You can find plenty of people who will tell you to not expect to make money as a baseball card dealer. They have their reasons.
The economy isn’t the best.
There’s too much competition.
Sometimes, though, you just have to do it.
Brett Shaw was selling medical equipment in the New York area and making a very good living but not long ago, he was using some of that equipment himself.
Forced to stay off his feet after knee surgery, he began browsing eBay. He bought a few baseball cards he’d always wanted but never could afford. Quickly, the passion he had for cards as a kid returned. This time, though, he could buy the stuff he used to only covet. He decided to sell a few cards he’d bought at what research told him were bargain prices. When he made a nice little profit, a light went on and it wasn’t long before he was in it for good and The 7th Inning Stretch was born.
Shaw has become very knowledgeable with regard to the market for 1952 Topps. At the National Sports Collectors Convention, his booth was busy as fans of the first full Topps set flocked to his booth full of affordable ’52 Topps high numbers and stars.
We chatted with him about the set and his career change.
You can find The 7th Inning Stretch on eBay here.