1995 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson Autograph
Recently I started working with a card shop owner in Iowa, whom I met through a friend in Saint Louis, and started working with him to trade him Cubs and Cardinals cards for his baseball section of his store. I do not really value the Cubs cards, so I am happy to trade them. However, I have found the principle I learned at the Cardinals Winter Warm-Up thirteen years ago still applies to the industry today despite all the changes. My preference is to have as few Cubs cards as possible. The store owner wins. Since I met him through Saint Louis friends he understands that any Cardinals cards that I trade or sell him I could easily sell or trade other stores or collectors. I win. However, I can also help the store owner win and my card collection win by taking on valuable cards that do not have a market in their current location. One day this Matt Kemp card is sitting on a card store shelf for three years in Iowa. The next it is finding a spot in my house.
Remember that when you go to a card show or your local card shop to take time to take the the owner and the store employees. Talk to them about their business. Look for cards that seem to be "stuck" in the store.