Hello everybody. I would like to introduce myself to you. My name is Frank. I’m a Wall Street professional working and living in New York City. Being a lover of sports and collector of lots of things, I decided to create a website where I will be writing about these passions. I am extremely excited about sharing my thoughts, interests and experiences with the public.
Like many of us, as children, we collected for the sheer joy of it and not paying much attention to the condition of our acquisitions. I was collecting sports cards, non sports cards, stickers, political buttons, wrestling magazines, comics, stamps, coins and more. And like so many of us, collecting can sometimes take a backseat or even come to a standstill when there are other priorities in our lives. For me that happened when I was going to high school, college, having a social life and starting a career. The ‘itch’ returned a few years after my entry into the working world and now earning an income, I had the means to resume my hobby. It was in the late 1980`s and the overriding factor that grabbed my attention was the star potential of a 19 year old who was making his major league debut. His name was Ken Griffey Jr. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1990 and touted simply as “The Natural”. I bought 7 copies of that issue from the newsstand, put them directly into plastic sleeves to protect them, and have never taken them out. And now some 25 years later, he is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
This was the main difference between collecting as a child and an adult. The sheer joy of collecting what I wanted was still there, but now I was considering the investment aspect of these purchases.
Why did I choose “Mint Is King” as the name of my blog? From a collecting standpoint, the idea of keeping my purchases in the best possible condition was always very appealing. Whether it be graded sports cards, factory sealed sets, or even plates from the Bradford Exchange where I can remember opening the package only to check that the plate was in the box and then putting it right back in there to keep it in pristine condition. This continued until 2000 when again due to circumstances, my collecting purchases stopped. The reason was a very good one. I have now been married 15 years to the most wonderful woman. But as we all know, with marriage comes other expenses so that a couple can have and do the things they need and want to. In order to accomplish this, I was fortunate enough to be able to sell a few of my collectibles when needed.
The best part for me is that I still have a huge part of these collectibles in my possession. Being at a good place in my life, I look forward to writing about sports, sports cards as investment value for present and future, collectibles and lots more. I hope you will enjoy my posts and look forward to hearing from you.
Collecting is king!