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Where This Time Out Editor Finds Baseball Cards in Santa Monica

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Los Angeles has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around LA that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.

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Lisa Sweetingham is the editor of Time Out Los Angeles. Launched on October 1st, it's a curated guide of the best things to see and do in our city. We asked the in-the-know gal about her favorite shopping spot and she told us all about Santa Monica Sports Cards, a vintage card collector's heaven.

"Santa Monica Sports Cards is tucked away in a crappy mini-mall on Santa Monica Boulevard and staffed by notoriously cranky manchilds—who are not in the least interested in your kid's Magic the Gathering card collection, by the way. But when it comes to baseball? This place is a grand slam. Sure there's memorabilia and collectibles covering football, basketball, hockey and all manner of role-playing games. But for me, the real draw is the big table in the middle of the shop that holds overflowing boxes of unopened packs of baseball cards. We're talking cards dating from the '70s, '80s and '90s, the pink stick of powdery gum aged to a brittle plastic. I've given them as birthday gifts to young sluggers and grown men alike. The sheer joy on their faces as they rip open the pack, hoping to find a Steve Garvey, Derek Jeter or Barry Bonds rookie card? It never fails."

· Santa Monica Sport Cards [Yelp]
· Time Out Los Angeles [Official Site]
· All Shopping Confidential Posts [Racked LA]

Santa Monica Sports Cards

1604 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA.