Just then, two customers came into the store.
One senior and another rather young, both men seemed to be considerable regular customers and looked experienced and had a distinctive presence.
Mr. Tanaka introduced me to them as a part-timer at Mandarake.
One of the regular customers said,
“Mandarake would put many cards on sale during the New Year holidays. But they stopped having those big sales about three years ago.
Why did they stop?”
“Did it? I am the rank and file and I don’t know anything.
I wonder whether the cards are in Sahra or not…”
Sahra is a huge warehouse which Mandarake built in Chiba prefecture.
“Many people were looking forward to that. Please tell Mandarake to sell lots of cards readily.”
The other visitor nodded in assent.
I glanced at Mr. Tanaka.
Surprisingly, Mr. Tanaka was nodding in assent, too.
“That’s right. Please tell Mandarake to sell cards readily.”
I was at a loss.
Mr. Tanaka said.
“There was once a period of two or three years when Kamen Rider cards were not sold to us at all. After that, they suddenly began to come almost every day. There are so intense ups and downs, I don’t know what’s happening.”
The regular customers who had shared the ups and downs of this store were listening by his side.
The homepage of Kinkees says as follows.
“I have been particular about cards for 17 years.
For Calbee cards of the 1970s, Kamen Rider cards, Professional baseball cards, we declare No.1 purchasing again!”
Following it, the serial numbers and the purchase prices of the Kamen Rider lucky cards were listed.
Including a listing of 1, 200, 000 yen for No. 255 in S rank (in extremely good condition), the list was just as expected from a long-established store, with forcefully large prices listed.
The homepage also includes entries about the collectors’ challenges as if they are climbing lofty mountain peaks covered in deep snow.
“Error card” (deep!) Lucky cards (Impossible to complete!), the complete collection of the Sign edition cards (Zero accomplishers, I think!) Furthermore, the variations of the sign edition!!
Nine pieces in each pocket in super extremely good condition!! On top of that, one-volume of a file filled with the same number!!
・・ ・They dash towards frightful grounds which seem to be endless. I’m filled with admiration for them.”
Kinkees has always accompanied their customers who rushed headlong into the terrible, unknown stages.
Many customers of this shop are longtime acquaintances, I hear.
It is said that the first visitors have kept visiting since the beginning.