WaxPackHero Sports Card Minute

WaxPackHero Sports Card Minute

By Michael Sommer

Mike Sommer from the WaxPackHero blog shares all the strategies he uses to create a hobby that pays for itself. Discover how to turn one person’s unwanted cards into treasured additions to your own collection. The podcast will be a combination of both the hobby and business sides of collecting, and ultimately will help you buy, sell, and trade your way into a collection you’ll love. Hit subscribe and get ready to have some fun collecting cards!

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Going Brick and Mortar! - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 65
I am expanding WaxPackHero to a brick and mortar card shop in addition to my online sales! I thought I’d share a little more about how it came about and what my initial plans are for integrating the shop into everything else I do. You can also read more about it and see some pictures of my initial inventory here in this blog post. Sponsors of this Episode: Underdog Collectibles StarStock
14:30
August 4, 2020
Stars Wars Card Conversation with Greg McLaughlin - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 64
Today I talk Star Wars Cards with Greg McLaughlin of the Rebel Base Card Podcast.  His focus is on all things Star Wars cards and I’m excited to have a show highlighting non-sports! Follow Greg on Twitter @RebelBaseCard and check out his Podcast Here! Sponsors of this Episode: Underdog Collectibles StarStock
37:25
July 31, 2020
StarStock Review - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 63
StarStock has been a sponsor of the podcast for several months now, and with a few months experience buying and selling on the site, I wanted to spend a some time providing my thoughts on the platform. In this episode I cover my results submitting cards for sale, flipping directly on the site, and some overall takeaways on the site’s design and workflow. Sponsors of this Episode: Starstock Underdog Collectibles
16:35
July 28, 2020
Hobby Side Hustle with Big Shep - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 62
Today we talk with Tim Shepler (@bigshep79) about how he approaches his hobby side hustle.  He has a slightly different approach and uses a few more strategies that you may find helpful as you try to create a self sustaining hobby! Follow Tim on his show About the Cards and his personal account @bigshep79. Sponsor of this Episode: Underdog Collectibles
37:28
July 24, 2020
Connections to the Past - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 61
There are things from our past that have the power to bring out vivid memories from our past.  Sometimes it is a smell, sometimes a photo, a toy, or for me some of my sports cards. I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane! Check out the written version of this episode with actual pictures of the cards I discuss! Thanks for listening. Sponsor of this Episode: Underdog Collectibles
13:24
July 21, 2020
Expected Value in a Wax Box - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 60
The price of sealed wax boxes have steadily risen over the last several years, and now we are in a situation where the “market price” of sealed boxes significantly higher that what we’ve historically seen. The current industry demand and fairly low supply are driving the prices, however those prices are also making it more difficult to profit from ripping and flipping. Rich Klein and I analyze the value of content a collector could expect to receive out of both hobby and retail packages of Topps Heritage.  This process can be researched and repeated for almost every product you are considering. Following a similar methodology can help you decide if a particular product fits within your collecting budget and objectives. Follow Rich on Twitter @SabrGeek Sponsor of this Episode: Underdog Collectibles
18:18
July 17, 2020
1969 Topps - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 59
In July 2020, I was finally able to track down the last card I needed to complete the 1969 Topps Set.  Nolan Ryan was that last card, and a fellow collector on Twitter was willing to part with his copy and we were able to work out a deal. I wrote about this set and my journey to complete it here in this blog post from earlier this year. Don’t forget to add your memories, facts, and thoughts on the set in the comments below! Sponsor of this Episode: Underdog Collectibles
10:47
July 14, 2020
Conversation with Sooz - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 58
Today, I connected with hobby favorite Susan Lulgjuraj, better know in the industry as Sooz! We discussed her career progression in the industry spending time at Beckett and Topps, her lifelong passion for collecting, and what she is up to both inside and outside the hobby community! Follow her on Twitter @Yanxchick, learn more about her current company CultureFly, and check out her blog acardboardproblem.com! Sponsor of this Episode: Underdog Collectibles
26:03
July 10, 2020
eBay Variation Listings - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 57
eBay Variation Listings can drive more sales and reduce your listing fees! I use variation listings when I have multiple cards from the same set.  It lets you have one listings with a drop down for the buyers to select multiple cards. In this episode I discuss the benefits and the basics you need to know to set up listings of your own. In addition, I put together this blog post on the subject, complete with step by step photos. Sponsor of this Episode: Underdog Collectibles
11:47
July 7, 2020
Conversation with Ty Wilson of Breaker Culture - WaxPackhero Podcast Episode 56
Today I talk with Ty Wilson of BreakerCulture.com and the Breaker Culture podcast. We discuss his collecting background, the origin of the website and podcast, and the creation of the Benchclear Network! Follow Ty on Twitter @breakerculture, at his website BreakerCulture.com, and also check out BenchClear.us! Sponsor of this Episode: Underdog Collectibles
33:00
July 3, 2020
Budgeting for Cardboard - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 55
Having a plan or a budget for your sports card purchases is a helpful tool which can increase your enjoyment of the hobby. Some have a certain amount of their income set aside for card purchases.  Personally, I only spend money on cards that comes from the sale of other cards.  So my card budget is only limited by the amount of sales I have! Here are a few questions to get you thinking about coming up with a cardboard budget/plan of your own. What is your approach? Do you have a goal? Do you have a set budgeted amount you set aside for cards? Do you sacrifice a car or something for your house to buy another box of cards? Do you buy cards instead of saving for retirement, or does buying and selling add to the money you have available for retirement? Sponsor of this Episode Underdog Collectibles
11:01
June 30, 2020
Conversation with Underdog Collectibles - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 54
In this episode I talk with Scott Daniel and Matt Cook.  They are the owners of Underdog Collectibles, a sponsor of the show for the last several months. We discuss their collecting background, the origin of Underdog, and what they’ve learned along the way. Follow them on Twitter @udogcollect, on Facebook, and on their website www.udogcollect.com. Enjoy!
25:17
June 26, 2020
3 From the 90s - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 53
Today we look back at three of my favorite players from the 90s!  These guys dominated my collection and were the players I wanted to be in all our neighborhood wiffle ball games. I also have blog posts about these players which can be found below. Jim Abbott Scott Erickson Bo Jackson Who were your favorites from that era? Sponsor of this Episode Underdog Collectibles
13:16
June 23, 2020
Conversation with Nick Diunte - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 52
In this episode, I talk with Nick Diunte (@examinebaseball)! We discuss collecting, teaching, and writing about baseball and the hobby. Follow Nick on Twitter @examinebaseball and check out his website Baseball Happenings. Enjoy!
27:26
June 19, 2020
Investing in Sports Cards? - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 51
When it comes to the topic of investing in sports cards there are strong opinions on both sides of the issue. In this article, my objective is to define the term investment, share why I feel sports cards can be considered an investment, and my preferred approach. Here is a link to the blog post version of this episode. Sponsor of this Episode: Underdog Collectibles
09:42
June 16, 2020
Conversation with Ben Wilson (@ourtradingcards) - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 50
Today I talk with Ben Wilson (aka @ourtradingcards) about his A’s fandom, his online persona, and his thoughts on the business side of the hobby. You can find Ben on Twitter @OurTradingCards Sponsor of this Episode: Underdog Collectibles
28:42
June 12, 2020
Fun Foods Pins - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 49
Sometime near the end of 1984, or early in 1985, a curious little baseball memorabilia product was released.  Fun Foods Inc. from Little Silver, NJ released a 133 player set of MLB baseball buttons. They came in 36 count boxes of three button packs.  Each quarter size button features a player photo on the front and the button number, position, and stat on the back.  A simple but fun product for kids in the 80s. Here is a link to the full write up! Let me know what you think in the comments below or by reaching out on Facebook, Twitter, or TikTok! Sponsor of this Episode: Underdog Collectibles
08:14
June 9, 2020
Monthly Financial Recap - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 48
In this episode I give a financial recap for the month of May. I cover card sales, website/podcast revenue, and some of the key expenses I incurred over the last month.  Hopefully it can serve as a reference point to what is possible buying, selling, and creating content part time!  Creating a self-sustaining hobby is possible. Sponsors for this Episode: Starstock.com Underdog Collectibles
09:58
June 5, 2020
Conversation with Ronnie Bardah - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 47
Ronnie Bardah is a professional poker player and was recently a contestant on the TV show Survivor.  However, he’s also a card collector who is currently focused on building a PSA graded 1953 Topps Set! I hope you enjoy the conversation with a new voice in the hobby community! Follow him on Twitter: @RonnieBardah Sponsors of this Episode: Starstock.com Underdog Collectibles
28:48
June 2, 2020
Ebay Managed Payments with Chris Torres - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 46
Today I sat down with Chris Torres from CRTSportsCards.com. Chris has been in the eBay managed payments program as a pilot member and we discuss his thoughts on the program.  We hit on what he likes about it and also some of the things that caused some disruption. Check out his site at CRTSportsCards.com and follow him on Twitter @CRT_SportsCards Sponsors of this episode: Starstock.com Underdog Collectibles
28:08
May 29, 2020
Lesser Known eBay Tips - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 45
There are some things you need to about eBay that will help you save some money and generate additional sales!  These have been around for a bit, and while they are popular with many collectors/dealers, I hear from people all the time who didn’t realize they existed. 1) eBay Bucks -  A free rewards program that gives you should take advantage of.  Learn More Here! 2) eBay Stores  - Using an Ebay Store can save you money on shipping supplies, listing, and final value fees.  It also will help drive more sales due to the listings that come with a subscription, and the free access to Terapeak is great for analyzing market and sales data trends.  Learn more here! 3) Send an Offer As A Seller - Sellers have an opportunity to send an offer to people who have your items in their watchlist.  It can help generate a sale or a counter offer.  It really works! I hope you found this episode helpful! Sponsors of this episode: Starstock Underdog Collectibles
11:05
May 26, 2020
Conversation with Max Steiner of Sportlots - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 44
Max Steiner founded Sportlots as a side hustle about 20 years ago and has grown it to a place were thousands of customers shop an inventory of millions of cards! Listen as we talk about balancing work and family, what lessons he learned along the way, and the vision he has for the site in the coming months and years! Here is a review I wrote about the site if you want to learn more about how it works. If you’d like to help me out a bit and you don’t have an account, please consider using this link to create an account!  I appreciate it! Also, don’t forget to take a second to rate and review the show! Sponsors of this Episode: Underdog Collectibles Starstock.com
35:04
May 22, 2020
Topps Project 2020 - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 43
Topps chose 20 iconic rookie cards and partnered with 20 popular artists to create a 400 card on-demand set.  My thoughts on the product have evolved over time, and in this episode I share where I was wrong and where I think it’s headed. I also put together a blog post covering some stats on the set and published a full photo checklist.  The article has a view of the cards organized by artist in addition to the numerical order. Let me know what you think in the comments below! Sponsors of this episode: Underdog Collectibles Starstock
18:53
May 19, 2020
Conversation with Rich Brummett "The Happy Collector" - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 42
Rich Brummett aka “The Happy Collector” is a collector, reseller, and content creator with a focus on helping new and returning collectors get acclimated to the hobby.   He aims to have a positive influence in the community and I enjoyed having a chance to get together to discuss his background and hobby goals. Follow Rich on Twitter @RichBrummett, and at his website TheHappyCollector.com. I’d really appreciate it if you helped me out by leaving a rating and review! Thanks for listening. Sponsors during this episode: Starstock Udogcollect.com
26:47
May 15, 2020
1975 Hostess - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 41
My love of oddball food issue cards is well known…at least I assume it’s well known because I discuss them all the time!  In this episode I discuss 1975 Hostess, the first of a five year run of Hostess cards. You can read my full write up and see the set checklist in this blog post. Also, please take a second to hit that subscribe button and leave a rating and review for the show! Sponsors for this episode: Underdog Collectibles Starstock
09:38
May 12, 2020
A Conversation With Brent Williams (aka BrentandBecca) - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 40
Today I talk with Brent Williams who might be better known as BrentandBecca online! Brent is one of the largest Topps breakers out there and he breaks over 100 cases of the Topps flagship products and tons of other releases throughout the year. We discuss his collecting origins, how he got started “ripping and flipping”, and how he’s grown his business to what it is today!  He openly shares both the good and bad that comes from opening so much product, and has some words of wisdom for others thinking about getting into the business! Follow Brent on Twitter @BrentandBecca Check out his eBay store: BrentandBecca Please like and subscribe and tell your friends about the show!  I’d also appreciate if you’d consider leaving a review on your podcast app of choice. Sponsors of this show: Starstock.com Underdog Collectibles
46:30
May 8, 2020
TikTok and Sport Cards? - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 39
In late March I finally started creating sports card content for TikTok.  At first I really didn’t see how card info would fit in, but that changed.   In this episode I recap my thought process and what I’ve learned from posting videos over this first month. Bottom line: I’m blown away from what I’ve seen so far. Here’s a link to my TikTok page: WaxPackHero TikTok Sponsors for this episode: Starstock Underdog Collectibles
09:27
May 5, 2020
Conversation with Nick Wosika - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 38
Nick is a sports photographer based out of Minnesota who’s work has been used by Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and the New York Times amongst many others.  But that’s not all, from a card perspective, I think it’s awesome that some of his photos have also been used by Upper Deck and Topps to create Sports Cards! Find Nick on Twitter @Nick_Wosika and at https://www.nickwosika.com/ Sponsors for this Show: Starstock.com Underdog Collectibles
33:51
May 1, 2020
My Most Popular Content - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 37
Last week I covered the origins of WaxPackHero.com.  I shared the thought process, vision, and goals I used as I launched the site. Today I cover some of the most popular content I’ve published so far.  Learn what topics drive the most traffic and what the primary sources of website visitors are. Listen, subscribe, tell your friends, and then leave me a review so I can learn from your feedback! Sponsors in this Episode: Starstock.com Underdog Events and Collectibles
14:48
April 28, 2020
A Conversation with Dr. James Beckett - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode
I had a chance to sit down and talk with Dr. James Beckett. He was the founder of one of the most well known hobby publications, Beckett Magazine. We talked about current hobby interests, the industry as a whole, and some of the lessons learned along the way. Please take a second to subscribe, tell your friends, and leave a rating and review so we can continue to spread the word! Sponsors of this episode:  Underdog Events and Collectibles Starstock.com
22:39
April 24, 2020
Starting WaxPackHero.com (an Origin Story) - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 35
I regularly ask for readers to share questions or suggestions for future articles.  One suggestion I received was about my thought process as I started WaxPackHero.  That seemed like a great idea! While I’m no internet expert, I’m happy to share what my goals were for the site, the content strategy I rolled out, and what I’ve done to try and gain readers and listeners. If you found this helpful let me know! Sponsors of this episode: Starstock.com UdogCollect.com
12:58
April 21, 2020
Conversation with Ivan Lovegren (@WatchTheBreaks) - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 34
Today, I talked with Ivan Lovegren aka @WatchTheBreaks! We discuss his collecting background, how he became a sports card personality, and some advice on balancing cards and family. Follow him on Twitter (@WatchTheBreaks), and watch his weekly show Go GTS Live (@GoGTSLive)! Sponsors for this show: Udogcollect.com Starstock.com
46:13
April 17, 2020
Where to Find Checklists - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 33
A listener sent me an email a couple weeks ago asking if I could discuss where to find player and team checklists.  So I decided to spend a few minutes breaking down my go-to resources for set, team, and player checklists! I know you probably have some great sources of your own, so please share them in the comments or on the Facebook and Twitter threads for this episode so everyone can learn! My go to sources are: Beckett.com TradingCardDB.com Sponsors in this Episode: Starstock.com Underdog Events and Collectibles
11:13
April 14, 2020
Conversation with Adam Palmer - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 32
Today I sit down with Adam Palmer. Adam returned to the hobby in 2018 and quickly built an interest in the business side of the hobby.  He launched a the Hero’s for Sale Podcast and TikTok channel to document the process of learning about the industry and building his collection. I think he brings a fresh perspective and demonstrates authentic vulnerability in his show, and I wanted to give you a chance to hear from him! Follow Adam on Twitter: @APalmerMedia Check out his Podcast as well: Hero’s For Sale Podcast Sponsors for this episode: Starstock.com
36:15
April 10, 2020
Reflecting on Topps Magazine - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 31
In 1990, Topps began producing their own full color magazine.  I thought I’d spend a few minutes going back through the first couple issues and sharing my memories of the mag. I have a write up of the first issue if you’d like to see some pictures. Did you read Topps Magazine?  Let me know in the comments below! You can support the show by visiting the following links to our sponsors: Starstock.com Ebay Amazon Topps
12:46
April 7, 2020
Conversation with Ryan Cracknell - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 30
In this episode, I talk with Ryan Cracknell (@tradercracks) about his start as a collector and a writer.  We talked about what it's like being a collector in Canada, making a career as a writer, and what types of things he’s pursuing for his own collection! Take a listen and let me know what you think! Follow Ryan on Twitter @TraderCracks Read his content at Beckett.com Sponsors in this episode: Starstock
34:49
April 3, 2020
Stuff I Know Nothing About - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 29
Don’t let the fear of the unknown keep you from growing and trying new things! A few weeks ago I was considering making a big Soccer card purchase.  I don’t know anything about Soccer, can only name about 5 players, and have little to no understanding of the different leagues.  I had a lack of confidence in my ability to potentially profit due being so uneducated on the sport.  I ultimately decided to go for it, and I want to share what my thought process was as I made that decision. Thanks for listening. You can help support the show by using the links of my sponsors below! StarStock Topps Sportlots eBay Amazon
11:23
March 31, 2020
Conversation with Joey Shiver aka Dub Mentality - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 28
In this episode, I talk with Joey Shiver aka Dub Mentality about his start as a collector and a writer.  He provides some fantastic insight on how to work to both develop your craft as well as getting exposure to the quality content you create! Take a listen and let me know what you think! Follow Joey on: His Blog Dubmentality.com Twitter @dubmentality or on Youtube Sponsors in this Episode: Starstock.com
45:50
March 27, 2020
2020 Goals and Financial Update - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 27
There is a lot of talk about the economic impacts we’re seeing in the card market. I thought I’d take a few minutes to share how my card sales, web traffic, and podcast trends have played out over the last few weeks. It will serve as somewhat of a baseline as we see how things develop over these coming weeks and months. Let me know what you think! Support the show by using these links from our sponsors: StarStock Ebay Amazon Sportlots Topps
13:47
March 24, 2020
A Conversation with Tanner Jones - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 26
I had a chance to talk with Collector, Author, and Podcaster Tanner Jones!  We discuss writing, podcasting, focused collecting, and how he creates a self sustaining collection.  We also cover how his faith influences his hobby. Tanner’s book Confessions of a Baseball Card Addict can be found in this link, and you can check out his podcast on Spotify by clicking here! I wrote a review of his book on the blog, and you can find that article here. Help support the show by visiting our sponsors mentioned in this show! Starstock Ebay Amazon
27:53
March 20, 2020
Sports Card Comic Backs - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 25
Topps created single panel cartoons on several sets throughout their history, and some of those cartoons are pretty darn entertaining. Some of the cards mentioned in this episode were discussed in this blog, and are listed below: 1963 Topps Jim O’Toole #70. 1962 Topps Don Zimmer #478  1970 Topps Paul Schaal 1970 Topps Steve Huntz 1970 Topps Billy Harris 1970 Topps card, Pedro Borbon 358 1959 Topps Don Rudolph (179) 1973 Joe Morgan (230) 1970 Topps Gary Wagner 1970 Topps card #349 Steve Hamilton 1979 Topps Football Jim Langer (425) 1970 Topps Chris Zachary 471 Support the show by using these links for the Sponsors in this episode: Starstock Ebay Amazon Sportlots
09:36
March 17, 2020
The Wax Pack with Brad Balukjian - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 24
A few years ago Brad Balukjian embarked on quite a journey.  While sitting in the stadium at an Oakland A’s game, he found himself reminiscing about the players of his youth.  He thought about opening packs of baseball cards, and the enjoyment that came from  learning all he could about his cardboard heroes. That got him wondering where those players are now.  So he tracked down a 30 year old pack of 1986 Topps Baseball Cards and set out on a cross country journey to find and interview each of the players inside. He documented the road trip and is sharing it with us all in The Wax Pack which is available for order on Amazon and other local booksellers. Check out my review of the book here. Please take a second to subscribe to the show and if you enjoy it, I’d appreciate you leaving a rating and review! Sponsors for this show include: Starstock Amazon
30:21
March 13, 2020
On Demand Sets - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 23
Over the last few years, we have seen a rise in On Demand sets from the manufacturer.  These sets are typically either based on creating “real time” versions of cards celebrating key events, or cards available for a short term order window.  There is no predetermined print run, the manufacturer makes exactly the number of cards that are ordered. In this episode I discuss my thoughts on these sets! These cards can be purchased from manufacturers here: Panini Instant Topps Now, Living Set, Throwback Thursday, etc. Upper Deck Game Dated Moments They can be purchased on the secondary market here: eBay Sportlots Amazon COMC Other Sponsors: StarStock Please take a second to rate and review the podcast, I’d really appreciate the feedback and your help in spreading the word!
13:40
March 10, 2020
How I Sort Collections - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 22
One of questions I recently received was “How do you go about sorting these large collections you buy?” The answer really depends on a couple things.  First of all, what is your end goal?  How you sort is dependent on how you collect or how you sell.  Do you sell on COMC, eBay Sportlots?  Do you sell singles or primarily put together sets and player/team lots?  Those are the types of things you need to be thinking about when coming up with a sorting strategy. For me, I sort into 6 main categories. 1) COMC - Cards estimated to sell for $1 -$20 2) eBay - Memorabilia, complete sets, and single cards $20 and up 3) Sportlots - base and inserts 4) Card Show - junk wax stars, local team players, hot stars 5) Personal Collection - What cards or sets do I want to set aside to keep for my own collection 6) Bulk - everything else goes into a big lot to sell on Facebook Marketplace Buy your boxes, toploaders, and other sorting supplies from a local LCS or pick them up on eBay or Amazon using these links if you’d like to help support the show! Take a listen and let me know what you think!
12:32
March 6, 2020
Quit Collecting Cards! - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode
Do you enjoy collecting cards? Do you find the hobby enjoyable or does it only add frustration? If it’s the latter, then maybe you should consider walking away. Just Quit! Let me know what you think of the episode by reaching out on Twitter @TheMikeSommer!  I’d also love it if you checked out The Hobby Hotline!  It’s a live call in show on Saturday mornings which is hosted by several of us Sports Card Podcasters.  Check it out @hobbyhotline! Sponsors Mentioned During this Show: StarStock
08:20
March 3, 2020
Nigel Eccles - Co-Founder of StarStock - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 20
Today, I interview Nigel Eccles.  He was the Co-Founder and former CEO of FanDuel, and now he is the Co-Founder of Starstock.  We discuss how he sees them fitting in to the marketplace amongst the other great card platforms like eBay and COMC.  He shares how his experience building FanDuel will translate to this new venture, and how growing the card market is one of his primary goals. Enjoy the show and let me know what you think in the comments below! Sponsors mentioned during this show: Starstock
19:02
February 28, 2020
Card Show Setup & Scott Spiezio Interview - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 19
I recently set up at a local card show, and 2x World Series Champion Scott Spiezio was there as an autograph guest.  I had a chance to spend a few minutes chatting with him, and I’ve got that interview here for you in this episode. I also spend a few minutes discussing my show setup and what strategies have worked well for me at this local monthly show. Take a listen and let me know what you think! The show is available here directly on the site at the Podcast link at the top of the page, or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and TuneIn! Click the subscribe button on your podcast platform of choice and leave a rating and review! Sponsors mentioned in this Episode: Starstock
14:53
February 25, 2020
Topps 582 Montgomery Club - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 18
The Topps 582 Montgomery Club opened for membership in late 2018 and ran for the 2019 calendar year.  It was offered again in 2020 with a few modifications. Read about the full year of 2019 Club releases in this series of posts.  And then follow along with the 2020 products in this one! Please take a second to let me know what you think of the show and I’d really appreciate it if you told your friends! Partners Mentioned in this episode: Topps StarStock Ebay
16:46
February 21, 2020
Live from Rotary - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 17
I had a chance to speak with a local Rotary Club about collecting sports cards. Many in the audience were unfamiliar in the hobby, so I decided to give both a brief history of cards and tell my own collecting story. The audio is a bit soft, but I thought some listeners may still enjoy hearing the talk to a “non-traditional” card audience. Let me know what you think!
16:26
February 18, 2020
Submitting Cards to COMC - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 16
This is the third episode in a series about buying and selling on COMC.  Once time constraints required me to find a new way to scale my card sales, I began submitting cards to COMC. Things to Consider for some quick wins: 1) Identify cards to submit that can be listed for $1-$20 on the site and still be the lowest listed. 2) Start by sending 100-200 cards so that the upfront processing cost is manageable and sales from the first submission can be used to cover the cost of future submissions. Listen to hear some additional strategies if you have a longer time horizon! Let me know what you think! Contact Info: COMC.com COMC Blog @checkoutmycards on Twitter WaxPackHero review of COMC
14:33
February 14, 2020
Flipping on COMC - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 15
This is the second episode in a series about buying and selling on COMC.  Flipping is how I got started on the site, and I share several of the strategies I used to build up my store credit! Things to Consider for some quick wins: 1) Change your account to “Advanced Reseller Mode” 2) Try to find cards that will give you a 2-3x return while still being the lowest priced on the site. 3) Filter search results by “Recently Added” or “Lowest Price”. Listen to hear some additional strategies if you have a longer time horizon! Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review on your podcast app of choice!  Let me know what you think! Contact Info: COMC.com COMC Blog @checkoutmycards WaxPackHero review of COMC If you'd like to sponsor the show, please reach out on Twitter or email me at waxpackhero@gmail.com!
14:23
February 11, 2020
Buying on COMC w/James Good - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 14
Today, we start a series about buying and selling on COMC.  First up is buying, and I can’t think of a better way to start than with an interview with COMC’s own, James Good! Take a listen and let me know what you think! Contact Info: COMC.com COMC Blog COMC Twitter @checkoutmycards James Good's Twitter @rungoodlife WaxPackHero review of COMC
39:27
February 7, 2020
Monthly Financial Recap - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 13
This podcast discusses both the hobby and business sides of collecting.  In Episode 13, I  thought I’d take a few minutes to discuss the business side! Listen as I breakdown the sources of revenue and whether or not I’m happy with the results.  I also cover aspects of my expenses for the month and what the net result is! My “self-sustaining” goal was accomplished for the month, but you’ll have to listen to hear the details! Please take a second to subscribe, rate, and review on your podcast app of choice!
12:06
February 4, 2020
7-Eleven Slurpee Baseball Discs - WaxPackHero Episode 12
I love these promo cards. Here is the definitive guide to 7-Eleven Cards including checklists to all the sets over the years! Also, in the show I mention using 16 pocket pages to store and display the coins, but I wanted to mention there are actually 20 pocket pages that work even better! Links to show for the sets and supplies: 7-Eleven sets 20 Pocket Pages Don’t forget to subscribe to the pod, rate and review on you app of choice, and help spread the word! If you’d like to sponsor the show, reach out at waxpackhero@gmail.com.  I’d love to chat!
11:29
January 31, 2020
Tips for the New & Returning Collector - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 11
I share a few things I learned while returning to the hobby after a 20 year hiatus. If this is you, then take a listen and let me know what you think!  If you are a hobby vet, then maybe you can share this episode with some other collectors you know who are just getting their feet wet. 1) Narrow Your Focus 2) Buy and Sell Cards to Help Offset Your Cost 3) Get Connected to Other Collectors I think these things can make the hobby more enjoyable for new collectors, those returning, and even experienced collectors! Don’t forget to like, subscribe, and leave a rating and review!
09:23
January 28, 2020
Save on Shipping! - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 10
Minimizing your shipping costs is critical for maintaining a self-sustaining hobby.  In this episode I discuss some strategies to save money on postage. 1) Use the right packaging  2) Print your own labels - You can save a ton by printing your own postage labels on eBay or Paypal. 3) Equipment and Supplies Here’s what I use! Label Printer Dymo Refil Labels Bubble Mailers USPS boxes and mailers Don’t forget to subscribe to the pod, rate and review on you app of choice, and help spread the word! If you’d like to sponsor the show, reach out at waxpackhero@gmail.com.  I’d love to chat!
11:23
January 24, 2020
Where to Buy Large Collections - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 9
I discuss my three main sources for large lots of base and inserts. 1) Local box and case breakers 2) eBay 3) Blowout Forums Don’t forget to subscribe to the pod, rate and review on you app of choice, and help spread the word! If you’d like to sponsor the show, reach out at waxpackhero@gmail.com. I’d love to chat!
12:26
January 21, 2020
Interview with Ryan Tedards - WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 8
In this episode, I interview Ryan Tedards (@SportsCardNews) about his background as an entrepreneur and the decision he made to take on the "heel" character as his online persona.
37:49
January 17, 2020
WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 7 - 1963 Fleer
In this episode I discuss the background, the value, and my pursuit of the 1963 Fleer set.
08:17
January 14, 2020
WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 6 - A One Million Cubs Interview!
Find out how the project got started, and what Beau has learned along the way.
18:49
January 10, 2020
WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 5 - Goals, Goals, Goals!
A recap of Mike's 2019 collecting goals and setting some new ones for 2020.
12:12
January 7, 2020
WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 4 - The Topps Living Set
This episode talks about the history of the set, it popularity trend, and how I got involved with collecting it.
12:39
January 3, 2020
WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 3 - PWE Shipping
If done correctly, PWE shipping can be a safe, economical way to ship inexpensive sports cards.
11:56
December 31, 2019
WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 2 - Sportlots
This this episode I discuss Sportlots.com which has provided me the most consistent, low risk source of sales of any online platform.
20:24
December 24, 2019
WaxPackHero Podcast Episode 1 - The Origin Story
Mike discusses his collecting journey from youth to adulthood as well as the inspiration for the podcast!
10:01
December 16, 2019