Since it was my wife’s birthday, I took the day off from work to hang out with her. We like to get out of town for her birthday so we ended up in Bloomington/Normal, IL. After visiting a few places she wanted to go (bookstores), we scoped out the local card shop.
My GPS app on my phone (Waze) usually does a great job getting me to places, but it was really having trouble getting me on the right road for this shop. Luckily we finally spotted it and made our way into the parking lot. Sadly it doesn’t show up on Yelp when you search for baseball cards which is odd since it’s in the same category as other card shops in the area.
The name of the place is Collectible Corner. I believe they just moved here not too long ago as the guy working there told me it was a lot more spacious than their old place. They have tons of tables which I assume are for either playing Magic the Gathering or sorting through cards.
I thumbed through the singles but didn’t see anything that I immediately had to have. They had a few Kris Bryant RCs, but I didn’t want to spend all our money on one card. (wasn’t my birthday!) 2017 Topps Series 2 had just come out so we bought a couple jumbo packs as well as a few Bowman packs. I also bought a couple cardboard boxes (maybe 3000 count?) to put my ever growing singles into. The guy gave us a handful of sleeves and top loaders which was pretty nice.
I didn’t get too much exciting stuff but the Anthony Rizzo Bowman Chrome was pretty neat. I also got a Salvador Perez Memorabilia Relic card which was pretty cool. Sadly it’s so thick it won’t fit into a regular penny sleeve or toploader. (time to order some supplies!)
It was nice to visit another local card shop. Without internet sales, I believe a lot of card shops would not be able to stay in business. I always wanted to open my own card shop but definitely would have to have multiple income streams to make it profitable.