We love to spotlight our Certified Diamond Dealer partners and some reasons why you need to visit their stores. If you haven’t been to a card store lately and are in the Wisconsin area, make sure to visit our Featured Retailer.
Jay’s Sports Cards
212 B West Main Street
Ashland, WI 54806
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Tuesday – Wednesday 10:00AM-7:00PM, Thursday – Friday 10:00AM-9:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Closed Sunday & Monday
We have been publishing a series of blog post on “How to Open a Trading Card Shop” as of late and as I shared those with our fan base, I saw a portion of a comment that immediately grabbed my attention:
“Been open for 1 year and 6 months and will be closing in 30 Days. I did everything those guys talked about and it still did not work.”
Now my main job is helping our hobby shops be successful and a piece of that would also be to keep them in business. We reached out to the shop owner who posted those remarks and found out more about what was going on with him. I was immediately impressed by his passion. He had worked hard to get the shop open by supporting his business with revenue from his former main business. Jason (Jay) removes bats from businesses and residences without harming the little critters. His business (Bats by Day) has done well for him, but I immediately sympathized with his plight. Wouldn’t you rather be dealing with sports cards than something like this?
Now Jay has opened his shop in a small town which has certainly been affected by the adverse economy so he has been having a tough time making this business work. Things are at the point where he needs the help from the community to get behind his business and help or he may have to close his doors. Here at Upper Deck we have committed to helping Jay by helping to organize a “Save Jay’s” event on Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 5:00PM-7:00PM. Stop by for your opportunity to take home some great giveaway items including signed memorabilia and autograph cards! In the meantime, here is Jay’s story:
“My name is Jason, but most people call me Jay. I own Jay’s Sports Cards & Memorabilia in Ashland, Wisconsin and we have been open since November of 2010. I started collecting cards at the age of four when my uncle gifted me a small collection. They were probably all commons, but I loved them anyway. I got my first pack of cards in 1988 and pulled a Tom Glavine rookie card and he has been my favorite player since.
“At the age of 10 I walked into a card shop for the first time in Washington and knew that this is what I wanted to do. I looked around in the shop and there were cards upon cards with $100 price tags on them, I could have stayed in there for hours on end. I had brought in my most valuable cards to see if I could sell them, to my dismay the most valuable card I had was just one dollar, but to a 10-year-old that is a lot of dough.
“The card shop owner told me they were looking for higher dollar items and to bring them in if I got them. It took me a little more than a year and I hit a Frank Thomas Triple Crown insert out of an Upper Deck product valued at $15.00. I sold it for $7.00 and at that moment I was hooked!
“I opened the shop to fulfill a life long dream and because there are no card shops in Ashland with the last one closing in 2001. Another reason I opened the shop is because there really isn’t much for kids to do in Ashland. I wanted to provide a fun and safe place for kids to go. I remember my experiences in card shops as a young boy and I want to be able to provide that to other kids. Unlike most businesses I promote loitering. Come down to Jay’s, talk about sports and check out some cards you hope to add to your collection one day.
“I love the hobby and I am very passionate about sports; mainly baseball and football. I grew up a baseball player and like any kid I wanted to be like Mickey Mantle or Ken Griffey Jr. I would pretend to be in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, two outs, a full count, down by 3 runs, in the final game of the World Series. I frequently hit a home-run in those circumstances and the crowd went wild, aaahhhh! Today I’m not looking to hit a home-run with my shop, I’d be very happy with a series of singles to help keep the business going.
“At Jay’s Sports Cards & Memorabilia, we do more than just sell cards. I want to help new collectors understand the hobby and how to be happy with their collection. I want to teach kids how to take care of their cards because I know I didn’t when I was younger. If someone new comes down to the shop and I don’t have what they are looking for I will go and find it for them.
“But for those who do love cards, we have a great assortment of new and vintage stock with boxes, packs and singles. I am also happy to trade with customers as well. Another reason folks should come to Jay’s is because we hit big cards in here all the time. Since opening we have hit over 20 one-of-one cards and around seven Bryce Harper autographs! I’m not saying every box will yield huge hits, but it seems we get some great luck here in Ashland. In my 26 years of collecting I have never seen this many big hits pulled until I opened the shop.
“Like most retail businesses in small markets, we have struggled as of late and I appreciate Upper Deck is willing to help out with a ‘Save Jay’s’ event. This is my dream and it means a lot to my customers in the area that we stay open. I’m not in this for the money, I love what I do and I want to share this hobby with people in our community. I don’t want my dream to end and I appreciate everyone’s help with that. So please stop by today and join me in this wonderful dream!”
If you are near the Ashland, WI area, please make sure to visit Jay’s this month in particular and don’t miss the “Save Jay’s” event on Saturday, March 24 from 5:00PM-7:00PM!!! We prefer to see Jay like this…
And not like this… Don’t you agree?
Let’s make sure these are the only type of bats he is working with…
And what can you expect to score if you attend the “Save Jay’s” event? Well this is just a portion of the items we are helping Jay out with. Don’t miss out!!!