About 2 weeks ago, I checked out a card shop that I pass by every now and then but have never visited. Once inside, the first thing I noticed was this large painting of Bobby Hull on the wall. It even bears his autograph (dated 1997).
Now, you’d think that any card shop that had a badass painting of The Golden Jet on their wall would have an awesome selection of hockey cards, right?
Wrong. Despite the Hull mural – and the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup this year – the store had next to no hockey cards; just a 2007-08 Ovation Update Set and a few packs of In The Game 1972.
It is sad when you visit a card shop for the first time, ready to see what hidden treasures you may unearth for your collection, and find nothing.
The owner of the store was polite, and explained that hockey was hot right now, and he couldn’t keep it in stock. In fact, he was sold out of the new 2010-11 Victory cards.
So I asked him if he would be interested in buying any hockey cards from the 1960s and 1970s – I have quite a few duplicate commons and semi-stars I wouldn’t mind parting with. But the owner flat out told me “No,” he only buys baseball cards.
I don’t understand how a dealer wants to SELL hockey cards, but does not want to BUY hockey cards. Especially with the ‘Hawks being the most popular sports team in Chicago (next to Da Bears, of course).
Not wanting to leave empty-handed, I forked over $10 to buy an Ovation Update Set. Now, I need to find the actual set.
The moral of the story (if there was one) is that a cool Bobby Hull mural on the wall of a card shop is no guarantee that they sell hockey cards.