Funeral services were held Sunday in Omaha, NE, for long-time sports card dealer Bill McAvoy, owner of McAvoy Sports Cards, who died last week at age 66 according to Omaha.com.
McAvoy was a former U.S. Army podiatrist who founded his sports card business in 1973. He was a fixture at most of the hobby’s major conventions for many years and was among the first to launch an online store. The company specializes in vintage cards.
McAvoy operated the business with his wife Jane, daughter Amy and her husband Chad. Bill and Jane McAvoy had two other children and one grandchild.
While stationed in Cambridge, Maryland in 1973, McAvoy joined the Mid-Atlantic Sports Collectors Association, an early collectors group that held monthly meetings and launched one of the first card shows at the local American Legion Hall.
A collector himself, he was generous with his knowledge and regaled many with stories of those early days on the show circuit.
A fellow dealer/collector on the Net54 message board, Ted Zanidakis, called him “a true gentleman and a great friend.”
Bill and his company were the subject of this Sports Collectors Daily feature in 2008.