Yes, some collectors still like to do business in person and for me, there's nothing better than visiting a local baseball card shop.
Thankfully for us collectors, there has been a bit of a renaissance in the last few years in terms of card store openings.
I've assembled a collection of the best sports card stores that sell a large assortment of vintage baseball cards.
This list is organized by state and based on my research and experience so if you have a sports card store that's not listed, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When submitting a card store to me, please ensure they sell vintage cards and add notes (if possible) as to what sorts of cards they specialize in.
This list will be frequently updated.
California Baseball Card Stores
Burbank Sports Cards - Burbank, California
I've never ordered from these guys but they have a smattering of vintage baseball cards on their website and also have an online eBay store under the same name. Seems like mostly modern baseball and single basketball cards. Ultimately, there are probably better options for vintage sports cards.
California Sports Cards - Los Angeles, California
I haven't visited the store but have done business with these guys online. I was able to order a bunch of old Leaf and Bowman baseball cards and got a pretty good deal. They are crazy busy and the shipping acknowledgments are a bit lacking but I got my cards eventually and was happy with the purchase.
Stevens Creek Sportscards - San Jose, California
Good assortment of vintage, ask for Kevin.... they also have an eBay store under the same name.
Cincinnati Baseball Card Stores
Sports Investments Inc - Cincinnati, Ohio
One of the more unique stores in the nation, Sports Investments Inc is more museum than card store, but if you're in the area you have to check it out. Apparently they have Pete Rose's car here?
Colorado Baseball Card Stores
Mike's Stadium Sports Cards - Aurora, Colorado
Hosts trade nights, has lots of giveaways, and lots of vintage and pre-war baseball cards for sale
Connecticut Baseball Card Stores
Florida Baseball Card Stores
Kenmore Collectibles - Sarasota, Florida
A long time fixture in Boston, Kenmore Collectibles recently relocated to Sarasota, Florida. They also deal in gold and silver coins but have an extensive inventory of older vintage post- and pre-war sports cards and collectibles.
Baseball Card Clubhouse - Tampa, Florida
I haven't been, but a few folks that live in the area have told me it's a great spot for vintage and modern cards. The reviews are quite good online as well.
Indiana Baseball Card Stores
Baseball Card Exchange - Schererville, Indiana
These guys are the kings of unopened wax, so if you're looking for any older wax this is the place to visit. Recently opened a new, remodeled store front.
Indy Card Exchange - Indianapolis, IN
Indy Card Exchange offers full service card valuation, along with PSA and Beckett submissions, card breaks, trade nights, and Kid's Club. They have an attractive selection of vintage cards with a strong football and basketball selection. They have great reviews and customer service is seemingly a big priority.
Maryland Baseball Card Stores
House Of Cards - Silver Spring, MD
House Of Cards is one of the larger card stores in the area, I haven't been..some have some complaints with customer services, but they do have a wide variety of cards, modern and vintage. Also the home to Huggins & Scott card auctions.
Massachusetts Baseball Card Stores
George Pep's Baseball Cards - Quincy, Massachusetts
George used to have a baseball card shop in the area way back in the day and recently got back in the business. It's a smaller store but he has a great mix of new and old cards and George is a super nice guy. I've been in the store to grab card supplies and George even threw in a few extras for free. Highly recommended.
Baystate Sports Cards and Memorabilia - Framingham, Massachusetts
Nice selection of vintage and modern sports cards, with a good mix of vintage and modern unopened wax.
Michigan Baseball Card Stores
Legends Fan Shop - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Legends has a good mix of modern and vintage sports cards and sports memorabilia, even running a local card show every second Saturday of the month.
New Hampshire Baseball Card Stores
Bud's Sports Cards & Sports Memorabilia - Meredith, NH
Bud's is a bit of a nondescript location, situated in the back of owner Bud's home, but overall, some cool stuff at great prices, with a mix of vintage and modern baseball, football, hockey and basketball cards.
New Jersey Baseball Card Stores
America's Pastime - Fair Lawn, New Jersey
In business for over 35 years, they carry a lot of newer packs and singles but has a decent selection of vintage baseball and sports cards.
New York Baseball Card Stores
Brigandi Coins And Collectibles - New York City
Brigandi is a big time card store and there aren't many local card stores like this. Shop for a 52 Topps Mantle or even vintage autographs from the likes of Ty Cobb or even Michael Jordan. It doesn't get much better than this for local vintage card shops.
Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles - Buffalo, New York
Awesome owners here, super friendly local baseball card shop with a great assortment of vintage baseball cards
Alex's MVP Cards & Comics - New York City
If you had to visit one store in NY City it would be Brigandi, but if you wanted to see if you might score a deal, Alex's is also worth a shot. However prices are a bit high and there's more of a focus on modern cards here. Customer service is also a bit lacking.
North Carolina Baseball Card Stores
AAA Sportscards - Matthews, NC
AAA is a sports cards and Memorabilia retail store located in Charlotte, NC area (town of Matthews, NC). The store is recently under new ownership so I'm hoping someone can help verify some earlier reviews of the past owners.
Ohio Baseball Card Stores
Triple Play Sports Cards - Westerville, Ohio
In business for over 30 years, Triple Play is a must visit if in the Westerville area. There is more of a modern inventory here, but some vintage selection with some very interesting autograph sports memorabilia.
Triple Play Vintage - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Prices a big high, but overall a nice selection of vintage here, not a ton of pre-war but a good selection of 50's and 60's baseball, football and basketball cards.
Oklahoma Baseball Card Stores
MM7 Sportscards - Moore, Oklahoma
Great selection of vintage here, vintage sets, singles and old wax. From our readers, they report that MM7 has an amazing selection of vintage baseball, basketball, football and hockey cards. Also has an eBay store under the same name.
Pennsylvania Baseball Card Stores
Sports Cards Etc - Pittsburgh, PA
In business for over 29 years, Sports Cards ETC has stood the test of time offering a great mix of old and new sports cards, but with a great selection of pre-war cards that will keep all vintage collectors quite happy.
Rhode Island Baseball Card Stores
Sports Heroes - Cranston, Rhode Island
Sells single cards from all four major sports from the 1950s to the present
Texas Baseball Card Stores
The Battersbox - Tomball, Texas
Specializes in everything vintage and has been around for a while, since 1990
Triple Cards and Collectibles - Plano, Texas
Offer a large selection of hobby boxes, singles, memorabilia and supplies. Good mix between modern and vintage. Products include football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, racing, wrestling, Star Wars, and lots and lots of Pokemon. They also offer grading services and appraisals.
Virginia Baseball Card Stores
Cavalier Cards - Charlottesville, Virginia
If heading there, make sure the owner Jeff is there, he has a binder and other vintage for sale
Washington Baseball Card Stores
DJ's Sports Cards - Renton, Washington
Here's a local card shop that offers a great mix of new and vintage sports cards, good selection of non sport trading card and also gets great reviews from customers
Baseball Card Stores Near Me
Although I can't vouch for whether or not any of these card stores sell vintage cards, this map will provide a peek at any of the baseball card stores near your current location. Zoom the map in or out in case it isn't showing automatically. Before visiting, you might want to call up the store and check their hours. A lot of stores I know will randomly close up for a day or two or have summer hours.
Sports Card Store Reviews
We've done our best to list some of the best card stores in different states, but Google has assembled a virtual consensus grouping of consumer reviews that can help us find good stores. If you click on a particular card store in the map above, you'll see the store's review. It should look something like this:
Assuming the store has a decent number of customer reviews, you can click on the reviews to check out what people are saying about the store. In this case, G2 Sports Cards in Uxbridge, MA has 25 reviews, with an average 4.7 (out of 5) stars. Note, I've never been to G2, but might be worthy of a visit based on the good ratings!
If we click on reviews, it takes us over to the company's Google local page. It's important to look for a bunch of fake reviews. In this case I can that there are a lot of positive reviews from what Google refers to as 'Local Guides' that are trusted reviewers that have many other reviews.
I'll often hop on over to their Facebook page to try and get a closer look at the store and some of their interactions with customers. Here's G2's Facebook page. I found this photo and while it doesn't necessarily look vintage heavy, the store looks well stocked.
That's normally enough for me to get a good picture of the store in question and whether it warrants a visit or not.
I might take a look on Yelp to see if there's another set of reviews that isn't being captured from the Google reviews. Also, note that Facebook users will sometimes review a location on the company's Facebook page.
Hopefully this helps in your quest to find local vintage card stores. Remember to call the store before visiting! And if you find any other card stores specializing in vintage cards and sports memorabilia, please let me know!