I introduced myself to him as a fan, and also as someone who has done some writing about him over the years. But I think he did. But it really started more than 30 years before. When I stood next to him for the picture, my photographer friend John asked if I would like to stand on a chair.
A thirty no, make that forty I nonetheless open with such a hackneyed observation because that is what this post is actually about - a sports card store that opened and closed during the peak of the bubble years.
The store in question was called the Great McGinty Sportscard Emporium and it operated in a strip mall in the suburbs of Kingston, Ontario from April of to June of Its basically the story of this awkward kid here: The earliest roots of the store date back to when my dad, an officer in the Canadian army, was posted to an American base in Ramstein West Germany.
Until that point in my life I had been raised in a purely Canadian environment in which baseball cards were almost non-existent. When Case 9 2 baseball card emporium returned to Canada in the summer of I had only accumulated about 40 cards, but almost as soon as my feet returned to North American soil my collection exploded.
There were two catalysts for this occurrence. One of these was my very first visit to a baseball card store - Cosmic Comics and Baseball Cards. Cosmic Comics was THE store that every boy in the city of Kingston Ontario knew about since it catered to our two main obsessions comics and baseball cards.
It was an eye opening experience for me to suddenly have every pack imaginable available, along with monster boxes full of cards for sale - my mind almost exploded. Within a couple of months I had amassed a pretty good size pile.
The second event was a discovery I made in our garage while going through a box of stuff that had been in storage while we were in Germany. There were over cards, the baseball cards being Topps ones from the53 and 54 sets while the hockey ones were Parkhurst cards from the same years.
The Topps cards were all common ones, but the and ones included some big name hall of famers like Roy Campanella and Ted Williams: He only did that with the star players, so while his lot contained a big pile of commons in nice condition, he destroyed a couple thousand dollars worth of cards of the name players Duke Snider, Ed Matthews and a few others got similar treatment.
Finding these cards was not only a big deal to me, but also to my dad, who caught a clear case of childhood nostalgia from them. A glance at the Beckett values of these cards also got both our attentions and my dad started accompanying me on trips to Cosmic Comics and browsing the selection himself.
Soon we were also taking in sports card shows which seemed to crop up once every couple of months in the area. Our mutual venture into the hobby was thus born. From Collectors to Dealers Within a few months we had amassed a pretty sizeable collection, mostly putting together sets from the late 80s pack by pack.
With my own meager allowance this would not have progressed very far, but with my dad on board our purchasing power was pretty decent. We also began accumulating doubles in large quantities which I am guessing was the genesis of most baseball card businesses back then.
In the spring of our neighborhood garage sale gave our father-son joint venture its first market test. We laid out a door that for some reason we had lying around on two saw-horses and voila - instant card shop!
I have a lot of fond memories of preparing for that garage sale with my dad in the basement of our house. It was a pretty big job, sorting commons from stars and putting them into the monster boxes.
Then putting the star cards into either sleeves or binders and putting little price tags on them. My dad had better hand writing than me so he was in charge of putting the prices on.
He had also picked up some wax boxes of a few sets so we could try our hands at selling individual packs too, just like a real store. Business was pretty good that day.
I have no idea how much we sold, but I do remember saying bye to the rookie cards of Vince Coleman and Matt Williams, which were kind of hot at the time. The only thing that really hurt us was a lack of hockey cards Canada being Canada.Oct 10, · Trading Card Central's Collector Zone is a free community for trading card collectors - both sports and non-sports.
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Case Study Baseball Card Emporium Presented by; Grace, Ebony, Sibel, Albin and Daniel Baseball Card Emporium Background 1. What is the economic order quantity for BBE in units? In pounds?
2. What is the total cost (not considering transportation related-costs) of the EOQ? 3.
What is the total cost for using motor carrier transportation? The case report deals with the case study of Baseball Card Emporium (BBE), a distributor of baseball cards to their dealers of sports card situated in Lewistown at Pennsylvania.
In this study, the challenges or issues related to the concerned company have been investigated and solved. View Homework Help - Case Baseball Card Emporium from TRA at Florida International University.
Romero 1 CASE BASEBALL CARD EMPORIUM DATA R V $ 86%(21). Case Baseball Card Emporium Baseball Card Emporium (BBE) of Lewistown, Pennsylvania, is a distributor of baseball cards to sports card retailers.
Its market area encompasses most of Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and New Jersey.