Busted Wax


Vance Kirkpatrick opened his business, Busted Wax, on October 1, 2017!

After collecting sports cards as a child, and then picking the hobby back up again 14 years ago, Vance decided that it was time to let some of his collection go. He started by selling some of his cards at sports cards shows, and found that he truly enjoyed interacting with customers, meeting new people, and sharing a common passion for sports. After finding success at card shows, he decided to open his business, Busted Wax – named for the wax that is broken after opening a new pack of cards!

Busted Wax sells sports cards and memorabilia in various price ranges, focusing on the low to middle-end markets. The business also specializes in older wax boxes and single cards of stars and rookies. Vance shares that he loves to “see folks relive a memory by “busting” a wax box from the “good old days”!” He also enjoys seeing families and multiple generations come into the store and share stories and memories from different athletes and sports teams.

Vance shares that when he started his business, “The biggest challenge was figuring out where to start.” After hearing about the SBDC on WJBC, he decided to reach out for help with his business. “They have been a great resource to me. They have answered all of my questions and have asked questions that have helped me shore up my business plan and model. They’ve given me the confidence to keep pushing.”

Visit Busted Wax inside The Collectible Corner at 1520 E College Ave #0, Normal, IL 61761. And follow Busted Wax on Facebook @bustedwax, or on Instagram @bustedwax!

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Our SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Wesleyan University, the City of Bloomington, and the Town of Normal. 

Small Busness Administration
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economc Opportunity
City of Bloomington, IL
Town of Normal, IL