Broadcast Schedule

The Broadcast Schedule is basically the schedule for when we will be breaking live for a specific day, that day's breaking session. During a break session we will break any and all breaks currently sold out. Any breaks that are not sold out will move to the next break session in the Broadcast Schedule. Any breaks scheduled for a specific day will be broadcast within those broadcast hours, as opposed to individual break times for each break. In other words, if a 2016 Spectra Football case break is scheduled to break on 05/01/2017, and the broadcast schedule for 05/01/2017 starts at 6:00pm, then that case will break during that broadcast session, assuming it is sold out. All personal breaks will break at the end of any group breaks for that session. The broadcast schedule for each day will be posted 2-3 days in advance.

College or Unmarked Team Rules

If a player on the front of the card is in a college uniform, or not marked, the card will go to the player's current team, or most recent team if they are retired.

Types of Breaks

Maine Sports Cards conducts only random breaks and personal breaks. The most common type of random breaks that we will do is random teams but we will also be doing random players, serial numbers, divisions, numbers and more. Common, Low-Value Base Cards in Breaks All cards always ship. However, common, low-value base cards will not ship by themselves, they will be shipped with any shipped hits, whether from our store or from breaks. Not all of your "To Be Shipped" base cards will be viewable in your portfolio but they will be shipped with your next shipment of hits.

Randomization Process

Our randomization process is a state-of-the-art computerized process that immediately and randomly groups together people who have purchased spots with the teams (or other list type) that are currently being used. Since this is computerized there is no data entry or bulky spreadsheets to take up a lot of time risk of making errors. Once a break starts the randomizer will immediately start, pair the spots and the teams together and display the results immediately on the screen. Because this process is immediate there is literally only seconds of downtime in between breaks. Once the randomizer is no longer on screen you will still be able to see the teams you were randomized right under the video window, for the entire duration of the break!

Trading Teams

Trading teams is currently not available but is expected to be added very soon. If you are randomly assigned a team that you are not interested in our state-of-the-art site will allow you to post any card on our site to sell, as mentioned above, and sold for cash or credit for future breaks.

Cards from Breaks that have Multiple Teams

All cards from breaks that have more than 1 team on them will be randomized IMMEDIATELY using our state of the art randomizer. This process takes seconds once the card is pulled and the winner will be revealed immediately. We do not wait till the end of the break to do the individual card randomizations. Each team represented on the card will have 1 spot in the randomizing processes. If a team is represented more than once on a card it will still have 1 spot in the randomization process. In other words, if a triple auto card is pulled that has 2 Patriots and 1 Cowboy then there will be 2 spots in the randomizer. 1 for the Patriots and 1 for the Cowboys. If the triple auto has 3 different teams on it then each of the teams will get 1 spot in the randomizer.

Cards with No Teams

Cards that do not have a team (like rewards cards or the occasion card from a different sport) will be randomized IMMEDIATELY when pulled using the same randomizing process. The entire list of teams will be randomized and the winner will be revealed immediately. This process takes seconds and we do not wait till the end of the break to do the individual card randomizations.

Our Online Store

Our online store consists of cards sold by our members. These cards can be cards pulled from breaks that they want to sell or cards that they sent us from home to sell. If you have cards from home that you would like to sell or consign please click here.

Sending in Cards From Home

If you would like to send your cards in from home please go to our Sell Your Cards page and fill out the form. You can either sell us your cards directly (in exchange for immediate cash or break credit) or consign them at our site (see Selling Cards at our Site, below). Once the cards are in your portfolio you will be able to do anything you want to them as mentioned above. We reserve the right to not post common cards to the site, based on our experienced judgement. Any commons not posted will be donated.

Costs for Sending in Cards From Home

We do not charge a fee to post your cards to our site in order to sell them, store them, build your portfolio, etc. The ONLY time there is an additional charge for posting your personal cards that are sent in is if you change your mind and have those cards sent back to you, in which case the charge is $0.10 per card and the shipping amount comes from the shipping table at our Ordering & Shipping page.

Selling Cards at our Site

Any cards sold from your portfolio, at our site, are subject to a VERY inexpensive 10% TOTAL consignment charge. That's it! There are no other charges!

Withdrawing Money from Your Account

There is NO charge for requesting your money from your account. It's ALL your money. There are 3 different ways you can withdraw money from your account. 1 Request a PayPal payment sent to you, you would be subject to whatever PayPal fees they charge on the receiving end. 2 Use the money in your account to purchase breaks for sale at our site or cards for sale in our store. 3 In some cases we can send a check but those would need to be pre approved. Send your request to dan@mainesportscards.com Turnaround time on these requests is the fastest in the industry, usually no more than 24 hours, often less.

Posting cards to Maine Sports Cards' eBay Account

In your portfolio you have the option of sending cards to Maine Sports Cards' highlyestablished eBay account. Our eBay account has an incredibly strong history, commanding some of the highest comparative prices on eBay. Because of our state-of-the-art inventory system all of the card details are sent to eBay automatically, including card number, player, team, attributes, pictures front and back, etc. All cards sent to our eBay account have a starting price of $0.99 and no reserve price. We just let them fly, and it works! Once cards are marked to be sent to our eBay account it will no longer be available for sale at our store, but you'll still be able to see the card, including a link to eBay. IMPORTANT: Bidding on your own cards is highly prohibited and can cost you your account on our site.

All of our site's combined cards in queue to be sent to eBay will post between 8:00pm and midnight Eastern Time, that night. The consignment fee for eBay cards sent to our account is 30%. The net amount will be sent to your account as soon as payment is received. Maine Sports Cards is responsible for shipping the cards to the winners. As far as box/case breaks are concerned, this technology has made it possible to have a card posted to eBay the same day it's broken, with full details!

Posting cards to your eBay account

Since we don't have access to individuals eBay accounts, posting your cards to your own eBay account is a manual process. Simply mark the card as "Post to MY eBay account" and save both the front and back pictures to your device. Then you'll be able to post to your personal eBay account as you normally would. Once the card is marked "Post to MY eBay account" it is no longer available for sale at our website. Once the auction ends go back to your portfolio and ship it to your auction winner from there. The only charge for this service is a $3.00 shipping charge paid by you at the time of shipping.

Grading

One of the options that you have with individual cards in your portfolio is to have a card professionally graded. Maine Sports Cards uses Beckett Grading Services (BGS) for grading and the 10-day service level. The cost for getting your cards graded is $25.00 per card. Maine Sports Cards will cover the full BGS shipping and insurance charges, both to and from Beckett. All cards to be graded will be shipped out to Beckett Grading Services every 2 weeks. Once the graded cards return they will immediately be shown in your portfolio, with new front and back pictures and new grade, and you will be notified by email.

What are Box and Case Breaks?

Although relatively new in popularity, the definition of box (or case) breaks varies from one breaker to another, as every breaker has his or her own way of breaking, but most will describe a similar version of below.

A box break is a live-streamed event in which a breaker will open a case, box or even pack of collectible trading cards for individuals or groups of people.

To buy into a break, "spots" are purchased at a specified price and each spot is randomly assigned a team (or whatever other list type is being used) in that break.

Once the box is opened any teams assigned to that spot are yours.

Getting involved in a break is a great way to affordably get into rare or expensive card sets without having to buy an entire box or case.

How is Maine Sports Cards different?

Maine Sports Cards is committed to bringing you a state-of-the-art experience when it comes to box breaking and the cards you acquire while being a part of that experience. We believe you should have the option of doing whatever you want with YOUR cards within hours, not days or even weeks of acquiring them. The following is a list of features that we are very excited to introduce you, only available through our revolutionary process.

  • An instantaneous and modern randomization process giving you instant results as soon as the break starts. Through the same system any multi or non-team cards pulled will also be instantly randomized at the time they're pulled.
  • Below the video you will always be able to see if you are in the current break and a list of what team(s) you have in the current break. This is updated dynamically and changes automatically with each break, without having to refresh the page.
  • As soon as the breaks are done a link to the video will be sent to you for any break that you were in OR any break for which you asked to see the video.
  • At the end of each day, in your account page, you will be able to see full details (including front and back pics) on all cards that you acquired through any of the breaks that day.
  • Any card that you own can be shipped out, stored, consigned to us, sold/traded to other members, graded or sent to eBay right from your "My Cards" page. Selling your cards through our site is a great way to earn money to spend on future breaks, and can be done the same day! You can also send us your personal collections or non-PC cards to keep at our site to do the same things with. Your cards/collections sent to us are posted to your account in days not weeks.
  • A high-tech inventory system that significantly speeds up shipping and even gives you the option to have cards shipped out the next day.