You may buy the bulk of your cards online but one thing the internet can’t duplicate well is the sense of community that a good hobby shop can offer. Whether it’s sharing information, participating in a trade night or special event, playing in a fantasy league or just talking with other collectors, shops can make collecting a more personal experience.
The Dugout in Indianapolis is one of those shops but it also serves an even more valuable role. Located in a big city and opening its doors to a community of avid gamers has made it a place where young people can find a haven.
“It’s a safe place,” owner Jamie McWhorter told the Indianapolis Star. “It’s almost like an overgrown boys club, but you don’t need to be a member to hang out.” McWhorter recently befriended a homeless boy who came in. “We cater to all crowds, no matter who comes through the door. We want them to feel like part of the family.”
He’s been devoted to running the shop for 16 years, which hasn’t always been easy on his family. You can read about The Dugout and watch a video here.
There’s a new sports card shop in Lebanon, NH.
A couple of local collectors working as chefs at a retirement community decided to spend some of their spare time opening the store, which will be open four days a week according to this article in the local paper.
Beckett is now in the comic book grading and authentication business. The company announced Monday that it had acquired Comic Book Certification Service, LLC.
Borock, CEO Michael Bornstein and other key staff members will continue to work out of CBCS’ offices in St. Petersburg, FL.
Beckett also announced Industry veterans Ted Barker and Al Muir are back with the company as Senior Sales Executive and Hockey Editor, respectively. Muir was with Beckett when the hockey magazine launched in 1991. He’s worked for Panini and Sports Illustrated in recent years and replaces Stephen Laroche in the editor’s position. Barker has spent time at Upper Deck, Donruss, Panini America and Beckett (2006-08) during a 30-year career in the licensed products industry.
We recently told you about the move of Joe Orlando into his new post as president of Collectors Universe, PSA’s parent company.
Kelsey Schroyer of GTS Distribution chatted with him about the hobby, his new role and his successor.
As we’ve reported, SCP Auctions has been chosen to sell the contents of the San Diego Hall of Champions Museum.
SCP’s Terry Melia did a show and tell with Fox 5 in San Diego, showcasing items from Tony Gwynn and Ted Williams, the Rocky statue and other items. You can check it out here.