VIBE (3 out of 5)
Webb’s Cards and Collectibles is a small store but very organized. It felt a little cramped as card boxes were packed to the ceiling. Each set was organized on the shelves by year, each card was in number order. If you needed a card to complete your collection this is the place to come. Especially if you need baseball from the past 40-50 years.
I chatted with the owner, Bill, while his grand kids were running around the store. This was pretty cool to see two little boys playing around the store. Both boys were well behaved and energetic and put a smile on my face.
INVENTORY (3 out of 5)
I’m a football guy and I like to be able to buy packs and boxes not just singles. I would have given a higher score here had there been any wax boxes at all. There were some factory sets, a couple of random hobby boxes, but nothing 2017. There was an entire display case full of Peyton Manning, since it was in Knoxville, Tennessee. Most of the single cards in cases were pretty recent (last 4 years) but there were a few older cards scattered around.
He had an entire wall of boxes with a player’s name on them. Unfortunately, there was no Jim Kelly or any Buffalo Bills’ player box…these boxes had a bit of everything but were mostly base and low-level inserts. He also had a few boxes of each team filled with random player cards. He offered to sell me all 4 boxes of Buffalo Bills (four 1200 count boxes) for $100 but I had no way of getting them home from Knoxville. I spent some time going through the boxes. Not a lot of Jim Kelly.
PURCHASE (4 out of 5)
I went through a box of Buffalo Bills in Top Loaders. I wanted to give him a little bit of business since he was nice enough to chat with me for 10-15 minutes. I bought 10 cards for $10 well worth some fun things for personal collection. I’m particularly fond of the JP Losman numbered to 50! Check them out below.
OVERALL (3 out of 5)
Not the best card shop I’ve been to and not the worst. This place was pretty average actually. Bill seemed a little bitter over lack of business, but was a nice guy. He told me business wasn’t horrible but not great either. He took two calls while I was there and his advice to both callers was to sell your cards online because he’d only give you 5% of what it was probably worth so that he could make a profit.
He told me he sells all sports, but said that the Basketball and Hockey didn’t sell really well. Knoxville is a football town and he sells football the most. Individual cards seemed a little overpriced compared to what I’ve seen other places, but not by much. Pretty reasonable really. I’ll stop by next time I’m in Knoxville just to see how Bill and his business are doing.
Note: I visited another shop while I was in Knoxville early last month. I’ll have more on that in a later post!