Making an effort to stand out from the crowd has paid off for collector Dan DeCosta, who launched a breaking platfrom under the name Maine Sports Cards a couple of years ago.
“We’re growing like crazy.”
A long-time collector with a background in IT, DeCosta has just relaunched with a new website and a new name: The Break Exchange.
The move was done in part to make sure there isn’t any confusion that the scope of the business isn’t confined to one state, but primarily to highlight a feature launched last year: the ability for collectors who pull cards from breaks to have control of them immediately afterward, posting them on the website for cash or credit for more break spots. DeCosta says it’s helped increase interest among collectors who not only find it an easier way to manage their breaking activities but appreciate being part of a bond between those who participate.
“Because they have cards for sale at our site that they’ve either gotten in a break or sent in from home they’re posting their links in the live break chats showing the cards they have for sale so they can buy into more breaks,” DeCosta told Sports Collectors Daily. “This type of community was the dream I envisioned when I created it. It happens constantly.”
He says he’s offering about three times as many breaks as he did a year ago. The Break Exchange goes live at 8 PM, offering a multitude of products and ways to participate and offering various specials and perks to entice buyers.
“We’re now reimbursing people the cost of their team in the form of break credit if they get their favorite team in the randomizer,” DeCosta stated.
He was at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland last week, breaking cases at a couple of manufacturer booths. Then it was quickly back home, mapping out the schedule for the rest of the month and setting up to go live once again from Maine—even if that’s no longer part of the moniker.