Frequently Asked Questions

What is OnDeck?

OnDeck is an art auction created in 2005 by the Missoula Skatepark Association as a way to raise money for the construction and on-going maintenance of Missoula’s MOBASH skatepark. This highly anticipated event is widely accepted by the Missoula community as well as the skateboard community on a national level. Due to the financial success and popularity of OnDeck, the MSA has made it an annual event.

How does the auction work?

Every year, the MSA receives donations of blank skateboards that the distributor cannot sell due to imperfections. The MSA sends those boards out to selected artists around the country. Each artist customizes the blank deck using whatever medium they choose, and then sends it back to the MSA by a given deadline. Once photos are taken of the completed decks, they are uploaded to the MSA’s Web site and the online auction begins.

What is the starting bid price for the decks?

The MSA starts the bidding on all boards at $100.

What does the MSA do with decks that don’t sell in the auction?

Every year, at the end of the auction, there are a few decks that have not sold. The MSA tries to sell these decks at the locally owned Board of Missoula skate shop or at other establishments around town. If you are the artist of a deck that did not sell and would like to have the deck returned, you can pick it up after the auction or have the MSA ship it to you. The artist is responsible for all shipping and handling charges.

Can I do a deck for the auction?

As the OnDeck art auction continues to grow, more and more people want to get involved. We love this, and are happy to have people interested in the show. However, because the MSA receives a limited number of donated skate decks every year, we cannot supply every interested artist with a deck. If you are interested in being included in the show, you should contact the MSA and we will add your name to the Interested Artist list. All participating artists are the decision of the MSA.

How can I pay for the board if I am the high bidder?

The MSA accepts Square, PayPal and credit card payments. Payment is due at the time the auction is over and must be made before the deck can be taken or shipped.

Is the purchase price of the deck tax deductible?

Yes. The MSA is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization and any contributions are tax deductible. Our tax ID number is 82-0583110. How this works is… donors who purchase items at a charity auction may claim a charitable contribution deduction for the excess of the purchase price paid for an item over its fair market value. The donor must be able to show, however, that he or she knew that the value of the item was less than the amount paid.

Who pays for the shipping and handling of the deck if it needs to be shipped?

The winning bidder is responsible for all shipping and handling charges incurred. This includes taxes and brokerage fees if shipping to a country outside the U.S.

I’m an artist and I want to get involved…How can I create a deck?

We’re stoked that so many people like this show and want to get involved. Check out our ongoing Call To Artists page that is updated throughout the year with more detailed information about how to get involved in our annual event.