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I’ve known Al Franklin, the owner of Superstars Sports Collectibles, for quite awhile now and he is one of the best store owners I have ever met. I feel this way primarily because he works very hard to provide his customers with a store that is very well maintained and an experience they will not find with many other shops in the area. He also makes it a point to set up at shows as well and recently I was able to catch up with him at the Sports Cards & Collectibles Expo.
And here is a little more about them:
Superstars Sports Collectibles
1885C Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3J 0H3
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Hours: Mon-Weds: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thurs-Fri: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sun: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Superstars Sports Collectibles was established in 1990 by Al and Kyle Franklin when they opened their first store at 1885C Portage Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Both Al and Kyle are lifelong sports fans so it was easy to convert their love of all things sports into a successful business which has grown rapidly and continuously over the last twenty plus years.
They have been at the same location for the entire time, but have undergone three major renovations including a substantial expansion to increase the size of the store a couple of years ago. They believe it is necessary to put back some of their gains to improve the service levels they provide their customers and show them they are here for the long term.
They are open sixty hours a week, with partners Kyle and Al, manager Jason Hinther and part-timer Tyler manning the store. They are presently working on replacing the outside signs on our building to give us a fresh and more pertinent look, with emphasis on being an Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer and Authorized Internet Retailer.
Inside the store they have twelve hundred square feet of space devoted to sports cards, collectibles and memorabilia. They carry every brand of sports cards released by the major manufacturers in the four major sports as well as a good selection of non-sport and gaming cards. Their customers appreciate the fact that they carry a good inventory of all new releases and they are able to get their product on any visit to the store.
They have over half a million cards in stock, all sorted by product and number to facilitate easy access for their customer’s want lists. They have spent a lot of time to make sure finding what you are looking for is a very easy experience.
Throughout the year they hold a number of events, draws and contests to create and maintain additional interest in the hobby for their customers. For the last two years they have also held a specific Upper Deck customer appreciation night tied in to the release of one of Upper Deck’s major releases (this year was SP Authentic Hockey). Over fifty people attended for a fun night of pack and box breaks, free draws and prizes. Superstars Sports Collectibles also provide pizza, pop and lots of sports card hobby talk. Special thanks to Upper Deck for their contribution to the event.
As of late there has been a tremendous interest in all things Winnipeg Jets and Superstars Sports Collectibles is one of the best places to shop for Jets collectibles and apparel. As an Authorized Internet Retailer for Upper Deck, Jets fans throughout Canada can visit their website and pick up their favorite items. Go Jets Go!