By Rich Klein
Sometimes we’re lucky in life to be able to work in our chosen field. The other day I was talking to my wife and mentioned that I had spent 28 out of the last 35 years working in a sports or sports card related field. That truly makes me feel blessed.
A few years ago we were in an Adat Chaverim Brotherhood (Men’s Club) meeting and having our typical discussion about how to raise money. I mentioned, as I had a few times in the past, that I would run a card show and raise $500 for the brotherhood. My instincts said that if I could not sell 20 tables at $25 then I needed to get into a new field.
Within an hour, I had permission to use our social hall and we were off and running. At the time I was writing for Sports Collectors Daily
, and through the genesis of how a show comes together, we were off and running for show promotion. We were blessed that we received help from many people, and the first show was such a success that we immediately decided to do two shows a year.
The first show is always the first Sunday of the Plano (Texas) Independent School District’s spring break, and the second show is now Sunday/Monday of Labor Day weekend. These dates were selected so we could use the social hall and not interfere with Adat business.
Ever since the first show, we’ve always met the goal of $500 per show, and usually exceed that figure. One of the great joys was how we turned what could have been lemons into lemonade. For the first few shows, we were running 10-12 door prizes a show, which was fairly easy for me to manage. We were informed that Texas state law prohibits non-profits from running more than two lotteries per year. Yes, each door prizes counted as a lottery. So, the Brotherhood President remembered a former card dealer named Myron who would wheel in a TV to all the big shows and then sell grab bags with that as his big prize. Luckily,. giving away bags with a prize slip inside is legal since collectors are already receiving an item of value for their money. Of course that meant that were were always in need of cards. This led to having to move in nearly 200k cards to my office the Monday after Thanksgiving 2017.
But as I mentioned, we have several wonderful advantages at this show, including the great cooperation of the Brotherhood members. This is an “in-action” photo of Brotherhood members stuffing bags for a recent show. That was one of three tables we used that day for stuffing purposes:
I always stress that although I sometimes tend to use the “I” word for this show, there is no way I could run this show without Brotherhood members and some hobby friends. We’ve been very lucky as we approach our sixth year of this year to have raised over $15,000 for our charitable causes. We also have no administrative costs, so whatever we take in goes right back to the community. In addition, we’ve probably given out more than a half-million cards as well as countless prizes. One of our most popular prizes are from the “Island of Misfit Toys”. When I thought of that name it must have come from my subconscious mind with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. We always seed the “Island” with some surprises, so collectors who enjoy digging can find items they really enjoy.
But no matter how much work we do, we can always use more cards and prizes! We can provide all needed documentation, so that you can write off not only the donation, but also the postage to ship it our way. While hard work, it’s been a blessing to run this show, and the best part is running this show such is a perfect adjunct to my COMC work. You can always reach me at RichKlein@comc.com
if you are interested in donating cards or prizes to our cause which helps the Dallas-Fort Worth Community,.
Our 2019 shows at Adat Chaverim, which is located at 6300 Independence Parkwa
y in Plano, TX (Northeast Corner of Spring Creek and Independence In the shopping center) are scheduled for:
Sunday; March 10 from 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday; September 1 from 10AM to 4PM
Monday September 2 from 11AM to 3 PM
When the Cards_For_Alzheimers account officially went public in April, COMC promised to write a check to The Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington State Chapter.
COMC employee Dave Elmore, the creator and facilitator of this account, didn’t know when that would be. None of us did.
But after reaching the $500 mark in total sales last month, Dave figured it was time for Tim to cut the first check. So on Tuesday, Patricia Hunter from The Alzheimer’s Association, met with Dave and Tim outside our office.
The Alzheimer’s Association, which will present “Memories Are Made of This – Dine Around The World Cocktail Gala” Nov. 13 at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, will use this money to further its mission “To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.”
Special thanks to the newest card donors to the account — baseballcardsetc, ilovecardz, MrSplinter, SportsHeroes — as well as all of the local donors who are too numerous to mention.
Our goal is to formalize the process for donating cards to charity via COMC before the end of the year so that you will be able to make donations in time for this year’s taxes. Keep your eyes on the blog for further updates.
COMC, and Dave Elmore in particular, would like to thank everyone who has purchased from or donated to the Cards_For_Alzheimers account in recent weeks. Special kudos to donors dawgfan72, DKSchultz, laburgher, odiegoat (who actually dropped off cards here Monday while on vacation from Minnesota!) and SteveSC.
Just one quick clarification, however: as stated in the original post, offers are not accepted on this account. Dave has been flooded with them, and unfortunately he’s had to reject them all. That’s because he’s committing to getting the most for each and every card, with the understanding that he’ll drop the prices by 10 percent on a weekly basis. (For instance, the majority of the cards with book prices are currently at 47-48% of BV.)
Hope this helps. Thanks again!
COMC staffer Dave has seen the crippling effects of Alzheimer’s first-hand. His mother was diagnosed with the disease seven years ago.
To help raise funds, as well as awareness for the disease, Dave recently created an account title Cards_For_Alzheimers. With 100 percent of the (post-cashout fee) proceeds, he plans on writing a check for the The Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington State Chapter — a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization.
“I just thought, ‘What can I do to help’,” Dave recalls thinking a couple years back. “I just look at all the hard work my dad has done as her caregiver. A lot of people don’t realize what it takes.”
In Dave’s account are everything from straight-out-of-the-box 2008 Upper Deck Heroes cards to common cards to even some cards donated from a friend. The lot went live last week, with all cards listed at High Beckett value. Beginning Wednesday, and approximately once a week until they sell, Dave plans on reducing the prices by 10%. This account will not accept any offers. Be sure to buy up the cards before the price drops too much and the cards disappear.
One of the featured cards is a Pat Burrell jersey card, which is No. 5 of 5. With no book value, Dave has it listed at $20. It’s one of the 1,700 or so cards Dave has up for sale, and he says that when you purchase any of them you’ll be helping a great cause.
Dave and fellow COMC employees have volunteered to handle all of the processing for future card submissions to this account, and COMC in turn is waiving the listing and storage fees. Simply send in a box (or boxes) of cards earmarked ‘Cards_For_Alzheimers’ and we’ll handle the rest. (While COMC is not currently issuing donation receipts, it is in the early stages of formalizing a tracking system for charitable donations. Stay tuned for further details… )