It's been a couple weeks since my Sapporo trip, so it's high time I told you about the one known card shop in town.
If you've been following my posts about card shops in Japan, you know that the Mint brand is big here - there are franchises all over Tokyo and the country. So, naturally, the only current store in Sapporo is a Mint location. In fact, it might be the only store in all of Hokkaido; apparently there is some kind of store in Obihiro but it may or may not deal in Japanese baseball cards. I guess I'll find out on another trip.
The Mint Sapporo store has a large amount of gaming cards; perhaps half of the store contains display cases and such for them. The other half of the store has a bunch of binders of recent releases (including base set singles) and a display case or two of cards. A large amount of space is devoted to boxes and packs but it looks somewhat empty - it's just too much shelving for the stock they want to keep.
Located in a mall of sorts (it's above a pachinko parlor, but there are plenty of other stores in the building too), most Tokyoites won't want to bother with this location. But if you're a Fighters fan, or looking for some local cards, I will tell you this is a good source.
The display case itself has a lot of Fighters cards inside; you'll find inserts, relics, and autographs at slightly inflated prices I'm sure. There is also a binder with a bunch of oddball Fighters issues.
My budget was tight, so I wasn't able to get something from every set I saw. There were a couple oversized cards that I skipped on due to cost. But I found one card at a great price:
I grabbed one more thing, which I'll save for tomorrow.
Mint Sapporo is open daily 10:30 AM to 8 PM. You can find it on the fourth floor of a Gaia pachinko building - you should go in the door to the side of the pachinko parlor to find escalators and elevators in a less-smoky, quieter environment. The lobby has a few crane (UFO catcher) game machines. To get to that building, take the subway to Susukino Station, go out Exit 2, make a U-Turn back to the corner, turn left and follow the large street (Sapporo-Ekimae Dori) north three short blocks to the covered shopping arcade; it's the building on the corner, on your left. There is a Lotteria on Ekimae Dori so I believe you have to go around it into the shopping arcade to get to the entrance. Or maybe you can get in some other way - three sides of the building face the street.