A months long contest to dub one store “America’s Best Card Shop” resulted in a Massachusetts store earning the title.
Card Vault, located in Foxborough, MA, right across the street from Gillette Stadium, came out on top after the field was cut to four finalists in June.
The contest was spearheaded by Loupe, a live streaming platform for sports card buying and selling. After taking over 1,400 nominations, a panel of judges narrowed the list. Thousands of votes from collectors and others in the industry decided the winning shop.
“Card Vault embodies everything that’s positive about the modern sports card collecting hobby,” says Loupe founder and CEO Eric Doty. “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.”
Described as a “modern retail shop,” Card Vault offers opportunities to buy, sell and trade as well as submit cards for grading. The business also has a vault full of high-end cards.
Card Vault will take home a grand prize package that is worth approximately $50,000, a package “that was assembled in a way that the winner can make further improvements to their store, expand their online presence, and provide unique opportunities to their community of collectors,” according to Loupe.
“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,” says Topps Hobby Sales Director Kevin O’Neil. “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 finalists were: Baseball Card Connection (Effingham, IL), Card Vault (Foxborough, MA), Honey Hole Collectibles (Escondido, CA), and Real Sportscards (Champlin, MN).