Black Friday and Cyber Monday have long been a shoppers’ paradise. Suppose your idea of paradise is getting run over by an angry mob of housewives trying to get a flat-screen TV.
But things have changed, and now we have the internet as our main venue for shopping choice. So, the worst we have to deal with is crashing servers and shipping delays. But we don’t care about TVs. That piece of garbage on our walls is fine.
Instead, we want cards. And our favorite card purveyors have come up with excellent deals this year. We have given you the best options in our guide to Black Friday Sports Card Deals in 2023.
Quick links to deals:
Go here to view all deals on Topps.com
Shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on Fanatics.com – Use code CYBERMON30 on Cyber Monday
Shop for trading card deals on Walmart
A note on timing. As we all know, Black Friday falls on November 24, 2023 this year. However, every website has different rules for when sales start and end. Usually, the sales start on Black Friday or a day or two before.
They then run into Cyber Monday (which falls on November 27, 2023) and sometimes the entire following week. But keep in mind that supplies run out; if you are into the popular stuff, you will want to hit hard and hit early.
Let’s start with the more prominent companies and then check out what some of their smaller competitors have planned for the big day.
Topps.com has a variety of deals on various boxes and packs with deals up to 50% off through November 27th. Some of the available deals include:
Walmart is bringing the deals to shoppers on Cyber Monday who are looking for trading cards. Here is a sampling of the types of deals you can find:
Sports Memorabilia is offering a variety of deals on its website including up to 30% off Cyber Monday sale and up to 50% off on Holiday Doorbusters.
Deals are available on jerseys, photos, trading cards, game-used equipment and display cases, to name a few.
Panini is offering a selection of deals on boxes through PaniniAmerica.net, Shoppers who use CYBER30 until November 28th can receive 30% off their order on select products.
Check out these Cyber Monday deals here.
Upper Deck is offering most of its discounts on memorabilia. They are also offering incentives when spending a certain amount in the Upper Deck Store.
On Cyber Monday, shoppers can receive up to 50% on select trading cards.
Blowout Cards makes a massive deal out of Black Friday and sees it as the centerpiece of its calendar. And in 2023, they have decided to start the festivities early.
They will start their sales on the Monday before Black Friday, thus turning it into a full week of sales, ending on Cyber Monday. Blowout Cards has cleverly decided to stagger their deals; that way, they will keep us coming back to their website throughout the week.
Clever bastards! Here are some of the sales currently on their website:
Some of these deals are insanely good. For example, the 2018 Topps Heritage High Numbers Hobby Boxes usually sell for around $450. As an added bonus, the company has a pretty good layout of the sales on offer every year. It’s not tough to find anything you are looking for.
You can organize items by price, name, number of packs in boxes, and “waves” of sales. The best method is by brand or sport, at least as far as I am concerned.
Still, the selection of items for sale is pretty comprehensive. And the average discount appears to be around 10-20%.
So, the more expensive the product, the bigger the deal you get. So, this is an excellent opportunity to spring on a costly box or case.
The folks at this big and well-respected card store have an annoying habit. They do not announce their Black Friday deals until the last minute. So, I reported they wouldn’t have anything last year, but they pulled off a nice special at the last minute.
Every item in the store (no exceptions or limitations) was 10% from Friday, November 25, 2022 at 11:00 am to Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 5:00 pm. They also have a giveaway bundle that includes:
It is certainly reasonable to expect something similar in 2023.
Fanatics is the biggest name in the hobby nowadays. So, what are they planning for the event? They have their apparel deals plastered all over their website. But we did not see a single thing designed for sports cards.
Will they ignore that side of the business on Black Friday? Unless you consider a couple of Garbage Pail Kids deals sufficient (we don’t), they are not doing much. My guess is they will do something closer to the actual date.
On Cyber Monday, you can receive 30% through the store by using code CYBERMON.
In previous years, Steel City Collectibles were stuck in the mud and often did not present their sales until the last minute. But this year, they are adopting a staggered approach of introducing some of their best sales ahead of time. Indeed, many of them are already available on the Steel City Collectibles website.
As in previous years, Steel City Collectibles have their sales organized by sport. That makes it far easier to find your thing. And time is money for busy, essential folks like us so that matters.
The selection is narrower than it will be on the relevant day. However, that is because it is only a pre-sale format for now. I used their site on Black Friday last year and remembered a similar selection to the one on Blowout Cards.
Some of the deals are great. Here are some examples of good deals:
Their approach differs significantly from that of Blowout Cards. While Blowout is going for dramatic decreases in price on one or two cool items a day, Steel City is going for a wide across-the-board discount. The reductions are significant but nowhere near as sharp as those in Blowout.
The big buys are usually the first place we look on Black Friday. But there are plenty of awesome sales opportunities among the more petite guys.
We suggest you also contact your local card store to see what they have planned. Here are some outstanding options that have come to our attention.
Baseball Card Exchange is nationally famous for its sealed wax authentication services. But they are also one heck of a card shop down in Schererville, Indiana. If they are having a Black Friday event, the store has yet to announce it.
Last year, they had an in-store sale of 10% off everything in the store, with no blackout items. They were also offering free pizza and entertainment for the kids. We would imagine they will do something this year. But we are disappointed they have not advertised anything.
This is a well-known store located in Saint Peters, Missouri. They are having some cool sales for the 2023 Black Friday. They feature Black Friday deals in-store and on their website throughout November. In some cases, the sales amount to 50% off the list price.
Here are some examples of the sales they have available online:
These guys operate out of Lakewood, California, and have an excellent online sales operation going. The Sports Card Zone offers 10-20% off various products for Black Friday.
One nice thing about their offerings is that they include some brand new products that you may not find among the sales of the bigger stores.
And even better, you can buy the developments there in installments. Most of these releases can be purchased in four monthly installments. Here are some examples of sales they have on hand:
Black Friday is usually a store thing. But it’s such a big hobby event that even the platforms are getting in on the actions. These players get more involved every year, and that trend has only increased this year.
The guys at COMC promise the lowest prices for all cards on the platform. How will it work? There are four elements to their promotion:
This platform isn’t offering Black Friday sales yet. But they have a landing page for it and seem to be promising something big.
However, we don’t know if there are going to be any trading cards involved. We certainly hope so. Last year, they had a great lineup of giveaways. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2023.
PSA is ignoring Black Friday. Indeed, if you Google “PSA Black Friday,” you will find the Palmetto State Armory is having some deadly sales.
Indeed, none of the grading companies offer any Black Friday sales, at least not at the time of writing. That is a shame because BGS had a $10 per card particular last year.
We have given you some of the coolest and best Black Friday opportunities the big boys in the hobby offer. But you will find some of the best options at your local card store.
Along with discounts and giveaways, many are holding community events. At the risk of sounding sappy, isn’t community what it’s all about?
Sure, buying and selling cards online is convenient. But we are missing the human touch. So, check on your local store and see what they do for Black Friday. Of course, you can always order online once you get back.
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