The ongoing drama between Fanatics, the NFLPA and Panini is a source of much discussion at the shop–and every other shop in the world. We’re are well aware of what’s been happening and so are most of our customers.
We’re still navigating through the news and what it means for us moving forward. We do expect to continue seeing Panini’s latest products for at least the first half of the NFL’s regular season and that’s a relief.
Once the season starts and some rookies stand out and breakout stars emerge every store in North America will want to have boxes of the cards those players are in as well as single cards.
Hopefully, regardless of what happens there won’t be any delays in having football products reach your local shop as we head toward 2024.
It was another week full of restocks and shipments at the shop.
The owner was again away at the beach, so it left Felix and I (with a little help from Tracy) to keep the store in tip-top shape and get things where they’re supposed to go.
Felix and I walked into about 350 online orders Monday morning from our eBay and Amazon shops. As you might imagine, that took up most of our morning until I decided to take my lunch break.
With that out of the way, it was time to go about helping customers and putting out some new arrivals.
We had a solid restock of sports cards this week along with some fresh products like 2023 Topps Chrome Baseball.
It’s a hot seller in general but we’ve been sitting on the mega boxes all week, only selling a few.
We will have to lower the price and get more in line with the current online competition but that was a little bit surprising that they didn’t fly off the shelf as the other Topps Chrome products have typically done this year.
As we’ve talked about before, we have been sending a significant number of cards to PSA for grading. In recent weeks, I’ve noticed a number of them with obvious flaws on cards slabbed PSA 10. I’m fully aware that just because the card is in a PSA 10 slab that doesn’t mean it’s a “perfect” card. The grading standards spell it out pretty well but a number of these have such obvious flaws that I don’t know they should even be in PSA 9 slabs.
I’m PCing every Shohei Ohtani base rookie card in a PSA 10 slab and two or three came through this past week and I honestly passed on all of them because with just my own split second, amateur grading assessment, they didn’t pass the test.
Apparently, this week was the week for us to get overstock items back from Amazon. We sell there but sometimes things just don’t move and each day this week we received between 15 to 20 padded envelopes, small boxes, and medium boxes of random, dusty overstock from the online behemoth. The unsold items in question had us on the verge of being charged for long-term storage fees, so we had them sent back to the shop.
When you sell goods, you have to expect that there will be a certain amount of dead inventory that you’ll be dealing with. The key is to keep it to a minimum and make sure you’re earning a profit–even a small one–on just about everything else.
That pretty much wraps up our week here in sunny Central Pennsylvania.
Have a great rest of your week. I’ll check back in again soon.