I love a good card shop and am lucky enough to live in a city that has a number of them. The only problem is that the really good ones (with quality vintage) are all about a 45-minute drive away. The truly local card shops are either comic book/Magic shops with ten or eleven hockey cards gathering dust in a corner or shops trying to peddle last year’s Upper Deck at a buck a card – not really my kind of thing.
A week or so ago, I was on a lunchtime errand and missed my turn, so I pulled into a strip mall to get turned around. Lo and behold – what’s this? A brand-new old-school shop! Display cases! Hockey and baseball! New stuff! Old stuff! (I’d post a link, but his site appears not to be up and running yet.)
Of course, I had no list.
I did, however, take a couple of cards from a nice-looking pile of 1961-62 Topps. These two move me to 50 of the 66 cards in that set.
Turns out the owner is someone I knew – the former proprietor of one of the big downtown shops who got tired of paying downtown rent. Unlike another I knew who simply took his store online, he came out to the ‘burbs and started fresh. This is particularly nice since he always found some nice stuff.
I’ll be back. Oh yes, I will be back.