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Sports Cards, Memorabilia & Fan Shop

What sort of things do I need to prepare for? Where I live, lots of shows are held in the conference rooms of hotels. Whose permission do I need to ask? Hotels, or any large rooms big enough to hold enough tables for other vendors. What sort of fees can I expect to pay (estimates) to use their facility? On the other end of fee's, how much should I charge (estimates) dealers? Should I charge by the table, and then tack on extra fees for using more space and tables? Last but not least - where to advertise my show? I see lots of them in the back of beckett magazines quite often. Any help from you guys would be wonderful! Also, please feel free to point out any blatant questions I may have left out. I'm sure there are plenty. As I said, this is my first stab at hosting a show.

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Oct 18, 2014 7:11:16 PM PT

How to host my own card show

So at shows rule of thumb used to be 10x table for a good day. What do you consider now a good day when selling at you local show. It seems that doing 5x table is almost what it has become?

 

Also has anyone else noticed another drop in sales despite having new and updated inventory? I had a spike in June and July, but ever since there has been a seady decline. I had my first sub 300 items a month sold since Nov 2012.  Does anyone think this may ,because of the new implement between Beckett and Ebay giving those mega sellers great visibility and the new stock photos?

 

Just wondering what your thoughts may be.

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Oct 20, 2014 5:41:25 PM PT

Card Sellers

Much earlier this year I put up a test auction with photos of a vintage University of Wisconsin blanket/felt I had bought at a local estate sale.  The estate sellers were using it like a doily on the back of a vintage couch.

 

As I didn't know exactly what it was, I came to you guys and asked your opinions.  I got lots of suggestuions, but it didn't sound like anybody had ever seen one like this.  The best suggestion was that I check out a web site of a guy whio was the expert on vintage blankets or felts from the early 20th century.  I followed a suggestion and emailed the guy, but never heard back from him.  What I did learn from the website was that the biggest blanket/felt he knew of was substantially smallerthan mine, which was @ 3' x 1'.

 

I decided to wait until college football season, and try an auction starting at $9,.95.  It worked.

 

Very early in the auction it showed one bid, at the minimum bid of $9.95.  I got solicitations to end the auction early from 3 different guys.  As two of the three said they would pay $100, I knew I had a good item.  I politely told them I would let the blanket got to a conclusion.

 

Well, after 34 bids, 8 watchers and around 80 page views, the blanket sold Monday night.... for $185.03.

 

I really was surprised at how high the bidding had gone by 24 hours before auction end..  I already had $175 with 24 hours to go.  With 15 minutes until auction end I had received no higher bids.  While I would have been happy at that price, two different bidders sniped with 7 seconds to go.  One of the snipers won at $185.03.  A man from wisconsin.

 

I appreciate all the help you guys gave..  Nice to be watching an old fashion bidding war.   As I didnt know what I was seeing, I wascareful nt to let the auction run.

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