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Old 03-25-2018, 12:03 AM   #1
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Default Shop coming to Gainesville, FL!!! (check it out)

>>>To all my Blowout friends, you have been instrumental in getting me this far and I am truly thankful. Thanks for the support and look to bring something special to North Florida and the Southeast. Spread the word, June 2018 tentative plans to open the doors!

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I remember back in ’91 opening my first sealed set of Topps baseball cards. It was cool. I had like these cardboard sports rectangles that made a whole set. Stats on the back. Cool photos. They Felt weird to the touch. I had my favorite players from my beloved St. Louis Cardinals. I began my first player collection (PC) of Ozzie Smith and remember trading with others kids on the playground & cafeteria at the Dardene Knights Elementary School. Of course, at that time, I was like 6-7 and had NO idea what was being cultivated. Words and phrases like book values, sale values, ebay, wax, short prints, rookie cards, sticker auto, black label, the National…these were not in my vocabulary. The combination of letters like these would have been a foreign language: RC, COA, SP, PSA, 1/1, BGS, GEM, CCG, JSA, JSY, MEM, AUTO. Little did I know…

So fast forward a few decades, bring along an old nickname, and stop off at just a few days ago. March 22nd. I’m signing a lease. Wife inks her graph as well. Things immediately get real. No more planning to open a store, it’s now definitely happening. All happening so fast. June 2018, Gainesville, FL. Who would have thought?

Too many to thank in getting this far in the hobby, but have to shout props to these 2 - I thank my God for allowing me this opportunity to open a business and hopefully impact a community through sports & collecting. He has ordained this whole plan and allowed all things to fall into perfect place. He’s real and awesome. And I have to thank my wife - for not only putting up with this hobby that has now become a viable business, but she has been supportive and trusting throughout the process. Trust the process, right? (@joelembiid did go to a Gainesville high school, just sayin)

I’ll keep you updated as we progress the shop (phase 1 is renovation), exciting things to come. Stay connected and follow us. Send us suggestions and things you’ve always hoped to see in a card shop. We hope to make something special, modern, but always authentic & true to its roots… the local Gainesville card shop. Stay tuned. Shop meelypops.

-Jameel (aka meelypops)


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Old 03-25-2018, 08:48 PM   #2
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congrats man... so awesome to hear. see you at the national
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Old 03-26-2018, 12:39 PM   #3
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Congrats brother. I'm down in Miami but in your neck of the woods from time to time... I'll have to check you out!

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Old 03-26-2018, 02:57 PM   #4
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Congrats Jameel - this is awesome news! If anyone can provide the ultimate LCS experience, it is you my friend! Glad to hear it has all come together - your hard work has really paid off. I look forward to following your journey with this new business venture & making more deals with you in the future. Best wishes as you expand your sales channel - I know I'll see you around at The Nationals and on the boards, and will have to take an extended road trip to Gainesville to check out the shop the next time we get to Florida. Very excited for you & your wife - great things coming your way!
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Old 03-26-2018, 08:22 PM   #5
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This is awesome Jameel, looking forward to finally meeting you when you get opened. I’ve thought for a while that a shop in Gainesville, if done right, could be very successful. I have even thought of opening one myself so you beat me to it haha. Best of luck to you and I’ll keep an eye out for updates. What part of town?
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Old 03-28-2018, 04:21 PM   #6
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Congrats and good luck. I lived in Brooker in 1995 and remember 2 shops we used to go to in Gainesville(cannot remember the names, but you probably know the ones I am referring to). There was also one in Starke but I don't recall that one being very good. Lol
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Old 04-02-2018, 11:00 PM   #7
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I wanted to say thanks to all the above friends who commented on here! Cant wait to open store and see where this all goes!
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Old 04-02-2018, 11:08 PM   #8
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I usually get to G'ville twice a year to see my mom. I'll be sure to swing by once you're up and running! Are you ready to release the physical address? I didn't see it on your website.
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Old 04-03-2018, 09:08 AM   #9
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sak0309- Not yet brother, will be right off the interstate though, I-75. There are 4 Gainesville exits all within about 6-7 miles. Will be VERY EASY to find. PM me and I can tell you more details my friend.
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looking to open June 9th soft opening, June 23rd grand opening with some cool news coming for the 23rd date!
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Old 05-14-2018, 08:09 PM   #11
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looking to open June 9th soft opening, June 23rd grand opening with some cool news coming for the 23rd date!
Great news. Hope to see you on the 9th!
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looking to open June 9th soft opening, June 23rd grand opening with some cool news coming for the 23rd date!
good luck man!

Still setting up at the national, or staying home at the shop?
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:17 PM   #13
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dacaptain37 you know I cant miss the national!!!

The store honestly is the focus now but I will have some monsters at the National
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dacaptain37 you know I cant miss the national!!!

The store honestly is the focus now but I will have some monsters at the National
that's what I like to hear!
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:32 PM   #15
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Awesome! I hope you're crazy successful. Nothing like a great LCS

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Old 05-21-2018, 04:11 PM   #16
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Congrats and good luck. I lived in Brooker in 1995 and remember 2 shops we used to go to in Gainesville(cannot remember the names, but you probably know the ones I am referring to). There was also one in Starke but I don't recall that one being very good. Lol
I went to UF in 1995 and I remember there actually being 3 shops. I regularly went to Dugout Sports Cards which was on University Ave a block or so east of campus. It was walking distance for me, when I lived on campus and I was there every few days to buy packs. It was a very small shop, but had a good variety at the time. I don't remember the names of the other 2, but one was in the mall (had lots of "overpriced" 80s wax, though I wish I could go back and buy some of that "overpriced" 86/87 Fleer basketball) and the other was a comic store that also had a sports card section. If I recall correctly, the comic/card shop was off West University Ave and SW 2nd Ave in the corner of a small plaza. I liked going there, as I bought cards and comics at that time, but I had to get a ride there since it was too far to walk.

Where are you going to open in Gainesville? I will definitely stop by next time I come up that way.
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Old 05-25-2018, 11:58 AM   #17
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Some exciting news my friends!!! Check it out!!!

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Awesome! Congrats

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Old 06-01-2018, 01:56 PM   #19
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AnthonyCorona THANKS anthony! pass the word along to any florida friends
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Old 06-09-2018, 09:31 PM   #20
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and...... we're open!
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Congrats man! I went to UF back in the day. Will definitely come in next time I’m in town.
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Old 06-19-2018, 08:38 AM   #22
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Fistner10 awesome brother come check it out!!!
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Old 06-25-2018, 08:07 PM   #23
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We had an awesome opening! Read or watch all about it!!!

(Gainesville Sun Newspaper Article)
http://www.gainesville.com/news/2018...llecting-hobby

(Local TV WCJB ABC affiliate)
http://www.wcjb.com/content/sports/P...486374971.html

(Online Article Sports Collectors Daily)
https://www.sportscollectorsdaily.co...-bring-250000/

(ESPN WRUF Radio w/Steve Russell - 10 min bit at 90 minutes into show)
https://www.facebook.com/ESPN850.WRU...fm6YoGY8Mald6M
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Old 06-26-2018, 07:27 PM   #24
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Congrats on the grand opening. You are literally walking distance from my mom's place at the Village on the other side of Santa Fe CC. I'll definitely stop by the next time I'm down there.

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Old 06-26-2018, 10:17 PM   #25
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We had an awesome opening! Read or watch all about it!!!

(Gainesville Sun Newspaper Article)
http://www.gainesville.com/news/2018...llecting-hobby

(Local TV WCJB ABC affiliate)
http://www.wcjb.com/content/sports/P...486374971.html

(Online Article Sports Collectors Daily)
https://www.sportscollectorsdaily.co...-bring-250000/

(ESPN WRUF Radio w/Steve Russell - 10 min bit at 90 minutes into show)
https://www.facebook.com/ESPN850.WRU...fm6YoGY8Mald6M

Congrats man, looking forward to dropping by sometime!
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