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THURSDAY, March 3, 2011

Clairemont Sportscards: House of cards

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CLAIREMONT (CBS 8) - Baseball card ships have all but disappeared from San Diego's landscape. The few that remain, like Clairemont Sportscards, have been forced to reinvent themselves.

"We realized long ago that the competition was not so much from the local shops, but rather the internet. And if you don't join them, you're going to fall by the wayside," Dave Clauss said.

Clairemont Sportscards basically carries baseball, football, basketball and hockey with an emphasis on the Padres and the Chargers.

"The Chargers missing the playoffs, that hurt us," Dave said. "A lot of stuff is out of our control. Even the companies producing cards have dropped, just down to one company per sport."

And when it comes to collecting pieces of the game, the sum of the parts is greater than the whole, companies choosing to slice up bats and jerseys into bits.

Clairemont Sportscards has noticed that kids aren't buying cards like they used to, but vintage collectors can find just about anything.

"Probably the oldest baseball cards we have are the tobacco cards. They are 100 years old. They were done in 1909," Dave said.

And if you want the good stuff, you're going to have to pay for it, like NBA cards for $109 a pack.

"It's two autographed cards and one memorabilia card per box, and it's all Hall of Famers," Dave said.

For baseball fans, 2010 Topps sterling cards will run you $299 a pack and for that you don't even get bubble gum.

"We're hoping that things turn around. We're optimistic they are," Dave said.

All they need to spawn a collecting frenzy is a Padres World Series and a Chargers Super Bowl. It could happen.

Clairemont Sportscards
4941 Clairemont Drive Ste. C
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 270-4945

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