After finishing up at Sports Cards BITS!, Sean and I headed to our second stop of the day, Mint Ponyland. Mint Ponyland is located west of Nagoya Station, right next to the Nakamura Koen subway station (which is actually five blocks south of Nakamura Koen itself). The station is at an intersection of two main roads, one of which is Taiko-dori. If you're not sure if you're at the correct intersection, there's a landmark you can look for:
This is the Otori Gate for Nakamura Park. It's on the north side of the intersection. Mint Ponyland is located in a building about a block or so south of the intersection, across the street from the bus station:
The store is located on the third floor of the building. Here's what the store front looks like inside the building:
The one thing that sets Mint Ponyland apart from every other Japanese baseball card store that I visited is that it's big. I don't think I was in any store that had as much space. Here's a photo of the interior:
Despite the spaciousness of the store I was a little disappointed with the selection of cards. He had a lot of BBM singles but it seemed that he didn't have anything earlier than around 2002. Since I was mostly looking for BBM singles from the 1990's, he didn't have much that I was interested in. But if you're trying to complete BBM sets from 2002 or later, this is an excellent store to do set building at. Ryan thinks that their common single prices are 50 yen, just like at BITS.
Beyond the BBM singles I also saw that they stocked some oddball cards - I picked up a few 2010 Georgia Coffee cards and some 2003 JPBPA cards. They also had Calbee singles from the aughts as well as a handful of 1970's era ones. Sean noted that they had a selection of MLB and soccer cards. They also have a large inventory of Idol cards - I'd seen these in other stores but I'm not sure there were any other stores that had as many.
The owner was friendly enough when Sean and I asked him questions and when I made my purchase but I got kind of a weird vibe from the place. Not from him necessarily. The store just felt kind of odd. This is going to sound weird but something about the place reminded me of a dry cleaners. I can't tell you if it was a smell or just the feel of the air in there or even if it had something to do with the fact it was raining outside but it was just a weird vibe. Not that it would prevent me from making a return trip there if I thought they'd have something I was looking for.
I'm not positive but I think they take credit cards.
Here's a map showing the location of the store. The location is actually for the Real Estate Agency on the first floor: