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Growing up in the Chicagoland area, Steve Hart was a fan of the Cubs and White Sox and all Chicago sports. At the age of 16, Steve started buying and selling cards at shows, not realizing his desire to own his own store would soon become a reality.

Baseball Card Exchange began in a tiny 500 square foot building on the corner of Henry Street and Ridge Road in Lansing, Illinois. Steve Hart opened the doors on October 1, 1990 and never looked back. Early on, the store barely earned enough money each day to keep the lights on. However, Steve continued to offer exceptional customer service and fair pricing. The customer base began to grow, as Steve earned a reputation for being an honest business owner.

As the business expanded, Baseball Card Exchange relocated to a larger store in a strip mall on the corner of Ridge Road and Burnham Avenue in Lansing, Illinois. Steve saw the future of sports cards as he began to take the business online and started selling on eBay in 1997. After an explosion of online sales, Steve decided to close the retail business and move to a warehouse in Munster, Indiana to solely focus on the internet business. Once Baseball Card Exchange outgrew that warehouse, the business relocated to a large warehouse in Lynwood, Illinois.

Today, Baseball Card Exchange is recognized as the industry leader in unopened vintage sports cards, and Steve Hart has become the most respected and trusted authenticator of unopened wax product. Baseball Card Exchange was built on vintage cards and unopened vintage wax material. However, they have expanded their interests and are now quickly becoming one of the leading companies in autograph and sports memorabilia.

Now in a 13,000 square foot facility in Schererville, Indiana, as well as a retail store at Southlake Mall in Merrillville, Indiana, Baseball Card Exchange features autographed sports memorabilia, autograph guests, and much more!

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Baseball Card Exchange has cards to thrill every fan. Choose from a wide selection of unopened modern sports packs. Score your favorite Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey and Non-Sports from 1990 to the present. Single Modern Cards, both graded and ungraded.


Baseball Card Exchange is the industry leader in unopened vintage sports cards, including Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, and Non-Sport Cards, pre-1989. Vintage set builder? Find many pre-1975 Single Vintage Cards, both graded and ungraded.


with authentic autograph memorabilia at Baseball Card Exchange. If you’re just starting out or adding to your collection, an array of signed photos, jerseys, baseballs, basketballs, footballs, hockey pucks, full-size and mini helmets, and more!


Shake hands and get autographs of popular sports personalities. Previous autograph appearances include: Chicago Cubs Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams, Chicago White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas and Fan Favorite Paul Konerko, Chicago Blackhawks Fan Favorite Andrew Shaw, the infamous Dennis Rodman and Jose Canseco, Wrestling Superstar Ric Flair, Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas of “Rookie of the Year” and “American Pie” series. Click here to view all our upcoming events.


PSA/DNA, the world’s leading third-party autograph authenticator, periodically offers on-site autograph authentication for your collectibles. Baseball Card Exchange services as sports cards experts for the Emmy award winning television show A Piece of the Game.


Baseball Card Exchange offers a charity auction consignment program. Wow your attendees with an amazing selection of sports memorabilia at no risk to you.

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