1 Year of SportsCardBlog.net

At least one post a day.

That was my writing goal when I began SportsCardBlog.net exactly one year ago today.

I actually had the thought to start a site/blog a couple of years ago and I ran the idea by Mike Silvia, owner of Sports Card Forum. He said if I was looking to make money it probably wasn’t the best idea unless I was planning to put a ton of time and money into it.

But last year, after sitting around unemployed for a bit and needing something to pass the time between getting denied for jobs I was overqualified for or underqualified for, I decided to start a blog about my favorite hobby.

And thus, SportsCardBlog.net began.

A few months in after I bought some products to review, Panini’s Tracy Hackler took a liking to my blog and offered a sponsorship to review products. I was surprised and shocked at the same time. It usually takes quite a bit longer to get that kind of attention from card companies. I believe without the early support from Panini, this site wouldn’t be where it is today and would not continue growing. And recently, Upper Deck has gotten on board.

I could not have asked for a better first year of this site. I’ve got a loyal reader base and have made some great contacts and friends along the way. I wish I could attend the 2012 NSCC to meet with everyone but as I said, I’m kinda getting married two days later.

So from the bottom of my heart I want to thank the people who read this site, my followers on Twitter, Panini and Upper Deck for their support in product reviews, the other card companies who keep me in the loop, and everyone else who has had a part in helping this site grow.

I look forward to another year and what the future will bring. I have some great ideas coming up that will help and add more positive contributions to the hobby as a whole so you’ll definitely want to stay around for that.

2011 Black Friday Sports Card Deals

Looking for the 2012 Black Friday list? Click here.

Black Friday is coming upon us and as always, collectors look forward to the several deals that could be found by the online hobby shops. Why wait for Cyber Monday when Black Friday is earlier and you can sit at home and order your sports cards from these guys? These are listed in alphabetical order.

Atlanta Sports Cards (www.atlantasportscards.com)

Atlanta Sports Cards will be running several promotions on Black Friday. They will have their best prices of the year on pretty much every product in stock. Everything will be on sale. They will also be running around 50 Buy It Now boxes on eBay for very low price. Finally, there will be about 10 cases on 1-day auction to end Friday evening. Make sure you check these guys out.

Blowout Cards (www.blowoutcards.com)

Blowout Cards hugely successful Black Friday promotion is back again and possibly bigger than ever. There will be 100s of products on sale for up to 80% off, or more! Blowout’s annual phone-in contests for free one-year subscriptions to a Beckett magazine of their choice will also return. Get involved over at Blowout as there will also be fun contests and promotions all day long for free boxes of product! They are starting their promotion at 6am EST, so it looks like it will be another great success. As per my recommendation and experience, don’t give up if they experience server problems as there will be a ton of people getting in on these deals. They should definitely be on your list of places to visit.

CheckOutMyCards (www.checkoutmycards.com)

CheckOutMyCards will be having a shipping special for those who are less of gamblers and want to purchase some singles. Saving on shipping will save you a ton of money if you are purchasing a large number of singles or even just a few. You may even also find a few dealers on there holding a sale of their inventories.

Dave & Adam’s Card World (www.dacw.com)

Dave & Adam’s Card World also has an extremely successful Black Friday promotion that will be returning this year. With over 100 sports and gaming boxes at amazing deals, you can find a wide variety of product on sale this year. They will be making even more products available at these low prices compared to last year in order to satisfy more customers. DACW is also working on a deal with UPS to get these boxes and cases shipped in 3 business days with no additional cost to the buyer (lower 48 US buyers only). Oh, and some top secret details and promotions that even Adam himself won’t tell me, so make sure you check them out.

Onyx Authenticated (www.onyxauthenticated.com)

Onyx is having a number of deals on authentic baseball memorabilia and autographs of some of their top talent signed who do signings and sell game used memorabilia. Make sure you email sales@onyxauthenticated.com to get the deal information before anyone else on Black Friday.

Pittsburgh Sports Wholesale (www.pghsportswholesale.com)

Pittsburgh Sports Wholesale will be having some Black Friday deals, but doesn’t have the details panned out yet. Check them out on Friday and see what they have going on.

Other companies I contacted that may or may not have deals going:

Cards Infinity (www.cardsinfinity.com)

Did I forget you? Send me an email with your information.