What do you remember from your childhood? For me, it’s sports. Playing them. Watching them. Collecting cards. I remember obsessing over them – going to card shops and shows with my dad, drooling over cards we could never afford, and waiting hours in line just to get a card or a ball autographed by our heroes. Trading cards, memorizing stats by heart, ripping open wax packs. That was my childhood.
But as I got older, sports started taking a backseat to other priorities: grades, girls, jobs. Starting a business. Starting a family. Until one day, my parents dropped off an old cardboard box from their attic. Inside were relics from the past, including my old trading cards.
Opening that box was like stepping into a time machine. It all came rushing back. The familiar smell of card stock. The memories of hunting for hidden gems at garage sales and flea markets. Putting on neighborhood card shows with the other kids and their parents. I carefully cradled cards that once felt so much larger in my hands. From that moment on, I was re-hooked.
I started collecting again, which turned into streaming breaks late into the nights, which turned into selling sealed wax on the side, which turned into the idea for Giant Sports Cards. I wanted to help fellow collectors, rookies, and veterans alike pursue their passion and create memories of their own.
But Giant isn’t a one-man show; it’s an all-star team of fellow collectors and sports nuts who live for this stuff. We aim to be the best in the business–the kind of card shop we could have only dreamt of when we first started collecting – one that combines the speed, convenience, and accessibility of online shopping with the human touch of the local card shops we grew up with. We could have easily stayed online-only or built a small, simple shop like those all over the country that haven’t modernized in the last 30 years. Instead, we wanted to change the game. So we created a state-of-the-art shop packed with creature comforts to give fellow collectors a second place to call home. (Stop by if you’re in the Atlanta area!)
Whether you’re buying online or in-store, we treat every customer like they’re the MVP, not a transaction. We value principles over profit, always aiming to do the right thing, even when it isn’t easy. With Giant, you can always count on honest, expert advice, our GOAT level of customer service, the hottest releases, the most competitive prices, white-glove packaging, and free same-day shipping on most orders. In short, we treat customers the way we’d like to be treated because we’re collectors too.
- Jon Butts
Founder, Giant Sports Cards