Welcome to Badlands Sports Cards LLC - Yankton, SD
The Owner - Thom
Where it all started
Well, I'm not that great talking about myself, but here we go... I transplanted to SD this past January from IL. A tough decision, but I’m glad I have. I have 4 passions in my life and these are not in any particular order: Family, Friends, Sports & Collecting Cards, Travel, and Games.
My family is everything to me all the way down to my 2 puppies, which I'm unfortunately unable to bring here to SD. My 2 Grandpa's I wear proudly on my arms (tattoos) as they helped me grow into the man I am today. My Uncle the rebel, the guy that has said to always live life to the fullest and have fun. My Step-Dad that has a big heart but stubbornness gets in the way. My daughter, the joy of my life. She has grown into a young women, doing her own thing and making her own life choices along the way. My Cousins, Brother's, and Sisters are always in my prayers and mind. My puppies, Stevie aka Radar and Slick. Finally my Mom, she has been my Rock, a solid foundation that we have together. Through the hard and fun times, we have always managed to get right back into the swing of things.
Friends, way too many to list but a couple always stand out: Allen, Jonathon, Ashley, DD, Brad, Brent, Jason, Kenny, Gil, Larry, Paul, Tom, Patty, Bill and Chuck. All are great in their own way. Thank you all for the encouragement talk.
Sports, love them, watch them, and used to play them all the time. I started collecting cards back in 1984. My Uncle Joe was a collector himself. He showed me the way. Since then I have collected cards whether it be Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, or even trading cards. Ever since going into my first sports card shop on Austin Blvd & Irving Park Rd in Chicago, I was hooked. I wanted to open a store like that. I took a break out of the industry in the late 90's to about 2005, then only dabbled a little in it while working. In 1984, I picked out my favorite teams and players. Football - Steve Largent and Baseball - Nolan Ryan.
Games: From PC or Board games, I love them all. My favorite board game is Monopoly. I also collect monopoly games. PC games that I played or still dabble in from time to time: Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, Archeage, or WoW. My favorite out of all those would have to be the original Guild Wars.
Travel: Love to travel. I even wanted to travel the states so I became a truck driver, driving a 53'. Saw almost all the states, but nothing compared to coming out to South Dakota a couple years ago and went to Rapid City during the Sunflower bloom. I fell in love with the Badlands. Hence me naming the business, Badlands Sports Cards, LLC.
So that's a little about me... to be continued.
The Local Card Shop
I founded the company on honesty and integrity. While there are people in the industry that would mislead you on your collection or guide you the wrong way, I won't. I have contacts in bigger cities that would also help guide the process that I would trust. Also, we are in a smaller market for a card shop, that is why we diversified to also do Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Magic: the Gathering. We have tables to come play those games, as well as board games. We strive to have a safe environment for you, your family, and friends to come and play. You are the community I serve, and without you, I would not be here.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Mon: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Wed: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Thu: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Fri: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Sat: 11:00am - 12:00am
Sun: 12:00pm - 5:00pm