Familiar Hobby Businesses Still Waiting for Power after Sandy

Hundreds of thousands of people in New Jersey and New York are still without power and that includes some hobby-related businesses.  You probably saw Mike Fruitman’s story on three sports card shops dealing with the storm more than a week after it hit.

Grading and authentication at SGC has been hampered by lingering power outages in Parsippany, New Jersey.  The storm hit while the company was executing a move of its offices to nearby Bound Brook.

“All orders already received are locked up safely and securely,” wrote company rep Michael Goldberg on the Net 54 message board last week. “Any orders in transit, or on hold with the carriers (USPS, UPS, FedEx), are being held in a secure lockup as well. The people who deliver these packages to us do understand what we do for a living and convey that to their managers directly so that our packages are well cared for.”

Flickr photo by abisdale (Creative Commons)

More than 200 trees and 190 utility poles were knocked down during  the storm and the area was facing another strong winter storm Wednesday night.

“There are still many streets in our Township that are blocked with downed trees and wires,” said mayor James Barberio.

James Spence Authentication, also based in Parsippany, sent this email to customers on Wednesday:

“Due to Hurricane Sandy, our main office, JSA-NJ has experienced a temporary power failure along with many other businesses throughout the New Jersey/New York area.  We are doing our best to catch up with recent authentication submissions.  Please be patient as our turnaround time has been extended a few weeks.

We will be back online to service all of your authentication needs this Saturday, November 10th 2012. Visit us this weekend, Saturday & Sunday, at our main office.”

Just Collect, eBay’s largest seller of vintage sports cards, also lost power at its offices all of last week but things are slowly getting back to normal and the company’s auctions are running according to Leighton Sheldon.

Not a lot of physical damage in Watchung, N.J., home of Robert Edward Auctions.  However, they were without power at last check and doing what they could despite communication issues that cropped up after the storm.

“We’ve been sorting collections and doing whatever we can to continue processing the great items that we’ve already received,” wrote Brian Dwyer.  “We even found time to write and mail out some advance checks to consignors who took advantage of our early consignment offers. We’re trying not to miss a beat as much as possible given the circumstances.”

MeiGray, which conducts auctions of game worn jerseys and other memorabilia, is based in Branchburg, NJ and was also without power.

“We want all of you to know that we are monitoring e-mails, and preparing to respond as quickly as we can once we are up and running again,” they wrote in an email earlier this week.  “For those of you who have placed orders, those orders will be processed and your orders have been secured.