As a kid, I can vividly remember walking into a card shop on Saturday afternoons after Little League games. At 11 years old, I couldn’t quite articulate the fun I had sifting through old Topps Chrome football cards, nor could I explain why I thought tiny pictures of Derrick Rose and Tim Tebow were cool. But I did, and I still have that same feeling when I walk into a shop to this day.
In this series, I intend to explore the heartbeat of the hobby: local card shops. The sports card market is valued at over $20 billion, and that number is expected to skyrocket in the next decade. However, this resurgence would not have been possible if it weren’t for shops across the country. These articles will take a look at them all - from the biggest stores in New York or LA to the Main Street spots in small towns.
Today’s Card Shop Spotlight takes us to the Big Apple. New York has long been a focal point in business, fashion, culture, and food. And now you can add trading cards to that list. Bleecker Trading is the premier destination for hobbyists in NYC. Since opening its doors in 2020, Bleecker has hosted a variety of hobby-related events. They take different approaches to owning a modern card shop by focusing on community building and networking. As a result, they’ve become a force within the hobby and a must-see space in New York.