Not everyone took Gary Vaynerchuk seriously when he promised late last year to not only return to the National Sports Collectors Convention but run a booth, too. And if you thought that meant he’d just put in the occasional cameo during the show’s five-day run this summer, you don’t know Gary V.
The CEO of Vayner Media sold cards. He bought cards. He made trades. He talked about the hobby non-stop with anyone who stopped by or saw him on the floor. He shook hands and took photos with anyone who asked.
His language is not always family friendly. Most of the time it’s because he’s fired up. He’s not changing. And whether you like his focus on the flipping for profit aspect or not, there’s no disputing the positive energy– or the audience he brings to a hobby that benefits from far-reaching voices. His chatter about collecting and the show helped draw the biggest crowd to a National in 28 years.
Like the rest of us, he had fun.
So much fun he’s started a card business on the side. He’s still re-learning the hobby he knew as a youngster growing up in New Jersey in the 1980s because so much has changed.
Yes, he had a “crew” with him at the National, but they were there to help sell and help document, as he calls it now, “the best week of my life.”
In fact, it’s four weeks after the show in Chicago and he’s still talking about it.
Vaynermedia is all about story telling and if you were wondering whether there would be a Gary V NSCC video, wonder no more. It’s the kind of PR the hobby–and the National–can’t buy, but it’s about more than that. The message in the video below is something you don’t have to be a collector to understand.
Again, some of the language is NSFW: