Do you run a hobby shop that deserves some love? Do you frequent an LCS that’s near and dear to your heart? We want to celebrate the card shops around the country that are the backbone of this great hobby.
Today, we’re launching a four-month long competition titled Loupe Presents: America’s Best Card Shop™. We’ve partnered with leaders in the card industry and the wider sports world such as The Topps Company, the Miami Marlins, and Blowout Cards. Our goal is simple, and it’s all in the name: We want to find the best sports card store in the United States.
If you own a brick-and-mortar sports card store in the US (or want to nominate one), we’d love to hear from you. Take a couple minutes to fill out this simple Google Form at the URL loupe.cards/bestcardshop. The stakes are a grand prize package that’s worth more than $50,000 and an exclusive Loupe streaming deal. For full terms and conditions, check out the Official Contest Rules.
We’ve assembled a Voltron of industry leaders to serve as the America’s Best Card Shop™ panel of judges. Topps’ Hobby Sales Director Kevin O’Neil, Women of the Hobby co-founder and industry veteran Susan “Sooz” Lulgjuraj, Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon, artist and entrepreneur DJ Skee, and Loupe founder and CEO Eric Doty will whittle the competition down to four finalists.
From there, it’s in your hands! The finalists will stream live on Loupe later in the summer, and then we’ll open it up to a community vote to determine America’s Best Card Shop™. The drama will be high as we announce the winner live on-stage at the 2022 National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City in late July.
Everyone involved sincerely appreciates what these shops mean to their local communities and to the larger sports card industry. We hope this is a fun and exciting way to shine a spotlight on some of the small business owners across America who are propping up the hobby and making it a better place for collectors everywhere.