Author Archives: Joey Shiver

Local Card Shop of the Week: AZ Sports Cards

Posted on May 1, 2018 – 12:28 am Author: Joey Shiver

John Gola started collecting as a kid in Michigan in the 70’s but moved away from the Hobby when he graduated from high school and moved to Phoenix. John obtained his general contracting license in 1980 and began building his contracting business, which is still operating 38 years later. In 1993, while visiting his future […]

Local Card Shop of the Week: Jacksonville Sports Cards

Posted on April 17, 2018 – 12:10 am Author: Joey Shiver

Frank Bray began collecting sports cards in 1960 when his parents owned a little corner grocery store/sub shop in Springfield, MA. They sold baseball cards in the shop and a company named Diamond National, who was printing cards at the time, was right across the street and they would bring uncut sheets and cases for […]

Local Card Shop of the Week: All-Star Sports Cards

Posted on April 3, 2018 – 12:54 am Author: Joey Shiver

Steve Wrate’s first baseball card was a 1971 Topps when he was a kid. This was the cardboard that got him into the Hobby. He went on to continue collecting until the mid 70’s when other teenage distractions like pretty girls and cars came into play. His mother did something that a lot of mothers […]

Q&A with Tim Virgilio from Signatures for Soldiers

Posted on March 22, 2018 – 12:34 am Author: Joey Shiver

Tim Virgilio has been collecting cards since the early 80’s. He has used that passion for collecting and combined it with another passion that he has for military veterans to provide an awesome level of assistance to charities with that focus. While having no personal military experience, his father served in the Air Force so […]

Local Card Shop of the Week: The Bullpen

Posted on March 21, 2018 – 12:30 am Author: Joey Shiver

Mitch Guttenberg started collecting sports cards in 1975 at the young age of 4 years old. He has been a baseball fan all of his life and remembers going to his first game in 1974, even remembering the seats he sat in for a Dodgers World Series game that year. This started a lifetime of […]

Local Card Shop of the Week: J&J’s Sports

Posted on March 6, 2018 – 12:12 am Author: Joey Shiver

Joe Davis began collecting in 1976 at the young age of 8-years-old. There was a small grocery store on the way home from his school and he was rewarded for good grades with packs of baseball cards. While already a good student, this ensured his status as a straight-A student for the foreseeable future. Throughout […]

Industry Summit Day 2: Panini & Leaf Bring Big Prizes and Guests

Posted on February 27, 2018 – 5:34 pm Author: Joey Shiver

 After a thrilling win by the Dallas Mavericks to close out Day 1 of the Industry Summit, attendees were moving in to high gear on Day 2 (Feb. 27). The early morning was ushered in by a Welcome from GTS at 7am in the GTS Conference Room. The Keynote Address began at 8:15 and featured […]

Industry Summit Day 1: Informative and Exciting Events Fill Day for Attendees

Posted on February 26, 2018 – 6:00 pm Author: Joey Shiver

The Industry Summit for 2018 officially kicked off today (Feb 26th) in Dallas, TX as some of the most influential members of the Hobby gathered for the first full day of the three day brainstorming event. The conference features appearances by manufacturers, distributors, shop owners, breakers, vendors, Beckett Media and Grading, athletes, and more. This […]

Local Card Shop of the Week: The Rookie Sports Cards

Posted on February 20, 2018 – 12:46 am Author: Joey Shiver

Anders Olson started collecting Topps Star Wars cards in 1977. At the age of 7, he used to go into a variety store in the small town where he grew up and buy non-sports trading cards. Looking back, Anders says, “I have some really great memories of opening packs of cards from movies and television […]

Local Card Shop of the Week: Middle Georgia Sports Cards

Posted on February 6, 2018 – 12:56 am Author: Joey Shiver

Charlie Heinisch Jr. has been “ripping packs” since 1979 when he was 7-years-old. By the early 1980’s he was set building, flipping cards and trading with neighborhood friends. Throughout his life, his love for the hobby has continued to burn strong and that love eventually led to opening booths in flea markets and antique malls […]

Local Card Shop of the Week: S&S Sports Cards

Posted on January 23, 2018 – 4:03 pm Author: Joey Shiver

Steve Burris opened his card shop in Broken Arrow, OK in 1998. He quickly added Adam “Tattoo” Thomas to the staff to manage the store and now, 20 years later, they are still going strong. I was able to speak with Adam recently about their success and what they are doing to keep the hobby […]

Local Card Shop of the Week: SwamiLee’s Sportcards & Collectibles

Posted on January 9, 2018 – 12:32 am Author: Joey Shiver

Lee Goldinger first remembers baseball cards while at his brother’s Little League game in 1974. When his parents asked him what he wanted, thinking he’d say popcorn or candy, he said, “baseball cards.” Then, in 1975 at age six, he was walking around the local mall carrying a rack pack of 1975 Topps Baseball with […]

Local Card Shop of the Week: Grand Slam Collectibles

Posted on December 12, 2017 – 12:25 am Author: Joey Shiver

In 1984, Nathan Burns was 7 years old when his father bought him a 1984 Fleer Cello pack at a convenience store in Huntingdon, TN. With that first pack, he pulled a Carl Yastrzemski. His 12-year-old brother really wanted that card so Nathan was hooked at that point. For the next couple of years, all […]

Local Card Shop of the Week: Baseball Card Connection

Posted on November 21, 2017 – 12:53 am Author: Joey Shiver

Jon Schafer began collecting trading cards in grade school in the late 70’s-early 80’s. Instead of heading to Wall Street after college, he made the decision to jump into the card world professionally by opening a card shop in 1992. His wife, Lisa, was working in the dental industry and in 1996, with no previous […]

Local Card Shop of the Week: Valley Sports Cards, Memorabilia & Picture Framing

Posted on November 7, 2017 – 12:10 am Author: Joey Shiver

Alex Mortimer grew up in the San Fernando Valley collecting baseball cards. He spent his childhood riding his bike to Valley Sports Cards with his best friend where they would buy and trade their cards while learning about the players and sets from Max Himmelstein, Valley’s original owner. After high school, Alex became a professional […]

Local Card Shop of the Week: Soaring Sports Cards

Posted on October 24, 2017 – 12:29 am Author: Joey Shiver

Graig Reeves started collecting sports cards in the mid 80’s when he was just 5 years old. A native of Northwest Pennsylvania, Graig was surrounded by sports teams like the Steelers, the Penguins and even the Buffalo Bills. His mother was a native New Yorker so he also had the Yankees in his blood as […]

Local Card Shop of the Week: Indy Card Exchange

Posted on October 2, 2017 – 12:49 am Author: Joey Shiver

Growing up in Indiana, Andy Albert was naturally drawn to basketball cards. As kids, many of us dream of being in the sports industry in some way; whether that be as an actual athlete or some other job that is tied to the athletes. After 25 years of collecting sports cards, Andy made that dream […]

Local Card Shop of the Week: Mike’s Stadium Sportscards

Posted on September 19, 2017 – 12:02 am Author: Joey Shiver

In 1978, Mike Fruitman was living in Miami and attended a morning kids show called, “The Skipper Chuck Show.” During the show, he received a goodie bag, which held a pack of Topps Baseball Cards. The Pete Rose and stick of gum he found in that pack set off the sports card butterfly effect on […]

Local Card Shop of the Week: Sports Cards Plus San Antonio

Posted on September 12, 2017 – 12:01 am Author: Joey Shiver

Charlie DiPietro began collecting trading cards in 1957. Sixty years later, he is the owner of Sports Cards Plus, a card shop in San Antonio, TX. He works at the store with his son, Jeff, sharing all the responsibilities while his wife and daughter help when needed. Sports Cards Plus is the true definition of […]