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Old 03-29-2013, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default There's going to be a new Comic and Sportscard Shop opening on Las Vegas Blvd...

and it's going to be owned by, ME!

I've told a few people on the boards this news in the past few weeks, and now I want to make the official announcement. I will be opening May 1st, and my shop will be on Las Vegas Boulevard and Silverado Ranch, caddy-corner from the South Point Casino. It will be called Stripside Comics and Sportscards, and for those who don't know, I founded and owned Baseball Card Heaven in Las Vegas for two and a half years before selling it to some friends who kept it open another two plus years (it was still doing successfully when they closed, just a three-way partnership that saw an unbalance in time worked and direction).

When I opened my first shop, I was 23-years-old and a little clueless in the beginning. I'd like to think I learned a lot, and the shop was doing amazing when I sold it, I just over-exerted myself with many, many 70-90 hour work weeks, so I wanted out. About a month or two after I sold it, I wanted back in ironically. The first time around at Baseball Card Heaven (let's call it BBCH from here on), I only did Sportscards. Over the last year particularly, my emphasis has been on comics, and it's nice that I love collecting both.

As of right now, there are three Sportscard shops and thirteen comic shops in the greater Vegas area; there isn't a single shop that does both. Also, there are really neither of each within ten to fifteen minutes of my shop, but that doesn't mean I'm out in the Boonies. I have high income residential near me in Southern Highlands, Silverado Ranch, and Anthem; so I do love my location. I am on Las Vegas Boulevard (it's about four miles from Mandalay Bay and six miles from Belaggio/Caesar's) and I have great freeway access just a block off of the I-215. Very easy acces for much of the Las Vegas area locals and tourists alike.

My starting costs in fixtures and licensing alone are going to run around $12,000 it's looking like for my 1227 Sq. foot location. BBCH that I ran in 2003-05 was about 850 Sq ft, so I've upgraded the size a little, but will have a little bit of a squeeze between cards and comics. I have my ordering license from Diamond Distributors for my comics, and I have my dealernet account to order any unopened wax for sports cards. Not sure if I'm jumping into the MTG and other gaming equation, I know nothing about it really and I won't have a ton of free space for tournaments, but we'll see. Opening is May 1st, and I wish I could tell you it's going to be glorious and exactly as I want it to be on opening day, but that's not realistic. I will have a solid base of both comics and cards, with extra money to spend when stuff comes through the door, but my goal is for the shop to look better on June 1st than it does on May 1st, better on July 1st than it did on June 1st, etc, etc, etc...

As far as getting the word out, I plan on starting some solid Sports Radio campaigns on local radio (did well for me with BBCH and was very affordable IMO) and the comic world will get a huge introduction to my shop from June 14th to the 16th at The Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con (being held at the South Point Casino right across the street from my location), which I will have two booths at and I am in the works to sponsor several events at and host several give-a-ways at as well. I signed a three year lease, and I got my shop at $1.00 per sq/ft the first year and $1.10 the next two years (plus CAM fees which are about .37 per sq/ft). I asked my landlord what this shop was going for in the boom until 2007 and he said he was getting $1.80 per sq/ft for reference.

I have big hopes with artist and writer signings as well as top MLB prospects that come through AAA Las Vegas 51's (currently the Mets affiliate with Travis d'Arnaud and Zach Wheeler playing for), I want to do once-monthly Sunday Cosplay and artist sketches for kids and adults, and a ton more to be actively involved in the Las Vegas collecting community. Just to point out, I know several of the Sportscard and Comic shop owners in town, and support has been amazing. For reference, I have been in Baseball Fantasy leagues for years with both owners Marcel at Legacy Sports Cards and Jeremy at Ultimate Sports Cards, they are both great guys and have been very helpful. I told a local comic shop owner from Forsaken Toys and Collectibles I would be opening, and he said if there's anything I can't get from Diamond as far as new release comics, he'd be happy to give me part of his order if I needed it. The Las Vegas Card and Comic community seem amazingly helpful to one another and I am glad to be a part of it again.

If anyone ever visits Vegas and wants to stop by, I had a policy at BBCH for those who called and asked how far I was from a particular Strip Casino; if I have another employee at the shop at the time, if you pay for a cab ride to my shop, I will be happy to personally drive you back for no charge. In the two plus years I owned BBCH, I probably only used that program three times, but it will be there for anyone as long as you call in advance. As far as locals, I had the General Manager of a local Hotel and Casino become one of my better customers for about a six month span before he was transferred across the country, but he usually got off work at 9:00, and he would sometimes call me around my closing time of 6:00 and ask if I could wait for him to get off work, and I would usually oblige as long as I didn't have anything major going on. I am a pretty decent guy and also try to extend that offer too. (And as a sidenote, he brought in one of his really high up corporate guys in a few times and they would probably drop about $1200 per visit; his corporate honcho pulled one of the most gorgeous modern Hank Aaron cards in existence from 2005 Donruss Classics that was a 1/1 AUTO with most of the Indian's head from a 1960's Braves uniform, and it has probably never seen the light of day to the collecting community since it was pulled by a multi-millionaire who's probably never sold a card on eBay in his life. I really wish I would taken a scan of it, sorry to those Aaron collectors out there)

Anyways, if you made it this far through my dragged out post, thank you sincerely. I could probably go on for hours about how excited I am to be back in the game. If you have any questions, ask them openly on this post or through PM, I will be glad to answer. All comments and advice are appreciated.

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Old 03-29-2013, 09:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jason, best of luck to you. We vacation in Vegas every October so I'll try to stop by. Won't be a big spender, but would love to see the store. We will be staying at Flamingo and should have a car. So I would just go away from the strip (away from Fremont Street) and stay on LV BLVD and will run into you?

Sounds like you got a great deal. Hope it works out well for you!
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Good luck buddy and have fun!
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Congrats and the best of luck!
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Awesome, I am going to love having a sportscard shop a mile away from my house! Are you going to be located in the defunct Jacobi's Pizza?
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Good Luck, MTG/Pokemon/YugiOh are HUGE money makers if you have significant clientele in the 10-24 age range (up to 40 for MTG).
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Awesome!!!! Maybe you can be Gold and Silver Pawn's new go to guy
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Good luck!

I usually go to Vegas at least once a year so I am sure I will stop by.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I live in Henderson, so if you have good prices on wax, I will LIVE in your shop! Hopefully I can come to your shop in a couple of months!
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Awesome, I am going to love having a sportscard shop a mile away from my house! Are you going to be located in the defunct Jacobi's Pizza?
Ha-ha, no. Even worse! I'm going to be where the Thai Restaurant was! The owner of the property put about $8,000 into moving it from a restaurant location to a retail spot. I guess it was a very successful Barbeque spot for a decade, and the owner wanted his son to take over, but the son wasn't interested so he sold it to the Thai people. Apparently the Thai restaurant only lasted a year and it has been vacant since August, so apparently the owner initially wanted $1.25 per sq/ft but lowered it a little and I negotiated a deal I liked.
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I live in Henderson, so if you have good prices on wax, I will LIVE in your shop! Hopefully I can come to your shop in a couple of months!
Thanks, and BTW, Weezer is my all time favorite also; I still have videos of them on my iPhone from both the Hard Rock Blue/Pinkerton concert and the Mandalay Beach concerts.
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Awesome!!!! Maybe you can be Gold and Silver Pawn's new go to guy
Nah, Jeremy is locked in on that. He just moved his shop from the Northwest Summerlin area to old Downtown/Fremont Street. Apparently there is a Pawn Stars shuttle that brings 400 people per day right in front of where he is now. He can have the tourists that don't know what they're spending, I will target the locals and true collectors. I pay less rent, I can give better deals
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Thanks for the well wishes guys. A few other notes I am extremely excited about and didn't add:

The shopping center the shop is in is a perfect hot spot for Dudes (my target market); a very busy Del Taco that faces my store, a Capriotti's Sandwich shop, a pizza place, a 24 Hour Asian Massage parlor ( hm; and don't laugh too hard, but it will great for security if anyone ever tries to break in and the alarm is going nuts), a discount liquor outlet, a smoke shop, a kid's tutoring-karate-dance-music studio that you literally HAVE to walk by my store to get into, a Shell station, a dry cleaners, a few insurance brokers including State Farm, and what can be great for the Original Comic Artwork I hope to get into-a frame shop.

But the biggest, biggest, biggest supplement to my shop, a collectible coin and currency shop is opening next door (attached) to my shop. There is a ton more money in the collecting of coins and currency, and many of those guys double-dip into comics and cards. We have the perfect Collector's Corner of Las Vegas and we have been in talks to advertise exactly as such.
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As of right now, the plan is kind of 50/50 cards and comics. I love collecting and dealing in both, and time will tell which direction the shop goes in; I'm adaptable. If I end up being forced to do 80% comics and 20% cards, no biggy. If it goes the other way and I'm doing 80% cards and 20% comics, I will be fine with that as well, as long as I'm making a living, of course.
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Thanks, and BTW, Weezer is my all time favorite also; I still have videos of them on my iPhone from both the Hard Rock Blue/Pinkerton concert and the Mandalay Beach concerts.
I went too those concerts too!!! Lol.
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As of right now, the plan is kind of 50/50 cards and comics. I love collecting and dealing in both, and time will tell which direction the shop goes in; I'm adaptable. If I end up being forced to do 80% comics and 20% cards, no biggy. If it goes the other way and I'm doing 80% cards and 20% comics, I will be fine with that as well, as long as I'm making a living, of course.
Will you be selling wax?
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Will you be selling wax?
Yes, and I will more than likely have the best prices in town, as I did when I owned Baseball Card Heaven. I won't be able to compete with Blowout prices, won't even bother trying since I don't have all the same luxuries. I was one of the few shops that ordered factory direct from Topps, Upper Deck, and DLP, so I paid about fifteen percent less for my initial allotments than the rest of the shops in town, and passed those savings on. It will probably be four or five months before I see any factory direct shipments from the manufacturers based on the way they hand out their licenses and the pre-order time of about three months for most products. Many stores don't do the factory direct thing mainly because your credit card is generally charged three weeks before the product is released, and even worse those products are sometimes suddenly pushed back another three weeks, so you have dead money tied up for six weeks that you could be spending elsewhere.

I'll always try to hook up Blowout Boardies to an extent that I can, so if anyone here ever stops by, just mention the monthly special code of "hey, I am on the Blowout Boards, can you give me a little bit of a deal?" It's an exclusive code, so don't share it everywhere, please.

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Yes, and I will more than likely have the best prices in town, as I did when I owned Baseball Card Heaven. I won't be able to compete with Blowout prices, won't even bother trying since I don't have all the same luxuries. I was one of the few shops that ordered factory direct from Topps, Upper Deck, and DLP, so I paid about fifteen percent less for my initial allotments than the rest of the shops in town, and passed those savings on. It will probably be four or five months before I see any factory direct shipments from the manufacturers based on the way they hand out their licenses and the pre-order time of about three months for most products. Many stores don't do the factory direct thing mainly because your credit card is generally charged three weeks before the product is released, and even worse those products are sometimes suddenly pushed back another three weeks, so you have dead money tied up for six weeks that you could be spending elsewhere.

I'll always try to hook up Blowout Boardies to an extent that I can, so if anyone here ever stops by, just mention the monthly special code of "hey, I am on the Blowout Boards, can you give me a little bit of a deal?" It's an exclusive code, so don't share it everywhere, please.
Thanks for the reply. Will your prices be close to blowout?
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Awesome Jason! I cant wait to check it out next time I am in Vegas!
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Thanks for the reply. Will your prices be close to blowout?
With some of the newer products that have gone way up with presales before release, I can be competitive. The way the nature of the business works and our different business licenses and allocations, I don't want anyone to think that if Blowout has a box of cards at $65 I will have it for $70, just can't do it. When I owned BBCH and did card shows all over the nation, I was very reasonable on my vintage singles, I didn't like to sit on a ton of singles, so I priced them to move quickly. Dealers at shows would come and buy from me and mark stuff up at 60% of what I had the cards at quite often. Always great deals in my value boxes as well. I will be needing a bunch of singles in all categories and price ranges, even commons to fill up value boxes. I give solid trade value, so maybe we can set up a time to even pull off some trades before I open. LMK
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Nice, I think we've all dreamed once or twice of owning our own shop, I know I sure have. Hope it ends up being as successful as your last and even more so. Definitely look to check it out next vacation I take out to Vegas
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Good Luck, MTG/Pokemon/YugiOh are HUGE money makers if you have significant clientele in the 10-24 age range (up to 40 for MTG).
I agree with this. Probably more money in these games & CCG supplies sales than sportcards/comics put together. And likely to stay that way given the demographics of the two hobbies.
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Yeah, I was planning on carrying a little MTG to start out, drop a few hundred dollars on it to see where it goes. Do unopened boxes of MTG tend to go up over time, or do they drop right when the next version comes out? I see some shops that don't hold tourneys still have about five or six different versions of unopened product and then one display case full of singles in the $1 to $50 range, is there a common price guide (online or print) that can price them out properly for a retail storefront like myself? I do have a backroom and a second bathroom that I will be using for storage, so I could feasibly hold some tournaments if I just move a few racks to the backroom, so I won't rule out hosting some of them.
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Good Luck, MTG/Pokemon/YugiOh are HUGE money makers if you have significant clientele in the 10-24 age range (up to 40 for MTG).
This. If I ever did a LCS this would be a staple. They more the better. Actually to add, Legos would also be a staple. Check out my EBay account. Legos are by far and away the best money maker for me. Good Luck!
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Food, a "massage" parlor, cards, so you're saying I can basically live where your shop is located. I'm on it.
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