You want to get back into collecting sports cards. When I was collecting back in “the day” we went to a local card shop or a candy store for a pack of cards. You hear people talking about buying sports cards in retail stores, like Target or Walmart, but when you go it’s always empty or worse Opening Day blaster boxes! So, when do they restock these boxes of cards?
They typically restock from the hours of 10am- 2pm, Monday thru Friday. The vendor, MJ Holdings the biggest distributor for Walmart, Target, and Meijer of sports cards, doesn’t have a particular day or time that they restock stores. You will have to go each day or ask a manager.
Now I wrote typically because you may have stores that restock at night or over the weekend. But usually that’s not the case. Also, not all of the managers know or will want to give you that information. One way to get some information is too be nice and courteous. That should go without saying.
The best way to get this information is to build a rapport with a manager or even better the vendor stocking the retail store. What I like to do is just ask them a bunch of questions and listen. Just listen. The next time you meet, take the information you gathered and use it to your advantage. If the manager tells you they are working crazy hours and hardly get any sleep, buy them a gift card to Starbucks. They will more likely remember you and will tell you ahead of time when a vendor is coming or even better will hold some boxes for you.
What Sports Cards Can I Buy From Target or Walmart?
Now that you have the inside scoop, what sports cards can you buy? What type of boxes do they have?
Target and Walmart sells blaster boxes, mega boxes, gravity boxes, single packs, hanger boxes, Cello/Fat pack (3 packs in one). They also sell factory sealed complete sets. All of these boxes/packs have inserts that can be found in hobby boxes as well as retail only inserts.
Watch me as I open up a box of 2019-20 Panini Prizm Draft Mega Box that I bought from target.
Why Do People Buy Sports Cards from Walmart and Target?
You go to Walmart and you see 10 people online waiting for the vendor to unload sports card boxes. Why would people be waiting for these cards?
People buy sports cards in Walmart and Target because they are much cheaper then buying them on Ebay/Facebook/Instagram. Resellers buy packs or boxes for $10-$30. They are able to sell for double or triple their cost. Collectors buy because they are looking to save money instead of buying from 3rd party sellers.
One of the downsides of buying sports cards at a retail store is that it’s getting harder to actually find these boxes. Resellers are buying all of the boxes on the shelf leaving nothing for people who are looking to buy a box or two. Some retail stores have started to limit the number of boxes you can buy but not all stores have this policy in place.
If you’re able to find boxes at a retail store it’s the cheapest way to buy sports card boxes. The other route would be to spend hundreds of dollars on Ebay or at a sports card shop buying hobby boxes or the marked-up prices on retail. Good Luck and Happy Hunting!