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Old 12-04-2017, 08:55 PM   #1
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Ask me anything about owning a Baseball card shop / ccg store in 2017

Open for 15 months. Ask away I am here.

No I don't want you 80s bulk :P
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:09 PM   #2
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How long do we have to wait before you spam the name and website of your store?
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:11 PM   #3
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How long do we have to wait before you spam the name and website of your store?

No interest just thought it may be a fun topic. In fact do not plan to give the name or anything. Just figured most guys in the 30 and up age range at some point had cards or thought of going into card business.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:14 PM   #4
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What's it like owning a baseball card shop / ccg store in 2017?
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:17 PM   #5
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What's it like owning a baseball card shop / ccg store in 2017?
It is pretty wild, the 2016 cubs winning the WS made things really hot for a bit then judge / bellinger pushed 2017 into good #s. The football rookie class isnt nearly as hot as the 2016 with dak and zeke but 2017 18 basketball class (including simmons from last year and ball stuff is selling like hot cakes). That said magic the gathering is slow, pokemon is dying, and yugioh is dead
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:18 PM   #6
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Just figured most guys in the 30 and up age range at some point had cards or thought of going into card business.
I am in my mid-late 37s and don't know a single person who collects baseball cards?

What percentage of people does?
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:21 PM   #7
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No interest in my 1989 Upper Deck Hi # sealed wax case? Wish I had sold that thing in 1990-1991
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:22 PM   #8
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I am in my mid-late 37s and don't know a single person who collects baseball cards?

What percentage of people does?
I cannot speak for the world but for my area only in 2016 to 2017 we had 2400 different debit cards ran through system. And oddly a lot of people pay cash so I would say we had about 4500 unique customers purchase.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:24 PM   #9
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No interest in my 1989 Upper Deck Hi # sealed wax case? Wish I had sold that thing in 1990-1991
Ha sadly no we have a policy of no 80s or 90s.

There was a time tho when that was gold.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:26 PM   #10
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Ha sadly no we have a policy of no 80s or 90s.

There was a time tho when that was gold.
Yeah, bought it for $700, went to about $4500, now maybe $1200. Sad
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:28 PM   #11
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Yeah, bought it for $700, went to about $4500, now maybe $1200. Sad
Standard now days gotta smash ebay / fb groups while stuff is hot.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:31 PM   #12
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I cannot speak for the world but for my area only in 2016 to 2017 we had 2400 different debit cards ran through system. And oddly a lot of people pay cash so I would say we had about 4500 unique customers purchase.
I meant the US, I doubt there are many other countries (besides Japan) where people both care about baseball and have the means to afford cards?

4500 customers would sound like a lot in a town of 30k but probably not in a metro area of 5 million.

What's the average price range for cards in your shop? Is there a large market of people who spend >$1k on a single card?
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:33 PM   #13
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Avg sale is 60$ but we have guys who regularly spend 500 a pack for high end and a couple who pay up to 2k for the highest end stuff for 1 pack. Now days you cannot buy a hobby box for under 150 that is anything good. My town has 140k people.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:37 PM   #14
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What % of autographs are fake?

What % of baseball cards are fake?

Do certificates of authenticity mean anything?
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:38 PM   #15
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Ha sadly no we have a policy of no 80s or 90s.
So you don't have any Ripkens?
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:44 PM   #16
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What % of autographs are fake?

What % of baseball cards are fake?

Do certificates of authenticity mean anything?

90% of autographs that are not authenticated are fake.

5% of baseball cards (with grading now days you really dont buy raw good stuff anyway)

If it is not PSA, JSA, Becket, Tristar, Steiner, or UDA its likely not good.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:45 PM   #17
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So you don't have any Ripkens?
In a world where an 82 topps ripken brings 12 bucks ebay nah.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:48 PM   #18
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90% of autographs that are not authenticated are fake.



5% of baseball cards (with grading now days you really dont buy raw good stuff anyway)



If it is not PSA, JSA, Becket, Tristar, Steiner, or UDA its likely not good.


They had an HBO show where they forged the certificates.

It seems high-grade printers can replicate cards.

And machines can replicate signatures.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:50 PM   #19
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They had an HBO show where they forged the certificates.

I️t seems high-grade printers can replicate cards.

And machines can replicate signatures.
In a world where chinese super notes are almost impossible to detect sure anything possible.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:53 PM   #20
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In a world where chinese super notes are almost impossible to detect sure anything possible.


I would assume there are no super-deals anymore with the Internet.

What % of cards are mint?

What is the best way to keep a card in mint for a long time?
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:55 PM   #21
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In a world where an 82 topps ripken brings 12 bucks ebay nah.
Yea 80's and 90's are pretty crappy. Only thing I'm interested in from that era are Tiffanys or PSA 10's of stars.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:57 PM   #22
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Yea 80's and 90's are pretty crappy. Only thing I'm interested in from that era are Tiffanys or PSA 10's of stars.
Yeah the 82 traded ripken 10s are still under priced. You literally just don't see em.
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Ha sadly no we have a policy of no 80s or 90s.

There was a time tho when that was gold.
So you don't deal in any early MTG?
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So you don't deal in any early MTG?
80s and 90s sports specifically junk era baseball. But yes 1993 magic to present
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Old 12-04-2017, 10:29 PM   #25
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What are the demographics of your clientele?

Have much debt have you accrued in the 15 months? Just rent or do you have a huge inventory of stuff that people aren't buying that counts as debt too?
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