ATLANTIC CITY — It pays to be located near the six-time Super Bowl champions.
The Card Vault, located across the street from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. is a winner in its own right, being named “America’s Best Card Shop” by Loupe, Topps and other sports collectible partners.
The award was announced at the Topps booth Saturday at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City.
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The contest judges called The Card Vault “a sports card enthusiast’s paradise.” A modern retail shop that caters to collectors, The Card Vault buys, sells and trades sports cards and also submits them for grading. It also has a vault full high-end grail slabs like a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle and a 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card.
“The Card Vault embodies everything that’s positive about the modern sports card collecting hobby,” Loupe founder and CEO Eric Doty said. “Not only do they offer a world-class retail experience, but they also make efforts to educate newcomers to the hobby, foster a welcoming and inclusive environment, and give back to their community.
“We set out to find the best of the best, and The Card Vault meets that lofty criteria.”
The Card Vault will take home a grand prize package worth approximately $50,000. The package was designed to allow the winner to make further improvements to their store, expand their online presence and provide unique opportunities to their community of collectors.
The national contest was sponsored by Loupe, Topps, PSA, Blowout Cards, All Sports Marketing and the Miami Marlins.
“Working with Loupe and seeing the overwhelming and enthusiastic responses from stores and
collectors to find ‘America’s Best Card Shop’ has been a fun and unique experience,” Topps Hobby Sales Director Kevin O’Neil said. “It has been great to watch the card collecting community come together to rally around their favorite shops. The number of responses and votes exceeded our expectations, and made it such a tough competition. As the industry continues to expand, it’s exciting to see that passion grow alongside it.”
The four-month search included the passionate card-collecting community. The initial phase of the contest attracted more than 1,400 nominations as collectors eagerly supported their local card shops.
The four finalists were: Baseball Card Connection in Effingham, Ill.; Honey Hole Collectibles in Escondido, Calif.; Real Sportscards in Champlin Minn; and The Card Vault.
Thousands of votes were cast for the four finalists.