A couple of card shop owners who just happen to hail from cities representing this season's Super Bowl contenders are putting a little wager on the game.
With the game just over a week away, so much of the focus has been on Manning vs Wilson and Demaryius vs Sherman, but the real attention should be on Mike’s Stadium Sportscards in Aurora, CO vs DJ’s Sportscards in Renton, WA.
“I was lucky enough to be at the Broncos victory over the Patriots” said Mike Fruitman, owner of Mike’s Stadium Sportscards. “When Denver won, I talked to a shop owner I knew near San Francisco and also talked to Don Joss, owner of DJ’s) about setting up a friendly challenge on the game. For years we have seen political leaders offer Rocky Mountain Oysters and other interesting items in friendly wagers and I wanted to add a little spice to this year’s game.”
Instead of a traditional bet, charity will be the winner. Should the Seahawks win, Fruitman will be making a $250donation to The Shepherd’s Crook Ministries, which partners with adoption agencies to match special needs children with families who are able to adopt them. http://theshepherdscrook.org/
Meanwhile, Joss has is hoping this is (finally) the year for a team from the state of Washington.
“Seattle fans eagerly await the chance to end a 40-plus year championship drought as well as avenge the embarrassing and historic playoff upset of the Seattle Sonics at the hands of the Denver Nuggets years ago” said Joss. “I hope that Dikembe Mutombo is nowhere near MetLife Stadium anytime soon.”
If the Broncos win, Joss will be making a $250 donation to the SHARE Basket Project. Since 1988, SHARE has given food to 5591 hungry families so they could enjoy a complete Thanksgiving dinner. The SHARE Basket Project is organized by Barbara Fruitman who can be reached at (303) 699-9808 or [email protected].
In addition, the winning card store will also be sharing an entire 12 box case of 2013 Topps Magic NFL with collectors. Each box of Topps Magic yields three autographs on average and with some luck, you could pull autographs of players like Denver Bronco rookie Montee Ball, Seattle Seahawk veteran Marshawn Lynch, Bo Jackson, Barry Sanders, Andrew Luck, Drew Brees and other stars.
“When Denver wins, we are looking forward to giving away all 288 packs of Topps Magic football to all of Bronco Nation one pack at a time, ” said Fruitman. “I can’t wait to see some incredible signatures come out of our packs and the idea of helping families enjoy a complete Thanksgiving dinner would be the perfect topper to Denver’s third NFL championship.”