How to Win a $50 Gift Card From DA Card World!

As part of our new partnership with Dave & Adam’s Card World, we have the awesome opportunity to give away a free $50 gift card to their online hobby shop for you to spend on whatever you like.

If you have never heard of DACW before, click the link and check out their online hobby shop. It is one of the best in the biz and my preferred shop of choice. They have hobby boxes, retail boxes, and singles all from the past several years. I also purchase a ton of my supplies there as well and used them to purchase my supplies for my wedding.

How to enter:

You can get an entry 3 ways, so you have up to 3 entries to earn.

- Retweet a specific post on Twitter and follow me and @dacardworld.

- Like me and DA Card World on Facebook.

- Post here about your experience with DA Card World, or if you are new, what you like about their site.

All entries will be randomized with a winner chosen on Monday. Entries end on Sunday at 11:59pm PST. One entry per method of entry per person, per household. If I catch someone attempting to go around this, all your entries are disqualified. I do check.

You will receive a special gift card code for $50 credit via email for you to use at your discretion.

Good luck!

New Partnership with Dave & Adam’s Card World

I’ve been working on a few things behind the scenes the past couple of weeks and today we have finally finalized a deal on a partnership with one of the biggest online hobby retailers in the United States. Dave & Adam’s Card World (DACW) has long been a staple of the online hobby scene for quite some time now. With their low prices and great customer service, collectors around the world have had their respect and trust in this company, helping it grow with not only an online presence, but several brick and mortar stores in upstate New York.

I’ve done the vast majority of my business over at DACW over the past several years. I’m proud to announce them as my preferred retailer. Not only are they my preferred retailer, I am a premier customer as well. If you spend a certain amount of money with the company in a month, you will get exclusive deals on products through your premier account. This account stays with you even if you go months without a purchase. You will also periodically get emails featuring some of the best deals for premier account holders.

The partnership will not change your experience on this blog besides a side link on the sidebar and links in blog posts to the product in their store, as always, where appropriate.

In celebration of this new partnership, we will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to DA Card World. You can find details on how you can win that on Friday. Also on Friday, make sure you check out their 2012 Black Friday Preview Sale which features several products on sale that you’ll be able to find on Black Friday as well.

Interview: Adam of Dave and Adam’s Card World

This is the first interview I have ever done for the blog and it definitely will not be the last. I was contacted by Adam of Dave and Adam’s Card World after my review between Dave and Adam’s and Blowout Cards. Despite me giving Blowout Cards the upper hand in that head to head purchase, Adam was nice enough to email me and make himself available to me. He even offered me a tour of their facility in upstate New York for whenever I am in the area. Anyway, I took him up on his first offer and sent some questions his way late last week. I got some great, well thought responses. I’m not sure if I can do the responses justice by breaking them up. So here is the full context of my interview with Adam of Dave and Adam’s Card World. Warning: It is pretty long!

Sports Card Blog: I’ll start with the basics, how did DACW get started?

Adam: Dave Silver and I met on the local card show circuit in 1987.  At the time, we were the youngest dealers in the area and we ended up becoming friends.  In 1988, we started running classified buying ads together under the name Dave & Adam’s Hockey World which would change in 1989 to Dave & Adam’s Card World.  In 1991 I was looking for someone to open a card store with and approached Dave with the idea of becoming business partners.  Dave had one more semester of school left, but readily accepted and on May 15th, 1991 our little 500 square foot store with no parking opened in Buffalo New York.  We struggled for the first couple of years, putting almost everything we earned back into the business, until a few good purchases allowed us to move to the 3000 square foot store we still operate in Tonawanda New York.

​During this time we were also running a mail order business for single cards that was growing faster than anticipated.  Eighty hour work weeks were typical.  When Ebay arrived on the scene we began listing thousands of cards per week and quickly grew to a 5 person company.  Several large purchases necessitated us renting our first warehouse which Dave ran while I manned the store.  When memorabilia and autographed cards arrived on the scene in 1996 we channeled our energies into becomingthe place to find the top cards. We stepped up our advertising and soon had the World’s top collectors counting on us to find the rare cards they needed. I was traveling every weekend to major shows around the country just looking to buy high end modern cards.  During this time I began making connections with trading card distributors and manufacturers which would set the stage for the next major metamorphosis of our company.

​By 2000 Ebay dominated the market for unopened boxes.  Most of the hundreds of dealers who had begun trading card websites in the 1990’s were now selling exclusively on Ebay.  Recognizing that the industry didn’t have a one stop online source for unopened boxes of cards and utilizing the connections we had made with the manufacturers and distributors, we launched dacardworld.com.  Right away we saw that our decision was a good one.  We rented a larger warehouse and grew to 20 full-time employees.  Every year we were growing rapidly, adding new product lines, and hiring more and more people.  Today we have 50 full time employees and work out of a 35,000 office and warehouse facility.

Sports Card Blog: Approximately how many orders are you handling a week and how many people are employed to get the operation done?

Adam: Depending on the time of year we handle 2000-4000 orders per week.  It takes a lot of people to make the system work.  We have a full-time marketing department, a dozen order pullers and shippers, a sales force, customer service team, I.T department, and several people whose job it is just to buy merchandise for the site and manage it.

Sports Card Blog: What does it mean to you to be chosen as one of the few Upper Deck Official Online Retailers?

Adam: We were of course pleased to be chosen as an Upper Deck Authorized Internet Retailer.

I believe all of the manufacturer’s trust us.  Upper Deck choosing us is an extension of that trust.  Konami has a new program we are a part of and Panini is launching a new program this summer that we will be part of as well.  More than ever it is key for a business such as ours to work closely with the manufacturers to remain viable in this business.

Sports Card Blog: In your opinion, what makes you a better choice than all your competitors?

Adam: That’s a tough question.  All my competitors do a variety of things well.  Some are focused on trying to be the cheapest while others focus on selection and service.  I think we do an excellent job in both areas.

Regarding pricing, one thing many collectors aren’t aware of is that we offer discounted pricing to our repeat customers and larger buyers.  This we refer to as our Premier Program.  We felt a long time ago that better customers should be rewarded with better pricing.  When a Premier customer logs onto to the website he sees a price lower than the public sees.  Twice a week we review our competitors pricing on current releases to make sure that we are competitive, especially at the Premier level.  On top of that, customers who place an order over $75 can add free packs and boxes to their order.  Case buyers especially like this since they often get a box of two of free cards that they can bust, giveaway, or even resell.  On top of that, we always make sure we have a wide variety of boxes and cases at prices our competition just can’t match.  Many of these come from large purchases from distributors or manufacturers.

Selection and service are incredibly important as well.  We have customer service specialists on hand to answer questions or concerns six days a week as well as personal sales reps to deal on a one to one basis with our Premier customers.  When a good customer has an issue with a redemption or another problem with a manufacturer, we can generally handle it for them.  And of course of ourselection is unbelievable.  Not only do we have a massive selection of unopened boxes, cases and sets going back to the 70’s, we have newer singles, vintage singles and sets, gaming, entertainment, autographed memorabilia, supplies, plus all kinds of different clearance items we come across.  I sincerely believe that when you add it all together we are the premier trading card website in the industry today.

(SCB Note: I did not use my Premier Membership when I purchased my boxes, as I felt it may alter the review for the casual buyer.)

Sports Card Blog: Finally, I have a couple of questions from your consumers…why is your free shipping with over a $150 purchase strictly UPS Ground when USPS may be similar in price and arrive to your customers earlier?

Adam: Great question. Next to employee salaries shipping is our number one expense.  To get the best possible rates with UPS we have to reach a certain shipping volume.  On top of that, we have virtually no issues with UPS.  Maybe 1 in 1000 orders have an issue.  With USPS the numbers just aren’t as good.  The main issue with UPS is transit time to the west coast and other regions distant from our area.  While we offer free 3-day upgrades for orders over $300 to our Premier customers, the occasional buyer in California has to wait 6 days for their order.  We recently met with Fed-Ex, who can bring it down to 4-days, and have begun to explore the possibility of USPS Priority mail to certain regions in the US.  I’m certain that by the Holidays we will have something in place that offers better service to customers who live far from us.

(SCB Note: I did not use my Premier Membership when I purchased my boxes, as I felt it may alter the review for the casual buyer. And personally, living in Oregon, this sounds great.)

Sports Card Blog: What do you say to those who believe you are hurting the local card shops with your low prices?

Adam:  It would be disrespectful to card store owners for me to say anything other than that there is no doubt that websites such as mine and my competitors have hurt card stores immeasurably.  You only need to look at the difference between the number of stores today versus ten years ago to see that this is true.  What is especially hard for me personally is that store owners who loved us when we were buying their 98/99 Jordan autographed Jersey cards for $8000 now dislike us.  If I were in their situation I would feel the same way.  Having said that, Upper Deck’s new program seems to be making it easier for Card Stores and our company to co-exist, and Panini’s new program should as well.  Some people don’t know that we operate three cards stores in Western New York and have a fourth opening in July.  Hopefully in the future the manufacturers all find ways to support the online environment and embrace retail sellers as well.

Sports Card Blog: And I’ll end it on an easy note, do you collect cards yourself? If so, what are your favorite teams or players to collect?

Adam: I have been collecting vintage cards since 1985.  Mostly Shoeless Joe Jackson, Christy Mathewson and Roberto Clemente.  Occasionally I will look at a product not doing well and buy 10 cases with my own money as an investment – last year’s 2010 Topps T206 Baseball comes to mind.  Much easier than buying stocks.

I’d like to thank Adam for his time answering my questions as well as the couple I gathered from people online. It’s obvious he is passionate about his business and the hobby from these answers and he is a very classy individual. As you can see, the answers were amazing which is why I wanted to post the full context. I just didn’t want to leave anything out.

If you have any comments about his responses, please post them here in the comment section of the blog. I am 100% sure Adam will be stopping by to read this post. While I don’t know if he will be posting anything himself, when I send him a link to the article I will ask him to read any comments that may be posted.

Again, thank you Adam for spending the time to answer these questions for me. If you have not visited the Dave and Adam’s Card World Facebook page I recommend clicking Like. They will often post coupon codes and have giveaways just for a simple Like click. Their latest coupon code is (533-FWY9) for $5 off a $50 order. I’m not sure if it’s still valid, but it’s an example of what you can find there.

Site News: June 1st 2011 Was a Great Day

I like posting about accomplishments. The reason being when I look back on the blog and look at my posts I’ve made, I like to look back and just remember certain occasions. I guess I am just a very nostalgic person in general. Maybe you have to be a little nostalgic to be the type of sports card collector I am.

The day started off great. I opened up my email and received a nice letter from Adam of Dave & Adam’s Card World. This was completely unexpected, although I had noticed on my “site meter” that I had a few hits from Buffalo and Tonawanda. I was hoping I would catch the attention of DACW or Blowout on my recent comparison between the two companies. Well I definitely caught Adam’s eye and I received a nice letter from Adam. It looks like I’ll be interviewing him with some questions about DACW in the near future. Hopefully, when I am back in Connecticut I can take a nice drive up to Buffalo and tour their facilities. By the way, if anyone has any questions they would like to ask Adam, please email me or post a comment. I would like some questions other customers may have for one of the giants of the online hobby retailers. So yeah, definitely a good start to the day.

I ended up writing 3 posts throughout the day. Sometimes I just get so excited I want to post something that I see as important. So I just kept on writing. Next, I was also informed that Freedom Cardboard had their new blog system set up. Chris Gilmore, the owner, had set up WordPress blogs for anyone to use through their site. I thought it was a great opportunity to expand my viewers and get more input. So I created Sports Card Blog – Freedom Cardboard Edition. I’m not entirely sure what I am going to do with it yet, but I thought it would be fun to have some added commentary on things every once and awhile, especially in the baseball area where Freedom Cardboard is popular. Why not, right? Plus I’m sure I’ll hold exclusive Freedom Cardboard member contests over there on that blog because it’s so generously hosted by them. Check it out every once and awhile. I can’t guarantee anything over there, but why not give it a try?

Finally, after a ton of people asking me about the 2011 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts checklist I was able to get it emailed to me the night before the product came out. I’d like to thank Upper Deck and Chris Carlin for getting that out to me so I could share it with the hobby community. Oh, and share we did. Almost 600 people visited Sports Card Blog late yesterday afternoon and evening just to catch a glimpse at the “checklist heard around the world”. Obviously, a new record in a day for the site. I love numbers and just seeing them pile up is great for me and the hobby. People were questioning whether Upper Deck would have the guts to put the checklist out and they delivered. If you like historic baseball and Americana autographs I would totally check out 2011 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts.

So I would like to say thank you to the hobby community for embracing this blog and taking your time to read what I have to write and say. With that, I will be posting a contest either later today or tomorrow to thank everyone. Prizes will not be announced, but you will soon find out why. Don’t worry, I won’t be giving out redemptions. When I said I was building something for this site, I really was. I’ll leave you with one word until I post the contest. Spin.

Again, thanks. I’ll have some more hobby news shortly.

Blowout Cards vs. Dave & Adam’s Card World

Recently many of you have been reading and viewing my card reviews on YouTube and on this very blog. Since I have not been in contact with the sports card companies yet as far as helping review products, I have purchased those boxes in which I have reviewed. The exception being 2010 SP Authentic football and 2010 World of Sports as I won a contest on Upper Deck’s Facebook and those were my prizes.

When I purchased the 3 recent boxes, I used two different companies online in order to kind of rate and review each company on customer service, price, and shipping methods. Basically each of those things is something important when you are purchasing your cards online. After this post, you will have the information you need to make the best decision if you are choosing between these two online dealers.

Customer Service – Edge DA Card World

DA Card World has a premier buyer program which I qualified for the last time I made a purchase from them in which they will give you even lower prices then they have on their website. Having a little reward program for being a customer who has bought from them before is definitely an incentive when choosing to buy from a store. Including these incentives is the free product they give out for purchases. Now the products they choose aren’t great and aren’t worth a lot, but it’s nice to get free things just for ordering from them. Lower prices + free stuff is always nice for being a repeat customer. Blowout has never contacted me for anything after I have bought cases of product from them in the past.

Price – Edge Blowout Cards

Blowout Cards name exemplifies the types of prices they sell their products for. Blowout prices. I would guesstimate that 85% of their products are the lowest prices on the internet, or anywhere for that matter. Every product I purchased in total was cheaper on Blowout then anywhere else online. Not only did they beat DA Card World in price, they beat all the competitors in price. If you include the free stuff I received from DA Card World, you could buy that amount at Blowout Cards and still save money. That’s how low Blowout Cards prices are. Plus, the box I pre-ordered from Blowout Cards didn’t even have a price on DA Card World. Obviously I’m going to choose the store that has an item up for sale and the price.

Shipping – Edge Blowout Cards

Both companies provide free shipping for orders over $150 which is great. There is nothing I like better then free shipping. But free shipping often is the slowest shipping available. Blowout Cards leaves this open for their choice of shipping at the cheapest rate. Here is the skinny on my shipping experience:

Ordered on Monday.  I ordered 2 boxes from Blowout and 1 box from DA Card World. But this is the most important part, one of the boxes I ordered from Blowout Cards was a pre-order on an item that didn’t come out until Wednesday. DA Card World shipped that Monday. Blowout Cards shipped the Wednesday the product came out.

First package arrived on Friday. Which one do you think it was? Definitely not what I expected. Blowout Cards’ package actually arrived in 2 days via USPS. I had to wait a full week for the DA Card World package to arrive via UPS. Both companies shipped from the east coast to the west coast. I was very impressed by the speed and choice of shipping by Blowout Cards in this transaction.

Overall – Edge Blowout Cards

Overall with these transactions I would go with Blowout Cards. The fast shipping and lower prices are definitely the more important things then customer service. The only thing that makes me sad is that DA Card World is an authorized Upper Deck dealer and Blowout Cards isn’t. I don’t know why Upper Deck ruled them out, but I’m sure it had something to do with politicking and all that mumbo jumbo. I will continue to use both companies as I see fit. If you can find a lower price on DA Card World, by all means, go for it. They are still a great company and their services are top notch. I will still use both companies as I see fit per transaction. But this time around Blowout Cards took the cake, and that cake is not a lie.

You can go to their respective sites by these links. Blowout Cards & DA Card World