The List: Vintage Dealers to Know
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Vintage cardboard is the foundation today’s hobby was built on, and the high-graded specimens of the past are continuously redefining the stratosphere when it comes to dominating sales of single cards.
We’ve let collectors speak here at Beckett.com/news about which vintage dealers they use and trust to help compile The List — 50 Vintage Dealers to Know for the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.
Here are our first 35 entries for This list — and dealers are listed in no particular order. Explore The List and see if you think there’s one that’s right for you. We’ll continue to shape this work in progress and get to our final list of 50 in the days to come before the magazine heads to print.
See them all … after the jump.
Note: Some auction houses on this list below will fall off of The List when this actually appears in the magazine. Why? The List for the month after this one will be 50 auction houses to know.
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
What’s of interest: Wanting cards all the way back to the 1800s? They have a bit of everything.
BASEBALL CARD EXCHANGE
Location: Schererville, Ind.
What’s of interest: Ever wanted to open a vintage wax pack or box? They’ve got them — and owner Steve Hart is PSA’s sealed wax authenticator, so he knows what too look for to avoid bad old wax.
Location: Madison, Wisc.
What’s of interest: Want to see the elite of the elite when it comes to high-grade vintage hockey and other sports? Start here — the name is fitting.
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
What’s of interest: Founded in 2001, the company has more than one million cards online.
Location: Plumsteadville, Pa.
What’s of interest: Dealer who focuses on graded cards in all conditions from the vintage years.
DAVE & ADAM’S CARD WORLD
Location: Buffalo, N.Y.
What’s of interest: This new-wax megadealer has a decent amount of graded vintage cards available on its website with competitive prices. Vintage wax is tougher to find, but they have some of that, too.
LARRY FRITSCH CARDS
Location: Stevens Point, Wisc.
What’s of interest: If you can imagine it, they might have it. This long-running dealer in business since 1970 also produces mail-order catalogs that have plenty packed inside.
Location: Burlingame, Calif.
What’s of interest: The online auctioneer sells quality graded cards in heavy volume for both the vintage and more modern years.
Location: Burbank, Calif.
What’s of interest: This superseller has plenty of modern stuff available but also has plenty of vintage singles, too.
BEVERLY HILLS BASEBALL CARD SHOP
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
What’s of interest: You can expect to find a serious amount of vintage cards from most sports among the card and memorabilia offerings here.
Location: Ellicott City, Md.
What’s of interest: This long-time dealer carries a decent amount of vintage cards in its online store.
Location: Fullerton, Calif.
What’s of interest: A quick visit to their website shows high-graded key cards from 1909 to 1972 available
Location: Davis Junction, Ill.
What’s of interest: Vintage cards aren’t the only thing of interest for Gizmo’s as the company also buys and sells vintage toys, comics and coins.
MEMORY LANE INC.
Location: Tustin, Calif.
What’s of interest: This auction house specializes in high-end vintage and also has an online store where you can buy cards instantly.
LEGACY SPORTS CARDS
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
What’s of interest: Hit their website and hit “singles” and your results will begin with an impressive array of graded Zeenut cards. You don’t see those everyday.
STEEL CITY COLLECTIBLES
Location: McKeesport, Pa.
What’s of interest: Searching for a completed set from the vintage years? This crew might have it.
Location: Rochester Hills, Mich.
What’s of interest: Kruk has just about anything from both the vintage years and beyond.
Location: Castro Valley, Calif.
What’s of interest: This long-time dealer of serious vintage cards and memorabilia has updated sales lists ready for those who email.
COLUMBIA CITY COLLECTIBLES
Location: Columbia City, Ind.
What’s of interest: Looking for obscure vintage cards from not just the standard sports? Try these guys.
UNCLE DICK’S CARDS
Location: Highlands, N.C.
What’s of interest: Focuses on cards from the Big Four sports from 1958 to 1975 or so.
MILE HIGH CARD COMPANY
Location: Centennial, Colo.
What’s of interest: This high-end auction house sells some elite graded vintage as well as lesser cards in its webstore.
KIT YOUNG CARDS
Location: San Diego, Calif.
What’s of interest: This veteran dealer’s vintage inventory is vast with cards from the four major sports, non-sports and plenty of oddball vintage to be found, too.
NICK’S SPORTS CARDS
Location: Dallas, Texas
What’s of interest: A card shop that doesn’t sell its prime stock via eBay, meaning there’s reason to go digging through its boxes — and there’s plenty of that when it comes to vintage.
GREG MORRIS CARDS
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
What’s of interest: This eBay seller had nearly 6,000 cards online at press time and had more than 121,000 positive feedbacks left in the last year. Sells both raw and graded vintage.
GOODWIN & CO.
Location: St. Louis, Mo.
What’s of interest: This auction house that specializes in vintage “masterpieces and uncommon commons” was acquired by Beckett Media in December.
Location: New York
What’s of interest: This high-quality, high-volume eBay seller has more than 210,000 positive feedbacks left and more than 141,800 in the last year alone. Sells plenty of sports cards and more.
Location: Sharon, Mass.
What’s of interest: This dealer has plenty of high-grade gems from the past in inventory across all of the major sports and then for non-sports, too.
NEW ENGLAND SPORTS CARDS
Location: Amherst, N.H.
What’s of interest: This heavy eBay seller had nearly a quarter-million cards online in January — a hefty mix of vintage and beyond. Sells in sets, bulk lots and singles
Location: Overland Park, Kan.
What’s of interest: This dealer produces mail-order catalogs, which include a good amount of vintage along with a wide spectrum of new and old as well as low-end and high-end.
BROCKELMAN & LUCKEY AUCTIONS
Location: Rhome, Texas
What’s of interest: This auction house runs a handful of sales each year that are jam-packed with vintage cardboard for baseball, non-sports and other sports. Its next sale launches on Feb. 16.
GERRY’S SPORTS CARDS
Location: Dorval, Quebec
What’s of interest: They specialize in graded vintage for the major sports with plenty of hockey cards and memorabilia, too.
Location: Fair Lawn, N.J.
What’s of interest: In business for more than 20 years, this company has a decent amount of vintage cardboard for sale in its online store alone.
SIRIUS SPORTS CARDS
Location: Columbia, Md.
What’s of interest: This auction house sells plenty of high-grade vintage baseball as part of more than 20 auctions a year.
CUBAN BASEBALL CARDS
Location: Louisville, Colo.
What’s of interest: Not only is this site a reference for a fascinating collecting niche, it’s also home to auctions for rare items that are heavily of the vintage variety.
Location: Lauderhill, Fla.
What’s of interest: Ever had an interest in picking up some vintage Japanese baseball cards? This is the place to look to first for menko, bromides, karuta and more.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.