I’m pretty sure I heard Jeff before I saw him the first time he and his wife Harriet came in to the card shop.
When I walked out to meet the couple for the first time, I sure as heck didn’t know what to think either. With Jeff being a little loud and Harriet being a bit of a fast talker, I wasn’t sure what I was in for or how long I was in for it.
Jeff is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and is in constant search of both cards of players that suited up for America’s Team from memories of his childhood as well as current Dallas Cowboys players and pretty much everyone in between. He has a deep knowledge and love of Dem Boyz.
Each and every time Jeff and Harriet have come in, which is a bout two or three times a week, we’ve grown more and more friendly and it’s to the point now where I basically deal with them exclusively because we’ve built such a bond through our mutual love of sports cards.
When we have the time, Jeff and I will stand there and talk for the better part of an hour about current sports events, how good or bad the Cowboys are doing and generally how bad my lowly Bears are doing. We talk about the history of sports, the players that we like and admire and there are times I’ll even pull up highlights on my phone and we’ll get a chuckle out of a random black and white football highlight from decades ago.
He still gets a kick out of it every time he throws a random player’s name out and I know said players rookie card and year off the top of my head. I call it a sickness. He just thinks it’s weird.
In all honesty, our interactions are of some of my absolute favorite times in the store, bar none.
There are many times where we don’t have the exact card he’s looking for in store, so he affectionately yells to me “get out your phone” and I will peruse the world wide web to track down whatever the heck it is he’s looking for that particular day. That always leads to a fun back and forth about card condition, pricing and the like.
Whether I’m tracking down an Emmitt Smith, Tony Romo or Jason Witten rookie card or even a Pete Gogolak or some other old obscure veteran, some of the funnier times are when our conversations get lost in the obscurity and abyss of some of the lesser known players from a bygone era. It’s incredibly fun to take that walk down memory lane and rehash and appreciate the players that meant so much to us as young kids.
He has an affinity for those beautiful Philadelphia Football sets from the 1960s and I can’t say I blame him at all. We will just look at images and talk and marvel about the beautiful simplicity of some of those older sets with such timeless, classic pictures and designs.
Aside from rookie cards, he likes to collect cards with more of a portrait shot of the player captured in the vintage stylings we all love from years gone by.
I mentioned football but he does dabble in other sports, mainly baseball. I can tell you just from what he’s bought in store and what I’ve ordered for him he has quite the collection going for him and I know he takes a lot of pride and joy in it and I must say I take a lot of joy in helping him track down whatever it is he’s looking for to add to his ever growing collection. I think it’s part of being a good hobby shop.
To be able to have customers like Jeff come in and literally Talk Shop and converse about our shared love of sports and passion for sports cards tells me I’ve made the absolute right decision in my career choice. That’s why I jump up out of bed in the morning.
Have a great weekend. Ill check back in soon.