Origin of a Sports Card Investor

Many stories about collecting cards begin with a father and I’m no exception. The baseball card in the above photo is from the 1954 Red Heart Dog Food set. My dad owned the complete set when he was 11, and Stan Musial was his favorite player. Of course the set was eventually thrown away, but my love of baseball and baseball cards is forever connected to my father.

My dad’s grandfather used to cheer on John McGraw’s New York Giants at the Polo Grounds during the early 20th century. On my mother’s side, my grandfather was a left-handed pitcher in the Cape Cod league (the minors), and later in life was good friends with Johnny Antonelli (the New York Giants’ 1954 pitching ace). I’ve had the good fortune to wear World Series rings of both the New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants (I have a friend who works for them).

I began collecting in 1980, the Rickey Henderson Rookie card set, and was a diehard collector/trader/minor dealer until I went college in 1991. Toward the end of 2020 I started an eBay account and on a whim began to buy a few cards from the 1980 set (Joe Morgan, Carl Yazstremski, and Tony Perez). A little over a year later and I’m completely back in the game.

I watch videos (Sports Cards Live, Flipping Steve, Card Collector 2, Breakout Cards, Sports Card Investor) among others, and regularly study the market by going to card shows, following eBay sales, and contributing to conversations in the LinkedIn group, “Sports Trading Cards Enthusiasts of America.”

For me, Sports Card Investing is the right blend of nostalgia, history, and athlete appreciation, all wrapped up as a way to save some extra money to support my son’s special learning needs.

Thanks for reading and joining me on the journey!

Feel free to check out the links below to learn from the incredible people I referenced:

Sports Cards Live: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWFbO7e_LFBgyNJ2W7oMWhw

Flipping Steve: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCN3XG49XKqah_34GYdLEKw/featured

Card Collector 2: https://www.youtube.com/cardcollector2

Breakout Cards: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHdq2WBaTRFHoDZUb6pLLBA

Sports Card Investor: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk9zL0UlZ28uS7tlcguSLQg

With NY Giants Pitcher Johnny Antonelli

My grandfather was a pitcher in the Cape Cod Baseball League before serving in World War II. He enjoyed sports and spending time with other athletes. During his retirement years in Florida he played golf with Johnny Antonelli. Antonelli was the ace pitcher (21-7 with a 2.30 ERA) for the New York Giants in 1954 when they won the World Series. I spent a day with Johnny and my grandfather watching spring training games in 1986. Antonelli let me wear his World Series ring for an entire game. Johnny Antonelli died just this past February at the age of 89. More about him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Antonelli

Playing Left Field

Standing as if a sundial, my hand, a glove shadowing time.
Waiting for the ball I blink, wink, chew gum, itch my rear,
because nobody is watching me out in the wilderness where
gnats and sun, smell of cut grass envelop me, make me
a tall insect wearing stripes, socks hiked up high. I pace, shuffle
cleats, shout “Hey Batter, Batter,” as if my distant voice matters.

Take away white lines, the small crowd, he’s just a bushy haired
boy in a quiet meadow, looks like he might be talking to himself.
Or god knows who he is or what he is doing out there alone, a 
quiet king with monarchs that flutter by. Until wooden bat breaks 
daydreams, interrupts his nature, baseball soars over his head.