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Old 03-29-2017, 03:11 PM
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There is one card store near me in NJ, which I think is still open. When I got back into the hobby a few years ago I was excited to find out there was an active card store. When I went there it was empty, save for the owner. He sat there the entire time I was in his shop, just staring out the window. I tried to talk cards and about the hobby with him a few times in the 15 min I was there, but he was pretty terse. It was a disappointing contrast to what I had been used to in card shops back in the day. Different time I guess, and to each their own, but I never went back to this guy's place, despite it only being 15 min from my house. Made me realize how much the camaraderie makes this hobby so enjoyable for me and it was not to be found at that shop.

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Old 03-29-2017, 03:36 PM
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I stop by Ideal Cards in Cincinnati whenever I want a random vintage card or supplies. It's an old, cluttered shop, but the people who run it are friendly and there's always a mix of people in there. They even have a big table in the back, where every time I've been in there, there's a bunch of guys sitting around talking cards. If I was more outgoing, I'm sure it would be an even better place for me than it is now.
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Old 03-29-2017, 03:36 PM
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I am compelled to comment on 3 "Brick & Morter" stores that have survived and hold to very high standards of honesty and exceptional customer service ethic , In Tomahawk Wisconsin Augie's Collectables have survived three decades by selling the new shiny stuff, buying and selling the occasional vintage card and memorabilia that he buys ( I got a few T206 Tolstoi backs a few years ago) He also buys and sells coins, silver/gold for scrap or other value. Modern jerseys, hats etc. are also offered. Mike at the Hawkes Nest in Woodruff Wi. has a store that if 3 customers are in attendance ....elbows rub. New shiny and the occasional vintage with supplies and lots of tobacco top loads for sale!! Just ask our esteemed board member Frank "Whats Your Monster Number?" Burkett. Hawkes Nest also promotes local shows ( Denny Mclain last year) with autograph guests and used to hold a very cool monthly show at the Woodruff Senior Center until it burned down. He also has stated that he is an "Avid USFL football collector"...so let him know if your selling. Lastly ......Bill Diebold of "Everything Baseball" had (or still does) the coolest clapboard sided, old neighborhood grocery store styled bldg. and offered great vintage. I have no financial interest in any of these business's but just appreciate the selling format and the ability to lean on a counter and pontificate on the way it used to be ( and still should be!)
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All good ideas for any business in my opinion.
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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.


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I do wish there was a shop around me. I am getting sick of eBay! Anyone know of one near Fairfield, CT that sells more than just the shiny stuff?

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Old 03-29-2017, 07:06 PM
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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.
He is still open? Good to know
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Old 03-29-2017, 09:34 PM
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I always felt like I was bothering the guy in my local shop, especially if I asked to see something that required him to get up. I brought my young son, and the owner would blare R rated movies, sitting watching TV. He couldn't wait for me to leave. All the cards in cases were sun bleached. I doubted he would sell more than $200 of vintage a week. I couldn't understand his business model. Then, I noticed two things. First, 3+ people an hour buying packs of magic cards (I thinks that what they were). Second, 2 people an hour walking in with boxes of cards to sell. He doesn't seem to buy anything after 1980, but it helped me realized that the card shop may not be there to sell at all. It is a focal point for low information or desperate sellers to come to and him to buy and flip on eBay or at local shows.
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House of Cards in Silver Spring MD...... where I bought (in a different location then) a lot of stuff when I first got back into the hobby in the late 1970s and its still around!!!
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My pet peeve is #5, price everything. It hold true for antique malls and flea markets
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House of Cards in Silver Spring MD...... where I bought (in a different location then) a lot of stuff when I first got back into the hobby in the late 1970s and its still around!!!
I second this. Have been there many times.

Huggins and Scott Auctions is affiliated with them as well.

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