About Nearmint's Vintage Football Cards

Nearmint Sports Cards was founded in 2001 by Mike Thomas. The story really began in 1969, though, when Mike discovered football cards. His first quest was for a card of Pete Banaszak, who was from his hometown, Crivitz, Wisconsin. There was a Red Owl grocery store down the block from Mike's house, and that's where he spent most of his dimes. To earn the money for football cards he had a paper route, picked up glass bottles around town, and sold seeds door-to-door. "I didn't wait to get home. My friends and I opened the packs on the curb outside the store."

When Mike finally found Pete's card, he pinned it to his bulletin board, and it remained there through high school. Pete played for the Raiders for 13 years, a long time for a running back, and he finally retired when Mike was in college. After college, Mike had a 20-year career as a software engineer, and he started this web site in 2001. Mike sells directly via this site and through eBay under the id "nearmint." To view comments from happy customers, see nearmint's eBay feedback.

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Methods of Payment

We accept checks, money orders, and PayPal. Use the shopping cart to order, and it will prompt you for payment information when you check out. We no longer accept credit card payments directly, but you can pay with a credit card via PayPal.

Shipping Charges

We charge the following for shipping via the US Postal Service. Insurance is included for orders sent to addresses in the U.S. and Canada. (Collectibles Insurance Services, collectinsure.com, provides our shipping insurance.) We will also ship to other countries, but insurance for mailing to other countries is expensive, so by default we do not include it. If you live outside the U.S. and Canada, and if you would like your order insured, please email us.

Amount of PurchaseShipping, U.S.Shipping, outside U.S.
$0.01 to $49.99$3.50$7.00
$50.00 to $99.99$5.00$10.00
$100.00 to $249.99$6.50$13.00
$250.00 to $499.99$8.00$16.00
$500.00 and upfree!free!

Sales Tax

If you live in Colorado, the shopping cart will add 7.65% sales tax to your order.

Fast Shipping!

We will mail your cards promptly, usually within a day of receiving your payment.


We guarantee all cards, including professionally graded ones. If you are not happy with your purchase, you may return it within 14 days for a full refund, no questions asked.