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Old 11-18-2009, 01:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am going to be in Austin this weekend and was wondering if anyone on here was from there/around there and knew of a good store. My Wife is telling me that we "have to go to Austin" this weekend and she is enticing me with the fact that I can find a card store there to spend some time and even a little money in (how can I pass that up??!?!!). So any help would be great. Thanks!
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I am going to be in Austin this weekend and was wondering if anyone on here was from there/around there and knew of a good store. My Wife is telling me that we "have to go to Austin" this weekend and she is enticing me with the fact that I can find a card store there to spend some time and even a little money in (how can I pass that up??!?!!). So any help would be great. Thanks!
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I am going to be in Austin this weekend and was wondering if anyone on here was from there/around there and knew of a good store. My Wife is telling me that we "have to go to Austin" this weekend and she is enticing me with the fact that I can find a card store there to spend some time and even a little money in (how can I pass that up??!?!!). So any help would be great. Thanks!

I asked board members on my autograph club website since the majority of us are around Dallas/Ft Worth area. We have some members in Austin & they came back with this 2 shops that are located in North Austin about 10 miles apart.

Card Traders of Austin
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #128
Austin, TX 78759-4323
(512) 250-0958

Austin Sports Connection
8312 Burnet Rd # 119
Austin, TX 78757-7763
(512) 458-6433
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It depends what you are looking for in the store.

The guys are Card Traders are a lot nicer and it's a good place to shoot the breeze at and hang around. They also have a good selection of older vintage cards, plus magic/pokemon/yugioh cards for the kids, so it's a great family store. However, the box prices are higher than at Austin Sports Connection, they are marked up about 40% above Blowout's prices. And while they have a decent selection of the newer products, they don't have a lot of each one. They may get a case of a brand new good selling product, but for products that have been out for a few weeks they may have only 4 boxes if it's a midrange product, and 2 if it's higher priced. It looks like the goal is to sell out of most products by the end of each week. So if you want to buy a box or packs, it's better to go earlier in the weekend, by Sunday afternoon a lot of things might be out.

Austin Sports Connection has better prices, but everything is marked with two prices. To get the lower price, you have to join their buyer's club, which costs something like $19.95/year. They generally have at least a case of every popular product. But the owner and his son are definately not as nice as the guys at Card Traders. The owner has no patience for kids and the owner's son seems more interested in doing internet business than with helping you out... unless it looks like you are going to spend some cash. But if your goal is to buy a box of cards at a decent price (for a card store anyway) and you don't care about getting personalized service, it might be the place to go.
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