This was the only card shop I was able to hit up when I was in new york this past summer. The atmosphere was nothing like it was in the video. I was the only customer and the owner wasn't there. Sadly, I had no idea how the shop was still around.
cool video wish that card shop was my local card shop seems like it would be much fun with hat guy...
i love when hesays heelllllzzzzz yea hahaahah please excuse my language just sayinng thats some funny stuff
You know, I wasn't aware until I read those comments. But, like Anthony said, it doesn't quite surprise me. Still sad. The economy has been tough, and with less disposable income, people are spending less on hobbies. It always pains me to see one of our "homegrown" businesses fail. "Joe Rocks," as we call him, is as authentic Brooklyn as they come. Last summer, when I was in the shop, he made a couple of decent comic book sales. But a couple of months back when I bought the A&G box, I was the only customer during that hour or so.
One thing I'll miss is calling him on the phone and saying, "'Ay Joe, it's 'Teach'!" "Teach" was the nickname he gave me since I work in education (and used to teach in an after-school program at Flushing HS). Guess it was easier to remember than Robert or Bob.
After seeing this video, it really made me miss a card shop around here called Graf's. My dad used to take me there every so often, they always used to have stuff for kids there (cheap bins, cheap vintage, cheap packs, etc.). Unfortunately, it closed down a few years ago and was actually replaced by another card shop, but the one that's there now is mainly high-end stuff, so I almost never go there.