Kid Collector of the Week: Matt from Los Angeles

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Our Kid Collector of the Week feature will focus on one kid each week from around the country who is deeply involved with The Hobby. Most collectors got involved when they were young and have fond memories of their early years, so we wanted to highlight kids who are just getting their start in collecting.

Kid Collector of the Week is brought to you by Southern Hobby who shares a passion for inspiring the next generation of card collectors.

This week we talk to Matt from Los Angeles, CA. He was suggested to us by Tai Fauci, the co-owner of The Bullpen in LA. Tai told us that Matt “is the nicest kid. He has really good knowledge of all the major sports and collects basketball, football, baseball, and soccer. He shares his hobby with his dad, Michael who is an avid vintage baseball collector. They always come in together and have a great time opening and trading. Lots of high fives.”

If you know of someone who would be great for out Kid Collector of the Week feature, email me at sbedgood@beckett.com.

BM: How did you get involved in The Hobby?

Matt: I started collecting cards with my dad. We have many local card shops close to us, so it was easy to be involved in The Hobby.

BM: How long have you been collecting?

Matt: About 3 years as a serious collector.

BM: What do you collect: baseball, basketball, hockey, football, non-sport, other?

Matt: I collect the three core sports and soccer too.

BM: What is the first card you remember?

Matt: For some reason, I remember pulling an Andre Ethier All Star Game relic from Topps when I first started out.

BM: What is the best card you’ve ever pulled?
Matt: The best card I have ever pulled was a Cristiano Ronaldo/Pepe dual auto 4/4 from Select Soccer.

BM: What’s your dream card, the one you really really want right now?

Matt: The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie is a very important piece of history and is a dream for any collector.

BM: What is something you think that The Hobby could be doing to get more kids your age involved?

Matt: More promotions with the live sport. Kids watch baseball, especially during the playoffs, so more tie-ins with the actual TV broadcasts would probably help.

BM: What’s your favorite part about going to your local card shop?

Matt: I always like the atmosphere — opening packs, trading cards and talking about sports with friends. It’s great.

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