Black Friday Special!!
BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL!!
Black Friday Specials at Baseball Card Exchange will start at 12:01 A.M. CST Thursday, November 28th, 2013 (That is midnight on Thanksgiving day) and run through 11:59 P.M. CST on Sunday, December 1st, 2013 (That is midnight on Sunday). All orders placed through www.bbcexchange.com during that time will receive the following:
Pre-1986 items (and including 1986) get 10% off plus shipping.
Post-1987 items (and including 1987) get 10% off AND free shipping.
Any orders with mix and match of the 1986/87 cutoff will get 10% off plus shipping.
NOTE: I realize that in the past, we used to offer 10% off and free shipping for all products, no matter the year. However, in this bull market of unopened product, we just dont have much pre-1986 material available. Business likes to use the term "replacement cost". In this market, there is no such thing as "replacement cost". My replacement cost is basically having to pay for product at a cost I was selling it for 4-6 months ago! In fact, I will be posting new "buying prices" here shortly. So be prepared to see some huge jumps on our buying prices!
Terms: The minimum purchase to qualify for this special will be $100. Free shipping is up to $40. Orders will be processed in the order received. Orders will be processed as "fill or kill". "Fill or Kill" meaning that if you order 10 items, and we only have 2, you will be charged for 2 and the order will be processed. Free shipping is up to the first $40.00. This means if your shipping charges total $55.00, you will be charged the $15.00 balance. Free shipping applies to Standard USPS and UPS Ground shipping only. All orders will ship on Monday, December 2nd (hopefully)!
Payment: If you choose credit card as payment, we will adjust the 10% discount and shipping charges on our end and charge your card accordingly. If you pay with PayPal, we will refund the discount and shipping fees (if you get free shipping) back to your PayPal account.
International Orders: The minimum purchase to qualify for this special will be $200. Free shipping will be for one USPS Medium Flat Rate Box. A Medium Flat Rate box will typically hold 3-4 boxes. Free shipping or not free shipping will apply by the same 1986/87 rules.
Orders received prior to the start time or after the end time of the Black Friday Specials will be charged invoiced prices.
and the move has started...
Over the past month we have been preparing our new location for occupancy. I am not going to lie, the place was a little trashed (maybe more than a little). A lot of cleaning, new carpeting, a lot of cleaning, new paint, a lot of cleaning, coordination for utilities, licenses, alarms and all while still maintaining our everyday operations. So far we've moved almost 40 pallets of product, mainly cases. Today we will start to move the smaller items. I want to let you know this because there is a chance that your order may be slightly delayed. We pride ourselves on processing all orders within 24 hours. We will still process all orders as soon as the are received and if they don't ship within the first day, they will ship the second day. We appreciate your patience. Our goal is to be fully moved, up and running, the week of Black Friday. We'll also be posting some pictures of the new place soon to our Facebook page. Thanks, Rick.
Exciting news for Baseball Card Exchange! Earlier this week,
almost exactly 23 years to the day of opening our doors to the original retail
store, we signed a lease on a new location that will serve our warehouse and
mail order needs, as well as provide us with an area to operate a retail
Back in 1990, Baseball Card Exchange opened for business in a small (400
square feet) retail location in Lansing, IL. After three years, we
moved to a larger/better location on the main thoroughfare down the street.
This retail location was 1400 square feet and served us well. It
was a great time to have a card store in the Chicago area; Michael Jordan and
the Bulls created a lot of new card collectors, and even converted some die-hard
baseball card collectors over to the basketball card market. In
July 2002, we made the tough decision to close the retail store and go strictly
into internet sales. E-commerce was booming. We
moved into a 4,000 square foot warehouse, launched our website, and continued to
use other internet outlets to grow the business. We quickly
outgrew that location in less than five years, and moved again to our current
facility that is about 6,500 square feet. We are located within a
self-storage facility, and due to our space needs, we are additionally renting
seven storage units as well. Lately, we have just not been able to
move around the warehouse. It seems like every time we sell something, we have
to move three pallets to get to it. Oh well - it's time to move
We had been scouting new locations for quite a while. After
searching for an all-in-one location (warehouse, office, and retail), we were
resigned to the fact that we should just move to a bigger warehouse, then pursue
a separate location for retail. Still, there was this one location
we always had our eye on, in the neighboring town of Schererville, Indiana.
Though leased, it was empty for close to a year, and we just could
not seem to contact anyone about the location. Finally, we spotted
the "For Lease" sign and we didn't waste any time seizing the opportunity!
The sign went up on a Friday, we called the
owners on Saturday, inspected the building on Tuesday, then signed a letter of intent on Thursday. Our new building (over
12,000 square feet) should fit our needs perfectly. The new
landlord has been great to work with and is very cooperative in meeting our
Now comes the difficult part - moving. We already have a plan
in place, and should not miss a day of our normal operations. We
hope to be fully operational in our new facilities by the beginning of
December. While the grand opening date of the retail store has not
been decided yet, we are aiming for MLB Opening Day, 2014. We
believe the retail store will have very little impact on the day-to-day
responsibilities of Steve, Mike, Rick, Pete, and Reed. We truly
feel having a retail presence in NW Indiana will complement the current BBCE
business model and make us a significantly stronger company. Trust
us; this will not be the run-of-the-mill local card shop. Thanks
for all the positive e-mails and voicemails. Steve
Back from the National Convention!
The National Convention is now over and we are back at the office. It was a great show for us, selling and buying. I really want to thank all the guys who came and introduced themselves, just to say hello. Its nice to meet the people that we do business with throughout the year! A special thanks goes out to the guys who gave my team and I a gift certificate to Gibsons Steak House. My dad ate so much that he basically had to sleep sitting up, as his stomach was going to explode!
The state of the hobby seems to be very, very strong. High end rare items are just getting amazing prices and seem to sell very quickly. This has also caused mid-grade and low-grade items to sell well, as not everyone can afford the high end stuff.
Now, to what you have all been waiting for............the new stuff. There were lots of people who couldn't make it to the National Convention and were kind of disappointed about the fact that we had "salted away" material for the purpose of having a full display at the convention. Like I had mentioned, we spent TONS of money on material. Hopefully, in the next few days, we will being updating the website with all kinds of unopened material. There is quite a bit of baseball, football, basketball and hockey from the 80's. Lots of boxes and lots of sealed cases! There will be plenty of new PSA packs to choose from along with all kinds of raw packs from the 70's and 80's. We will have sets from all sports from the 50's through the 70's.
Starting next week, we will then have tons of high end boxes from the mid 90's to the present. We bought a large inventory of this stuff before the show that is still on pallets! We also met someone at the show who shipped up a large unopened hockey collection from the mid 70's to the late 80's. That stuff will be on the website next week.
Please give us some time to unload the trucks and get all the stuff back into inventory where it belongs. Thanks! Steve
Day 1 of the National - OK, so it is actually Day 2 since we moved in yesterday and set up most of the display cases and shelving. Today we started loading the shelves and cases with all of the wax (packs, boxes and cases), PSA graded cards, sets, PSA/DNA autograph items and more. After a little SNAFU with the size of our display we have crammed everything in. Tomorrow we will set up the 10 x 10 booth that will have the a selection of modern unopened material including some 2001 Baseball, 2003/04 Basketball, 1998 and 2000 Football, and a great selection of 2005/06 Hockey. Obviously todays transactions were mostly dealer to dealer. Sales; complete sets, some cases and a batch of graded cards. Oh yeah, an unopened case of 1993 SP Baseball. We really hated to give this one up. We haven't had a sealed case is a very long time (maybe 1993?). But we are running a business and not a museum. Did I mention that somewhere in Rosemont there are foil packs being ripped as we
speak blog! Purchases; a few cases and some boxes of 80's unopened. And some 1974 Topps Football 2-Card Packs (beauties!!!). Tomorrow will be a long day 8 a.m. 'til 9 p.m. (?) Check back and hopefully my fingers 'be as tired as my feet to update the blog. We'll see you in Rosemont! Thanks, Steve.
The National Convention
We will be attending the National Sports Collectors Convention this coming week in Rosemont, IL. It is located about 10 minutes from O'Hare airport. If you get a chance to come its a great experience and attending is always enjoyable. We will be located in the corporate area at booth #852. We will have nearly 1000 square feet of some amazing inventory!
If you are coming to the show, make sure you stop by and say hello. It would be nice for you to introduce yourself since we do so much business without ever actually meeting the people we work with everyday.
Also, we will still have employees who are staying back at the office/warehouse filling website orders. If you order something that we only have with us at the show, we will let you know the timing options of getting your items.
Thanks! Steve Hart