May 1 marks a pretty significant birthday in the baseball card world

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Where were you on May 1, 1970?

For many of us, that’s a question that we can’t answer because we didn’t exist, but if you’re a collector today that date undoubtedly is important to your collection.

It essentially marks the birth of the baseball card shop.

Forty years ago tomorrow is when Larry Fritsch became the first full-time dealer of baseball cards in the world when he opened his family-run business in Stevens Point, Wisc., where it’s still at today.

Countless others have lived the dream and opened their own card shops or mail-order companies — and countless others have tried.

Sure, times have changed, but there will most certainly always be someone who is in business on a full-time basis selling cardboard.

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