Burbank Sports Cards, which bills itself as the “world’s largest sports card store”, reached a milestone over the weekend. The company’s eBay store now has two million unique items listed. Remarkable, considering that just 22 months ago, they had…none.
Owner Rob Veres, who has owned the business since the late 1980s, says he invested in several high-speed scanners and new employees to push the mountains of physical store inventory onto eBay, which has now become his biggest driver of sales.
Veres, who has operated a storefront in southern California since the late 1980s, carrying everything from vintage cards to modern era base, inserts and autographs. Over 800,000 baseball cards are currently listed.
Right now, Veres says his team is working on a project to allow collectors to search for cards by team.
He told Sports Collectors Daily he’s hoping to reach the three million card mark by sometime in the first quarter of 2016.
Upper Deck has reached an autograph deal with Shaquille O’Neal. The new deal gives Upper Deck rights to create a full line of autographed memorabilia of the former NBA superstar center.
“Shaquille O’Neal’s charisma and fun-loving personality make him just as popular today as when he played for the NBA,” said Jason Masherah, President of Upper Deck. “We’ve received many requests for his memorabilia over the years, and we are excited to bring fans this innovative new collection of premium Shaq collectibles.”
Upper Deck Authenticated will market several O’Neal pieces including ‘The Show,’ a 46” x 20” image that includes the largest Shaq signature piece ever produced, a “Tegata” featuring his very large handprint surrounded by images from his entire career and a “Breaking Through” piece showing him above the rim, just before a dunk – with an actual basketball breaking through the Plexiglas. In addition, collectors can find a dual-signed items showcasing Shaq with other legendary athletes such as Wayne Gretzky.