A few generations ago, sports trading cards were little more than something to stick in a bicycle’s spokes to make a motorcycle-like sound, or other childlike pastimes that gave no thought to what the cards might eventually be worth.
In time, rare cards — baseball, in particular, started to gain major value. Perhaps the most famous and most expensive baseball card was traded this past summer: a Honus Wagner card, which sold for more than $6 million in August.
That trading-card nostalgia — and its lingering hold on so many sports fans, and their wallets — is what attracted Big Night, the Boston restaurant, nightclub and hospitality company to its latest venture. Big Night has opened CardVault, a retail space at Patriot Place in Foxborough for buying, selling, trading and assessing sports cards and other collectibles.
Ed Kane, owner and principal of Big Night, said CardVault has been in the works for some time. The 1,600-square-foot CardVault features a walk-in steel vault that houses some of the world’s most sought-after cards, along with a lounge area with TVs showing sports games and live DJs. It also offers consulting services and appraisals.
Big Night has seen success in this area before, with events at its Big Night Live space next to TD Garden in the Hub on Causeway development. In fact, CardVault joins two other Big Night names at Patriot Place, CBS Sporting Club and Scorpion Bar.
The Patriots Place location is just the first CardVault location in the works. Two others are expected to open, one in Boston and one at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, both of which also have many Big Night properties.