See this post.
This guy owns a comic, book, games, d and d, part time card store. I have enjoyed reading his blog after one of my readers turned me on to it. I can't remember which one, but I appreciate it because I find most of Duncan's posts to be insightful and/or funny. He missed the boat on this one.
Note the following:
He could only come up with two in Portland.
So that kind of confirmed what I've been feeling: cards in Oregon are all but dead.
So....like I always thought would happen, I was there at the beginning; when you could only find a few dusty packs at Safeway; and I'm here at the end, when you can only find a bunch of regurgitated, recycled crap at Shopko.
I stuck with cards out of sheer cussedness, because I wanted to see this day.
So I could, in fact, say "I told you so."
As you can see from the comments, I was able to name 5 without even searching on the internet. How can a guy loosely in the business that operates in a state the size Oregon have no idea how many competitors he has? Then he declares cards dead?
Duncan has been in business an awful long time, but I think his views are a bit off because he is a book guy. In other words, he doesn't know jack about cards. In fact he was unaware that Donruss was bought by Panini. Really? He claims to speak authoritatively about cards?
It seems from reading his posts that cards were a side product for him. When you couldn't help but make money in cards 85-98, he did. When it came time for the shop owners to have some knowledge about cards to make money, his business faultered. After doing the projections for my shop, and reviewing my ordering options, it became apparent to me that anyone that orders from places like "The Magazine Exchange" is giving away cash.
Blowout, DA, Atlanta, Big T and PGH have much better prices than the traditional shop suppliers. I could be wrong, but I have seen some price lists that still show 2008 Masterpieces Baseball at $55 a box, when you can get them for $40 a box at Big T or Blowout and less by the case. Thus any shop that buys their stock from anywhere but the internet sellers has no idea what they are doing and knows nothing of the industry. Something tells me these are the guys that love Beckett and list their cards on Ebay as 1/1's with a BIN of $100 because the card is 13/1000 and that's the player's jersey number.
I have been in stores with owners like him before. Any question that requires more than cursory knowledge of cards is a lost cause. Talking shop is a waste. Rarely do I see card guys that try their hand at comics because it is damn near impossible to be successful at. Yet Comic guys do cards all the time.
I was a big comic collector for a few years and the grading is so different. Well Duh right. No. I bought my dad a couple Beatles comics that I had graded by CGC. Before I sent them off I tried my hand using the Overstreet grading guide and came up with a 6.5 on one. It came back as a 4.5. This was after I had been collecting for 8 years. I don't have cards graded but I do have quite a few that are. To test myself, I was within a half a grade on almost every one. Sometimes over sometime under. I would never venture to have a comic shop. My knowledge of pre 80 comics is almost zilch.
When you consider all of the publishers, variants, cross overs, reboots, titles and so forth, it takes a while to get up to speed. Just reading a price guide or two doesn't cover it.
My point is, Duncan, a book, games, comics guy that has no real knowledge of cards declared cards in Oregon dead. Based upon my observations, Cards in Oregon are not dead even if the shops and their business is. Maybe the wrong people are running the shops?