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Follow us here as we will be posting all the latest up-to-the-minute LIVE Pictures, Event Buzz, Announcements, Redemption Updates + More...All posted LIVE and On-Location from the 33rd National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, MD!






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The Fantastic Store announces Blowout TV will be Live and on-location at the 33rd National Sports Collectors Convention!


Chantilly, VA - July 24, 2012

The Fantastic Store is proud to announce that Blowout TV: On Demand will be broadcasting LIVE and on-location from the 33rd National Convention! The modified Blowout TV hours which will be coordinated around the National Convention show schedule and are as follows (all times are EST specific):

Thursday, August 2nd: 10am - 4pm
Friday, August 3rd: 10am - 4pm
Saturday, August 4th: 10am - 4pm



How to Order From Blowout TV @ the National



1) Email Matt at thefantasticstore@blowoutcards.com with your order (don't forget to include your PayPal email address)
2) Matt will send you an invoice to pay
3) Pay the invoice and Watch your break LIVE in mere minutes!
4) Live attendees will also be able to purchase products at the Blowout Cards' Booth and have their break broadcast live on Blowout TV!



Shipping From Blowout TV @ the National

USA Customers - Flat $8/order (UPS Ground/USPS Priority Mail/USPS First Class)

Canadian Customers - Flat $13/order (UPS Canada Standard/USPS Priority Mail Intl)

- Shipping covers the cost of top loaders/slider boxes/cardboard boxes/actual shipping, etc to ensure that each and every card is sent to you fully protected.

*We Combine Shipping! - Pay for shipping once per day and we can combine all orders during the day into one consolidated shipment! Ask Matt for combined shipping details!

**Shipping from National Convention - Blowout Cards will not be shipping orders from National Convention. All orders will be shipped out on Tuesday, August 7 after returning from Baltimore.



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2012 National Convention attendees may use their Blowout Cards Gift Certificates at the Blowout Cards Corporate Booth!

National convention attendees who have gift certificate balances with blowoutcards.com will be able to redeem their codes at the Blowout Cards corporate booth (#D2) during the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, MD.

When you are at the Blowout Cards Booth, simply ask any Blowout Cards representative for instructions and we will walk you through the super simple redemption process on the spot (you will only need to have a smartphone)!



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The Blowout Cards' Corporate Booth will be right in the middle of all the 2012 National Redemption action!

Attention all 2012 National Convention attendees!

As with every national, the Blowout Cards corporate booth (#D2) will again be firmly entrenched right in the middle of all of the redemption action during the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, MD!

Get all of your Redemption needs from the Blowout Cards Corporate Booth #D2!

At our Redemption Center, our knowledgeable staff will be on-hand to answer each and every question that you will have regarding the various 2012 National Redemption programs. We'll also be carrying every single product that will be eligible for manufacturer redemptions this year!

Blowout Cards will be your one stop shop for all of your 2012 National Redemption Promotion needs!



The 2012 National Convention Redemption Eligible Product List


In The Game/Famous Fabrics/Sportkings
2012 Sportkings Series E
2012 In The Game Ultimate Memorabilia 11th Edition Hockey
2012 Famous Fabrics Music, Music, Music
2011/12 In The Game Between The Pipes Hockey
2011/12 In The Game Broad Street Boys Hockey

Historic Autograph Company
2012 HAC Legends of the Hall Baseball

Leaf
2012 Leaf Pop Century
2012 Leaf Best of Baseball
2012 Leaf Cut Signature Sports Icons Edition (Josh Gibson)
2012 Leaf Muhammad Ali: The Greatest
2012 Leaf Ultimate Draft Football
2012 Leaf Valiant Draft Football
2012 Leaf Football Autographed Mini-Helmets
2012 Leaf MMA Metal

Only Authenticated
2012 Onyx Platinum Prospects Baseball

Panini
2011 Panini Limited Baseball
2011 Playoff Prime Cuts Baseball
2011 Playoff Contenders Baseball
2011/12 Panini Gold Standard Basketball
2011/12 Panini Limited Basketball
2011/12 Panini Past & Present Basketball
2012 Panini Elite Football
2012 Panini Prestige Football
2011 Panini Totally Certified Football
2011 Panini Playbook Football
2011 Panini Prime Signatures Football
2011/12 Panini Elite Hockey
2011/12 Panini Contenders Hockey
2011/12 Panini Rookie Anthology Hockey

Press Pass
2012 Press Pass Nascar Racing
2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia Racing
2012 Press Pass Ignite Racing
2012 Press Pass Redline Racing
2012 Press Pass Showcase Racing

Topps
2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball
3 Pack Lots of 2012 Topps/Bowman Hobby Products

TriStar
2012 Tristar TNA Tenacious Wrestling
2011 Tristar Hidden Treasures Series 5 Auto Baseball
2011 Tristar Hidden Treasures Football 8x10








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Pro-Mold to give away 1,000 FREE Magnetic Card Holders at the Blowout Cards Corporate Booth (#D2)


Vice-President of Pro-Mold, Ed Neugebauer, will be teaming up with Blowout Cards to give away 1,000 of Pro-Mold's popular magnetic trading card holders at the Blowout Cards Corporate booth. Pro-Mold, an American manufacturing company, is a producer of the highest quality trading card and memorabilia holders in the industry.


On Friday, August 3rd at noon,
simply stop by the Blowout Cards Booth (# D2) for your FREE Magnetic Holder compliments of Pro-Mold and Blowout Cards!

Pro-Mold Protective Holders for Collectibles Home Page





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Access your very own Blowout Cards' Personal Concierge at the Panini America VIP Event!


As many may already know, Panini America will be hosting a very special VIP Event for 50 elite collectors on Saturday night at the national. Collectors who purchase at least $6500 worth of select Panini America products on the show floor through one of five retailers (Blowout Cards is among the five) will gain access to a by-invitation-only private reception. This reception will include Hall of Fame special guests, Black Boxes, Free Autographs and the chance to bid on rare Panini America experiences!

As an added bonus, Chris Park (co-owner of Blowout Cards) will be attending the Panini VIP Event and will (by request) accompany Blowout Cards VIP Guests as their very own personal concierge!

If you plan on earning enough Panini Bucks to attend this special VIP event, Chris would love to personally meet and talk with you! S
imply stop by the Blowout Cards Booth (# D2) at the National and ask for Chris! His expertise and hobby knowledge may prove to be an extremely valuable resource to have by your side at the VIP event!



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Onyx Authenticated to conduct Babe Ruth Signed Baseball Drawing at the Blowout Cards Corporate Booth (#D2) on Saturday, August 4th!


Lance Fischer, President of ONYX Authenticated, will be on-hand at the Blowout Cards Corporate booth (#D2) on Saturday, August 4th at 4pm ET to conduct a drawing to determine the winner of a Babe Ruth Signed Baseball!

Blowout Cards will also be giving away a Bryce Harper Signed Baseball to one lucky attendee at this drawing!

Onyx Authenticated and Blowout Cards will also have representatives available at the Blowout Cards booth to answer any questions that collectors may have about Onyx's first trading card product, 2012 Onyx Authenticated Platinum Prospects Baseball.

For more information or to learn more about ONYX Authenticated and their excited game-used baseball products, please visit www.ONYXAuthenticated.com






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The Fantastic Store will be on-location at the 2012 National Convention!


Northern Virginia's most comprehensive and ground breaking hobby shop will be on-location at the 33rd National Sports Collector's Convention in Baltimore!

The Fantastic Store carries the Washington DC metro areas largest selection of sports and non-sports trading cards, gaming products and supplies!

Come visit our booth at the 2012 National Convention! The Fantastic Store will have all of the hottest Panini, Topps, Upper Deck, Leaf, In the game, Onyx, Tristar, Historic Autograph Company and other major products available for purchase!

For more information or to learn more about The Fantastic Store please visit www.blowoutcards.com/thefantasticstore



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Blowout Cards to Offer 1952 Topps Reprint 5-card Promo Sets at the 2012 National Convention!

Visit the Blowout Cards corporate booth at the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention to purchase an exclusive 1952 Topps Reprint 5-card promotional set featuring Mickey Mantle (2 cards), Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, and Babe Ruth! Once the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention officially kicks off, these limited edition sets will also be made available to Blowout Cards' website customers as well as national convention show attendees. Anyone interested in purchasing these exclusive 5-card sets may visit www.blowoutcards.com beginning August 1st, 2012.
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Blowout Cards Supply Station Open for Business at the 2012 National!


Be sure to stop by the Blowout Cards Supply Station for all of your trading card supply needs at the 2012 National Convention! The Supply Station will be conveniently located at the Blowout Cards Corporate Booth #D2.

We will carry a HUGE Selection of Toploaders, Magnetic Card Holders, Storage Boxes, Card Sleeves, and More! Ultra Pro, Pro-Mold, and BCW...we've got all of your supply needs covered at the show!

Blowout Cards - Your ONE STOP SHOP at the National Convention for all of your Trading Card needs!








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Blowout Cards Show Specials will premier at the 2012 National!


Over the past several years, Blowout Cards has made numerous WAX acquisitions in bulk. Warehouse Finds, Closeout Deals, Inventory Buyouts...you name it, we've bought it! Much of this inventory has never seen the light of day...until now.

So be prepared with your Monthly Beckett's in-hand, bring your knowledge of past products in Hobby, Retail, Blister, and Blaster Box form, and be prepared and willing to dig...dig...and DIG!

We will have several tables set up with DEALS, DEALS, and MORE DEALS so don't miss out!

Be sure to stop by our Blowout Cards Corporate Booth #D2!

Blowout Cards - Your ONE STOP SHOP at the National Convention for all of your Trading Card needs!


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Blowout Cards Raffles + Prizes at the 2012 National Convention!


Throughout the entire 2012 National Convention, Blowout Cards will be giving away Boxes, Cases, National Exclusives, Memorabilia, plus MORE BOXES, and MORE CASES, plus MORE BOXES, and MORE CASES !!! to random winners chosen through our Raffle Drawings!

You will NOT want to miss these raffles each and every day at the National!

To pick up Blowout Cards' 2012 National Convention Raffle Tickets or to learn more visit the Blowout Cards Corporate Booth (#D2) at the 2012 National Convention


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Blowout Cards
to Unveil Black Friday Blowout Deals at the 2012 National Convention!


If you like our Black Friday Deals, you are going to LOVE this...

At random times throughout the 2012 National Convention (Wednesday - Sunday), Blowout Cards will be posting National-Exclusive Facebook and Twitter Black Friday style Blowout Deals!


These deals will be posted by Blowout Cards' Staff at the 2012 National on the Blowout Cards Twitter Page and Blowout Cards Facebook Fan Page. Only those who
Follow us on Twitter and"Like Us" on Facebook will be able to see these deals and react fast enough to come to our booth to take advantage!

When a deal is posted:
1) Supplies will be LIMITED
2) Deals will have a STRICT LIMIT of 1 Per Customer
3) Deals will only be available while supplies last!

We know all these rules sound strict, but we promise you...
...These Deals are going to be SICK!


So GET to the Blowout Cards Corporate Booth #D2 whenever you see one of these DEALS pop up!


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Monday July 30th- Day 1 at the Show:
Just arrrived and getting ready to setup. Be sure to stop by our Corporate Booth D2 !




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BLOWOUTCARDS National Convention Recap-Days 1& 2:

Just thought I would write up a quick recap covering the first few days at the show from our perspective.

First of all, it was a pleasure meeting so many of you during the first few days of the show. It’s always great to reconnect with so many familiar faces .. It’s particularly pretty cool when someone comes up and introduces themselves and although we may not know the face… we certainly know the name based on all the website orders over the years! Just as exciting is when we match up the Forums names to a face. We love meeting all of you so if you plan on coming down to the show this weekend, please take a moment and stop by Booth D2.

Ok…so where to begin. Wednesday night I guess. Let’s just say it was CRAZY ! The show floor opened up at around 4PM but dealers were already buying throughout the day and during our setup. When the VIP’s got in, it was a mad house. The first day is always exciting. Whether this is your first National or your 15th National, your always pumped when the show opens up.
Right away, people flocked to anything that had Mike Trout Rookies. I can’t begin to tell you how many times we were asked “Which product do you think has the best Trout Rookies” or “Which year is Trout in”. I’m sure Trout singles throughout the show were getting bought up because the Wax was flying. 2009 Bowman Draft BB, 2009 Bowman Sterling BB, 2011 Bowman Platinum,2010 Bowman Platinum BB,2011 Bowman Sterling BB, 2011 Topps Finest 1 Baseball, 2011 Bowman Platinum Baseball, 2011 ITG Heroes & Prospects Hits Series 1…they were all selling by the Box and Cases.

Then came the wave of redemption eligible products. In a way, it felt like a non-stop feeding frenzy on wax. Collectors were prepared and knew what to target. Likewise, we were prepared and knew what to bring. Panini’s $6500 VIP night promotion for Saturday night was a promotion that generated A LOT of interest and buzz. With only an estimated 50 slots available, collectors who had the intention of attending the event came and bought. We sold through a ton of Panini product the first few days. Some products sold better than others as expected. Panini’s wrapper redemption program was a huge draw for both Box & case breakers.

Topps’ 2012 Bowman Platinum Box redemption was another very popular promotion. With only 100 sets given away each day, the lines were long and they started early. Those fortunate enough to get a set were generously rewarded. Hearing rumors that sets were going for $100-$150 in the secondary market. That pretty much made the Bowman Platinum BB Box FREE! For those who missed out on the Bowman Platinum, Topps had a very successful Qypsy Queen promo that lasted throughout the day and was affordable for everyone. We also sold through a lot of the 1952 Topps reprint 5 cards sets.

ITG/Sportkings: Maybe it was because we were right across from them this year but the breaking at the Sportkings booth was NON STOP. We saw Master case after master case of SportKings E being busted. They had a frenzy of their own going on at their booth. Collectors would come and break and there would be a certain group of buyers just waiting to purchase the extra letters, big hits, 1/1 cards, Art cards….pretty much any big hits had an offer on the spot. We were hearing that short printed letters were being sold for $40-$50 immediately and 1/1 art cards were going for anywhere from $600-$1500 on the spot. Collectors were coming over and over again to buy SK E. The ITG Broad Street and Ultimate memorabilia were also strong sellers.
The one comment we did hear a lot from collectors ripping SK was that the owner of the company was there All day and throughout the day. Anytime you have the final decision maker of the company live and in person at the show able to make decisions for collectors on the fly, it is a huge advantage and collectors know and recognize the service provided. In many ways, it’s not always about the money spent or the cards given away, it’s the attention that collectors get especially when it comes from the President of the company.

Leaf: Leaf had a huge presence at the show. Their booth size may have been twice as large as some of the other corporate sponsors. Because their range of redemption products were so diverse, we had continual sales in all catagories. Leaf Best of Baseball was tops on the list.

Onyx: The response from collectors was this was a company that is growing it’s niche. The baseballs that they had available were absolutely stunning and the uncut sheets must have been a hit because we saw collectors walking around with them everywhere. The checklist for their products has really captured the attention of the prospecting audience. Give Onyx a little time and they could one day become one of the premier manufacturers in our business.

HAC: The Historic Autograph company may have hands down had the best single redemption at the show this year. If your going to do just one redemption, you might as well do it right and make an impact and that they did. It was basically a buy one get one free cut signature from the Legends of the Hall product. It was such a popular promotion and did sell out at the show but instead of ending it there, they let collectors continue the redemption by taking their information and mailing the card to them in a few weeks. A very nice gesture from them to do this rather than just ending the promotion.

Press Pass: Although Press Pass was not at the show, they provided select vendors with promo packs to giveaway with a box purchase. Those packs were absolutely LOADED. 2012 Showcase racing was the product collectors were chasing.

Upper Deck: We sold through quite a bit of UD products. It was pretty much a broad range of items but 2012 UD FB stood out based on the price point. We did hear about a few RG3 a Lebron and a Gretsky Auto being pulled. You can’t beat some of the names/spokeman that they have to offer in their redemptions.

Will try to post more during the rest of the show….if your coming to the show, please stop by the Blowoutcards Booth D2 !

Thanks
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Summary of the 2012 National Convention in Baltimore:

Just wanted to start off by thanking all of you who made it out to the show and came by the BLOWOUT CARDS booth. We've been doing this for several years now and it's always good to see familiar faces and meeting new customers. We hope that we not only met your expectations but exceeded them. One of the most important aspects that we talk about in our team meetings prior to the show is service. We realize that many of our customers come to our booth with certain expectations in mind. Whether it's price, questions on products, availability and selection, customer service, free giveaways. Whatever it may be, we try to keep all of this in mind and we hope that we are able to make it so that you walked away from the show knowing that we truly care about our customers and appreciate your business. As one of the larger exhibitors at the shows, we think we "Get" what people are looking for. Collectors come to this show once a
year and are excited about it. People want to have FUN, get some great deals and come away feeling good about it and that's what each and every member of our staff tries to accomplish. The raffles were a lot of fun and we gave away some nice items each day ranging from "Swedish Fish" all the way up to National Treasures Football !

Here are a few highlights from the show:

-Everyone was asking about Mike Trout. We could barely keep his products in stock. Going into the show, we knew people would want products with Trout but the demand even blew us away. You can just tell that anything with Trout is moving higher. Some of the products that collectors kept buying were:

2011 Topps Finest BB, 2011 ITG Hits series 1, 2009 Bowman Sterling BB, 2010 Bowman Platinum BB, 2011 Bowman Sterling BB, 2012 Bowman Platinum,2011 Bowman Draft Picks, 2012
Tier One, 2012 Topps Museum, 2011 Topps Update & Highlights, 2011 Topps Value Boxes. Pretty much any product that had a shot at a Trout Card or Auto.

-The 2012 Topps 1952 Topps National Convention VIP cards were a big hit as they are each year. If you missed it, we have some available for sale on the website.

2012 Topps National Convention VIP 1952 Retrol Card Set


-High End Topps products were on fire. Triple Threads, Bowman Sterling, Tribute, Museum...Every year sold well and it seems they will probably move higher in the coming months. It feels like they are on the cusp of a break-out similar to the way many of the older products had surged in the past such as Exquisite's, NT's, Tribute's 10 years ago, Yankee signature, the older Topps Pristine products.

-2011 FB products sold very.. very ...well. Sold sold out of 2011 NT at the show. Actually all NT and Exquisite sold well. Collectors wanted 2011 FB and as the season approaches, we just have a feeling collectors are going to keep coming for 2011 FB. Any of the redemption based products specifically for the show sold very well. We'll provide a better breakdown below but collectors were certainly targeting the free items tied into the redemption programs.

-The Sportkings Booth was crazy busy throughout the show. Collectors were ripping 16 bx and 48bx master Cases all show long. It's always a big help when the owner of the company (Dr. Price) is front and center at the booth and available to answer questions and also run promotions while assisting collectors. It also helped that there were collectors waiting at the booth to buy cards that were pulled from the cases. The short printed letters and 1/1 cards were in high demand. We had numerous collectors buy boxes, crack them, flip the singles and come back to crack more.

-The Panini wrapper redemption program was the one that everyone wanted to take part in. Whether you were going for the $6500 VIP night or just busting boxes for the silver packs, Panini had it all covered. The Lines were consistently packed and collectors were ripping all day long while the supplies lasted. Over the years, Panini has developed a strong following for the wrapper pack promotion. Collectors come to the show knowing that they want to take part in this program. Panini stepped it up with the VIP night. We had numerous customers attending the $6500 VIP event (More pics posted below). It was a great event that Panini put on for those who took part.

-The 2012 Bowman Platinum Redemption was the most popular promotion at the Topps Booth. The sets #'d out of 499 were worth about $100-$150 at the show. You were basically getting the Box for free if you were lucky enough to get one of the sets in the morning. It was pretty much a mad dash to the Topps line when the show opened up each morning. Topps also debuted the 2012 Topps Mini's. They were a huge hit and many of the low numbered autos such as trout were going for some big bucks. We also heard that the rip was very good.

-The Historical Autograph Company was a Big Hit also at the show. The Free Signature card for busting a Legends of the Hall box at their booth was a great giveaway. They started with about 250 giveaways...sold out but rather than ending the promotion, the owner of the company extended it out to offer to mail collectors the cards in a few weeks. They also had other signatures available the last few days for collectors. That is the advantage when the President of the company is available at the show and can make decisions on the fly to accommodate the collectors. There were some big names pulled out of the redemptions. We heard a few Ted Williams were hit. Expect big things from this company as their product line is catching on with collectors

-Leaf had a lot going on. Not only were we selling the wax very well but we kept hearing that Leaf's owner Brian Gray was spending major bucks on single cards. Leaf Best of Baseball was a sell out at the show and one of the most requested items throughout the National.

-Onyx's products sold very well for us at the show. The Ball's have always sold well in the past but their first single card product has a great prospect checklist. We had a lot of collectors breaking for their redemption. The Babe Ruth ball giveaway was also a big media draw for the company. Similar to HAC, Onyx is also a company on the rise.

-The Benchwarmer National product sold out at the show. Wish we had more cases to sell and it helped that the girls were hanging out at the booth signing and kissing cards

-We went through all of our Press Pass redemption promotions within the first 2 days. 2012 Showcase was a hit at the show and especially with the Free redemption pack while we had supply.

-Upper Deck products did well also. Collectors were buying 2012 UD FB which was the best value for the promotion. We saw a few MJ and Lebron Autos pulled.More than the promotion, the older UD products are in such high demand. Anything with Exquisite, Cup HK, Black, Premier. All of those brands are just golden if you had any.

We did do a lot of buying at the show also. One of our favorite purchases was a run of 2003/04 Basketball. Some of you may be familiar with a few of these cases




Overall, the show was a huge success from a sales, marketing, and networking standpoint. We've had numerous requests from vendors and manufacturers at the show who want to work together on promotions for next year. We're already talking about how we can make it better next year. As we do every year, we have a team meeting next week to go over ideas. The whole show was just amazing and we again Thank you all of you for your business and continued support of the

BLOWOUT CARDS brand. We owe a lot to our collectors which is why we try to give back so much through our promotions. Although the show is officially over, we do have some nice surprises planned for our customers and forum members. Panini generously allowed 2 members from our team to attend the Panini VIP event with some of our customers. During that event, we are able to pick up some party prizes which we will give away through various promotions in the coming months.

Stay tuned for much more and we look forward to seeing everyone next year in CHICAGO !

Sincerely,
The Staff at BLOWOUT CARDS



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