While many card shops came and went during the 1980s and 90s, Au Sports in suburban Chicago kept rolling along.
It’s a bit of an institution among Chicago collectors, even if the location it occupied for the longest period of time wasn’t all that easy to get to. The store, run by the Gold family, had everything.
There were hundreds of thousands of baseball and other sports cards, autographs, programs, yearbooks, and everything in between. It was popular with those who liked old cards and those who just looked forward to the next new product.
Steve Gold, who took over the store after his parents’ death several years ago, passed away late last week of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was just 52.
The Chicago Sun-Times gives us insight into the life of the man who was a friend to so many in the hobby.