National Convention On-Site Authentication
I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we have done our best to try to get in front of our authentication backload. It has been a long run towards the National and we are looking forward to seeing everyone and being a part of what is certain to be an all-time convention.
With all that in mind, I want to make it known that we will not be accepting unopened material at the National to take back to our offices to auth/wrap as we have done in years past. We have thought about this for a long time now, and we just cannot do it. Time, space, and our sanity is just too much. However, you are welcome to drop off anything you want at our offices in Schererville, Indiana. The offices are open 7 days a week and material can be dropped off there before, during, or after the convention. Anyone coming to the National from the East Coast or Southeastern states will have to drive within 6 miles of our location to get to the show.
In past years when we did on-site authentication and wrapping at the convention, we took in everything that was brought to the booth. We pretty much worked at getting it done all day, every day, up until Sunday afternoon. I did not get a chance to spend as much time as I would have liked to meet people and such. Now with the explosion in our industry, it would just be impossible for us to accept everything that was brought in for authentication. I have gone back and forth in my head with how we are going to do this. We are just going to have to put a limit on what type of items can be submitted. If we do not, then on Tuesday alone the dealers in the room will overload us to where we could not accept anymore. Therefore, we are only going to accept the “meat and potatoes” of unopened at this year’s National. To make this easy, here is the list of what we will be accepting:
Baseball----Any boxes 1985 and older. Wax, cello and rack.
Football----Any boxes 1986 and older. Wax, cello and rack. Also, 1989 Score football wax.
Basketball---Any boxes 1989/90 and older. Wax and rack.
Hockey---Any boxes 1988/89 and older (Topps and OPC). Wax and rack.
Non-Sport---1977/78 Star Wars Series 1-5, 1980 Empire Strikes Back Series 1-3, 1985 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 1 and 2.
If there are other boxes that have a value of over $500 that aren’t on this list, we will consider it on a case-by-case basis.
WE WILL NOT BE DOING: Rack packs, traded/update sets, factory sets and cases (to be wrapped as a full case).
We can take in a limited amount of original factory sealed cases that are to be wrapped by the box, FASC, that do not meet the above requirements (for example, 1990/91 Fleer basketball wax case). How many we can accept will be determined by how bad we are getting hit with boxes and time remaining in the week.
Unfortunately, this is not going to be a perfect science. It may not even be close! It may come to the point where all of us at BBCE just throw our hands into the air and say that’s it, we just can’t take anymore material in! So, things could change quickly, depending on the situation we are in.
We have been so backed up with the log jam of material over the past 6 months that people were using our rush service to avoid the long turnaround time. In fact, the rush service was coming in so fast that we were having a hard time addressing the backlog. Therefore, we have decided that the cost for auth/wrapping at this year’s convention will be the same as the rush pricing. This price is 15% of our current buy price. I have updated the buy prices on our website so there is no confusion as to the cost. You can view our buy prices at www.bbce.com at any time. There were a lot of prices that were listed as “Please Call” lately, but those buy prices have been filled in now.
I will be making one more Blog Post next week, just to talk about the show itself and what BBCE has planned for the show.
Thanks! Steve Hart