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 shop is one of the newest in the country. Just Collect is one of the largest vintage trading card buyers in the world, and now they are opening their first flagship store in Millburn, New Jersey. And while this may be a brand new retail storefront, its owner has plenty of experience in the hobby.
Leighton Sheldon founded Just Collect in 2006 and has sold over $20 million in vintage sports cards since its inception. He’s bringing that same level of expertise to a physical location to create a place for dedicated collectors and hobbyists to rejoice.
Let’s take a second and dive into the experience you can look forward to at Just Collect!
On Sept. 30th, Just Collect will open its doors for the first time. Here’s what Sheldon had to say about the event via press release: “Attendees will be able to view and purchase our wide variety of vintage sports cards and sealed wax boxes and packs (sports and non-sports) inventory that totals over $1 million. New York Knicks legend John Starks will also be at our grand opening from 7–8 p.m. for a meet and greet. In addition to retail sales at Just Collect, individuals are able to sell their collections and get appraisals, as well as visit our sister company Vintage Breaks creating the complete one-stop shop for vintage sports card enthusiasts!” The Millburn location opens its doors at 4 p.m., so it’s sure to be a fun Friday night activity for any collector in the area.
Just Collect emphasizes on the vintage trading card market, which has proved to be a valuable alternative asset. Names like Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, and Babe Ruth have become synonymous with Americana, and they can all be found at this new shop. It’s a sports card museum, and each card tells a unique story. If you’re in the area, come check out another spot that will capture the magic of the hobby.