A new sports card and memorabilia shop recently opened in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis. Owner Brian Boyer brought in a couple of former Brewers for his grand opening over the weekend–during a snowstorm, no less.
Boyer calls the business “E-5 Sports”–a jab at his Little League experience as a defensively challenged first baseman.
He talked about acquiring memorabilia to sell and other topics with the Journal-Sentinel.
You may scoff, but it’s collecting at its old school finest. Fans and collectors in Europe (and around the world, for that matter) go wild once every four years when Panini produces its World Cup Stickers product. Men and women, adults and kids, celebrities and anyone interested in soccer buy them a few packs at a time and try to complete the book that comes with them (just imagine if every sports-loving person in North America did the same when the baseball, football or basketball seasons started).
At the heart of it all is trading. There are in person and online groups who meet to swap and sell the players for each of the teams in the tournament who are represented in the set.
Here’s a fun mini documentary from across the pond on the whole deal:
Panini’s World Cup stickers are produced in Tambore, a suburb north of São Paulo. The Guardian has some pretty interesting photos from inside the factory.
There’s an 1888 N332 S. F. Hess card of Frank Hart up for auction right now.
Well, if you were around in the 1880s, you probably knew his name. Hart was a “pedestrian” or what we might call an endurance walker today and no one was better. Crowds (yes, crowds) turned out to watch Walker and other competitors walk for days around an indoor track to cover as much distance as they could, stopping for short rests whenever they wanted.
Hart once covered 565 miles in six days.
A find of trading cards in an old house in the northeast uncovered just the third Hart trading card–and the only one in this set. While it’s not likely to sell for thousands, the story behind Hart–and his sport–is pretty fascinating. You can read a great story at AtlasObscura.com.
Canadian David Kendrick started collecting hockey pucks when he was a kid and his family hosted a young player who gave him one as a gift.
Now, he owns 2,700 different pucks, many featuring the logos of teams from cities and small towns across every province. He owns so many he can “only” display about 900 at a time.
SooToday paid him a visit and wrote about the Guelph man’s lifelong passion.