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Hobby Quick Hits

Hobby Quick Hits

By Sports Card Nation
Sports Card Hobby podcast in short form, topics range from buying/selling tips, etiquette, thoughts, opinions, pet peeves & advice. Your host brings 40 years hobby experience to the table.
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December 13, 2020
Ep.41 Hobby Strategies
There are many many ways to hobby and transact as well. I dive in to a few things that work for me. Follow us on: Instagram: @hobbyquickhitspodcast Twitter: @HitsHobby Check out HobbyQuickHitsPodcast (@HitsHobby): E-Mail us at: 
December 9, 2020
Ep.40 Shop Showcase: The Sports Card Shop at MoCo
The 1st installment of a feature we'd like to do every so often. Highlighting an LCS virtually. Today we go to New Buffalo,Michigan where Dad Rex Gotcher & his two sons Max & Owen run "The Sports Card Shop". Follow us on: Instagram: @hobbyquickhitspodcast Twitter: @HitsHobby Check out HobbyQuickHitsPodcast (@HitsHobby): E-Mail us at: 
December 2, 2020
Ep.39 Storage...Streamlining Inventory
In this episode I discuss how having less cards around has become more desirable and what ways I've employed to obtain that goal. Happy Thanksgiving to you &yours
November 25, 2020
Ep.38 NFL Rookie Hobby Report 2020
We take a look at some NFL Rookie performances a little past the midway point & look at the long term of each hobby wise.
November 18, 2020
Ep.37 One Man Hobby Debate
We have a little fun with this episode, we utilize a moderator(who worked for cheap) to quickly in debate fashion cover some current hobby topics & trends. Follow us on: Instagram: @hobbyquickhitspodcast Twitter: @HitsHobby Check out HobbyQuickHitsPodcast (@HitsHobby): E-Mail us at: 
November 11, 2020
Ep.36 Grading Cards: How I acquire cards to submit
Grading is a big part of the hobby & a big of what I do within the hobby, I've cut down my wax consumption by 80%, so where do the cards I submit for grading come from? I explain the method to my madness. Follow us on: Instagram: @hobbyquickhitspodcast Twitter: @HitsHobby Check out HobbyQuickHitsPodcast (@HitsHobby): E-Mail us at: 
November 4, 2020
Ep.35 The "Rookie" Card
The Rookie card, easy to tell in Basketball, Football & Hockey..not as simple in Baseball. This episode tackles the "Art of the Rookie card" including when did it really hit the modern day craze.
October 28, 2020
Ep.34 Set Collecting
It use to be a big part of what I did especially in my early hobby days but I slowly moved away from them, how & why did that happen?
October 21, 2020
Ep.33 Hobby/Social Media Tips
I share some mantras, tips & practices which has we worked for me over the years, maybe you'll like a few.
October 14, 2020
Ep.32 Card Store-The First Year 1992
In 1992 Myself & a partner opened a brick & mortar store, I spent 25k more than I made the first year, there almost wasn't a year two. I cover the trials & tribulations of that first year, & how the store survived.
October 7, 2020
Ep.31 Conquering the football market
Football always was the step-child of Baseball & Basketball cards but those days are changing, I share some of my experience in football cards even before it was "cool", What positions to buy, what to avoid, when to buy, strategies to employ. Remember football cards carry the most inherent risk, I'm here to help!! Follow us on: Instagram: @hobbyquickhitspodcast Twitter: @HitsHobby Check out HobbyQuickHitsPodcast (@HitsHobby): E-Mail us at:
September 30, 2020
Ep.30 Time-Making the most of it's not infinite, From home life to 4 different content creation shows..oh yeah running a successful sports card online sales business as well, how do I try to maximize my time & also do plenty of extracurricular activities too? I share some tips & strategies I like to employ, maybe you're doing some of these already or you'll like some. Give it a listen!
September 23, 2020
Ep.29 High End Hobby
I like the "High End" of the hobby, some don't, This Episode will explore what exactly is "high end", how has it changed over the history of the hobby, why do I believe it to be good for the hobby when others don't, how has graded changed the game.
September 16, 2020
Ep.28 The Podcast Episode(Behind the scenes)
I let the curtain down a little bit on this show & our big show "Sports Card Nation", Nothing is really off-limits as we discuss downloads, guests, income, tips, tricks, sponsorships & encourage you to do it..if you want to.
September 9, 2020
Ep.27 The Card Store
I had a brick & mortar from 1992-1996, while it was successful then , that model would fail in today's day & age, I talk about those experiences, the only scenario I'd return to it & the current landscape.
September 2, 2020
Ep.26 The Future of Wax Distribution
Retail shelves are empty, Wax is selling easily for 400% markup, Hobbyists can't buy enough, Card Companies can't produce enough, Where is the direction going? The Card companies are taking this all in & you may be surprised at what they will do next......
August 26, 2020
Ep.25 Organizing your inventory..Tips & tricks
There's no wrong way to organize your sports card inventory but today I share a few tips,ideas & techniques I've utilized over the years, Why did I switch from top-loaders to semi-rigids, How I organize cards going to different selling platforms & to the grading process.
August 19, 2020
Ep.24 Hobby fiercer than the Pandemic
While many businesses have been shut down, people home either unemployed or working from home, the hobby is booming & some might say at an all-time level even. We explore why this may be the case, how long can it last & if it what capacity.
August 12, 2020
Ep.23 Hobby Selling-Why do we throw shade at them?
Buying & Selling in the hobby has been going on forever, lately seems like sellers are getting shade at them & being made to feel guilty they are turning a profit & making money, is it jealousy..envy, where is it coming from & why. The Hobby has become "segmented" & I don't like it!!
August 5, 2020
Ep.22 Hobby Matrimony-Your significant other and your hobby
Do you share the love of the hobby with your significant other? If not are they supportive & do you like that it's just "your thing by yourself"? Are they not supportive & on your case about how much time & money you spend on it. We break down all the dynamics on this "Hobby Matrimony" episode.
July 29, 2020
Ep.21 Hobby Customer Service Where Art Thou?
Remember when the customer mattered, remember when you'd actually get a response, remember when companies would answer their phones, remember when you got your product on time & undamaged with great quality control. Ahh the good old days! What happened??? Maybe they are too busy counting the stacks and loading the brinks to care about us......
July 22, 2020
Ep.20 Buying Cards:Spending More than you have at the moment?
Colleague Mike Sommer follows a self-sustainable hobby model, it's tremendous however for me on the business model side that would not jive for me, I've bought many of a great deal on a credit card cash advance and there's no way I'd ever want to lose out on those. This episode dives into my different approach, how I got that way, & can or should you do the same? It's a slippery slope but awesome when you have the proper footwear mindset.
July 14, 2020
Ep.19 Wax(What is it good for??)
The Hobby loves to grip it & rip it but does that make financial sense? As a former pack addict I illustrate how my new approach has paid me now & is going to pay me later, one of the best hobby decisions I ever made. I discuss some personal financials so I apologize if that rubs anyone the wrong way, It's something I rarely do but did here to illustrate my approach. 
June 30, 2020
Ep.18 Card Shows, Then, Now, & the Future?
I'm bias, I got my start on the business side of things as a 15 year old setting up at a show, Shows will always hold a special place in my heart, to me they will always be a integral part of the hobby, the social interactions(has the pandemic altered that permanently), the bartering, the comraderie between dealers & dealers and consumers, having that actual card you are considering purchasing in your hand, What does the future hold for the card show?
June 24, 2020
Ep.17 The Grading Landscape & Why Grade?
Grading is an acquired taste, believe me I reluctantly got on the bus but it's a HUGE part of the current hobby landscape, in this episode I tell you how & why I changed my mind, approaches, the current state of affairs & how that $40-$60 can be so undervalued staying in that form, Yes grading is not for everyone but it's a huge selling resource if that is an angle you pursue.
June 16, 2020
Ep.16 Do you value your time?
The Hobby is fun & awesome, but your time is valuable too. I've sold in the hobby for 30+ years & I've always viewed "time" as a commodity, now in content creation I really know how valuable time is, We discuss that angle & a few ways I've done a better job at managing it to enjoy things outside of the hobby as well.
June 9, 2020
Ep.15 What the heck happened with the Hobby?
The Hobby is booming at what may be an all-time high level the likes of what we've never seen before...& during a pandemic, As hobbyists we should be at least ecstatic about that, but lately I've noticed a trend of #hobbysnobby, people labeling new people of the hobby, voicing general disdain, finger pointing, labeling people & generally being very unwelcoming...Not all but why are we doing this during high points of the hobby & if that's the case, what will we resort to at the low points?  When did the hobby get some segmented & segregated?
June 3, 2020
Ep.14 Card Mortality-"What's the endgame?"
We love the hobby & live in the moment as we should, but in the quiet moments do you have a plan for your collection/inventory? Are you going to sell it all at some date or leave it to a loved one, maybe you never thought about it & this show will make you think. Some personal events this year led me to do this episode. Follow us on: Instagram: @hobbyquickhitspodcast Twitter: @HitsHobby Check out HobbyQuickHitsPodcast (@HitsHobby): E-Mail us at:
May 25, 2020
Ep.13 Card Selling/Buying Platforms Strategy
Want to maximize the buying & selling of your cards? Each platform has it's own pros & cons, we sort through those to tell you what cards to list where to maximize your possibilities & in return which are the best to buy some deals or finish that set, they all are unique, knowing the landscape is half the battle.
May 19, 2020
Ep.12 Hobby Money-Keep more of it!
I share some widely known money saving hobby tips & maybe a few you don't, a couple non-hobby ones too, Money is money, How you save it in the end doesn't matter. Ever heard of the "Dollar Envelope"? You will after this episode, with the Nation postponed you now have more "money saving time".
May 12, 2020
Ep.11 There's that word "Investment"
My take on the controversial Hobby .vs Investment debate that gets people triggered, If you don't know what side of the aisle I fall on after almost 40 years of doing this I'll give this hint....there's a multimillionaire in my city who got that by investing in garbage/recycling. I present my case in this episode & You'll have to listen to get the specifics. Give me your feedback on this but keep in cordial, we are civilized right?
May 5, 2020
Ep.10 The Jordan Rules(Hobby Edition)
Michael Jordan cards don't need help being in demand or selling well but with the early release of "The Last Dance", Jordan stuff is going insane, we explore why, for how long & how to maximize what is currently going on in the hobby Jordan wise.
April 28, 2020
Ep.9 Prospecting 101 Buying before the Boom!
I'm a prospector in Baseball rookies, frankly the only sport of the major 4 you can invest in a player many years before they make their professional debut, it's risky but if you do your homework you can have more hits than misses. On this episode I share some of the strategies I employ & even a few "secrets" if you will.
April 18, 2020
Ep.8 Hobby Battle Semi Rigids .vs Top-Loaders
No one debates that Top-Loaders are the more widely used supply medium but which one is actually better??? As someone who has used both extensively, I give the pros & cons of both & ultimately tell you which one I finally settled on & probably won't turn back. Disagree, Did I miss a pro/con let me know!
April 10, 2020
Ep.7 Sports Card Current Opportunities
The market is ripe for some buying opportunities on all fronts, it's also a great time to try something new in the hobby if you were thinking of pivoting in a different direction. Follow us on: Instagram: @hobbyquickhitspodcast Twitter: @HitsHobby E-Mail us at:
April 5, 2020
Ep.6 Addiction....When is it too much?
Addiction takes many forms, not just drug or alcohol, I have witnessed first hand this great hobby affect families & relationships. What are the signs, what to do & where to turn for help? Follow us on: Instagram: @hobbyquickhitspodcast Twitter: @HitsHobby E-Mail us at:
March 30, 2020
Ep.5 Tips for preparing for the National
The National in Atlantic City is approaching! Tips to get ready to attend the "Super Bowl of the Hobby", booking accomodations, itinerary & general money saving tips. Follow us on: Instagram: @hobbyquickhitspodcast Twitter: @HitsHobby E-Mail us at:
March 21, 2020
Ep.4 Hobby .vs Covid19: Getting through low points
CoVid 19 has become a pandemic forcing stoppage of almost ALL sports, how does this affect the hobby, how do we handle current events, what's the forecast & big picture? Follow us on: Instagram: @hobbyquickhitspodcast Twitter: @HitsHobby E-Mail us at:
March 12, 2020
Ep.3 High End Selling/Shipping Tips & Techniques
Selling & Shipping High End sports cards can be nerve racking & scary. I've been doing it a while & share some tips/techniques that may help you out & protect you as well. Follow us on: Instagram: @hobbyquickhitspodcast Twitter: @HitsHobby E-Mail us at:
March 8, 2020
Ep.2 Pack Searchers: A Hobby Epidemic
Card searching is not a new phenomenon but lately the intensity has ramped up, why?, What forms does it take, How do we combat it & What are the solutions? Follow us on: Instagram: @hobbyquickhitspodcast Twitter: @HitsHobby E-Mail us at:
March 1, 2020
Ep.1 Grading Submission Tips
Tips for submitting cards for grading from many years of experience, what to look for, what to do, feel free to reach out to us with any questions & follow us on twitter @HitsHobby Follow us on: Instagram: @hobbyquickhitspodcast Twitter: @HitsHobby E-Mail us at:
February 26, 2020
Hobby Quick Hits Intro-What will this show be?
I introduce myself & what the future episodes of the pod will entail. Follow us on: Instagram: @hobbyquickhitspodcast Twitter: @HitsHobby E-Mail us at:
February 20, 2020