREVE, MAX LEBOFSKY, DON RIMMER, RICK MACNEAL,
and CURTIS LEE. Everyone chose the Eagles to
win (as it should be!), so it comes down to points.
Liz needs 36 points or less. Max has the 37-42
point window. Don has 43-51. Rick has 52-55.
And finally, Curtis has 57 or over. GOOD LUCK,
EVERYONE; but just know that even if you don't
win ... you WILL be a Runner-Up and get to compete
for the $40 Runner-Up prize at the end of the
Please note that THIS week is the LAST WEEK
of our 2014 PANINI PLAYER OF THE DAY FOOTBALL
CONTEST! I'm excited that ALL FOUR WEEKLY WINNERS
so far (JIM BENNETT, CHRIS SZAGOLA, RYAN BROSS,
and DAVE GODIN) are great guys (and great customers),
so I would be THRILLED to have any of these people
win our GRAND PRIZE WORTH almost $250 THIS SATURDAY!!!
In order to get into the action before it's over,
all you need to do is pull the "Player of
the Day" (today, it's Brandon Marshall)
or any of the 3 Wild Cards (Andrew Luck, E.J.
Manuel, or Johnny Manziel) from ANY Panini branded
pack of cards. If you buy a BOX of Panini Football
cards, then you're automatically entered (this
is a Panini contest rule ... because it's assumed
you will get the Player of the Day). Doing this
makes you a daily winner. This Saturday, we'll
be picking the last weekly winner from all of
this week's daily winners. That person will be
competing against Jim, Chris, Ryan, and Dave
(via raffle) to win the big prize, also right
at 5:00 on Saturday. Anyone and everyone is invited
to join us at 5:00 to crown the winner (and of
course, you do NOT need to be here to win!).
I don't have time to write more now, but please
check Facebook for pics from NEW PRODUCTS, including
2014 Panini Longevity Football and 2014 Panini
Limited Football. We had a sweet Manziel auto
jersey rookie /25 and Cabrera auto /10 pulled
on Saturday! Pics are there. Hope to hear from/see
you soon. PLEASE RSVP to PACK WARS, and a most
hearty THANK YOU to all of our VETERANS and active
Hi everyone! Here's a quick event wrap-up.
Turn-out was low for this one, sadly, so everyone
who did come had their odds of winning Pack Wars
and raffles go up exponentially. Our PACK WARS
WINNER was a two-peat, RYAN BROSS. He has won
back-to-back Pack Wars, and chose 8 2014 Black
Friday packs for Saturday's win (he had the choice
between the BF packs and a gift certificate).
RYAN did very well at Saturday's event; because
besides winning Pack Wars, he also won the THIRD
WEEK of our PLAYER OF THE DAY CONTEST! So, Ryan
took home a Halloween-themed Eagles ghoul bobble
head/statue and POD exclusive jersey card (he
pulled Carlos Hyde); and now will try his luck
against Jim Bennett and Chris Szagola (via raffle)
in the POD Grand Prize drawing on Saturday, November
15th. BUT, his luck didn't even end there. He
also pulled an autograph of Anthony Daniels,
none other than C-3PO himself, from a box of
Star Wars Jedi Legacy (on sale on Saturday).
So, Saturday was a good day to be Ryan, and we
always enjoy his company. He's a great guy, and
if you want to talk soccer (he's the "scarf" guy
for the Sons of Ben) ... he's your man!
BOBBY GOODWIN won second place in Pack Wars
on Saturday and chose 5 Black Friday packs (you'll
notice a theme ... our event prizes were all
about our upcoming Black Friday packs!). Bobby
also finds himself tied with Gary Nichols in
this week's You-Pick-the-Winners Football Contest
with only two wrong! Tonight's tie breaking Monday
Night Game will determine which customer is the
Winner and which is the Runner-Up. And our two
RAFFLES with PURCHASE WINNERS were MIKE DOLAN
(who insists he NEVER wins anything, ever), who
won 20 BLACK FRIDAY PACKS; and SEAN SUPPLEE,
who won 10! So, CONGRATULATIONS to everyone!
We hope to see more customers at our BLACK FRIDAY
EVENT on BOTH Friday and Saturday, November 28th
and 29th! Pack Wars time tba.
Hello everyone! SO much to say! We have
a previous event to wrap up (as in, announce
some winners and people who made out well that
weekend). We have an upcoming event to announce,
which is NEXT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1st (the day
after Halloween) with PACK WARS at 1:00. We even
already know the date of our event AFTER that
... BLACK FRIDAY weekend (both Friday and Saturday)!
We also have TWO FOOTBALL CONTESTS on-going (our
YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS FOOTBALL CONTEST and the
recently started 2014 PANINI PLAYER OF THE DAY
FOOTBALL CONTEST). AND ... we have started a "RESERVE
YOUR BLACK FRIDAY PACKS NOW" promo as a
way for customers to buy Panini product now that
qualifies them for the upcoming Black Friday
packs. We have designated certain products (some
hockey, some football) with a number of free
Black Friday packs. Some products are very popular
(pretty much all of the hockey), and some other
products are on sale as part of this promo (Spectra
and Hot Rookies Football). And there are some
other products you might be buying anyway (like
the BRAND NEW 2014 Playbook Football that just
arrived today!), so now you will earn Black Friday
packs for doing so!
OUR LAST EVENT!
Okay, let's start with re-capping our last event!
First, THANK YOU to everyone who came to our
Friday/Saturday event September 19th and 20th.
I'm always so appreciative of everyone who
comes out for PACK WARS. It is only as good
as the number of people who show up, and we
had a VERY nice turn-out on Friday (and I might
add with a lot of nice folks) ... so thank
you for that. RYAN BROSS was our big PACK WARS
GRAND PRIZE WINNER of a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE
(which he undoubtedly used toward his favorite
product of Goodwin Champions). TEAM GRANDAN
(Grant Gow and Jordan Denish), who had the
PULL OF THE NIGHT during Pack Wars (a beautiful
CONTENDERS NATHAN MACKINNON AUTOGRAPHED ROOKIE
PATCH /99 worth over $300) also won our SECOND
PLACE PRIZE of a $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE (and
Jordan was at the store to pick up his $15
Gift Certificate and blaster box from winning
the very first week of our You-Pick-the-Winners
Contest, so truly, this day was an embarrassment
of riches for him!). MICHELLE ALBY claimed
our THIRD PLACE PRIZE of a BLASTER BOX (she
chose Topps Chrome Soccer ... odd choice for
the normally football fan!). And JOE MILLER
chose a few Donruss Americana Blasters as the
winner of the "PARTICIPATION PRIZE" (a
raffle for everyone who plays, whether you
win a round or not).
We also like to reward our customers who bring
new players to PACK WARS because we can only
grow by your good word of mouth, and I do think
that Pack Wars is a great opportunity to get
a feel for what we're all about (while meeting
some of our favorite customers, enjoying special
prices on popular products "STEVE'S SPECIALS" ,
refreshments, and potentially winning prizes).
FOUR customers brought new Pack Wars players
(Jackson Glenn, Rusty Shreve, Nick Damalas, and
Ryan Bross), so we did a raffle for the four
of them with their choice of various prizes.
Well, ultimately, we let everyone win something;
so given away were a McFarlane figure, beautiful
Phillies scrapbook, Flyers bottle cozy, and Phillies
mini mega-ticket. Thank you to all! Saturday,
we awarded TWO RAFFLE PRIZES WITH PURCHASE. JOE
MILLER was our BIG WINNER of 20 BLACK FRIDAY/FATHER'S
DAY PACKS (with some guaranteed hits). ROB FEENEY
won the second place prize of 10 BF/FD packs.
And then Steve and I drew two more names (unannounced)
to win 6 packs each ... and they were Grant Raskin
and Dave Lawrence. So CONGRATULATIONS to all
One thing I want to stress about PACK WARS
(especially for those of you who haven't attended)
is that you can't lose anything at Pack Wars.
You spend $50 and get $50 worth of cards (with
an average of at least 2 relic cards and autographs).
Two of our players pulled 7 jersey and autograph
cards EACH last time (of course, someone also
pulled one or none ... it happens)! We use popular,
new products of various sports; and you keep
everything you pull. No cards are given up. You
can only WIN extra prizes!
I just re-capped our last event, so this section
doesn't need to be too detailed. We try to have
consistency from event to event so our customers
know what to expect. We will have PACK WARS at
1:00 on Saturday. It will be the $50, multi-sport,
average of at least two hit, style of Pack Wars.
PLEASE RSVP for PACK WARS! It really helps us
to plan if we know who's coming. Our RAFFLES
WITH PURCHASE will again be PANINI BLACK FRIDAY
PACKS (this time, for the upcoming packs not
yet released). STEVE'S SPECIALS will definitely
involve some Panini products this time so that
you can earn the upcoming Black Friday packs
as well (see our section "Reserve Your Black
Friday Packs Now Promo"). And we WILL, once
again, be rewarding customers who bring newbies
to Pack Wars with a special raffle just for those
people! AND, we have two football contests going
on that you can play that Saturday. Okay, enough
2014 PANINI PLAYER OF
THE DAY FOOTBALL CONTEST
Let's move onto one of these aforementioned football
contests ... our PANINI PLAYER OF THE DAY CONTEST.
If you've never played before (and we DO participate
in this contest every year!), here's how it works
... The POD Contest is a 5 week, 30 day contest
with daily prizes, 5 weekly prizes, and a GRAND
PRIZE worth almost $250. Each day, a specific
football player is designated as "The Player
of the Day" on signage in the store. If
you pull that player (or any of the THREE Wild
Cards designated ... Johnny Manziel, EJ Manuel,
and Andrew Luck) from a Panini branded pack,
YOU are a daily winner! If you buy a BOX of Panini
football cards, you are an instant winner (because
it is assumed you will pull one of the players).
The daily prize (one win per person per day,
but you can play every day if you want to!) is
a special two card Panini POD Exclusive pack
(with random autographs). The WEEKLY PRIZE changes
weekly; but this week (and last), it's a t-shirt,
Eagles cup, and 4 2014 Score Football packs (and
what's cool about that is when you pick up your
prize, you can open your free packs and potentially
become a daily winner for the following week!).
The weekly winner is chosen from all of the daily
winners, via raffle, each Saturday at 5:00. And
then the GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be chosen on
November 15th from the 5 weekly winners (the
contest lasts 5 weeks). Our FIRST WEEKLY WINNER
WAS JIM BENNETT, who now has a 20% chance of
winning the Grand Prize. Included in the GRAND
PRIZE (which IS on display in our store) is a
REDEMPTION for 10 2014 BLACK FRIDAY PACKS, a
BOX of 2013 ELITE FOOTBALL, 10 2014 SCORE FOOTBALL
PACKS, an EAGLES' MARCUS SMITH AUTOGRAPH, OYO
EAGLES END ZONE SET, EAGLES TRAVEL CUP and TEAM
SET, DECALS, 2 POSTERS, and T-SHIRTS. It's a
GREAT GRAND PRIZE worth almost $250, and if you're
not an Eagles fan ... you will have half of your
Christmas/Hanukkah shopping done! So, congratulations
to Jim for winning the first week! Our Second
weekly winner will be chosen this Saturday, and
we would love for you to be part of the drawing.
OUR "YOU PICK THE
WINNERS" FOOTBALL CONTEST
As a quick re-cap of the other football contest,
our YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS FOOTBALL CONTEST, let's
list the winners so far (and a few of these winners
haven't been back in the store since they played
and don't even know they won ... so this list
might come as a surprise to some of them!). JORDAN
DENISH, LIZ SHREVE, GLENN KNOPF (twice), BEN
LEBOFSKY, FRAN EVANS, and MARK STEMPHOSKI have
each been weekly winners and each earned a $15
GIFT CERTIFICATE. And LIZ SHREVE (twice), DAVE
GODIN, MAX LEBOFSKY, GARY NICHOLS, JIM BENNETT,
and BRIAN RUEGNER have been Runners-Up. The winners
will all compete against each other at the end
of the season in the play-offs for a $100 GIFT
CERTIFICATE, and the runners-up will compete
for a $40 GIFT CERTIFICATE. FREE entry forms
are available every Wednesday at 3:00 and due
back Saturday at 5:00. The more times you win
(GO LIZ and GLENN!!), the more chances you have
during the play-offs; so play, and play often!
"RESERVE YOUR BLACK
FRIDAY PACKS NOW" PROMO
As previously mentioned, 2014 PANINI BLACK FRIDAY
PACKS are coming! And because of their popularity,
we are giving you all sorts of ways to earn them
before the big day! They are part of the Grand
Prize for our Player of the Day Contest. They
ARE the raffles with purchase for our next event
on November 1st. They will be the featured attraction
of our Black Friday two-day event. And now, we
have started a promo for you to buy products
today, which will earn you an IOU for packs to
be redeemed on Black Friday. It is our "Reserve
your Black Friday Packs Now" Promotion!
We have THREE football products and THREE Hockey
products (the hockey ones are all popular sellers
too!) that will earn you an IOU on the upcoming
2014 Black Friday packs. The products are ...
2013 Spectra Football ... SALE price and 10 BF
PACKS with each box! (OR 2 BF packs with each
2014 Playbook Football (arrived today!) ... 1
BF pack with each box
2014 Hot Rookies Football ... SALE price and
5 BF packs
2013-14 Playbook Hockey ... 4 BF packs with each
2013-14 Rookie Anthology Hockey ... 3 BF packs
with each box
2013-14 Contenders Hockey ... 4 BF packs with
For prices, give us a call. I'm most excited
about the Spectra because we've had some interest
in this product being re-stocked as it is, and
Steve has been working on getting it back in
at a good price (which he just did). Spectra
is one of those 2 hits per pack products. It's
not widely known, partly because it was just
too expensive when it was first released and
partly because the 2013 rookie crop wasn't stellar.
But everyone who has opened it has liked it (a
LOT). It's packaged like Bowman Sterling (6 packs
per box with 2 hits in each) and looks like a
cross between Finest and Bowman Sterling (or
to Steven, Triple Threads). Cards ARE gorgeous,
and I highly recommend it if you haven't tried
More products will be added in the weeks to
come, so keep track of Facebook for updates.
We reserve the right to remove or change the
products we have chosen as part of this promo,
and there is absolutely no guarantee we will
have the same products a week from now, let alone
until Black Friday itself. So if you know you
want a certain item, don't wait too long. We
will keep track of the Black Friday packs you
earn, and we are excited to offer this promo
(because we LOVE Black Friday/Father's Day packs
and can't wait to see them opened).
We have them, and we're getting more every day.
I held off on ordering hand-collated 2014 PHILLIES
TEAM SETS for a while (because I wasn't impressed
by their season). But, I do have customers
who are far less fair-weathered than me, so
I have succumbed to getting them. I have the
2014 Topps Baseball Series 1, 2, and Update;
Archives, Heritage, and Gypsy Queen on the
way (they'll be here in only a few days). We
also have the hand-collated 2014 Topps Eagles
team set (on display, in fact) as well as the
packaged 2014 Score Eagles team set. And Flyers
fans can see the 2014-15 OPC Flyers team set
on display here as well. If you're not a hometown
team fan, we might just have the team set you're
looking for! We carry an extensive selection
of teams (almost all of them) for 2014 (or
14-15) Topps Baseball, Score Football, Score
Hockey, and Hoops Basketball. Just ask. Most
team sets are $6 (or less).
GRADED CARD DISCUSSION
There was a discussion on our FACEBOOK page about
getting cards graded, and whether our customers
use PSA or Beckett (no other grading company
is even considered) and what holders they use
to send cards in. The answers to those questions
were that most of our customers use Beckett
(which happens to offer some grading specials
for "members"), and Beckett WILL
accept cards in various different holders.
While the standard semi-rigid holders (which
we carry) are preferred, they WILL accept your
cards in magnetic holders and will even return
the holders to you with the graded cards! This
is no slight to PSA, a highly respected grading
service with its fair share of the market.
It just so happens that our more vocal customers
use Beckett. Another discussion that stemmed
from this one was about removing grading cards
from their holders, which prompted several
customers to ask WHY someone would do this!
So I thought the answer might be interesting
to some (read the next paragraph).
Here you go ... Many possible reasons. 1. Grading
is pretty subjective. The same card that gets
an 8.5 COULD get a 9 on another day OR by a different
grader. 2. The card could look much better than
the grade it got. So, if your card comes back
a 7 (that's not impressing anyone for a modern
card) ... it might be better to crack it out
and sell it ungraded. 3. One customer I spoke
to had the following experience ... he had a
card that had great corners, centering, and edges
(all of which are given sub grades by Beckett
and all of which were 9's or 9.5's); BUT he did
not notice that the surface of the card was bad
and only got a 6. Beckett has a rule that the
overall grade can be no higher than one point
(or half a point, depending) more than the card's
lowest sub grade (a little fact I just learned!),
SO the card was only a 7 ... but it looked way
better than that. So that baby was removed from
its holder! So, hopefully that helps! One reason
AGAINST removing a card from a BGS or PSA slab
would be that regardless of the grade your card
got, the grading process also authenticates the
card. So, for one customer e have who owns a
Michael Jordan rookie card with a sub-par grade, at
least a potential buyer knows that the rookie
card (which is often counterfeited) is real!
That's a plus.
TRIVIA TIME QUESTIONS
Look for TRIVIA TIME QUESTIONS ON FACEBOOK! As
a kick-off for both the release of 2014 TOPPS
UPDATE BASEBALL and our PLAYER OF THE DAY FOOTBALL
CONTEST, we awarded 25 packs (of both Update
and 2013 Prizm Football ... winner's choice)
to Facebook readers who correctly answered
trivia questions. We've seen some of these
customers to collect, but not all; so please
remember that you must come in to claim your
FREE PACKS before our next event on November
1st! We have done this promo before and will
do it again. I purposely choose different times
of the day to ask questions to hopefully involve
as many different people as possible.
IIN CLOSING ...
Okay, today's BLOG was too much of a mouthful;
but there's a lot going on and on my mind! So
I hope you look for our daily FACEBOOK updates,
where we also cover most NEW PRODUCTS and show
tons of CARD PICS and HOT PULLS! Thanks everyone!
We hope to see you soon, and PLEASE R.S.V.P.
for PACK WARS!
Hello everyone! After a VERY slow summer at
the store, things are a' hopping! Post season
baseball (alas, not for the Phils) and the start
of football season (GO EAGLES!) have brought
with them a frenzy of activity and new products
and CONTESTS! Our store's own YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS
FOOTBALL CONTEST is in full swing and now in
week 6. Each week on Wednesday, we provide FREE
entry sheets for you to select winners in each
of Sunday's football game match-ups. We never
use Thursday or Saturday games, so you're never
at a disadvantage by filling out the form anytime
before the due date of Saturday at 5:00. The
WEEKLY PRIZE is a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE, which
we sometimes supplement with other goodies like
a jumbo pack of 2014 Topps Football to this year's
first winner Jordan Denish. Liz Shreve went on
to win Week 2 and enjoyed a colorful Panini t-shirt
with her gift certificate as well. The last three
weekly winners were Glenn Knopf, Benjamin Lebofsky,
and Fran Evans. Each of these weekly winners
will compete in the $100 GRAND PRIZE Play-off.
But what's really weird is that we've yet to
have a Runner-Up yet (for which there is a separate
$40 prize pool at the end of the season!!). A
Runner-Up is determined when there is a tie after
Sunday's games, which necessitates the Monday
Night tie breaker. Well, we haven't had a tie
yet! So, congrats to all, and stay tuned for
our other football contest ...PANINI'S PLAYER
OF THE DAY; which will start in about a week
and features daily prizes of FREE PACKS and a
GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE worth over $150!
I usually end my BLOGS with a reminder to check
FACEBOOK for daily updates, but I'm starting
that pitch earlier this time. I have been spending
a lot of time lately making sure our Facebook
page is updated with info about NEW PRODUCTS.
The ability to write a quick post whenever I
have a few minutes and the ease with which I
can upload photos make Facebook an incredibly
ideal forum for dispensing info. So besides keeping
up with our store goings-on and knowing about
EVENTS, CONTESTS, SALES, etc.; viewing our Facebook
posts will show you what NEW PRODUCTS look like
and what types of inserts are possible. I promise
you that if you take a peek every now and then
you'll learn something new that you're glad you
now know! AND YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE ON FACEBOOK
TO SEE OUR POSTS!!!! Just click our link at left.
It takes you right there!! Products that I've
talked about a lot on there recently have been
2014 STADIUM CLUB BASEBALL, 2014 IMMACULATE BASEBALL,
2014 FINEST FOOTBALL, and 2014 PANINI PRIZM FOOTBALL.
I post pics of the NEW BECKETTS that arrive.
And I have been known to post "TRIVIA TIME" questions
(which I'm getting ready to do again soon) where
I ask store/ card/ hobby related questions and
give out packs to the winners (you DO have to
be on Facebook to win ... because you can't comment
Side-note, if you ARE on FACEBOOK, PLEASE MAKE
SURE YOU CHECK OFF THE "FOLLOWING" BUTTON
at the top of our page to see our posts in your
Newsfeed!!! (You can also receive notifications
when we post ... that option is in the pull down
menu under the word "Liked", but even
I think that's excessive!). This is the only
fool-proof way to get our posts in your Newsfeed.
Otherwise, Facebook uses an algorithm to determine
who sees our posts, and only those people who "engage" in
our posts (Like them, Comment, etc.) will get
them in their Newsfeed. We spend a lot of time
updating Facebook. We definitely don't barrage
you with posts, but we definitely want as many
people as possible who Like us to see what we're
saying. THANK YOU!!!
Okay, onto NEW PRODUCTS. We are getting 2014
TOPPS UPDATE BASEBALL next week. That is always
a popular seller for us, along with Series 1
and 2. And just a reminder to Topps Baseball
buyers, the annual factory set (also a popular
seller at the holidays) is a complete set of
every card from Series 1 and 2, BUT it does NOT
contain any of the Update series. (Sets are packaged
and released before the Update is even produced).
The only way to put together the Update set is
by buying packs. It is no longer a stand-alone
packaged update set as in years past. 2014-15
ARTIFACTS HOCKEY is now IN STOCK! We just received
it yesterday, so we haven't seen any opened ...
but it is the first high end product for 14-15
(and we have some takers coming in later today)!
2014 STADIUM CLUB BASEBALL is a GREAT set for
set builders. Known for its great photography
(and a few funny shots this year!), thicker card
stock, and full bleed design; Stadium hasn't
had a release since 2008 (and that was an atypical
one-auto-per-pack release). 2014 Stadium has
3 mini boxes per box with an auto in each mini.
All of the traditional inserts (Beam Team, Triumvirates
aka Luminous/Luminescent/Illuminate, Members
Only, etc.) you remember from years past are
back, as well as a great selection of legendary
players in the basic set (there are some great
Babe Ruth shots). For pics of all of the legendary
players, Phillies, and various inserts ... check
out our Facebook post from October 6th.
2014 FINEST FOOTBALL has been our best seller
for football. FINEST BASEBALL was a great seller
as well, mostly due to its beautiful and colorful
card design and popular flashback style of inserts
(today's players in popular Finest designs from
years past). Both Finest Baseball and Football
have one auto per mini box (2 minis per overall
box), but the Football goes one step further
with either a nice jersey or patch piece on each
autograph card (like last year). We have seen
SO MANY GREAT HITS from Finest Football ... with
THREE 1/1 autographs! My favorite was a Sammy
Watkins Autographed Nike Swoosh card, but the
Marqise Lee Autographed Superfractor with SWEET "JAG" patch
is a close second! The lucky customer who pulled
these two cards also pulled a Johnny Manziel
/15 autograph, a Blake Bortles /15 autograph,
AND a Mystery Rookie Auto Redemption (our store's
second!). So, apparently, we had a couple of
nice Finest cases recently. 2014 PANINI PRIZM
FOOTBALL is also a great looking product with
many die cut inserts. Panini promised to load
its hobby boxes with more color than ever before.
Each box should yield 11 color variants. For
pics of BOTH Finest and Prizm Football, check
out our October 6th Facebook posts as well.
The last product I'll quickly mention is 2014
BOWMAN CHROME BASEBALL (but if you want a complete
reporting of 2014 Immaculate Baseball, you know
where to look!). Bowman Chrome has been popular,
partly because it has KRIS BRYANT AUTOGRAPHS
(only Bowman products can, and he's been a redemption
in most so far). We've had 4 Bryant autos pulled
so far from Bowman Chrome and a few Jose Abreu's
(Tanaka still does not have autograph cards).
The hobby box has TWO autos this year, and the
jumbo box has 5! The usual (and popular) refractors
continue to have value that exceeds numbered
cards from other products. It always amazes me,
whether it's baseball OR football; and whether
it's Bowman Chrome OR Topps Chrome, how popular
and valuable the refractors are! They're highly
I will wrap up this BLOG for now, but I will
be back in a day or so to wrap up our last event
via BLOG and announce our next one. I will also
announce the start date for our second football
contest of the season PANINI'S PLAYER OF THE
DAY FOOTBALL CONTEST (and give you an idea of
what the weekly and GRAND PRIZE WINNERS can look
forward to!). Later today, on Facebook, I am
going to discuss all of the HOBBY CARD LICENSING
EXCLUSIVES (and what they mean to you), as well
as start the TRIVIA TIME questions. So, STAY
TUNED for that! Thanks everyone!
I think PART 2 of my last BLOG never happened,
but I'm BACK and here with more details about
this weekend's event. FIRST, let's talk PACK
WARS. I promised I would explain EXACTLY how
Pack Wars works for those of you who have never
played, so let's start there. If you've already
played with us, then skip the next section, but
if not, read on ...
WARS and how it works ... Entry fee is $50;
and for that $50, we give you $50 worth of
packs that will AVERAGE at least 2 hits (jerseys
or autograph cards). Some players may get
3 hits and some may get one, but we try to
evenly distribute them as much as possible.
We choose mostly new, popular packs from
the three big sports (baseball, football,
and hockey); and then throw in a pack or
two of soccer, basketball, or another sport
to mix it up. You keep everything you get
from your packs. It is not possible to lose
We usually play between
9 and 12 rounds. The exact number depends
on which products we use, which is partly
determined by how many people play and how
many hits each product has. There's a lot
of math that goes into this calculation (more
than you'd realize) to make sure that not
only are players getting the promised average
of at least two hits, but also getting their
money's worth, card-wise. This is Steve's
job, and it does require a bit of patience
from our players because the exact combination
of packs can only be determined once everyone
arrives (and the head count is taken).
Once we see how many
people are playing, we can determine the
prizes for that Pack Wars session. The more
people, the better the prizes. We announce
the prizes before we start, and we usually
have at least THREE.
Each player has the
same set of packs and keeps them in the same
order. So, when we start with Pack A; everyone
is playing with Pack A. Steve and I tell
everyone to open their first pack (which,
again, is the same pack as each other ),
and we ask a question. It might be who has
the highest card number, who has the tallest
player (from the stats on the back of the
card), etc.; and players yell out their answers.
Whoever has the winning card gets a raffle
ticket (to be explained in a bit), and often,
there is a bonus prize for that specific
round. Bonus prizes are extra packs we didn't
distribute to players, and any box toppers
we may have gotten. So for example, if we
used a product with 24 packs and only 15
people are playing, then there are 9 packs
left over to give away as prizes. That's
what makes this style of Pack Wars especially
fun ... lots of prizes!
We continue asking
questions for each card pack, while giving
away raffle tickets for each round. Once
the packs are gone, we start drawing prizes.
We have one participation prize so that even
if you didn't win a specific round, you can
STILL win this raffle (each person is given
a certain color raffle ticket with their
set of packs before we start to play, and
this is for the participation raffle). The
FIRST, SECOND, and THIRD place prizes are
all chosen from the raffle tickets won after
each round; and players MAY win more than
one of these prizes! After all, if you were
lucky enough to win three rounds (as an example),
you should have a better chance at winning
prizes. And so you have Pack Wars! What I
think is the most fun about Pack Wars is
having everyone open their packs together
and announce the hits they get. We always
have a few big hits, and it's fun to be here
amidst the frenzy of opening! So come join
us, won't you? Any age player is welcome,
and assistance by Heidi and Steve (and fellow,
friendly players) is always available."
that was indeed a mouthful; but I wanted to make
sure that I provided a step-by-step guide to
Pack Wars that I can reference in the future
as well. As a side note, we want to encourage
NEW PACK WARS PLAYERS! Anyone who brings a friend
(a Pack Wars "newbie") tomorrow night
(Pack Wars is at 7:15 on Friday) will be entered
into a special drawing (assuming you and your
friend both play). If you bring two friends,
you'll get two raffle tickets! We will be drawing
TWO PRIZE WINNERS from these people, and the
prizes we have are featured in the pic at left.
They range from a Phillies scrapbook to Flyers
ear buds to a football McFarlane figure ... winner's
choice! So what better time than now to introduce
someone to our store and the fun that is Pack
move onto our RAFFLES! Due to the popularity
of PANINI'S BLACK FRIDAY and FATHER'S DAY PACKS,
we are making them the RAFFLE PRIZES (with purchase)
for the weekend. The 20 black and silver packs
shown (10 2012 Black Friday and 10 2013 Father's
Day ... each group with AT LEAST one hit) are
the RAFFLE PRIZE available to anyone who spends
at least $100 this weekend (Friday or Saturday).
You MAY receive more than one raffle ticket (one
for every $100 spent). The 10 red packs shown
(2013 Black Friday ... there are TWO thick packs,
and at least one is a jersey/patch card)) are
the RAFFLE PRIZE available to anyone who spends
at least $50 this weekend (Friday or Saturday). If
you play PACK WARS, then you automatically get
one of these tickets and you're half-way toward
a $100 raffle ticket! We've always had lots of
success with PANINI BLACK FRIDAY and FATHER'S
DAY PACKS, and I think these prizes will serve
as nice rewards to two lucky customers (or one
massively lucky customer)!!
Steve has printed out some great STEVE'S SPECIALS
for you ... sale prices good only this weekend;
and while you're here, you can fill out your
FREE entry form into our weekly YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS
FOOTBALL CONTEST. Weekly prize is a $15 GIFT
CERTIFICATE. Our annual NFL PLAYER OF THE DAY
FOOTBALL CONTEST will be starting up in a few
weeks as well. I'm sure we'll have a few other
surprises for you this weekend, so I hope you'll
come visit us! Look for updates throughout the
weekend (and especially after Pack Wars) on Facebook.
And REMEMBER ... you do NOT have to be on Facebook
to see our posts! There is a link at left that
takes you right there. Try it right now! Thanks
everyone, and I'll be back next week to BLOG
about all of the hobby goings-ons I didn't BLOG
about this week and with post-event info. I posted
a few tidbits today about Finest and Immaculate
Baseball on Facebook, if you want to take a look!
Hope to see you soon!
BLOG PART 1
Hi everyone! It's been a long summer without
a BLOG from me! But I'm back to announce our
NEXT EVENT! It's NEXT WEEKEND, Friday and Saturday,
September 19th and 20th. And we WILL be playing
PACK WARS on Friday the 19th at 7:15! So clear
your schedules and mark your calendars and be
HERE to party with us! More details will come
... in this BLOG, in an E-NEWSLETTER, and ESPECIALLY
on FACEBOOK! But I wanted to make sure you knew
WHEN it was happening so you could plan. During
this event, we will have RAFFLES (with purchase),
STEVE'S SPECIALS, REFRESHMENTS, FREE GIFTS; and
of course, a SPECIAL PRIZE for that week's You-Pick-the-Winners
Football contest winner if the winner attended
our event! Besides all of our usual event staples,
the camaraderie amongst our customers during
these weekends is what we find most refreshing;
and what we think our customers enjoy most. We
have a nice group of "regulars" who
are fun to talk to and hang around with! And
when they're all opening at the same time (like
during PACK WARS), nothing is more fun!
I have TONS to say in this BLOG, like that
our FREE YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS FOOTBALL CONTEST
has started and that the 2014 NFL PLAYER OF THE
DAY FOOTBALL CONTEST will be starting in a few
weeks. Our PANINI FATHER'S DAY PACK PROMOTION
was our best one ever. We just updated both the
HOT PULLS and CARD GALLERY on the website (featuring
some of those hits from the Father's Day packs,
I might add!). We were surprised that so many
of this year's Hot Pulls were from 2014 Panini
Prizm Soccer (we had some ridiculous luck with
that product!). Our CARD GALLERY has 200 new
pictures in it ... all cards that were pulled
at our store. It's a great way to see what new
products look like and then also interesting
to see what our customers have personally pulled.
Even brand new products like 2014 Finest Baseball
Even though it's been a relatively quiet summer
in the store, that hasn't stopped GREAT CARDS
from being pulled from popular products that
have been released in the past few months. Even
though we happen to have JUST recently updated
the website, there have been more than a dozen
more pics taken since then; and all of those
cards were featured immediately on our FACEBOOK
page. If you're not on Facebook, simply use the
link on our site to take you right there! EVERYTHING
from NEW PRODUCTS to HOBBY and STORE GOINGS-ON
are posted there FIRST! If there's a wrapper
redemption program announced, an exclusive licensing
deal created, or a hot product made (ALL of which
HAVE happened this summer!) ... our FACEBOOK
page is where you will see that first. So please
get into the habit of checking there often. It's
our best means of communicating with you, and
I guarantee you won't be sorry you checked in!
I'm calling this BLOG "PART 1" because
I expect to work on a PART 2 soon that has more
specifics. It's hard to cover the whole summer
in one BLOG entry, and I wanted to make sure
you knew about the event! Thanks everyone and
stay tuned for more info!
Hi everyone! I am in the process of sending
an E-NEWSLETTER out as we speak to talk about
our NEXT EVENT THIS WEEKEND. Most of this BLOG "A" is
a duplicate of that Newsletter. IF you do not
receive it on Wednesday, then please sign up
for the link at the top of this website! BLOG "B" discusses
Panini's new Rewards Program!
WE ARE HAVING AN EVENT THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 13th
AND THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 14th. YES! You heard
me correctly. . Sportscard Playground is having
a TWO DAY EVENT!!! This Sunday is Father's Day
(Spoiler Alert for anyone who forgot!), and PANINI'S
2014 FATHER DAY PACKS are arriving on Friday!
We will be giving them away on BOTH Friday and
Saturday, with the purchase of any Panini product
(certain products earn you more packs). This
is probably only our second TWO DAY EVENT, and
we thought it was necessary ... both because
of the draw that the PANINI FATHER'S DAY PACKS
have AND because of the time of year with all
of the graduation parties going on and summer
plans/shore weekends beginning. We hope that
one of these days will be available for you to
join us! PACK WARS is at 1:00 on Saturday, and
we will be giving away a VERY LIMITED, ULTRA
HARD TO GET, 2014 PANINI BLACK BOX on Saturday
at 5:00. Info on everything I just mentioned
is in the paragraphs below!
Okay! Let's discuss the 2014 PANINI FATHER'S
DAY PACKS, arriving on Friday! We participate
in both Panini pack promos ... their Father's
Day pack promo and their Black Friday pack promo,
each year. We always have a good turn-out for
them, and our customers enjoy the exclusive cards
found in these 2 card packs. Check out Panini's
BLOG entry that discusses this year's packs (and
features lots of pics) at http://paniniamerica.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/a-must-see-first-look-at-the-panini-america-2014-fathers-day-promotion-gallery/
. You'll see swatches of special pink breast
cancer awareness memorabilia (Heidi's favorite!);
limited cards of Johnny Manziel, Jose Abreu,
and Kobe Bryant; special 2013 Select Football
Green Prizm parallels; and lots of autographs.
Any $50 Panini box purchase (or $25 Panini pack
purchase) will earn you a Father's Day pack,
and specific products earn you many! A full list
of products (with special sale prices for some)
will be available in-store starting on Friday,
and we DO expect to have packs BOTH Friday and
Saturday. They are "While supplies last",
but we have planned well for our event.
We HOPE we will get a good turn-out for PACK
WARS on Saturday at 1:00. We are certain it will
be a fun one, as our last two MULTI-SPORT, AVERAGE
OF AT LEAST TWO HIT PACK WARS were well received.
Because 2014 Topps Series 2 Baseball releases
this week (and is popular!); we will definitely
be including it in our pack selection for Pack
Wars. Same details as last time ... $50 (plus
tax) per person. We will play roughly 10-12 rounds
(determined by products used/hits per box). We
ask that you PLEASE R.S.V.P. at (215) 675-6644
or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or on Facebook! Knowing who and how many people
are coming really helps us to plan!
Let's talk about our BIG GIVE-AWAY ... a 2014
PANINI BLACK BOX! This Black Box was made available
to a select few at the 2014 Industry Summit in
Vegas. It contains a GUARANTEED 1/1 AUTO or MEMORABILIA
CARD and was donated to us by our most wonderful
distributor Sports Images. Here is Panini's BLOG
entry that discusses these ... http://paniniamerica.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/spoiler-alert-panini-america-offers-a-look-inside-2014-industry-summit-black-boxes
. This special item sells for upwards of $300,
and we are giving it away to one lucky customer
on Saturday at 5:00. For every $100 in Panini
product you buy on Friday or Saturday (and what
better time to purchase Panini product than during
the Father's Day pack promotion?), you will receive
a raffle ticket for the Black Box! You CAN get
multiple raffle tickets for spending more than
$100, and we WILL be giving out raffle tickets
on BOTH Friday and Saturday. The LIVE RAFFLE
DRAWING will take place on Saturday at 5:00,
and all are welcome to attend the drawing. Steve
and I can't wait to see what's in it!!
Regarding FACEBOOK ... I've been trying to get
the information out there as much as possible
(but I seem to keep surprising people with it!)
that you do NOT have to be on Facebook to read
my Facebook posts. There is a link right here
on our website, under my BLOG link at left. Pressing
it takes you right to our Facebook page, where
I often have daily updates and show pics of NEW
PRODUCTS and HOT PULLS. I'm very confident that
anyone who takes the time to click this link
will be happy he did. FACEBOOK posts are such
a simple, convenient, and effective way to communicate
with everyone; but it can only work if YOU click
the link! PLEASE consider making it a part of
your daily or weekly routine.
Thanks for reading!
Hi again! Panini has been working on a program
to drastically reduce the number of redemption
cards in their products. I think we can all agree
that getting redemptions cards is not fun. No
one likes to wait for the autographs to be signed
and for the cards to arrive. And in the instances
where the card you are owed is not made and you
are sent a replacement you may not want ... that
is even worse! So, Panini has come up with a
program to change things.
is introducing "PANINI REWARDS", and
it will be officially rolling out this week with
points cards in 2014 Score Football. Basically,
Panini is inserting Rewards Points Cards into
their products in the place of certain autograph
cards not available at the time of production,
with the ultimate goal being to eliminate traditional
redemption cards in their products altogether.
Panini has an on-line inventory of cards in all
sports with assigned points values (some that
for whatever reason didn't make their way into
the product, some from redemptions never claimed,
and some to be made up especially for this program).
They will also have some non-card rewards, like
experiences (think tickets to a special game).
You can trade your Rewards Points (you enter
codes on-line or scan the cards with your Smartphone
and Panini's app) for any card in any sport that
you have enough points for ... or save up your
points for a reward currently out of reach. They
Check out Panini's BLOGS for an explanation
of the program ... http://paniniamerica.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/game-changing-panini-rewards-program-to-launch-with-release-of-2014-score-football/#more-80767 and
then a great follow-up Q & A ... http://paniniamerica.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/faq-panini-america-addresses-most-asked-questions-on-the-panini-rewards-program/#more-80828 .
One note from Panini as to whether this program
replaces redemptions in their products altogether
"While the ultimate goal of the Panini
Rewards System is to completely eliminate the
redemption card, that’s not an entirely
realistic scenario. Although points cards will
eliminate the vast majority of redemptions, there
are key product-making players who must appear
in a product. When those players’ autographs
aren’t available for pack-out, they will
appear in traditional redemption-card form."
I think it's great that Panini is doing something
to reduce redemptions. I'm curious to see how
often we see these points cards; how many points
they are worth; and what that number of points
gets you. My only concern (which time will resolve)
is that presently, Panini is awesome about fulfilling
expired redemption cards. They are the only company
I'm aware of that consistently will honor an
expired redemption if they have the card in inventory,
and my customers really appreciate this. With
this new program where some of the on-line inventory
of card choices for your points are coming from
Panini's existing inventory of unclaimed redemption
cards, I'm wondering if this means that expired
redemptions will no longer be filled? Again,
time will tell.
Hi everyone! I'm more or less cutting and pasting
my FACEBOOK post from Saturday here ...
THANK YOU to everyone who came out on Friday
night and PACK WAR'ed with us! We had a great
turnout, in no small part thanks to the Bennett,
Center, and Damalas families! Thank you to EVERYONE
who came (esp. first timers like Jack, Don, and
Mike! !), but a VERY hearty thank you to all
of you who brought first time Pack War players!
JACK AUGUSTINE was the ridiculously BIG WINNER
... in more ways than I have fingers!! He won
the PACK WARS Grand Prize and chose the prize
package containing his goal for the evening ...
the Upper Deck siren (with a gift certificate).
He plans to use the siren every time the Penguins
score ... and probably get kicked out of the
house by his wife! But Jack's luck didn't start
or end there! Before Pack Wars even started,
he pulled a Nathan MacKinnon rookie insert #'ed
to 25 from 2013-14 Fleer Showcase Hockey which
sells for $190 AND in the same box, a Sidney
Crosby "Jambalaya" insert that comes
one per case (worth another $75, but probably
remaining in his "PC" ... personal
collection). Then, as if that wasn't enough victory
for one person, Jack won the second Pack Wars
prize of a $30 Gift Certificate!!! So, just wow!
A huge night for Jack!
Scott, cousin to our favorite Center boys,
won a great painted Eagles pilsner glass; and
Mike Hodoba (our reigning Pack Wars champion!
) eeked out both of his goals for the evening
... a spiffy new Bowman cap (Pack Wars prize)
and a badly wanted Spiderman Funko mini figure
(VERY cute! ). Ryan Bennett also won a Bowman
cap, and I think he pulled the most autographs
of anyone during Pack Wars (hands down!), not
to mention 3 hits from Prestige Basketball beforehand!
Lastly, Mike Dolan won a $20 Gift Certificate "just
for playing", and his son was very excited
to collect the prize! Nick Damalas took home
a Phillies Endura towel (to keep cool this summer)
as the winner of the "Bring a Newbie" raffle!
And last, JOE MILLER won our "Raffle with
purchase" and can choose either Jack's favorite
Upper Deck siren (we have a second one!), or
to avoid a divorce from his wife, Paula, may
choose 10 of the upcoming Panini Father's Day
packs! I just talked to Joe. He wisely chose
the packs ... so look for that siren in an upcoming
CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners on Friday,
and thanks so much for coming out! The people
who attend really determine the success of the
event, so this event was very successful!
Hi everyone! Someone promised a BLOG earlier
this week about tonight's PACK WARS EVENT and
did not deliver on time! So, my apologies for
that! I just wanted to quickly go over a few
facts ... all of which have been stated either
in the original E-NEWSLETTER or on FACEBOOK throughout
the week. Tonight's PACK WARS starts at 7:15.
We have a pretty good turn-out expected, and
we would love to see many more! The more people
who play ... the better the prizes; and it's
definitely more fun to see more packs opened
The style of PACK WARS we're using is a $50
per person, 12 pack, multi-sport, average of
at least TWO HITS "type"! We will be
awarding prizes like GIFT CERTIFICATES, blaster
boxes, card packs, and many cool sports novelties
to 3 lucky raffle winners (raffle tickets are
given for each round won). I posted a pic of
some of tonight's loot on Facebook today, and
even if you aren't on Facebook ... you CAN view
our posts by clicking the link at left.
We are also trying to encourage and reward
our Pack Wars players to bring new players by
having a special raffle JUST for them. Anyone
who brings a new player (and plays himself!)
will receive a special raffle ticket for doing
so. The winner will have his choice of prizes,
and a pic of those prizes (including a painted
Eagles Pilsner glass, Phillies Snuggie, and Phillies
Endura towel) was posted on Facebook today as
Check out the fun (refreshments WILL be involved!)
tonight at 7:15!
Hi everyone! THANK YOU to all of our PACK WARS
participants on Saturday! The event itself was
a bit quiet. I think WAY too many of our customers
were enjoying the beautiful spring weather and/or
playing organized sports, so the turn-out was
light. But a few loyal PACK WARS participants
showed up, and our first time using the multi-sport
style of Pack Wars with at least 2 guaranteed
hits was definitely a success. We ended up giving
away a LOT of packs and prizes throughout Pack
Wars, besides our normal first and second place
prizes ... so that was fun! Our overall WINNER
MIKE HODOBA received a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE for
having his raffle ticket chosen first after Pack
Wars, and then he went on to win the HAROLD CARMICHAEL
AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO at the end of the day as well!
So it was a lucky day for Mike, who also won
a bunch of packs! MAX LEBOFSKY won our second
place Pack Wars prize of a $20 blaster box, and
JACKSON GLENN won our third place prize of a
group of packs (which ended up containing 2 more
jersey cards!). Ed Pool went home with a Phillies
mouse ... via a special raffle available only
to Pack Wars players. Finally, a major CONGRATULATIONS
goes to BRIAN RUEGNER, who took home our RYAN
HOWARD AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL on Saturday. We will
definitely use this style of Pack Wars in the
future when there is not a big product release
like Topps Baseball or Football, which tend to
be a draw in and of themselves because they're
popular products. It was fun to see all of the
Panini HAS started mailing the Donruss wrapper
redemption 3-card set of RATED ROOKIES # 201,
202, and 203. As previously reported, they are
MASAHIRO TANAKA, Jose Abreu, and Yordano Ventura.
But the bigger news is that there is a rare Tanaka
card being shipped out to some lucky collectors
with his name written in Japanese. Be on the
look-out for this very valuable variation! Customer
Ty Pierce is the first to report receiving one
of the variations. Congrats Ty!
In other Tanaka news, he will be one of the "rookie
variations" included in the bonus 5 card
pack paired with the 2014 Topps Baseball (Retail)
Factory Set. We carry various different Topps
factory sets (they all feature every card from
Series 1 and 2, but the bonus 5 cards varies
from set to set, as does the packaging), so make
sure you specify if you want to purchase THAT
version. The recently released Gypsy Queen Baseball
features Tanaka's first rookie card, and he of
course will be in all other 2014 releases.
I "attended" an on-line webinar with
Topps last week, and wanted to report some of
what they talked about to my BLOG readers. Wacky
Packages and/or Star Wars fans will be excited
to learn that there is an upcoming Star Wars
Wacky Packages product. Even though Wacky Packages
isn't a huge seller in the store, we DO sell
a lot of them mail order; and I think this hybrid
product will be a real hit! The movie "Major
League" is celebrating its 25th anniversary
this year, and Topps will be featuring Charlie
Sheen autos ("Ricky Vaughn" in Major
League) first in its upcoming 2014 Archives Baseball
release, due out at the end of May. Jersey cards
from actor jerseys will also be inserted in Triple
Threads, 5 Star, and Dynasty Baseball (a new,
very high end baseball release for Topps this
2014 Bowman Baseball will be the next Topps
baseball release after Gypsy Queen. It arrives
at month's end. Seattle Seahawks quarterback
(and signed baseball player) Russell Wilson WILL
be included in Bowman again this year. There
are three additions to Topps' Baseball line-up
for 2014. One is the aforementioned Dynasty Baseball.
It's not due until October, so Topps has time
to work on this new high end release. Word is
that we'll see new types of relics used (other
than the normal jerseys and bats) in this one.
A release that excites me is the comeback of
Stadium Baseball. We've all been getting a taste
of Stadium lately because of the 2008 Guaranteed
Autograph packs we've been selling as part of
our grid promos. Stadium has a great looking
card with its full bleed design (full bleed =
no borders), nice card stock, and great action
photography. The 2014 version will be packaged
similarly to Finest in that it will have mini
boxes with a hit per mini. A Stadium outer box
will contain THREE mini boxes with one on-card
autograph per mini. A dual auto of Griffey Jr.
and Trout was featured during the webinar. VERY
sharp! The last "new" baseball product
addition is another old timer ... Topps Tek.
I remember Tek from the late 90's. It was a clear
acetate card with varied, wild geometric backgrounds.
No word yet on whether the 2014 version will
mimic that, but I liked the design.
Topps' Football line-up will not include "Magic" this
year. Known for its throwback design, broad autograph
offerings, and matte finish; I was a bit surprised
Magic didn't get the green light for 2014. Basic
Topps Football will feature Fantasy Football
stats and fantasy football themed inserts. Bowman
Football will be the first football release (in
June) and releases continue through March with
So that's a brief synopsis of what Topps had
to say about upcoming offerings. I hope you found
some of that interesting.
More info and store goings-on to come soon!
I wanted to mention that I usually end my BLOGS
and E-Newsletters with a "plug" to
check out the store's FACEBOOK page; and this
time is no different! LOL. But, I wanted to add
that I've noticed of late that my posts only
reach very few of our readers naturally. I am
not clear exactly why this has changed. It is
possible that it is because of something Facebook
is doing to increase its advertising dollars.
Apparently, posts that get Liked and commented
on reach more people. I personally am on Facebook
and Like many businesses, Groups, Celebs, etc.;
and I too no longer get most posts in my Newsfeed.
I'm still researching this, but one thing I think
is VERY IMPORTANT is that on our page, where
it says you've Liked us ... make sure you click
that arrow and then check off "Get Notifications".
This might do wonders to solve this problem.
I'm going to try it myself on the pages I've
personally Liked and see if I now see more posts
in my Newsfeed. I'll report back in a bit on
that. Thanks everyone!
Hi everyone! Things are just zip-zip-zipping
along here! Our NEXT EVENT is THIS SATURDAY,
April 12th with a cool PACK WARS at 1:00 (to
be discussed soon). As of yesterday, our 16 x
20 MIKE TROUT AUTOGRAPHED FRAMED PHOTO has been
won in our NCAA Championship Game Grid Promo
(along with a $50 Gift Certificate and some other
prizes). Topps' SPRING FEVER PACK PROMO has just
concluded, and we have set aside packs for everyone
who purchased 2014 Topps Baseball boxes from
FIRST, let's discuss our EVENT THIS SATURDAY!
I know that Spring time gets a little tricky
with baseball and soccer leagues starting up,
so we hope you can find some time to sneak on
in here to see us this weekend. We have a lot
of NEW PRODUCTS that have arrived, including
some 2014 Football with Johnny Manziel, Blake
Bortles, and Jadeveon Clowney; and 2014 Playbook
Hockey is arriving this week. So expect to see
some box opening at our event! We will be giving
out the rest of our Spring Fever packs, and we
found a few more NHL Player of the Day packs
to give away to attendees as well. We will have
an excellent RAFFLE WITH PURCHASE that I will
be announcing on Facebook later today. And PACK
WARS is at 1:00, so read on for details!
PACK WARS! We're doing it in a fun way this
time since no obvious new product has come in
to use. We're going to charge $50 for the 12
rounds (just slightly higher than the normal
cost including the jumbo pack round) and give
you an assortment of Baseball, Football, Hockey,
and Basketball packs (light on basketball) that
will yield an average of at least TWO HITS (autographs
and jersey cards). Now this is an average, so
one person might get 4 hits and another person
none, BUT we will try to be as fair and equal
as possible! I think it'll be a REALLY cool PACK
WARS, and I want YOU to come! I'd REALLY appreciate
a heads up if you think you can make it. It helps
me so much to plan. Thanks everyone! The more
people who play; the more fun it is; the more
opening everyone witnesses; AND the better the
prizes. So, it's WIN-WIN-WIN!
We've had several promos lately. As announced
in my last BLOG, Don Rimmer won our 2014 Panini
NHL Player of the Day Contest; and just yesterday,
young ADAM CENTER won our AUTOGRAPHED MIKE TROUT
FRAMED PHOTO in our NCAA Championship Game Grid
Contest! Also in that Grid promo, BOB MITCHELL
took home a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE for having the
score at half time, and the following customers
won FREE packs for having one of the last digits
in tonight's score. If your name is listed, it
means you get to choose a pack of either 2014
Topps Baseball, 2013 Topps or Score Football,
2013-14 Score Hockey, or 2013-14 Hoops Basketball
(or a comparable pack if you have a different
favorite). If there's a number in parentheses
after your name, that means you won more than
one pack! The PACK WINNERS are ... ANDREW MAYER
(2), CHRIS SZAGOLA, BOB MITCHELL(5), DAVE Z (3),
ROB CIMINO (3), CHRIS QUINN (2), RICK MACNEAL,
and BILL BENDER. Congrats guys!
We REALLY enjoy these grid promos. They're
relatively easy to implement. The more we do
them; the easier it is for everyone to understand
how they work (and I like that!). So look for
more of them in the future! It's a given that
we'll do one for the Eagles season opener, but
we'll come up with another one this summer too.
Another recent GIVE-AWAY we did, besides the
Topps Spring Fever Pack Promo, was the raffling
off of special, ultra limited PANINI TOTALLY
CERTIFIED HOCKEY PURPLE PRIZM 3-CARD PACKS. We
were given ONE pack for each CASE of Totally
Certified we ordered initially, so this raffle
was only available to customers who purchased
a box of it from us. Winners were ... MIKE DOLAN,
DON RIMMER, JACK AUGUSTINE, and JOEY SPERANZA.
All winners received their packs.
NEW PRODUCTS in recently..Historic Autographs
Signed HOF Jersey Edition (actual full size jersey
with a HOF autograph on it, all sports ... our
first one opened was a Paul Molitor), 2013 Fleer
Retro Football, 2014 Sage Hit High Series Football,
2014 Press Pass GameDay Gallery Football, 2013-14
SP Authentic Basketball, 2013-14 Court Kings
Basketball, 2013-14 In the Game Used Hockey,
2014 Topps Opening Day Baseball, 2014 Topps MLS
Soccer (HOBBY, RETAIL, and BLASTERS!), 2014 Press
Pass Total Memorabilia Racing, and Yu-Gi-Oh Premium
Gold. We are VERY anxious to get 2013-14 Playbook
Hockey THIS WEEK! We love the booklets!
By the way, if you didn't see the link I posted
on Facebook, Steve and I are semi-famous! The
Midweek-Wire did a little article on us, and
it has since been picked up by SportsCollectorsDaily.com.
Pretty neat, huh? With the exception of one misspelling
of our last name, I thought they did a pretty
good job capturing how we started out, our love
for what we do, and our appreciation for you,
our customers (without whom we wouldn't be here).
Here's a link to the article on The Wire's website
Don't forget to check FACEBOOK this week for
Saturday EVENT UPDATES (you can read what's on
our Facebook page by clicking the link at left),
and please don't forget to R.S.V.P. ASAP for
PACK WARS! We WILL once again be giving a reward
for anyone who brings a friend to PACK WARS who
hasn't played before. Thanks so much everyone!
We hope to see you on Saturday.
Hi everyone! Saturday concluded our 2014 PANINI
NHL PLAYER OF THE DAY ( POD) CONTEST, and a HEARTY
CONGRATULATIONS goes out to DON RIMMER ... GRAND
PRIZE WINNER of $150 worth of hockey packs and
novelties, including a highly coveted, exclusive
POD STEVEN STAMKOS AUTOGRAPH CARD! Our last weekly
winner (whose name was drawn just before Don's)
was ROB STIMUS, who will enjoy a $10 GIFT CERTIFICATE
(and a few extra POD packs I set aside for him).
Rob joined the FOUR PREVIOUS WEEKLY WINNERS ...
Mike Dolan, Don (obviously), Jack Augustine,
and Dan Orloski in the Grand Prize Raffle where
Don emerged victorious. Bonus POD packs were
set aside for the 4 Runners-Up to be enjoyed
during their next visits!
MARCH MADNESS NCAA FINAL GAME BLOCK GRID PROMO
is in full swing!!! Do not think you have to
know anything about NCAA Basketball or brackets
to participate in our contest! You do NOT! In
fact, our GRAND PRIZE is a 16 x 20 AUTOGRAPHED
MIKE TROUT FRAMED PHOTO. So clearly, we're not
sticking to the basketball theme here! The final
championship game is on Monday, March 7th; and
the timing of that game (and this tournament)
is why we chose MARCH MADNESS. I discussed in
my last BLOG how you get blocks in the grid (by
buying boxes from Steve's Specials, posted in
the store). If we fill up the grid (and we expect
to!), we will add a few more prizes to the contest
TOPPS' SPRING FEVER PACK PROMO! Buy 18 packs
of 2014 Topps Baseball during this time period
and you get a FREE 5 card pack of Topps "Spring
Fever" cards. These are special cards made
just for this promotion, and include random autograph
cards from current players and past greats. On
April 7th, we will award all left over packs
to our customers who had previously purchased
2014 Topps Baseball. A list of these customers
was posted on Facebook, and I will list them
again here. IF you participated in PACK WARS
when we used 2014 Topps Baseball, then you get
free entry onto this list; so please make sure
your name is on here! I will NOT have any left
over packs (they are more than accounted for
by 2014 Topps Baseball buyers), so it's important
you contact me if you don't find yourself on
here! Andrew Wright, Sean Supplee, Ty, Jan, Martin
Walsh, Dave Z, Steve K, Jeff M, Brian & Allison,
Fran Polaski, Ken & Skylar, Henry Itri, Rick
MacNeal, Bobby Goodwin, Jake K, Josh Hummel,
Jack Augustine, Frank"lin", Paul (not
Sutton), Centers, Bennetts, and Resnicks. Thanks
And of course, I can't forget to announce OUR
NEXT EVENT!!! It's on Saturday, April 12th, and
we WILL have PACK WARS at 1:00 (plus all of our
other event staples like RAFFLES, GIVE-AWAYS,
and REFRESHMENTS). We're even considering bringing
pack a BOX BREAK! So stay tuned for more details.
I'm getting pics together to officially update
our CARD GALLERY, but as always, if you want
to see/know/hear things first ... check out our
FACEBOOK page. We post updates there whenever
there's something to say! If you're not ON Facebook,
then use the link at left to check us out on
there! And if you ARE on Facebook, then by all
means, PLEASE LIKE US !! Thanks everyone.
Hi everyone! This BLOG is so long overdue.
It's hard to know where to start, but I am choosing
FOUR big topics for this one ... our PANINI NHL
PLAYER OF THE DAY CONTEST (currently in week
4); Panini's announcement that they will NOT
have an NHL license after June of 2014 (BOOO!
on that decision); 2014 Donruss Baseball and
its wrapper redemption program; and our NEXT
big event ... MARCH MADNESS starting THIS SATURDAY,
Okay, our 2014 PANINI NHL PLAYER OF THE DAY
(POD) CONTEST! It's in full swing, and we've
had THREE WEEKLY WINNERS thus far ... MIKE DOLAN,
DON RIMMER, and JACK AUGUSTINE. Two more lucky
customers will join these three guys to vie (via
raffle) on March 22nd for the GRAND PRIZE of
hockey packs and novelties worth $150 (the prize
includes a STEVEN STAMKOS AUTOGRAPH CARD). If
you've never played before, then let me explain
how it works and what it is.
The NHL POD Contest is a 30 day Panini-sponsored
contest. There is signage in the store that indicates
who the POD is. It changes daily. If you get
the POD in any Panini Hockey pack, you win! There
are also two "Wild Cards" you can pull,
in addition to the POD. They are rookies Nail
Yakupov and Nathan Mackinnon. Pulling either
of these players also makes you a daily winner.
Okay, so what do you win? Panini made up some
special 2 card packs with randomly inserted jersey
cards and autographs. You get one of those on
the spot. Then, each of our daily winners (roughly
6-10 people per week) has his/her name put into
a raffle on Saturday for the weekly prize. We've
chosen to award a $10 GIFT CERTIFICATE each Saturday
as the weekly prize. The contest lasts for 5
weeks, and on that last Saturday, March 22nd,
we will choose the last weekly winner (a $10
Gift Certificate winner) AND then award one of
the weekly winners the GRAND PRIZE (also chosen
via raffle). The GRAND PRIZE is on display in
our store. It is, again, $150 worth of HOCKEY
PACKS and NOVELTIES (and includes the aforementioned
Steven Stamkos autograph card).
You can be a daily winner once each day, but
multiple times per week (thereby increasing your
odds at being a weekly winner); so feel free
to play often! If you purchase a BOX of Panini
Hockey trading cards (any box, any year), you
are rewarded by automatically becoming a DAILY
WINNER (partly because it is assumed you will
pull one of the 3 players). So that's how it
works! Come on in and play! BTW, any HOCKEY TRIVIA
TIME PACK winnings (packs that were awarded via
correct trivia answers on Facebook) can be claimed
up until the last day of the POD contest ...
So, ironically, this is an interesting segue
into the NEXT TOPIC of Panini losing their hockey
license after June of 2014. I'm not happy with
this decision (AT ALL!), but the NHL has awarded
Upper Deck an exclusive multi-year NHL contract
(again! ... they had one in the mid 2000's as
well) starting with the 2014-15 season (O-Pee-Chee
and Artifacts will be the first releases in late
Summer/early Fall). Given that some of my favorite
hockey products are Panini branded (we sell more
Rookie Anthology than any other Hockey release),
I'm not happy that Upper Deck will once again
will be the exclusive manufacturer; AND I think
a monopoly in any sport isn't good for the consumer.
Why the NHL made this decision is unclear. Upper
Deck will have to promise them enough money to
make it worth kicking Panini to the curb. One
thing I AM happy about is that apparently Upper
Deck as a company must be in better financial
shape these days, given that the NHL trusts it
will have the ability to pay its fees. For a
time, it seemed Upper Deck might be on the brink
of extinction with so little licensing agreements
and fewer product releases. And a strong, healthy
Upper Deck is better for everyone ... so that
is, for me, the silver lining in this story.
Consequently, I think Panini will end up loading
some of their final releases with even more content
(because they can't use it after June!). On that
note, 2013-14 Crown Royale Hockey is releasing
Okay, 2014 DONRUSS BASEBALL and their wrapper
redemption program. First, a customer asked me
why Donruss (made by Panini) is even allowed
to be made if Panini doesn't have an MLB license
(Topps has the exclusive baseball license). GREAT
question! Let's discuss. Panini has a Major League
Baseball Player's Association (MLBPA) license,
which allows them to produce cards with player
images and names on them; but it does not have
an MLB license, which would allow them to show
team logos and names. So Donruss Baseball features
present players in uniform, but logos and other
identify'ing team information must be airbrushed
out. So, instead of one of our Phil's cards saying " Philadelphia
Phillies" on it, it will say "Philadelphia";
and the player's hat and uniform will not bear
the Phillies "P" logo or team name.
Depending on the angle of the player in the photo,
you sometimes hardly notice missing logo's; but
when the shot is a portrait, it's pretty obvious.
There have been mixed reactions to Donruss. It's
a nice looking, retro type set that appeals to
old school baseball purists (who love the Diamond
King design!), but it's probably exactly those
people who hate not having team names and logos
the most! So, as an added incentive, Panini has
added a WRAPPER REDEMPTION PROGRAM that they're
very excited about. Read on!
you send in 24 hobby pack wrappers to this
Donruss Rated Rookie Trade-In
5325 FAA Boulevard, Suite 100
Irving, TX 75061-3601
Panini will send you a 3 pack of special RATED
ROOKIES numbered 201, 202, and 203 to complete
your set. The rumor is that one of them will
be $155 million Yankees pitching phenom Masahiro
Tanaka! Unlike with most Topps' wrapper redemption
programs, we don't expect that you'll need to
have already sent your wrappers in to qualify.
There will likely be enough made to go around,
so just save your wrappers ... especially if
you're buying packs!
Okay, our NEXT BIG PROMO! We loved the SUPER
BOWL GRID promo we did where we gave away the
AUTOGRAPHED ANDREW LUCK PHOTO (to Chris Quinn!),
so this is going to be similar. We're having
our own MARCH MADNESS! Instead of the blocks
of the grid being the scores of the Super Bowl
game, these blocks will be the scores of the
final game in the NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP! And the
GRAND PRIZE is AWESOME ... a 16 x 20 AUTOGRAPHED,
FRAMED MIKE TROUT PHOTO ... picture to come!
So come in, starting Saturday, to reserve your
blocks. We're doing it the same way as the Super
Bowl promo. Steve is going to put various popular
boxes on sale, and the purchase of any of them
earns you a block (or two or three). So you get
a chance to win prizes just for buying product
you might already buy! And like the Super Bowl
promo, if we fill up the grid, we'll give out
other prizes at the half and throughout the game
as well! If you missed out on the Super Bowl
promo, please don't miss out on this one. We
gave away TWO $40 GIFT CERTIFICATES, a $50 GIFT
CERTIFICATE, and lots of packs in addition to
the Andrew Luck Auto Photo. We hope to do similarly
this time! So that starts THIS SATURDAY!!!
Okay, so there are so many other things to
discuss, like all of the winners from our last
event; NEW PRODUCTS; all of our customers' HOT
PULLS from these new products!; 2014 Heritage
Baseball releasing this Friday; Topps' SPRING
FEVER PACK PROMO which begins March 31st; NEW
POKEMON products, singles, sleeves, and deck
boxes we're carry'ing; etc. etc. All I can do
is encourage you (STRONGLY!) to take a look at
our FACEBOOK page. EVERYTHING that goes on at
the store is posted on Facebook because it's
quick and easy to give brief daily updates. You
can look at our Facebook page by using the link
on the left directly beneath the link you pressed
to get to this BLOG! Thanks everyone, and we
hope to see you soon!!!
Hi everyone! The BIG WEEKEND is almost here!
For us, this means our SATURDAY EVENT and BASEBALL
PARTY featuring 2014 TOPPS BASEBALL and then
our SUPER BOWL SUNDAY BLOCK POOL PROMO. We're
giving away a RYAN HOWARD AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL
on Saturday and then a GORGEOUS PANINI AUTHENTIC
#20/25 ANDREW LUCK AUTOGRAPHED, FRAMED PHOTO
I promised a detailed accounting of the cost
of PACK WARS. Come rain or snow, we WILL be here
... and so far, we have a nice list of attendees
coming. REMEMBER that if you bring a friend (newbie
to Pack Wars) who plays the 12 basic rounds and
you play at least 6, YOU will get 2 BONUS packs
just for bringing them!. Okay, here's the pricing!
Each round costs $2.25 plus tax, or $2.43. All
12 basic rounds is $28.62. The jumbo pack round,
played separately, with its own prize, is $13.99
plus tax, or $14.83. BOTH the 12 basic rounds
AND the jumbo pack round together is $43.45.
So, there you go. Plan away! Prizes are determined
by participation levels (we do award 3 prizes
... not just 1), and I have a good feeling about
this weekend's participation (which makes it
SO much more fun!!). Also, if you DO participate
in the full Pack Wars package, you'll be $6.55
away from a raffle entry for the RYAN HOWARD
AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL (one raffle entry for any
$50 purchase made on Saturday ... one per person).
Again, we hope to see you at 1:00 on the 1st!
Speaking of 2014 TOPPS BASEBALL, we saw a bunch
opened today, and guess what's back? Sparkle
cards! Good luck finding them! There is a tiny
little starburst shape hidden on certain cards,
so don't give away your commons before double
or triple checking the possible short prints.
We printed out a couple of lists for you to look
at (especially for after PACK WARS !) as a visual
aid. Variations also exist, such as players in
post season gear or goggles, so it's tricky!
And you can't even use the Topps Code on the
back of the card as a double check ... because
the base and variations/short print codes are
the SAME! Oh, Topps. What are you doing to me???
With that said, the set is great, as are the
inserts, with crisp photography and comprehensive
stats that you've come to expect from basic Topps.
BTW, anyone who has been wondering about a possible
2014 SPRING FEVER PROMO should read the next
TOPPS SPRING FEVER PROMO ... a few customers
have been telling me they've been hearing rumors
that there is one this year. In a previous year's
Topps Baseball release, "Spring Fever" cards
were inserted 1 per box. The customer would bring
the redemption card back to a select hobby store
(like us), and we would give them the Spring
Fever pack provided by Topps. I hadn't heard
anything about this promo this year ... until
TODAY. This is the info. The timing of this year's
promo is to coincide with Baseball's Opening
Day weekend, starting March 31st, and is designed
to encourage 2014 Topps Baseball sales at that
time. Any customer who buys 18 hobby packs during
the promo period gets 1 Spring Fever pack; and
36 packs gets you 2. I do not think (but I'm
definitely not sure) that redemption cards will
be inserted in boxes since the idea is to promote
sales during the promo period March 31st to April
6th. BUT, what we're going to do is ... after
we comply with the way Topps is running the promo
(we've got to play by the rules if we want to
keep participating!), we're going to distribute
the remaining packs to customers who purchased
boxes from us, both hobby and jumbo. We're recording
who bought what, so come see us April 7th or
thereafter to pick up your free packs! They'll
be set aside for you. Full PACK WARS participation
this Saturday (a purchase of 12 hobby packs and
1 jumbo pack) will count toward 1 free Spring
Fever pack being set aside for you (while supplies
last, of course).
As mentioned in our E-Newsletter this week,
we gave away almost 50 packs of 2014 TOPPS BASEBALL
to Facebook readers who answered our TRIVIA TIME
questions! Thank you for participating. No worries
if you haven't picked them up yet ... you have
until Valentine's Day to do so! We will definitely
have another Facebook trivia contest in the future,
and we're even talking about doing trivia in
the store as a team event (and don't worry ...
we'll have "normal" sports/card questions
at that event!). So stay tuned!
Steve has temporarily added a fun, inexpensive
option to our SUPERBOWL BLOCK POOL PROMO. I can't
guarantee it'll last through Saturday, but for
now, if you buy a pack of 2008 Stadium Club Baseball
at $25 (one auto per pack), you get a block!
Another recent addition includes a block for
each Leaf Pop Century (Celebrity) 8 x 10 Photo
As a total aside, a customer just told us that
Seattle Seahawks and Superbowl quarterback Russell
Wilson has a BASEBALL card in an upcoming Bowman
Baseball release, and apparently, he has cards
in 2010 Topps Pro Debut and 2010 Bowman Draft
Baseball. I didn't realize Russell Wilson was
a double threat!
Besides the aforementioned (many times) 2014
Topps Baseball, other NEW PRODUCTS in this week
include 2013-14 PANINI ELITE BASKETBALL and 2013
PANINI BLACK FOOTBALL.
That's it for now!
If you've been on FACEBOOK lately, you've probably
seen our TRIVIA TIME questions. We're giving
away 36 packs of the BRAND NEW 2014 TOPPS BASEBALL
(due in on Wednesday) for answering relatively
easy trivia questions. I'm doing my best to post
them at all times of day AND NIGHT so our customers
who don't have internet access/time during the
day to check Facebook also have a fair shot at
winning in the evening (and even late nights!).
I also just limited the wins to 3 per person
to make sure various people get a shot (some
people live on-line, present company INCLUDED!).
So, if you haven't been on-line when I've posted
them, have faith. Your time will come ... and
I announced in my last BLOG that we're offering
an incentive to those PACK WAR players who bring
a friend or relative who has never played before.
We need you to spread the word about us to your
friends who A. don't know about us, B. are just
getting into card collecting (we'll help get
them started!), and/or C. might not know that
our store sells items they collect (like Yu-Gi-Oh,
Pokemon, and Non-sports packs). If you bring
a friend who plays all 12 rounds of Pack Wars
and you play at least 6, YOU will get 2 BONUS
2014 TOPPS BASEBALL packs for bringing them.
[Free packs earned as a Pack Wars bonus OR through
Trivia CAN be picked up any time after the release
date of this Wednesday, but can not be used DURING
Our SUPER BOWL GRID PROMO is in full swing.
I'm really enjoying this one. We're putting up
a HUGE PRIZE of an ANDREW LUCK AUTOGRAPHED and
FRAMED 16 x 20 PHOTOGRAPH to the winner, and
STEVE'S SATURDAY SPECIALS are already posted
and available. There are a lot of great deals
on products our customers like which will earn
you at least one spot on the grid PLUS an OYO
SPECIAL ... Buy 5 OYO'S, Get a block. Once the
grid is full, the promo is over; so please don't
Speaking of OYO'S, we are getting more FLYERS
OYO's (Giroux was the only one released until
now) and EAGLES OYO END ZONE SETS this week.
Since the End Zone sets are always back-ordered,
if you know you want one, PLEASE reserve it today.
I want to have it for you.
We just got our POPULAR 2014 LEAF POP CENTURY
8 x 10 PHOTO PACKS (All celebrity autos) back
in. Customers are really enjoying these. Our
first case of 12 was pretty solid. The autographs
were MATT DAMON, Dean Cain, Mickey Rooney, Christina
Ricci, Anna Kendrick, Seth Green, Ellen Burstyn,
Lea Thompson, James Earl Jones, Paul Giamatti,
Kevin Bacon, and Tina Fey. Not too shabby! I
can't wait to see what's in the next case. Possible
autos include Michael Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio,
Johnny Depp, and Brad Pitt.
Stay tuned for more NEW PRODUCT and EVENT UPDATES
later in the week, and please check FACEBOOK
either with the link at left or by LIKING US
on there if you're a member! Thanks everyone!
Hi everyone! SO MUCH TO TELL!! There's a lot
of activity going on at the Playground!
FIRST, and most importantly ... SATURDAY, FEBRUARY
1st is our NEXT EVENT!! BE HERE at 1:00 for PACK
WARS using 2014 TOPPS BASEBALL! Specific event
details and Pack Wars cost breakdown will follow
in the next BLOG, but just know that along with
our normal event offerings of STEVE'S SPECIALS,
REFRESHMENTS, GIVE-AWAYS, and RAFFLES; we will
be giving away a RYAN HOWARD AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL
to one lucky customer! AND ... if you weren't
able to attend NATIONAL HOCKEY TRADING CARD DAY
or take part in the PANINI STARTING 5 BASKETBALL
promo (which featured free packs and t-shirts),
you CAN obtain one of these free give-aways at
our event as well (while supplies last). So being
here next Saturday will definitely be worth your
We'd love it if you could R.S.V.P. for Pack
Wars, as it really helps us to be able to plan.
We will be giving away a BONUS to anyone who
brings a friend who plays PACK WARS on Saturday
(specifics to be announced on Facebook next week),
so now would be a good time to introduce someone
to not only the store but the hobby as well!!!
Topps Baseball has the broadest interest amongst
collectors in general, so it's a good product
to start them out on! And we LOVE new faces as
it helps our business grow.
And because no event is ever all about one
sport, we also have a SUPER BOWL BLOCK POOL PROMO
where we're giving away an AUTOGRAPHED ANDREW
LUCK 16 x 20 PHOTO. Steve has prepared SPECIAL
BOX PRICES for products in all four sports (AND
Non-sports). For each item you buy, you get a
certain number of blocks on our 10 x 10 grid.
MY favorite Triple Threads Football is on sale
AND earns you 3 spots on the board, so come on
in and take a look at Steve's deals. Next Saturday,
at the end of our event, we will randomly assign
numbers to the grid (YOU can help us!) and notify
all players of what points to root for during
the Super Bowl. Someone's going to win a GREAT
PRIZE worth $300 just for buying a box they might
MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS are due to BRIAN RUEGNER,
who won the GRAND PRIZE of $100 in our YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS
FOOTBALL CONTEST! Two RUNNERS-UP ADAM CENTER
and TROY COHEN are still vying for the $40 RUNNERS-UP
prize. The Super Bowl is needed as a tie breaker
for these two, and their outcome will be determined
next weekend! GREAT luck to both boys.
Onto other news and NEW PRODUCTS ... the aforementioned
2014 TOPPS BASEBALL arrives THIS week! This year's
interactive cyber code promo revolves around "Power
Players". Code cards inserted in packs can
win you exclusive parallel cards and coin cards
instantly AND they add virtual players to your
on-line collection of "Power Players".
Throughout the season, as the real players achieve
certain athletic feats; having the virtual player
will make you eligible to win autographed cards
and memorabilia, tickets to games and more. 5
lucky collectors will win a complete set of 40
autographed cards! You'll find code cards in
both Series 1 and 2 Topps.
Other NEW PRODUCTS from the past couple of
weeks include 2013-14 SP GAME USED HOCKEY, 2013-14
TITANIUM HOCKEY, LEAF POP CENTURY 8 x 10 AUTOGRAPHED
PHOTOS (LOVE these!), 2013 TOPPS MAGIC FOOTBALL,
2013 SP AUTHENTIC FOOTBALL, 2013 ELITE EXTRA
EDITION BASEBALL (GREAT minor league product
with at least 6 autos per box and 4 hot boxes
per case with at least 10), YU-GI-OH LEGACY OF
THE VALIANT, and MARVEL NOW!
TRIVIA TIME! If you haven't been on FACEBOOK
lately, then you might not know that Heidi is
now giving away packs of 2014 Topps Baseball
as prizes for trivia answers! 12 packs have been
given away so far, and 24 more will be awarded
over the next several days. So please come back
and check often to win! You DO have to be a Facebook
member to answer trivia questions, but you do
NOT have to be to use the link on our website
to check Facebook and see what's going on. Facebook
is such a quick and easy (and convenient) method
to communicate with everyone, but it's obviously
only as good as the numbers of people who use
it. So, PLEASE, use the link at left to take
a look at what's going on at the store. There
will be many updates on there throughout the
week regarding the event!
And last, for now (another longer, newsier
BLOG will be headed your way next week), we sent
an E-NEWSLETTER out this past week. If you didn't
get it, then we do not have your correct e-mail
address ... so PLEASE update it with us! We hope
to see you this week to reserve some SUPER BOWL
BOXES in our pool and then on Saturday the 1st
for the event! THANKS EVERYONE!!!
Hi everyone! I posted this VERY LONG post-Saturday
event commentary on Facebook just now, and since
it says EVERYTHING, I'll repeat it here!
Here's my post-event wrap-up commentary. First,
thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday.
We gave away a lot of Phillies trivia games on
Saturday (one of our free gifts with purchase),
and I think the recipients of said games will
be happy campers. It's a fun one, which I've
played before. MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS to both
RICK MACNEAL and BEN RESNICK, who each cleaned
up in their own way on Saturday. Ben was our
PACK WARS CHAMPION and won BOTH first and second
place prizes. He enjoyed a 2013 TOPPS UPDATE
BASEBALL BLASTER BOX and $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE.
SEAN SUPPLEE won the third place prize of a few
of last year's BLACK FRIDAY PACKS ... and pulled
a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Cracked Ice card! Not too
shabby. He was also the last weekly winner of
the 2013 PANINI PLAYER OF THE DAY FOOTBALL CONTEST
and has eight packs of cards waiting here for
him. But the BIG WINNER of the day was RICK MACNEAL,
who won the GRAND PRIZE of the PANINI POD CONTEST
(over $250 worth of football packs and novelties)
AND also had his name pulled to win our JONATHAN
PAPELBON AUTOGRAPHED FRAMED PIECE, our Saturday
event give-away!!! Way to go Rick! ZACH RADCLIFF,
MATTHEW CENTER, and the aforementioned SEAN SUPPLEE
all won ROY HALLADAY CANVAS PRINTS, as part of
our Saturday fanfare. And a final CONGRATULATIONS
to TREVOR THOME, surprising winner of our YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS
FOOTBALL CONTEST with only TWO picks wrong. This
was apparently a VERY tough week, and everyone
else had at least 5 games wrong; so it was an
easy victory for Trevor (who totally guessed
at every game!). So, see people. It's definitely
worth playing, even if you just guess! I hope
to see some of you on BLACK FRIDAY for our BLACK
FRIDAY celebration. We will have PANINI BLACK
FRIDAY PACKS, and I'm going to bring back a few
of our GIVE-AWAYS from Saturday on Friday ...
esp. the YU-GI-OH ones!
everyone! I promised I would give an updated
BLOG about our BIG EVENT tomorrow (the LAST one
of 2013), but I'm BUSY, BUSY, BUSY and don't
know every last detail just yet. So, I'm asking
everyone to check Facebook (REMEMBER ... you
do not have to be on Facebook to check our posts.
Simply use the link on the left side of this
site, and it takes you right there). I will have
periodic updates throughout the day, so please
check back later tonight and you'll see everything
What I DO know is that we have a bunch of GIVE-AWAYS,
including YOUR CHOICE of a gorgeous JONATHAN
PAPELBON AUTOGRAPHED, FRAMED PHOTO PIECE or a
MICHAEL VICK AUTOGRAPHED MINI-HELMET. We will
also have STEVE'S SPECIALS (discounts on popular
boxes, good on Saturday only), and some FREE
GIVE-AWAYS with purchase. And REFRESHMENTS! Definitely
WARS is at 1:00, and we're using BOTH 2013 TOPPS
CHROME HOBBY FOOTBALL (BRAND NEW!!!) and 2013
TOPPS UPDATE BASEBALL (6 packs/rounds of each).
We're going to take a consensus of the crowd
as to which JUMBO PACK everyone wants to use
for the jumbo pack round ... football or baseball.
I'll provide pricing on Facebook later today
so you know what to expect. IF you know you're
coming for PACK WARS, can you please call and
R.S.V.P. so we know to expect you? We'd REALLY
appreciate the heads up.
THANKS EVERYONE! We hope to see you tomorrow!
Hi everyone! I hope you're planning on coming
to our NEXT EVENT THIS SATURDAY the 23rd!!! It's
our last one for 2013, and we expect it to be
great! We sent an E-NEWSLETTER out earlier today
detailing the event and some store goings-on
for the holidays. If you did not get the E-newsletter,
then please use the link on our website or click
HERE http://www.sportscardplayground.com/signup.htm to
give it to us (or to update what we might have).
The E-Newsletter can also be found in the RECENT
NEWSLETTERS link on the website.
As usual, PACK WARS will be at 1:00 on Saturday.
I'll announce later in the week what packs we're
using. We'd like to have some 2013 Topps Chrome
Football rounds if our retail packs show up,
so time will tell. We'd REALLY appreciate it
if prospective PACK WAR'ers could RSVP to let
us know you'll be there. It helps us to plan.
Other event staples like STEVE'S SPECIALS, RAFFLES
with purchase, and REFRESHMENTS will be out in
full force; but also, I'm excited that this Saturday
is also the GRAND PRIZE GIVE-AWAY for the 2013
PANINI PLAYER OF THE DAY FOOTBALL CONTEST. On
Saturday at 5:00, we will choose our fifth and
last weekly winner; and then his or her name
will immediately be added to the other four names
in our contest, and the Grand Prize winner will
be chosen. Vying for the GRAND PRIZE thus far
are RICK MACNEAL (with a two-peat), MAX LEBOFSKY,
and RUSTY SHREVE. One of these three guys (with
Rick having two chances) or Saturday's winner
for week 5 will enjoy $250 worth of football
packs and novelties. If you haven't participated
yet, you still have time! All it takes is one
win, so what better time than Saturday to play!
I'll catch you up on our YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS
FOOTBALL CONTEST WEEKLY WINNERS so far. All of
these people have already enjoyed a $15 GIFT
CERTIFICATE (or $25 depending on the week) and
will be competing against each other for the
$100 GIFT CERTIFICATE GRAND PRIZE. So, thus far,
it's MIKE DOLAN, BRIAN FAUERBACH, RUSTY SHREVE,
PAUL GREGG, GLENN KNOPF, WILL MORRISON, ANNABELLA
MORRISON, BRIAN RUEGNER, JAMES GALLO, NATE BORRMANN,
and GARY NICHOLLS. Competing in the RUNNERS-UP
pool (determined by the necessity of the Monday
Night tie-breaker game being used) for a $40
GIFT CERTIFICATE are ... DON RIMMER, BILLY MORRISON,
ADAM CENTER, RICK MACNEAL, MICHELLE ALBY, BEN
LEBOFSKY, and TROY COHEN. It's been a fun run
so far. Good luck to everyone, and remember that
if you participate in PACK WARS this Saturday
(the 12 basic rounds) AND you win this week's
You-Pick-the-Winners Contest, YOU will receive
a $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE (up from our normal $15).
While this Saturday's event is our last official
one for the year, we will be having much fanfare
on BLACK FRIDAY with PANINI'S BLACK FRIDAY PACKS.
The last few BLACK FRIDAY and FATHER'S DAY PACK
PROMOTIONS have been great! You can see some
of what has been pulled from these packs in our
CARD GALLERY. My favorite unique hit is the SANTA
CAP RELIC CARD (player worn Santa Cap piece).
We had a Trent Richardson one and a couple of
RG3's. Panini has also used big swatches of the
pink items (wristbands, towels, etc.) on these
special cards ... some with autos. Not only will
we be giving away the BLACK FRIDAY PACKS with
your purchase of Panini product, but we decided
to use some of these packs past and present (we
have a few left over from previous promotions)
to encourage sales of some leftover packs of
our own. We are going to choose some boxes sitting
on our shelves with only a few packs left and
offer a designated number of Black Friday packs
to you if you finish off the box. The idea has
been well received, and we think it'll be win-win.
We're always interested to see what is left in
our boxes (an Alex Rodriguez auto valued at $400
was found this way several years ago!), and it
helps us clear off some shelf space.
We might start this pack give-away THIS Saturday
with our leftover packs, and we will DEFINITELY
have a lot of options on both BLACK FRIDAY and
the following Saturday, while our packs last.
Remember that we are always very fair about how
we give out our Black Friday and similar packs.
Because there are some markedly thicker packs,
we put stickers on thin packs to represent them
... and you get to pick from all similar sized
packs, with the option to trade in your stickered
pack for a thick one. We also put together groupings
of thin packs with one thick pack for those customers
who "earn" enough packs to choose a
guaranteed thick pack lot. Feel free to inquire
As I detailed in the E-Newsletter, we've stocked
up on POKEMON merchandise, including singles
from the new LEGENDARY TREASURES set. We're also
working on new YU-GI-OH GRAB BAGS, and we're
offering more sports and non-sports STICKER PACKS
than ever before. We now have not only NEW FOOTBALL & BASEBALL
OYO'S but fields for them to play on! And for
you fans of LEGENDARY BASEBALL PLAYERS like Mickey
Mantle and Babe Ruth, we now have a shelf of
priced singles! So come on in and check out what's
Many NEW PRODUCTS have hit our shelves, including
a bunch for 2013-14 HOCKEY with its double rookie
class. 2013-14 UPPER DECK HOCKEY has been a huge
hit, and 2013-14 SELECT just arrived. Other 2013-14
hockey releases include OPC, SCORE, ARTIFACTS,
TRILOGY, and PRIZM. 2013-14 BASKETBALL has been
highly anticipated as well, and the NEW HOOPS
has been a great seller. 2013-14 PANINI PRESTIGE
BASKETBALL arrived last week; as did 2013 PANINI
LIMITED FOOTBALL and 2013 BOWMAN STERLING FOOTBALL.
We find 2013 TOPPS PRIME and FINEST to be two
of our best sellers; and we're expecting strong
competition from 2013 TOPPS CHROME FOOTBALL,
which arrives at the end of the week. BASEBALL
buyers are enjoying the new 2013 BOWMAN DRAFT
PICKS & PROSPECTS and continue to buy 2013
Check out the new pics in both our CARD GALLERY
and HOT PULLS links on our website, and remember
that you can see what we post on FACEBOOK without
being on Facebook by clicking the FACEBOOK link
as well! Thanks for reading. I'll be back in
touch with more Saturday details when we have
them. We hope to see you then!
NEXT EVENT IS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23rd. PACK WARS
at 1:00! MORE INFO TO COME, BUT SAVE THE DATE!!!
A new BLOG is long overdue, but I have a goal
with this one to let you know all about tomorrow's
last minute PACK WARS event (at 1:00), and introduce
our SECOND FOOTBALL CONTEST ... the 2013 PANINI
NFL PLAYER OF THE DAY CONTEST (starting on Monday
but with a sneak peak tomorrow for our Pack Wars
First, PACK WARS! We're using the brand new
2013 TOPPS UPDATE BASEBALL. As always, there
are 12 rounds of regular PACK WARS (using hobby
packs), and one jumbo pack round. Each regular
round costs $2.39 (including tax), and you can
play as many or as few as you'd like. All 12
rounds costs $28.62. The jumbo pack round is
$14.83. So both are $43.45. As always, prizes
are determined by participation levels; and it's
always fun to see new products opened by many
people. I think that's one of the best features
of PACK WARS!
To encourage and reward our PACK WAR'ers, we
are offering a sneak peek BONUS DAY of our brand
new 2013 PANINI NFL PLAYER OF THE DAY CONTEST
(POD) that starts on Monday the 21st. We are
adding tomorrow, Saturday the 19th, as a BONUS
DAY, only for our PACK WARS participants. The
POD Contest looks pretty good this year. We have
the GRAND PRIZE on display now, and it includes
cards and novelties worth over $200! There is
also a WEEKLY PRIZE (which changes), which this
week includes 5 packs of 2013 Score Football
and an Eagles poster.
If you haven't participated in the POD Contest
before, let me explain how it works. It's easy.
Any day for the 30 days the contest runs, if
you pull a card of the designated football player
of the day (featured on a sign in our store,
and changes daily) or either of the TWO Wild
Card players chosen by Panini (EJ Manuel and
Tavon Austin), you win! It's THAT simple! If
you buy a box of football cards (and remember
that it needs to be a Panini product, as they
are the contest sponsor), you automatically win
as well! (It's assumed you'll pull one of the
three players from your box.) Now what do you
win? Read on!
What Panini did this year which I really like
is give us sealed POD promo packs (somewhat similar
to their BLACK FRIDAY and FATHER'S DAY PACKS)
to give away to daily winners. These packs have
specially produced football promo cards in them
(half are rookies) that contain random autographs
and jersey cards. We've identified several thick
packs in our allotment (think jersey cards!)
and have done the same thing with them that we
do with the Black Friday and Father's Day packs
to encourage fairness (and no pack searching!).
We let you choose your pack from an assortment
of thin packs. Some of these thin packs have
stickers on the back of them. If you choose a
stickered pack, you can trade it in for a thick
one. Since we have no experience with these yet,
we don't know if there are dummy cards in any
of the thick packs; but we can't wait to find
out. Each daily winner gets one of these promo
packs (one per person per day, while supplies
So, while this second contest begins on Monday,
our PACK WAR'ers will be able to enter tomorrow!
Another incentive for our PACK WAR'ers is that
we're increasing the size of our weekly prize
in our YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS FOOTBALL CONTEST
only if the winner also played the 12 basic rounds
of PACK WARS. So, while you normally win a $15
GIFT CERTIFICATE; if you PACK WAR with us and
are the contest winner this week, you'll win
a $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE! So I hope that these
incentives and the promise of major pack opening
is enough to get a great turn-out tomorrow. We
definitely hope to see you at 1:00!
I'll write another BLOG early next week with
all of the info I've been meaning to give to
you; but for now, just know that we recently
updated both our HOT PULLS and CARD GALLERY links
on our website ... so if you haven't checked
them out lately, give them a look. As always,
I update Facebook often, and you don't need to
be on Facebook to see what's on Facebook. Simply
use the link on our site. And last, we sent an
E-NEWSLETTER out promoting our PACK WARS event,
summarizing all of our YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS FOOTBALL
CONTEST Winners and Runners-Up so far, and giving
an overview of NEW PRODUCTS. If you didn't get
it, then we do not have your correct e-mail address.
Please provide it to us! You can see the newsletter
by clicking that link on our site as well. Thanks
everyone! First order of business ... we sent
an E-postcard out yesterday morning announcing
a BACK-TO-SCHOOL PACK WARS at 1:00 on Saturday,
September 7th. We're using the brand new 2013
TOPPS FOOTBALL for both the 12 regular and jumbo
pack rounds. Each regular round is $2.43 (with
tax) for a total of $28.62 for all 12. The jumbo
pack round is $14.83, so both together are $43.45.
Remember that you NEVER lose any cards at our
PACK WARS. You keep what you buy, with the very
real chance of winning great prizes. We've started
giving away even more prizes to reward our Pack
Wars veterans and to encourage newbies to come
give Pack Wars a try! (More on that when I talk
about our You-Pick-the-Winners Football Contest
in the next paragraph!). I'm making a list like
I did for the last PACK WARS so that we know
who to expect. If you could kindly R.S.V.P. by
calling me at (215) 675-6644 (or by responding
on Facebook), I'd appreciate it! We'd love to
Okay, let's talk about some contests! We always
have TWO great contests during FOOTBALL SEASON!
The first is our store's own YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS
FOOTBALL CONTEST, where you circle one team in
each of Sunday's match-ups and the person with
the most correct picks wins a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE.
Each weekly winner then goes on to compete against
each other during the Play-offs at the end of
the season ... to win a $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE
GRAND PRIZE. If two or more people have the same
number of most correct picks in a given week,
then we use the Monday Night Game as a tie breaker.
One person wins the tie and the $15 gift certificate,
and the other(s) become part of the Runners-Up
pool at the end of the season. Those players
in the Runners-Up pool vie against each other
at the end of the season for a $40 Gift Certificate.
Entry forms are made available every Wednesday
at 3:00 and due back on Saturday at 5:00. We
never use games that are played before Saturday
at 5:00, so you're not at a disadvantage to fill
out the pool on Saturday itself. You can absolutely
win more than once, both in the Winners and Runners-Up
So, this aforementioned YOU-PICK-THE-WINNERS
FOOTBALL CONTEST (now YPTWFC) is starting next
week, as it is NFL Kick-Off week! Entry forms
will be available on Wednesday the 4th. And to
reward our PACK WARS participants, if the first
weekly winner of our YPTWFC also participates
in PACK WARS (and plays the basic 12 rounds),
then he will receive a $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE instead
of the normal $15. So that'll be fun. I always
enjoy Monday mornings during football season.
I feel like a school teacher grading tests!
Adding to the fun of next week is TOPPS' NFL
KICK-OFF PACK PROMOTION. Topps provided us with
special, exclusive 4 card packs to reward 2013
Topps Football Hobby Box buyers. For every 18
hobby packs you purchase, you receive one NFL
Kick-Off pack (that's 2 Kick-Off packs per hobby
box). We are also rewarding jumbo box buyers
with the same 2 Kick-Off packs. The cards in
these special packs consist of 50 2013 rookies
that Topps hand-picked, and there are randomly
inserted autograph cards of rookies and legends
inside of them. We will be giving them out starting
on Thursday, and because we're using 2013 Topps
Football for Pack Wars, we expect to be giving
out several of these Kick-Off packs on Saturday
as well. Anyone who has already purchased 2013
Topps Football from us has had their purchase
recorded and will receive those earned packs
on Thursday (or during their next visit) as well.
So, I hope I've sweetened the deal for you
to come play PACK WARS with us on Saturday the
7th. You will not only be able to open 2013 Topps
Football with fellow collectors and see lots
of great hits, but you will also get to ... A.
win prizes!; B. play our YPTWFC for a $25 prize;
C. earn an NFL Kick-Off pack in the process (with
the chance of getting an autograph!); and D.
enjoy some refreshments! I hope you choose to
join us. It promises to be a fun day.
I will talk more about our MANY RECENT HOT
PULLS (four of them from 2013 Finest Football),
NEW PRODUCTS (including 2013 Cooperstown Baseball,
2013 Topps Tier One Baseball, and 2012-13 Panini
Prime Hockey), our next standard EVENT (think
late September/early October), and our SECOND
FOOTBALL CONTEST of the season (2013 NFL Player
of the Day) in my NEXT BLOG. For now, enjoy the
holiday weekend, and I hope you can join us on
Hello all. Summer is indeed coming to a close,
and this one went fast ... even for me. I seriously
feel like Thanksgiving is going to sneak up on
me next week! But enough about me ...
There was an event that went heretofore unreported
in this BLOG, so let me quickly wrap up Saturday
the 10th's party. THANK YOU to everyone who turned
out for the event (including new canine store
mascot GATOR!). Summer weekends are always tricky
to get everyone together, so we really appreciate
everyone who turned out for this event. While
attendance was relatively small, revelry was
good; and we saw some new faces, which is always
welcome. There was no specific theme for this
event and no one product or hobby promotion we
were celebrating, but Steve did manage to get
some extra 2012 PANINI BLACK FRIDAY and 2013
FATHER'S DAY PACKS to give out ... and those
were very well received! We saw more thin autographs
in this batch than any other (including one by
Gator's parents), so that was fun; and many cracked
ice cards were pulled (including Andrew Luck
and RG3). PACK WARS winners will be announced
in the next paragraph, as there were many. The
BIG WINNER of the day (besides Joe Miller ...
his luck is described later) was BOBBY GOODWIN,
who received a $75 GIFT CERTIFICATE. GENE PERKINS
won his choice of either a nice TIGER WOODS CANVAS
LITHOGRAPH or $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE (Gene ...
a message was left for you, but if you're reading
this; give us a shout). And KYLE STEIN won the
PHILLIES CANVAS LITHOGRAPH, just for walking
in the door that day!
WARS is always a fun time. I stress that if you
haven't played before, you give it a try. We
have PACK WARS at every event (always at 1:00),
and the more the merrier; as part of the fun
is watching other people open their packs to
see what rookies, autographs, and jersey cards
are pulled! It's exciting to see so many packs
opened at the same time! We always choose a new,
popular, and reasonably priced product to PACK
WAR to encourage as many people as possible to
want to participate. AND, it's important to add
that you never lose any cards in Pack Wars. You
keep what you buy, with the very real possibility
of winning prizes to boot! It usually costs under
$30 to participate in all 12 rounds, but you
CAN buy in to however many rounds you'd like.
So if you want to get your feet wet, why not
try a few rounds at our next event (which will
probably be at the end of September). Lately,
I've been trying to reward people for coming
(and motivate more players to give Pack Wars
a try!) by offering extra prizes (some just for
participating). Newbie GRANT GOW won a BLASTER
BOX OF HIS CHOICE (he chose 2013 Bowman Baseball)
just for giving Pack Wars a try on the 10th.
JOE MILLER cleaned up by winning BOTH the $30 GIFT
CERTIFICATE AND 2013 BOWMAN BASEBALL JUMBO PACK,
and BOBBY GOODWIN (winner of the $75 GIFT CERTIFICATE
on Saturday) took home a $20 GIFT CERTIFICATE
for Pack Wars as well! We have already had one
stand alone PACK WARS EVENT (meaning not associated
with a regular store event), and we definitely
will hold them in the future. It's a nice and
fun way to celebrate the release of a new product,
and also lets us try a night time Pack Wars event.
The aforementioned JOE MILLER'S luck wasn't
limited to our event, by the way. He tried his
hand at a new product from HISTORIC AUTOGRAPHS.
THE ORIGINALS features a cut signature and T-206
tobacco card in each pack/box (roughly half of
the tobacco cards are originals from the early
1900's, half are new and were made by Historic
Autographs for the product). In his first 5 box
case, Joe hit a Napoleon LaJoie original T-206
and cut (worth roughly $1300); and in his second
case, a Walter Johnson original T-206 with cut
(worth roughly $3000-3500). So needless to say,
Joe was one happy guy on Saturday.
Steve offered a bunch of products at SPECIAL
SALE PRICES that Saturday, as he always does
on event days. I had Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon grab
bags on sale for 3/$5 as well. And then a few
promotions we kept going after the event was
our PANINI PACK PROMOTION. Because we had leftover
packs, our Panini buyers early in the next week
were given the chance to earn these free packs
as well. Kunal and Rusty (both featured several
times in our HOT PULLS section lately) got most
of them. They pulled all sorts of good stuff;
including the RG3 Cracked Ice, a Johnny Bench
auto, and several other nice hits. We permanently
lowered prices on our PHILLIES AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOS
and BALLS, and debuted those lowered prices at
the event. We also have MANY 2013 PHILLIES TEAM
SETS available ... with a special $6 price tag
on the entire 2013 SERIES 1 AND 2 TOPPS PHILLIES
TEAM SET. So when you're here next, please check
onto recent NEW PRODUCTS! Since Yasiel Puig continues
to be the one to chase, new 2013 BASEBALL with
him in it continues to be sought after. 2013
ALLEN & GINTER featured his first true rookie
card, and 2013 PINNACLE BASEBALL has his second.
He has autographs in 2013's ALLEN & GINTER,
BOWMAN PLATINUM, and BOWMAN INCEPTION. 2013 BOWMAN
BASEBALL has started heating up again, because
it too has Puig (he's Lucky Auto Redemption #4),
as well as BYRON BUXTON, OSCAR TAVARES, and other
hot young players. We expect 2013 TOPPS CHROME
and FINEST (both due out in early September)
to sell well because of Puig.
The other HOT SELLER is new 2013 FOOTBALL.
We JUST received 2013 FINEST, TOPPS INCEPTION,
and MOMENTUM (guaranteed auto or relic at $25/pack);
and we have 2013 SCORE, SPx, ELITE, UPPER DECK,
BOWMAN, and ARCHIVES already in stock. And attention
all Topps fans ... 2013 TOPPS FOOTBALL is coming
in THIS Wednesday!!! We definitely expect a big
turn-out for Topps Football, and Topps is going
to reward you with special 4 card NFL Kick-off
packs starting September 5th (1 for each 18 Topps
packs you purchase). There's a big to do surrounding
these NFL KICK-OFF PACKS, and you will see ads
for them and signage in-store. Some packs will
have special autograph cards of rookies or legends,
and a few LUCKY CUSTOMERS will pull a GOLDEN
TICKET ... redeemable for AUTOGRAPH CARDS OF
ALL 50 PLAYERS FEATURED in the 4 card NFL Kick-Off
packs. Because packs are to be given away starting
September 5th (a Thursday), we will set aside
packs for anyone who purchases boxes from us
prior to that date.
There have been other NEW RELEASES; like 13-14
OPC HOCKEY, GARBAGE PAIL KIDS CHROME, and STAR
WARS GALACTIC FILES SERIES 2; and some GREAT
HOT PULLS, like MIKE & RYAN STEWART'S BYRON
BUXTON REFRACTOR AUTOGRAPH from 2013 Bowman Baseball
and RICK MACNEAL'S gorgeous, multi-color TAYLOR
HALL AUTOGRAPHED PATCH ROOKIE from a single pack
of 2010-11 Luxury Suite. But in the interest
of getting this BLOG published, I'll spend more
time on those topics next time!
Enjoy the rest of your summer! We hope to see
you before Labor Day, and stay tuned for news
of our NEXT EVENT!!! Thanks everyone!
Hello my long overdue BLOG readers! Summer
is such a strange time at the store. Different
people. Different schedules. Different goings-on.
Some of our "usual suspects" are away
at camp, and others have been down the shore
or on vacation. It's just a whole different atmosphere
here. Whatever YOU have been doing (I've gone
NOWHERE ... please read into the jealousy), I
hope it's been fun and pleasurable. God knows
that "Back to School" ads will be in
next's week's mail!
As my first course of business, let me announce
OUR NEXT EVENT! It's Saturday, August 10th, all
day from 11-5. We WILL have PACK WARS at 1:00
(product to be determined), and we might have
a BOX BREAK at 4:00 (depends on interest ...
we'll gather info). Steve was able to get a few
more FATHER'S DAY PACKS from our distributor,
so we will have them that day too; as well as
STEVE'S SPECIALS! We will definitely have some
nice RAFFLE PRIZES with purchase. We were given
a nice Goodwin Champions TIGER WOODS canvas print
to give away; and as the date approaches, I think
we'll choose a new box to give away as well.
We will have a PHILLIES TEAM SET special on Saturday,
August 10th as well. We just bought a bunch of
2013 Topps Series 1 and 2 Phillies team sets.
We will be selling BOTH series for $6 total that
day. Usually, they're on sale for $10 for both!
More details about the event will be unfolding
as the date gets closer. Please stay tuned to
this BLOG and my FACEBOOK page (remember, you
don't have to be on Facebook to read my Facebook
posts ... just use the link at left) for more
I have just uploaded a slew of 50 plus new
pics to our CARD GALLERY and have updated our
HOT PULLS link as well. Because we get multiple
good pulls from some of the same people (and
they're tired of posing for me!), most cards
do not make it to our HOT PULLS page. I definitely
have more good pics in our Card Gallery, and
it's SO worth checking out. I'm always surprised
to look through it and see how many great pulls
have been made here, from our boxes (and in such
a short period of time ... our Card Gallery is
less than two years old!). A lot of the cards
hold a lot of great memories as well. There's
nothing like pulling a good card yourself!
So, onto HOBBY and PRODUCT NEWS. Since the
NHL instituted their "No rookies for 12-13" rule,
it's been slim pickings for Hockey fans! Well,
no more! 13-14 product has started to roll in,
and now there is (or will be ... depending on
release date) a double rookie class to be had.
This should mean very good things for 13-14 product.
So far, we've received SCORE (now in both regular
and jumbo packs) and TRILOGY (in mini boxes this
year!), with more due to arrive soon. I'm not
usually a big Trilogy fan, partly because it's
an expensive box. Upper Deck broke it up this
year, however, into three mini boxes; each with
3 hits! So the mini box decision is not as tough
to pull the trigger on. It's like buying a box
of Panini Limited. There's a very nice autograph
on puck card design in the new Trilogy, and we've
already seen a Yakupov rookie auto and Ryan Nugent
2013 FOOTBALL has also been streaming in. Until
the new season starts and players get seen, we're
still selling more 2012 product. But, if you're
a fan of EJ Manuel, Geno Smith, Eddie Lacy, or
Matt Barkley; we've got some good new 2013 products
for you. 2013 Inception, Prestige, Elite, SPx,
Bowman, and Score are among them.
BASEBALL is pretty hot (even if the Phillies
aren't!). Everyone is clamoring for Dodgers phenom
Yasiel Puig. He only has a few autograph cards
on the market right now; and he is single-handedly
the reason 2012 Leaf Valiant, Metal Draft, and
Ultimate Baseball have escalated in price. He
is also 2013 Bowman's Lucky Redemption #4 auto,
and he has an auto in 2013 Bowman Inception.
Products soon to be released (like 2013 Allen & Ginter)
will have his first true rookie cards, so be
on the look-out for Puig. One of our customers
had TWO of his autos (each was a redemption for
multiple autos, actually ... a very cool idea
on Leaf's part) put away in a storage box that
didn't have particular value when first pulled,
yet now they're one of the hottest cards out
there! That is one of the best and worst parts
of collecting baseball rookies ... so many cards
that become valuable later on are not particularly
special when first pulled. So, you have to be
Unlike last year, BASKETBALL has a lot of new
products. They are presently benefiting from
a double rookie class as well. We just received
12-13 Panini Signatures Basketball, and we've
sold a good amount of Elite, Fleer Retro (perfect
if you're a fan of the old Fleer products and
inserts ... and a popular choice of Michael Jordan
fans!), and Totally Certified and Crusades (both
available at $25/pack with a guaranteed hit).
Our atypical summer has brought with it a bunch
of new gaming customers. More leisure time for
kids and meeting new camp friends who play brings
certain new Yu-Gi-Oh faces here. We pretty much
have every pack available, and recently re-stocked
Dark Beginnings 1 and 2 and RA Yellow Mega Packs.
The RA Yellow Mega packs feature a secret rare,
ultra rare, super rare, and rare style card in
every pack (similar to the packs in the Legendary
Collection sets!). Recent new releases include
Number Hunters and Battle Pack 2 War of the Giants.
That last one we've sold a lot of. Everyone's
searching for Slifer, Obelisk, and Ra. Magic:
The Gathering Modern Masters (a new set with
reprints of popular, older cards) has gotten
our store a lot of recent attention by Magic
fans. Modern Masters is a very tough set, and
we have a good price on it. It's been nice to
see some new gaming faces. 2014 Core Set was
released last week as well! We have boosters,
tool kits, and fat packs.
Before I call it a day (both with this BLOG
and at the store), we just had a GREAT box of
2013 Goodwin Champions opened by Joe M. Goodwin
is an eclectic little set produced by Upper Deck.
It features cards from all sports (literally
... there's motocross, swimming, soccer, horse
racing, etc. etc.), as well as the traditional
4; and has some funky types of inserts. In past
years, Goodwin was known for it's Entomology
cards ... redemptions for dead bug cards! Upper
Deck showcased these bug cards at the National
a couple of years ago. They're cool, and some
are huge. There was the Walking Twig Insect card,
which was as wide as a couple of card lengths
(hence, one of the reasons why they're redemptions!).
Well, this year, the big pull is an Element card
... a redemption for a booklet featuring actual
platinum or copper samples (and the like). Joe
M. opened a box today and pulled two winners
... a 1/1 Sidney Crosby tobacco sized card AND
an Island Grey Fox Animal Kingdom Patch. The
same patch card sold on E-bay for $300, so check
your patches! Some are more common than others
(and worth more like $20); but others (the closer
to card # 300, the more valuable!) have sold
for $1250! The cards aren't numbered, but there
can't be many of the expensive Short prints.
With 3 hits per box, Goodwin is a fun and reasonably
I hope to see you soon, and PLEASE save the
August 10th date on your calendar! I promise
you'll enjoy. Thank you!!!
Hi everyone! So much news.
First ... 2013 TOPPS SERIES 2 BASEBALL is here!
And if you didn't get the preview packs (with
blue slate parallels) that we started giving
out on Monday, no worries! We still have some!
We are waiting for confirmation from Topps that
there is NOT a wrapper redemption program for
Topps Series 2. We think that someone representing
these Series 2 blue slate parallels (from the
preview packs) as wrapper redemption cards has
been misleading. We should have an answer on
Also in GIVE-AWAY NEWS, there were special
$.25 ARCHIVES BASEBALL promo packs that were
available last week (with orange day-glo parallels).
If you didn't make it in and wanted them, we
still have a few left (limit 4 per person). Please
note that the VINTAGE CARD REDEMPTION PROMOTION
(cards found 1 per Archives hobby box) was INCREDIBLY
limited and all packs have been given out. Topps
is encouraging consumers to Like their Facebook
page, where they will apparently be awarding
more of these vintage cards.
And rounding out the Topps portion of this
BLOG is some TOPPS REDEMPTION NEWS! Topps has
decided to use current and HOF player autographs
in its inventory to make up special autograph
cards never before issued (and not to be released
in any product, box, or pack) to send to customers
who are owed redemption card autos. We have four
people who have reported what they were sent,
and with mixed reviews. On the positive front,
the cards are a nice design ... reminiscent of
Bowman Sterling; and the player selection I've
heard of so far has been mostly good AND several
were short-printed. A customer due a no name
auto ended up getting an A Rod ... so that was
one of the good examples. Chances are that if
you weren't owed anything much, you might be
happy getting the wait over with and getting
a random auto. But for those of you waiting on
autograph cards of favorite players or from favorite
sets, well then you might not be too happy with
your substitution. One customer due a 1/1 White
Whale jersey auto from Triple Threads was sent
a non-star auto /5, which he did not favor. Another
customer was owed a HOF player from Museum Collection
but was sent a current player auto /10 he didn't
particularly care for. I give Topps credit for
trying something to deal with an obvious back
log of un-filled redemption cards. I just wish
the program was a bit more fine tuned before
they started sending cards out. More info as
it comes in.
Saturday, June 15th, marked the start of our
participation in PANINI'S 2013 FATHER'S DAY PACK
PROMOTION ... but luckily, we're not finished!
We will continue to honor all of the pack per
box ratios we began on Saturday (while the packs
last). Unlike with other pack giveaways that
come to us at little to no cost, Panini uses
these Father's Day and Black Friday pack promotions
to encourage dealers to buy extra product by
pairing the packs with box purchases. We were
disappointed that there were no exciting 8 pack
per box deals, like the Black Friday Rookies & Stars
Football deal everyone loved. The most packs
Panini gave us this time around was 3 per box
... a far cry from the 8. We are offering the
exact same pack per box ratios to you that Panini
gave to us (a list is in-store), and then Steve
bought product we didn't want/need so that we
could at least get packs to offer to you for
ANY Panini purchase (this list is also in-store)
to satisfy consumer demand for these packs. Feel
free to check out Panini's BLOG (The Knight's
Lance) or E-bay (or soon, our CARD GALLERY) for
card pics. Roughly every 10 packs has an autograph
or jersey card, and we've seen some nice hits
so far (not to mention "Cracked Ice" parallels,
numbered rookies, and press proofs).
It dawns on me that while I briefly discussed
our BOX BREAK EVENT (on Friday, June 7th) on
Facebook, I did not yet BLOG about it. I want
to thank everyone who came out to support the
event and us that night. We definitely had a
good time. Box Breaks can be a lot of fun. They
can also be very time-consuming to organize and
carry out. This event was both. For that reason,
I don't think we'll be doing another stand-alone
Box Break event, but I would be happy to run
one during a regular event ... so stay tuned.
On the subject of our next event, June is a
tough month because of graduation parties and
summer vacations getting underway. We're aiming
for the second week of July, but we'll make it
official in a future BLOG.
Just as a general reminder (which I thought
of when I mentioned that I discussed the Box
Break on Facebook) ... don't forget that you
do not have to be on Facebook to see what's on
Facebook. There is a link on this website that
takes you right to our page. You see the same
thing everyone else does (you just can't comment).
Check it out periodically, as I make updates
on there almost every other day. You'll find
out there if there is or is not a 2013 Topps
Series 2 Baseball wrapper redemption program
(in a day or so), and we post cards that are
pulled (and new products) there first! Thanks
I'm getting ready for our big BOX BREAK on Friday,
and I'm getting excited about it. I sent an E-newsletter
out on Monday, so if you didn't get it, then
I do not have your correct e-mail address. The
E-newsletter can be viewed right here on this
website. Just click the "Recent Newsletters" link.
And then use the "Email Sign Up" button
at top to give me your address!! ALL of the info
you need to know about the Box Break is in that
Newsletter and my Memorial Day BLOG. Steve and
I are giving everyone who reserves a spot by
Wednesday (that's today, people!) a chance at
a FREE BOX BREAK spot, so please check that out!
We hope to see you on Friday. I think it's going
to be a blast!
The rest of this BLOG is just cut and paste
from the newsletter. I wanted to make sure everyone
saw the info about NEW PRODUCTS, our upcoming
Archives promotions, and Panini Father's Day
pack fanfare. So if you read the newsletter,
then this is not new to you!
There are a LOT of NEW PRODUCTS that have come
in lately (2013 TOPPS ARCHIVES BASEBALL and FOOTBALL,
2013 PANINI USA BASEBALL CHAMPIONS, 2013 MUSEUM
COLLECTION BASEBALL, 2013 SCORE FOOTBALL [new
for this year ... 1 hit per hobby box and 3 hits
per jumbo box], 2012-13 FLEER BRILLIANCE BASKETBALL,
2012-13 LEAF METAL BASKETBALL, 2012-13 SP AUTHENTIC
BASKETBALL, 2012-13 LEAF BEST OF BASKETBALL,
2013 UFC KNOCKOUT, STAR WARS JEDI LEGACY [with
first time costume cards], and WALKING DEAD 2
[based on comic book] among them). We are expecting
2013 BOWMAN FOOTBALL and the VERY highly anticipated
2012-13 ROOKIE ANTHOLOGY HOCKEY this week!
Now I want to discuss some promotions that are
coming up in the next couple of weeks. First,
Panini's FATHER'S DAY PACK PROMOTION is back!
If you've received previous Father's Day packs,
then you know that Panini produces special cards
of hot players (and these cards can be found
ONLY in these special packs). Neat jersey and
autograph cards are randomly inserted as well
(last year, they were seeded 1 in 10 packs),
and we've seen some nice hits from last year's
packs (and from the Black Friday packs, Panini's
sister promotion), including several RGIII jersey/patch
cards. We will have the Father's Day packs on
Saturday, June 15th. They are FREE to you with
the purchase of Panini products, AND for a limited
time, we are duplicating the exact offer Panini
extended to us (we order certain products to
get a certain number of packs). So, right now,
if you purchase these specific products (2013
PANINI USA CHAMPIONS BASEBALL, 2012 PLAYBOOK
FOOTBALL, and 2012 PANINI BLACK FOOTBALL are
among them), we will set aside the same number
of packs for you that Panini gave us. See the
complete list in-store, and I'll put it in my
BLOG tomorrow. To check out some of the Father's
day pack cards, here's a link
to an entry in Panini's Knights Lance BLOG.
And thanks to a savvy customer, this Knights
Lance entry is HOT OFF THE PRESSES with all new
card pics! See
that one here.
Topps is also having some fanfare associated
with their new 2013 TOPPS ARCHIVES BASEBALL release
(which we received last week). There is a 1 per
hobby box redemption card you can bring back
to us starting Monday, June 10th. It is redeemable
for a foil wrapped vintage card from Topps' vault
(the cards are from the 1950's-80's). These vintage
cards are available while supplies last (they
are EXTREMELY limited), but we have set aside
packs for anyone who has purchased Archives boxes
from us so far (we kept a list) ... so no worries
about the June 10th date for those customers.
Also on June 10th (until June 15th, while supplies
last), we will have special $.25 Archives packs
available (we'll start out limiting these packs
to 4 per person). These 5 card Archives Baseball
packs have random "Day Glow Parallel cards" ...
seemingly, one per pack). And then, last but
not least, from June 17th to June 24th, if you
bring us ANY card from the '80's, we will give
you a special 5 card 2013 TOPPS SERIES 2 "UNIQUE
CELLO PACK" (again, while supplies last).
So all of this Topps fanfare (in addition to
Panini's Fathers Day pack promo) will add to
your Father's Day celebration. Note that Topps
Series 2 is scheduled to release on Wednesday,
June 12th (just in time for Father's Day weekend
as well). As a side note, previous information
released by Topps indicated these Archives promotions
should already have begun; but because Topps
pushed back the release date of Archives, they
pushed back the start dates of their promotions
as well. So all of the dates used here are the
new official event dates.
In the last bit of store news, BASEBALL MASCOT
OYO's are arriving (a few new ones per month),
and the PHILLIE PHANATIC OYO is HERE! He's been
a great seller for us, and we are fully stocked.
Also note that 2013 TOPPS BASEBALL TEAM SETS
have arrived. We have every team.
Thanks for reading. I'll BLOG again soon to
give any Box Break updates and to list the specific
products that get you the Panini Father's Day
bonus packs. Have a good day!