If you were a Houston Astros fan at the beginning of the decade, you knew you were going to need some patience. The once-proud franchise suffered through six straight losing seasons, capped by an “unforgettable” 51-111 campaign in 2013.
It was a rebuilding effort that never seemed to end, but the improvement was evident by 2015 and this year, the Astros won 101 games and a division title. Now, they stand just four wins away from the World Series.
For collectible shops in the area, it’s been quite a ride, too.
Long-time fans and collectors finally have some stars to embrace and the team’s rise has also brought some former collectors back and generated business from fans who’ve hopped on the bandwagon.
Last month, though, Hurricane Harvey unleashed a furor that destroyed or heavily damaged homes and had collectors scrambling to keep their cards, autographs and memorabilia safe.
KPRC-TV in Houston stopped into Howard Lau’s Houston Sports Connection for a story that aired on the station’s newscast. Watch their story below. If you can’t see it, click here.