An Ernie Banks autograph got this Maryland dealer hooked on the hobby as a wide-eyed kid. Sports memorabilia is now his full-time job and his store is still making money 16 years after it first opened.
You’ve heard the story before. Sports card shop goes belly-up. It’s happened plenty of times, but The Dugout Zone in Ellicott City, Maryland is doing just fine, thank you.
Rick Hubata’s business survived the closing of the strip mall where it was once located, the overproduction years and rising autograph prices. This weekend, he’s got two popular Hall of Famer in to sign autographs and he’s selling plenty of merchandise to customers.
Click here for the story that’s sort of a primer on the hobby, but still noteworthy.
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