Collector Prefers Indiana Vintage

Dave Smith isn’t into his sports memorabilia hobby for the investment. He just loves the hunt.

Everyone has their own specialty. Vintage baseball and football cards. Autographed jerseys. Signed basketballs or footballs. Others focus on a team.

Indiana’s sports pedigree leans more toward a rich history in college and high school sports and that’s where Hammond native Dave Smith is focused. He’s got some cool stuff, too, thanks to an unrelenting drive to search every nook and cranny for miles.

“You can go weeks at a time without finding anything and then all of a sudden you find a bunch of stuff,” said Smith. “The stuff is never organized so there are usually a lot of boxes or piles to go through and I never know what I am going to find. But for me the thrill is never knowing what you’ll find and where.” profiles a man who’s collection dates back nearly a century.