The thing about Oregon's geography is that we have 7 or so towns of note and of those 5 are on I-5. As part of my job I often head up the freeway to the Portland "area" to conduct hearings which gives me an opportunity to check things out. I have also been looking for BCW 3.5 MM top loaders that comfortably fit those pesky Donruss, Topps and UD patch cards. Donruss claims their cards are 94pt. Lies all lies I tell you. Anyway, tired of buying the slightly too big 130 pt ultra pro loaders at 5 per pack 2.50 a pack, I thought I would search for the BCW's. I used my handy dandy Iphone to locate Heaven Sent Sports Cards located at 7014 Sw Nyberg St, Tualatin, OR 97062. The shop was located very near where I was headed so I stopped by.
The parking was nearly impossible in the front. Having never been there before, I had no idea of the plethora of parking in the back. Apparently I was not the only one as people were lined up for parking in the front, with no one in the back. I noticed a small sign to alert me to the parking in rear.
When I strode, yup strode, to the front of the shop, I noticed it was very deep with things everywhere.
This shop has everything including just about every type of supply out there. In addition there is a wall of wax with an excellent selection. Although not apparent from the pics, it is very well organized with clearly marked boxes of commons and such. It is a bit overwhelming when you first enter.
I asked permission to take the pics and told the owner I would be doing a blog post about it. He seemed a bit oblivious to the online community.
There is also quite a selection of non-card items.
Here is the issue with this shop. The wax is super expensive. I noticed a box of 2008 baseball heroes with a tag of $100+. These go for $53 when on sale at Blowout. I picked up my 5 boxes for $45 a box. Granted you can't get that price every day. The owner and I talked about the difference in online prices versus his own. He said that he had no idea, while knowing the cost of wax, how the online sellers could possibly sell wax for the price that they do. He told me that he doesn't even try to compete on wax price. That led me to a thought of how this guy stays in business given his high overhead. This shop is located in a pretty nice area and rent must be atrocious. I suppose I can't fault the guy then, but $115 for a hobby box of 2008 Leaf Rookies and Stars Football is just silly. If I remember correctly he had $100+ of Football Heroes too.
In comparison, the Shop that Stole Christmas sells 3 row shoeboxes for 3.50, Heaven sent charged $4.95. The 120pt or 3.5 MM toploaders were 3.95 which was still less than two packs of the 5 ct UP 130pt loaders.
If you need a hard to find item this shop is for you, just be prepared to pay for it. I would reccommend that you avoid wax at this shop because it is just too expensive. I have yet to be in a shop where wax was competitive with the exception of the Springfield Sports Cards located at145 n 5th St in Springfield, OR. If you recall I paid $90 for a box of Sports Legends when on ebay they ran $70.
Heaven sent is a nice shop and I'm not trying to bash the guy for his prices because he is trying to make a living, but to buy wax there you have to really want to support him or have no idea of online pricing.