Here are Sport Card Collector's Fans Visit Their Participating Player Of The Day Shops!
mrblu1976 making his purchase and showing off his silver POD pack at the LCS. Good Luck on your Panini break!
mrblu visiting Bankston's Sports Cards And Comic Books in Waco Again. Also pulled some sweet cards he sent photo's of! Also holding his silver POD pack
mrblu1976 also asked the following questions to earn more points while he was there:
This was at Bankston's sports cards and comic books
in Waco. The manager's name is Rich Banana and the owner's name is Brent Bankston.
1. I asked if they had any increased traffic at the store due to the contest?
They said that they had not noticed any, but the contest just started so it might pick up as it goes on.
2. I asked what the other customers thought about the promo?
They said that it is pretty much a big hit with the kids but the adults seem to be unaffected by it.
3. I asked what other Panini promotions they participated in?
They that they participate in the POD, Black Friday, and the Father's Day events.
Mrblu1976 then called the following shops:"Main Street Sports Cards in Winooski, VT
They said that "yes they are participating and they think that it is a great promotion." It helps generate sales and has brought more customers into the store and they have had to restock a lot more products. The customers are happy with it and they are really enjoying winning things. He just took over the store at the beginning of the year, but he plans on participating in the Black Friday promotion and many more future Panini promotions. I talked to the manager Jeff." "Wonder Cards & Comics in Barre, VT
This guy was very cautious of my phone call and even checked out your blog page while we were on the phone to make sure that I was legit and not some kind of scam. He said that the promotion was "Fine as is." He also said that it has increased his sales a small amount but it has not brought any more customers than normal. He says that his customers seem to enjoy it. He also said that he participates in various Panini promotions."
"Bartlett Coin Shop in Bartlett IL.
I called and they said that yes they are participating. They have the posters on the wall and all of the literature up. It has not generated any increased sales or traffic in the store. Here is the intersting part... they have not received any prize or give away type material yet Kenny's Collectables in Austin
"at Kenny's he said that they really liked the promotions but that they have not seen any increase in traffic or sales. However anything that gives extra stuff to the customer is always a good thing and his customers seem to really like it. He was mainly a collectibles person but I did receive a phone call from the owner who answered my questions about some of his products and his website changes. " Card Traders in Austin
"The next stop was Card Traders of Austin and just like last year these guys were awesome. They were super friendly and very helpful. They participate in all promotions Panini, Topps, you name it they said. They love promotions because it gives back to the customers. It has brought a little bit more traffic and has helped out with sales. Honestly, I can't say enough good things about these guys they were almost as excited as I was while I was opening up the packs and then when I left they gave me a calender, a free pack of sleeves, and a pack of card holders. They are all about the customer and making sure that you leave happy. "Austin Sports Connection
"My last stop was to Austin Sports Connection. This is the place that I had issues with last year, but this year was a different story. When I walked in I was greeted by the owner and he immediately knew what I brought up the POD promotion. He said that he participates in all of Panini's promotions but it does not really bring in any more traffic or sales to the store and his regulars are pretty much immune to it."
Jamie B called the following Shops:
Your Name: Jamie Baldwin
Shop: Golden State Sportscards
Shop Owner: Bill Feist
Shop's Phone #: 707-443-2128
How many years have you been in business? Over 20 years
Why did you get into the business? I enjoyed it as a kid and got hooked. Got back into it in the 80s and thought it would be fun to continue the tradition.
What do you think of Panini's Player Of The Day Promotion? I thought it would be a great thing but with unemployment at 30% here not much has sold. Sold more basketball than football in the past couple of weeks.
Is it helping generate sales? No
Has it brought more customers to your store? Not really with bad economy.
Does your customers enjoy it?Yes Which part do they enjoy the best? opening the packs
And what other Panini promotions does your shop participate in? Basketball
Your Name: Jamie Baldwin
Shop: BC Collectibles
Shop Owner: Floid Parr
Shop's Phone #: 217-431-1422
How many years have you been in business? 29 years
Why did you get into the business? I enjoyed it as a kid and wanted to open my own store.
What do you think of Panini's Player Of The Day Promotion? Really enjoy it. It brings customers who are shopping in the mall into the store.
How long have you done the promotion? Several years
Is it helping generate sales? Yes
Has it brought more customers to your store? Yes
Does your customers enjoy it? Yes Which part do they enjoy the best? Excitement of opening packs and free packs
And what other Panini promotions does your shop participate in? Basketball NBA Starting 5 Promotion
Jason B participating at his local LCS. He pulled the Player Of The Day and Wild Card from the same pack
Jason B showing off his Player Of The Day Pack and purchase from his shop visit today.
Mr Blu1976 called the following shops in 10/11/2013
920 E. Semoran Blvd
Casselberry, FL 32707
"These guys said that yes they are participating, but not it is not bringing in any new customers or increase in sales. They did however say that the participating customers do like the promotion. The guy that I spoke to was a recent hire so he was not sure what other Panini promos they offer. "
Cape Coral Cards & Collectibles
2344 Coral Point Dr.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
"This shop said yes they were participating and that no increased traffic or sales has occurred due to the promotion. He said he just gets the same people in his shop. When I asked what the customers think about the promo his response was that people like free stuff. He also stated that he does not participate in any other promos. "
Miami Vice went and visited a participating shop on October 12th that hadn't set up quite yet but still got point for the entry for driving their and getting a picture with the poster.
"I visited Champion Sports Cards in Kennesaw,GA and bought Panini R-S packs.
The shop owner Ross said they are starting the POD on Monday. He hadnt unpacked the promo stuff yet and brought out the box panini shipped the stuff in. I asked if I could take a photo with the POD poster and he pulled out the little mini poster. He is a friendly guy and said he would answer the SCC POD questions I had printed out if I came back once the promo stated."
NOTE: We let this entry go through due to the fact the store hadn't started the promo yet. We strongly prefer photo's with fans and the poster but since the promo hadn't started the poster wasn't hung up yet. So we let it count and the fact the trip had been taking for our promo to a participate at one.
Mrblu visiting Bankstons in Waco
Jason visiting his favorite participating LCS again in card traders of austin
Champion Sports Cards
840 ERNEST BARRETT PKWY
KENNESAW, GA 30144
"A guy by the name of Ross Finley answered the phone and was extremely friendly. He stated that yes, his store is taking part in the Panini Player of the Day promotion. He went on to say that it has not increased his sales that much but that there has been one or two people who have come into the store specifically for the promotion. Ross did however say that his customers seem to be gravitating towards the Panini products and the displays more since the promotion has started. The customers do enjoy it and they like the chance of winning the big prizes like t-shirts and an autographed card. Ross also stated that his store participates in all of Panini's Player of the Day promotions, Father's Day promotions, and also the Black Friday promotions."
Bankstons was Jason's spot to visit this day
Nick Mikulicich Jr.
I calledSouth Bay Baseball Cards
Shop owned by Ian Allen, his son Scott Allen runs most activities; I spoke to employee Brian
What do you think of Panini's Player Of The Day Promotion?It seems to be pretty good, and getting a positive response.
Is it helping generate sales?Yes. Some people have come in just to buy the packs for it.
Has it brought more customers to your store?There have been a few new customers for it.
Does your customers enjoy it? Which part do they enjoy the best?Yes. Kids especially enjoy it. The part they like best is getting a bonus with their purchase.
And what other Panini promotions does your shop participate in? The shop has done lots of Panini promotions over the years, and has even done events with Panini directly, including bringing Blake Griffin of the Clippers in for a signing.
Nick Mikulicich Jr.
I calledBaseball Clubhouse & Comic Books
Shop owned by Phil Knoll; I spoke to him
What do you think of Panini's Player Of The Day Promotion?
I haven't really started it yet; I'll do that after the World Series - about 8 weeks into the season is when football interest really grows.
Is it helping generate sales?It has in the past.
Has it brought more customers to your store?It has in past years.
Does your customers enjoy it? Which part do they enjoy the best?
They've always liked it.
And what other Panini promotions does your shop participate in? Done Panini POD every year, used to do Topps POD before that.
Nick Mikulicich Jr.
I called8 Ball Cards and Games
Shop owned by Joseph; I spoke to employee Helen
What do you think of Panini's Player Of The Day Promotion?We don't do sports cards any more.
Is it helping generate sales?[see above - I didn't ask the question]
Has it brought more customers to your store?[see above - I didn't ask the question]
Does your customers enjoy it? Which part do they enjoy the best?[see above - I didn't ask the question]
And what other Panini promotions does your shop participate in? We used to do it, but we decided to quit sports cards, and I guess we're still on their list.
Nick Mikulicich Jr.
I calledThe Bullpen 2.0
Shop owned by Mitch; I spoke to him
What do you think of Panini's Player Of The Day Promotion?It's decent, not a bad one. People like the packs
Is it helping generate sales?No. We sell a lot of boxes and packs already.
Has it brought more customers to your store?No. Our kid customers are the ones really interested in it.
Does your customers enjoy it? Which part do they enjoy the best?Yes. Kids especially. They love the packs. Any bonus is popular.
And what other Panini promotions does your shop participate in? We used to do a lot of them, until their changing of the guard a year ago. Had differences with new marketing plans.
Nick Mikulicich Jr.
I calledWax Czar
Shop owned by Richard; I spoke to him
What do you think of Panini's Player Of The Day Promotion?They did a much better job prepping stores for it this year; last year they just sort of gave it to us without explanation
Is it helping generate sales?During football season, football doesn't need much to help it sell; this seems to be helping sales of lower end brands like Score.
Has it brought more customers to your store?Too early to tell if any new customers, but some of our regulars who don't really buy football have bought because of this.
Does your customers enjoy it? Which part do they enjoy the best?Yes. They like winning best.
And what other Panini promotions does your shop participate in? We do the Father's Day, Black Friday, and their NHL promotions.
Mrblu1976 called the following shops:
Baseball Card World
208 3rd St N.W.
Bemidge, MN 56601
"Yes they are participating but they were too busy to talk. "Belle Mar Video & Sports Cards
23808 State Hwy. 22
Mankato, MN 56001
"Yes, this store is also participating in the promotion. He said that he likes the promotion because it generates “buzz with the industry which is good for the shop.” He was also very busy and had to get off of the phone quickly"
Mrblu1976 also visited Kenny's Collectables in Austin
Card Traders Of Austin Was Mrblu1976 first visit
Card Traders Of Austin visited by Jason B.
Card Traders Of Austin visited by Jason B.
Mrblu1976 called the following shops:
1. Bobs Collectors Den
206 East 9th St
Cookeville, TN. 38501
They are not participating in the promotion.
2. B&M Amusement
5036 Hwy 58
Chattanooga, TN. 37416
I talked to Buddy and he said yes they are participating. He said the promo was a pretty good thing and brings in more business to the store. The customers enjoy getting entered into the weekly drawings. He also stated that it increases sales in his shop but only has a slight increase in customer traffic. His regular customers seem to be buying more products. His store participates in the POD promotion but they have recently signed on to participate in the Black Friday and Father’s Day promos as well. Buddy was a very pleasant individual to speak with. I wouldn’t mind hitting up his shop if I am in that area.
3. Cards R Fun
15125 Old Hickory Blvd
Nashville, TN. 37211
I spoke with John Dunphy and he said yes that his shop is participating. He thinks that it is great and that it works very well. Panini really seems to care about their people. It helps to generate sales and he says that it is a good product to give away. He said that it’s hard to say if it has brought more customers into his store, but his customers definitely seem to enjoy it. His store does participate in many different promotions.
4. Clay’s Collectibles
515 W. Lincoln
Tullahoma, TN. 37388
Yes, they are participating in the promotion and they like it. However, they were too busy to answer any more questions.
5. York Comics & Cards
7390 York Road
Parma, OH. 44130
No, they are not participating in the promotion.
6. All Pro Sportscards
492 Graham Rd
Cuyohoga, OH. 44221
No, they just finished their 30 day POD promotion. So I just missed it but they did still have some packs and materials left over.
7. Bargain Box
3575 Maple Ave
Zanesville, OH. 43701
I spoke to a woman who was not sure if her store was participating or not. She has not seen any posters or signs and also said that they have not been handing out silver packs to customers. She did say that her manager did receive a shipment from Panini and that it was in her office. She suggested that I call back on Monday when her manager was in because she was not sure about the promo.
8. Boardman Sports Cards
5134 Southern Blvd
Youngstown, OH. 44512
I spoke with Vic Borerio at this store and his shop is participating in the POD promotion. He said it helps out those who know about the promotion and it also helps out the business. There has been a slight increase in sales and he said that the customers like anything that they can get for free. He said that this is the only promotion that he has heard about and he has not heard about the Black Friday, NHL POD, or Father’s Day promos before I brought them up.
9. C-Town Sports Cave
7850 Mentor Ave Suite 158
Mentor, OH. 44060
I was talking with Bill and he said yes that his store was participating with the promotion. It has done very well for his shop and it is a very good idea. It has done well for them and their customers. He mentioned that people like free and enjoy winning the different prizes. His shop participates in both the NFL and NBA POD promotions but stated that his store has not been offered the Black Friday or Father’s day promos. He was very interested in the other Panini promos though and is always seeking more and better ways to support the hobby.
Jason B went back for more at his favorite shop!
Mr blu1976 called the following shops
1. Ultimate Sports cards
Las Vegas, NV. 89101
I spoke with a man named Sean Kinmartin who said “yes, that they did participate in the promo but that it had just wrapped up.” Honestly, he did not see too much increased traffic or sales from the promo due to his customer base. His shop had recently moved from a more local area to a tourist area. His customers did not really seem to know about the promo and when informed about it they did not really go out of their way to win the prizes. He said that his shop usually participates in Black Friday, Father’s Day, and the NFL POD promos. However, the shorter contests do better in his shop due to the tourist customer base at his location. 2. Legacy Sports Cards
8125 West Sahara Ave #160
Las Vegas, NV. 89117
Marcel Bilak said “yes, that they were participating.” He always enjoys it and it is his favorite promo. He has never in all of the years that he has been running the promo seen an increase in sales or traffic in the store. He said that people seem to buy predetermined amounts or types of cards and it is difficult to get them to change their minds once they get into the shop. His customers do seem to enjoy the promo though and he said that it is great for kids. He also said that his store participates in all Panini promotions such as Black Friday, Father’s Day, and NFL POD. 3. Home Team Sports Collectibles
3378 Lakeside Court
Reno, NV. 89509
Yes they did but they are no longer participating. “Yes we did but it is over now.” 4. ATG
7340 East Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ. 85710
The employee stated that he was not aware that his store was participating in the promotion. When asked if his store was participating in Panini’s Player of the Day promotion I got this answer, “Not that I am aware of.” 5. AZ Sports Cards Collectibles
10045 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ. 85037
The employee stated that his store was not participating. 6. Boxseat Collectibles
4855 E. Warner Rd Ste A-18
Phoenix, AZ. 85044
Yes, they are participating in the promo. He thinks that it is good. It has not really brought any more customers or sales into the shop. The customers seem to enjoy it and they seem to like finding their favorite player. Their shop only participates in the NFL POD at this time.
"This is from J&J Sports Cards in Snellville, GA Joe took my photo as my cell phone was dead.
He said they also participate in the NBA Starting Five promotion when they do it but the promos dont bring them much, if any, added business. His store is packed with lots of different product from all kinds of different sports and non sports....he has Nascar presspass.....garbage pail kids...and even topps soccer cards. Guy was extremely nice but the setting was sad......the whole shopping center was abandoned other than his shop and another."
Mrblu1976 visited his shop above, for some reason blogger wanted the pic sideways, but he also called the following shops:1. 10th Inning Sports
8717 Ashville Hwy
Boiling Spring, SC.
Yes, they are participating and are about to announce their monthly winner. He said that he really likes it, but that even with the signs that it has not really brought any more customers or sales into the store. He also stated that the customers enjoy it and seem to ask about the promo after the Black Friday promo is over. His shop only participates in Black Friday and NFL POD, Panini has not sent any Father’s Day promo materials to his shop. 2. Baseball 17
4737 S. Kings Hwy unit G-2
Surfside Beach, SC. 29576
Yes, his store is participating and he thinks that it is pretty good. They send out quality stuff and not garbage. He said maybe they had a little increase in traffic and sales but mainly just his regulars. His customers enjoy getting the high end inserts. His store participates in the NBA, NFL, and NHL POD programs. They also participate in the Black Friday and Father’s Day promos but don’t like the fact that his customers have to buy so much high end product to get the packs. 3. Grandslam
580 Mt Gallant
Rockhill, SC. 29730
The guy at the shop was not aware if the store was participating or not. 4. Big Hit Sports Cards
6450 US HWY 90 Suite H
Spanish Fort, AL. 36527
Football is King in Alabama and Andrew said that his shop is participating in the NFL POD promo. He said that the promo was cool. I has not increased traffic but there has been a slight increase in sales. His customers do seem to enjoy it and they enjoy the variety in the silver packs which he says have improved since last year. His shop participates in NFL POD, Black Friday, and Father’s Day promos. 5. Champs
805 Regal Dr Ste 3
Huntsville, AL. 35801
They said that they are not participating right now, that they are done with it. 6. Safe at Home Cards
512 Broad Street
Gadsden, AL. 35901
They are participating in the NFL POD promo, but they were too busy to talk. 7. Excalibur Comics
802 E. 70th St
Shreveport, LA. 71106
This shop stated that they had just finished it up on October 31. 8. Jaimie’s Sports of Louisiana
4715 Pecanland Mall Dr
Monroe, LA. 71203
I spoke with Jaimie whose shop is currently running the promo. He thinks that the promo is wonderful and great. He said that it has not brought more customers into his shop but once they are in they do tend to spend more money which has increased his sales. His customers do seem to enjoy it, they really enjoy hitting the POD or getting the hometown hero. His shop participates in all Panini promotions except for the NBA and NHL POD promos. 9. Jason’s Sports Cards
5734 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA. 70816
I spoke with Rob who said that his shop is participating in the POD. He said that any time Panini puts on a promotion that it is great for the customers and the hobby. Rob stated that it has increased the traffic into his store and also increased the sales. He also said that his customers absolutely like the promotion and they enjoy the thrill of the hunt for the POD. His shop participates in the Black Friday, Father’s Day, and NFL POD promotions.
10. Game Time
Scottsbluff, NE. 69361
The employee said that they are not participating. 11. LB’s Sportscards
2805 So. 108 st
Omaha, NE. 68144
The guy said that he was participating but was really busy right now.
12. Prep 2 Pro Sports
1700 Market Lane
Norfolk, NE, 68701
They are currently participating but to busy right now to answer questions. They asked me to call back later. 13. AW-Common-In
223 Post Rd Rte 1
Moody, ME. 04054
I spoke with Ryan who stated that his NFL POD promotion is currently over, that it had just ended.
14. Don’s Baseball Cards
578 Brighton Ave.
Portland, ME. 04102
The employee that answered the phone did not know if the store was participating or not. 15. Republic Collectibles
212 Center St
Auburn, ME. 04210
I spoke with Chrissy Ames who runs this shop who said that her store was currently running the promotion. She stated that it seems to be a great promo because people love the idea of a chance to meet a player. She said that this promo has slightly increased the sales and customer traffic into her store. She said her customers love anything that they can win a prize. Her store participates in any Panini promotion that it can to include the Black Friday, Father’s Day, and NFL POD promos.