Continuing my exploration of baseball card shops in Japan, I head towards (but not into) Akihabara. I'm now in Kanda, though far from Kanda Station. Mint Kanda is located just east of Jinbocho Station, a good walk north from the Imperial Palace area. Kanda is pronounced like panda, but with the Japanese "ah" instead of the "a" sound like "can".
I believe every Mint has the same basic selection of current wax and boxes, some American releases, plenty of soccer (it's pretty popular right now), and game cards. The single cards and sets differ from location to location. Kanda doesn't have much space for single base cards, but they have a nice selection of cards in the display cases, some with decent prices. There are several large boxes of singles from BBM and Calbee, but there isn't much choice beyond that. You may have better luck at some of the other shops. The limited selection and lack of tourist attractions nearby makes this a location worth visiting only if you are a die-hard card shop fan. Similarly low prices on singles could be found at other card shops, and the unopened product is available elsewhere. This location is for local Kandians (I just made that up. Isn't it clever?) to get their hands on boxes without traveling to crowded Akihabara or taking the trip towards Ikebukuro. That said, I enjoyed spending time looking through the singles and some day might return to really dig deep into the boxes.
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