Sooooooooo.......... We were let out of the home for the day to go play in the local card shops. We had a couple of shops in mind when we started the day, some didn't answer the phone and others didn't even sell cards (what nerve).
Our first stop was J&J Sports Cards in Hammonton, N.J. which was closed when we got there so we sat outside on a bench like two nerds waiting. We have no patience so we went somewhere else in the meantime.
We went on over to New Concept Cards, Hobbies and Mental Skate Shop in Medford, N.J. We had called them before we went and checked to make sure they had new stuff because we have a problem and needed more cards. The dude said we have everything, and we said see you in 30 minutes.
We walk into New Concept Cards and meet Dennis, the owner, who is very nice and asks us what we collect. We rummage through the selection of singles in the cases, and decide to try our luck with some 2010 Bowman Jumbo packs. We each picked 2 packs, and opened them while we were in the store. Suzy pulled this Stubbs card, and I pulled one a Flowers card. Were we done you may ask, and you may know the answer is no. We each picked up another pack. Sooz pulled a Strasburg card, and I got a refractor of some dude. We also got a free pack of 2010 Topps for being new customers. Ohhhhh yeah, I also got a free silly band. For those of you that don't know what they are, these are Silly Bandz. It's a 10 gallon hat band that strongly resembles the Arby's logo hat. We had fun talking with the shop owner and his prices were super reasonable. He also knows my main guys at The Baseball Card Store, which shows how small this little card universe kind of is in a sense.
We leave there and go right back to the first shop to see if we can buy things there. J&J Sports Cards had tons of singles, and plenty of game used and auto Phillies if you are into them. They put a lot of singles on eBay, and told us that they did a case break last night of 2010 Bowman and would be listing the autos and the good cards up on eBay. I found 2 Pujols cards in the boxes that were out and picked them up for $1 each which made me happy. Sooz found a serial numbered Jeter/Reyes 2008 Baseball Heroes dual relic card for $10 which was awesome. We then began talking with the guys that were in the store and learn that one of them opened a hobby box of Bowman and, I swear I'm not kidding, he threw out the entire box except the chrome, chrome refractors, and auto's. I almost had a heart attack.
Who throws out cards?!!! Well, I am not ashamed to say that I asked him to look through his garbage and take some cards. He gladly retrieved the "garbage" from the pail and me and Sooz went through the box and took what we wanted for nothing. I'm pretty sure the rest went back to the pail. The guys were awesome, really nice, and LIKED baseball cards. I say they liked baseball cards because the more and more we hear from people it seems like everyone hates everything no matter what it is. We talked with them for a while, and looked through boxes of singles that had base cards and inserts. We grabbed some fun cards as we talked. They do live breaks on blogtv, and I'm sure they won't be hard to find on there. We will post a link once we find it or get it from them.
I may scan some cards when I get back home, but you have all seen most of them already anyway so.... don't hold your breath on it.
We highly recommend both of these shops. If you are looking for a particular product and you live in the area, by all means call them.