PACK WARS is a store staple, as events go. We try to
hold one every six or so weeks (usually on Saturdays
at 1:00), and our customers have come to know what
fun to expect. But if you're a newbie, let's discuss
exactly how it works.
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 a winner.
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 a recent 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 team 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.
marks the start of our two annual football contests ...
our store's own "You Pick
the Winners Football Contest" and "The
NFL Player of the Day Football Contest".
Together, both contests yield our customers FREE
PRIZES EVERY DAY and
FREE $15 GIFT CERTIFICATES EVERY
WEEK (with BIG GRAND
PRIZES). Let's discuss each contest.
contest starts in September when the first official week
of football does. Every Wednesday, we make entry
forms available listing that Sunday's football game
match-ups. To play, circle the team you think will
win from each
match-up. Entry forms are due back on Saturday at 5:00
(we don't count Thursday night or Saturday day games).
The person who makes the most number of correct guesses
wins! It's that easy. Each week, we award a $15
GIFT CERTIFICATE to the person with the most
correct guesses. We do this EVERY week.
Each weekly winner then gets to compete for the GRAND
PRIZE of a $100
GIFT CERTIFICATE during
the play-offs. We also award RUNNERS-UP (those
people determined by the necessity of the Monday Night
game ... only used in the case of a tie breaker) a $40
has become an annual tradition at Sportscard Playground
and creates a lot of excitement in our store. As of 2016,
we've been running this contest for 14 years! It starts
at the end of September / beginning of October (exact
date changes each year) and lasts for 30 days straight.
Each day, a specific NFL player is featured in the store
(the "Player of the Day"). If you pull a card
of that player from a Panini branded pack, you win. It's
THAT easy. To make winning even easier, there are two
Wild Card players designated who you can pull that also
make you a winner. In addition, anyone who buys a box
of football cards automatically wins!
The daily prize varies, but is often a free pack of some
sort (Panini has been supplying us with special Player
of the Day 2-card packs for the last two years). Every
daily winner is entered into a raffle for the weekly
prize (which is on display each week and often includes
a t-shirt and some packs). Weekly winners are then
entered into the raffle for the GRAND PRIZE. This is
one of the largest prizes we give away each year. The
GRAND PRIZE often tops $200 in FOOTBALL CARDS & NOVELTIES.
The GRAND PRIZE is on display throughout the 5 week
contest. We've always received a tremendous response
from our customers, and this 30 day period proves to
be a lot of fun. It's easy to look forward to this
contest because we give away FREE prizes every day
and it encourages customers to open HERE (win-win)!
These have proven increasingly popular here at the Playground,
in part because of what we're able to give away. Previous
GRID PROMO GRAND PRIZES have been a MIKE TROUT AUTOGRAPHED
PHOTO, ANDREW LUCK AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO, MAGIC JOHNSON
AUTOGRAPHED JERSEY, CAM NEWTON AUTOGRAPHED MINI HELMET,
MARCUS MARIOTA AUTOGRAPHED JERSEY, JAMEIS WINSTON AUTOGRAPHED
JERSEY, and some HUGE GIFT CERTIFICATES. Many of you
are familiar with grid promos at super Bowl parties.
There is a 10 x 10 grid, and each block is randomly
assigned a pair of numbers. The way this promo works
is that you buy a product that earns you a block in
the grid (lists of products that earn you blocks are
made available during the promotion). Once the 100
blocks fill up with names, we randomly assign numbers
and teams to the grid so that each block holder knows
what points make him or her a winner. We usually give
away as much as $500 for each grid...a GRAND PRIZE
(examples of which are mentioned above), and lots of
GIFT CERTIFICATES. The big prize money makes this an
exciting promo, and we use the concept not only at
Super Bowl time; but also at other key times of the
As the subject would suggest...every
FATHER'S DAY and BLACK FRIDAY weekends, we have a special
PANINI PACK GIVE-AWAY. We buy specific product from Panini,
which earns us these special packs; and we, in turn,
let you buy ANYTHING Panini branded from us to earn those
packs. Now what are these packs all about? Our customers
look forward to these two promotions each year, and the
packs are similar. They're special two card packs (in
a variety of sports) with 3 or so hits (autographs, relic
cards) in every 10 or so packs. Additionally, there are
short printed parallel versions of the regular cards
(cracked ice, hyperplaids) and numbered cards you can
pull, even if you don't get a hit. Another fun aspect
to the packs is the relics used. The 2016 Father's Day
packs featured colorful hat and glove cards of football
players and large chunk of towel cards from both basketball
and football players. Black Friday packs often feature
pieces of Santa Claus caps (Santa Claus style caps with
the team logos are given to the athletes to wear), as
well as the aforementioned towel cards. Other fun, different
items used in these promotions is game used pilons and
1 of 1 sketch cards hand drawn by the player. Panini
always has unique surprises in store with these promo's.
We tend to make an event around the pack giveaway, often
having Pack Wars on Saturday and sheets of specials
available with ways to earn extra packs.
In 2016, we had both a National Hockey Card Day and a
National Baseball Trading Card Day (sponsored by Upper
Deck and Topps, respectively). Each had a FREE PACK
associated with it. In fact,one lucky customer pulled
a Kris Bryant autograph card from his FREE National
Baseball Trading Card Day pack; so these give-away
days are worth attending! Each is usually accompanied
by other fanfare (think raffles and prizes), and like
the Father's Day and Black Friday promos, we make an
event around the give-away and usually have Pack Wars
We like to have fun at Sportscard Playground
and reward our customers for shopping here! We've had
a few FREE autograph sessions
over the years with Scott Rolen, Garth Snow, and Greg
Lewis. Because we want to offer FREE signings,
we can't have them as often as we'd like, but our e-mail
newsletter customers and in-store "regulars" are
the first ones to hear about these special events (and
receive priority). Please make sure you're one of them