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Old 03-30-2017, 08:11 AM
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True for BST here. Hate when people say stuff like "Make me a fair offer". Will not work out.


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He is still open? Good to know
I buy stuff from him on occasion on eBay (Amerlegends) and have always had the intention on stopping in to his shop at some point. I know he has been easy to deal with on eBay and accommodating on price on a few things.

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Old 03-30-2017, 12:15 PM
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Great article and topic. In my experience, few card shops have anything out worth buying and most vintage stuff is ungraded; they may have stuff "in the back" that they have on their ebay store and would show you (once you prove you are not an idiot). Let me qualify -- I collect high-end/rarer cards, so maybe I am a bit biased, but it seems to me that the advent of grading and ebay have really hurt the sticks-and-bribks shop.

As far as DC/MD/NVA -- House of Cards is great. They have been there since at least I was 10 (and I am 42); although moved locations. They are old school and very friendly. My kids love the place. And Huggins/Scott is there so you can generally see stuff in their auctions (some of the good stiff). Sports Card Heroes in Laural is decent and there is a shop in Westminster (owner John, who is a great guy), which my bro-in-law loves. DC has nothing and NOVA has a few random places, but nothing special.

I have been to the ship in Westchester County (I think its in Scarsdale). Great people but nothing of particular worth. When I was there, the people working the shop were all women and they knew their stuff -- nothing coller than a woman who can talk cards!
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All basic, common sense stuff in that article. Unfortunately, the businesses that should be reading things like that, simply don't.
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Old 03-30-2017, 09:25 PM
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If you really want to run a good card shop you have to do it the Japanese way. One shop here (Mint, in Shibuya Tokyo) has an actual bar in the store, so you can have a beer at the counter while flipping through cards. I haven't been to it yet, but THAT is a killer idea.

This is their website (its in Japanese but you can see some pictures of the shop and its bar)

http://mint-web.jp/?pid=39086084
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If you really want to run a good card shop you have to do it the Japanese way.
Wow! But I'd expect no less from the nation that sits beneath Mount Fujiyama. (I was pretty thick with the Japanese in Hawaii for twenty years; excellence is a foremost virtue for them). Back in North America most card shops I have been in are dumps, and the nice ones are still pretty shabby compared to this Tokyo establishment. If I ever make it to Japan I will definitely check out the joint. And I'm a teetotaler so I'll keep my fingers crossed that they stock Dr Pepper.
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Wow! But I'd expect no less from the nation that sits beneath Mount Fujiyama. (I was pretty thick with the Japanese in Hawaii for twenty years; excellence is a foremost virtue for them). Back in North America most card shops I have been in are dumps, and the nice ones are still pretty shabby compared to this Tokyo establishment. If I ever make it to Japan I will definitely check out the joint. And I'm a teetotaler so I'll keep my fingers crossed that they stock Dr Pepper.
LOL, yeah its actually a "cafe and bar" so definitely geared towards non-drinkers too (soft drinks seem to be the main thing, though they do serve beer too). They have drink and time limits too so its definitely not a place you would have to worry about other customers getting drunk at.

I have been to a few other shops here in Japan and they generally meet all the standards in the article in the original post. The only critiques I have had is that prices tend to be high and some of them (not the one with the bar) are quite cramped (as everything in Japan is!)
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American Legends on Central Avenue in Scarsdale, in Westchester County is great. Shiny Stuff, Vintage, and Pre-War coupled with cool people. If you ever go to the shows at County Center in White Plains; it's a 10 minute ride down the block.
Mark, Donna and their staff are good people. I miss them
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