It was another great week for sports card releases with new boxes from every major sport arriving in a short time span.
Tipping it off, we got a few cases of 2021-22 Select Basketball hobby boxes.
It’s a higher end product at over $600 per box, our box rippers have been reluctant to bite so far as we’ve only sold a couple thus far, even with our price considered among the best in the country.
We also received a shipment of 2022 Panini Select Draft Picks Football. Each box has three packs, with 15 cards per pack. You will find one autograph in pretty much every pack so for the price point of around $130, it’s no wonder why they’ve sold pretty well.
We opened one box and saw some fun autos, parallels and inserts.
We also got the popular 2021-22 Merlin Soccer in this week. I would be lying if I said soccer was in my wheelhouse but we have a few passionate futbol card collectors and it’s actually sold quite well.
Just in time for the World Series, 2022 Archives Baseball blasters on the shelf. This lower end Topps product has always done really well in store and online for us at $24.99 with free shipping.
Something that’s been a bit of a slow seller, which is surprisingly, is the 2021-22 Optic Basketball cello boxes. We have the lowest price on eBay and have still struggled to sell any either in store or online to this point. With the NBA season now underway, maybe we’ll see an increase in basketball sales but right now they’re pretty quiet.
We are always trying to diversify in store and are open to trying new categories and products. One of the newer items we’ve decided to carry our Figpins. These are fully licensed collector pins featuring individual players. They have a laser engraved, alphanumeric serial number on the back.
We have some of the biggest stars in all major sports from Bryce Harper and Shohei Ohtani to Steph Curry and LeBron James. The pins are artists renderings of the players but are highly detailed. They measure about 3 inches tall, come inn a display box and are priced at around $15.
They make non-sport pins as well including Star Wars, X-Men, etc. We’re anxious to see how these are received both in store and throughout the hobby as a whole. It’s definitely something a bit different and sometimes products like this do well around the holidays.
I finally had the opportunity on Thursday, due to having a half day at our shop, to make the 15-mile trip to Elysburg and finally check out a new hobby shop run by a good friend. The store is run by Jake Davis and his son (also named Jake) who are a long time hobby enthusiasts.
They’ve been looking forward to opening the store and it was great to finally see it.
Elysburg is a very small town with just over 2,000 residents but they had multiple customers in-and-out for the hour or so that I was there. They are my kind of guys, as they deal in almost strictly sports cards with some memorabilia and other sports stuff peppered in.
They had a shop years ago when Little Jake was a really Little Jake. Now that he’s in college and Big Jake is retired, they decided to venture back into to the game with a small shop in their previous location.
I love the fact that they are pursuing their passions and, of course, I wish them nothing but the best. I’m sure I’ll be back to see them again soon.