Please check my "Card Shops in Japan" page before planning a trip to this store to verify that it's still where it was when I visited.
I met up with Sean in Nagoya and we went to a couple card shops. Our first stop was Sports Card BITS! which was conveniently located just a few blocks away from the hotel I was staying in.
The store is located on the second floor of what Sean describes as "a massive 1970s vintage apartment complex with retail stores and restaurants on the first two floors." It's actually conveniently located just next to the external staircase that's on the north side of the building. It's pretty much on top of a Coco Ichibanya curry restaurant. Once you go up the stairs the store is right in front of you:
This is another store that's really good for set building. They have a lot of BBM singles going back to the 1990's. Ryan says that they sell most common singles for 50 yen a piece. One thing to keep in mind when looking through the commons is that not only are they organized by team rather than card number but the Dragons cards are in a separate set of boxes. The store is understandably very Dragon-centric as it was the only store that I saw any Dragons team issued cards - I'm not saying the other stores in Nagoya don't have them but they weren't as easy to find as they were here.
Beyond the BBM cards and Dragons team issued cards (which is specifically what I was looking for here) Sean was able to find some Calbee cards from the 1980's. They weren't out with the rest of the cards but the owners brought them out when Sean asked about them.
The couple that own the store were very friendly and helpful. The husband brought out a stool for me to sit on while I was going through the BBM singles.
Here's some photos of the inside of the store:
That's Sean talking to the male owner at the cash register in the second photo. The female owner is at the computer on the left. Sean wrote a post about our trip there as well where you can see a picture of me damp with both rain and sweat (it's not attractive).
I was trying to keep track of which stores took credit cards but I unfortunately didn't notice whether or not they did here.
I liked this store quite a bit (pun not intended). I almost stopped by here again when I was back in Nagoya about a week later but I ran out of time after leaving Match Up and before heading to a JWBL games in Ichinomiya.
Here's a map showing their approximate location:
The map shows them smack in the middle of the building but as I pointed out earlier they're more on the north side of the building where the external staircase is.