Interviews (Trading Card)

Interview with Nick Loiacono By: Shane Salmonson The Twitter hobby community is an incredible thing. I have met so many people on Twitter that I am able to share my love of cards with. Nick Loaicono is one of those people. I was also lucky enough to meet Nick in person at the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention. We met up...
Interview with Andy Broome By: Shane Salmonson Andy Broome has been collecting cards for over 40 years. About half of that time has been spent grading cards for a living. Working for one of the largest card grading companies in the industry, Broome has been the Senior Vintage Card Grader for Beckett Grading for the last 13 years. Andy was kind...
Jeff Baker is an extremely talented artist from Arizona. He mainly focuses on sports art and has created a lot of great custom sports cards, many of which I have purchased! Let’s see what Jeff had to say about his art and trading cards! BU: How were you first introduced to the trading card hobby? JB: I'm 42 years old so...
Interview with Tim Carroll By: Shane Salmonson Tim Carroll is an extremely unique artist. His medium of choice? Well, that would be cut up sports cards! We caught up with Tim and found out how this incredible idea came to be his full time job. BU: How did you first get introduced to the hobby? TC: Back in 1987, we had a small...
Ryan Cracknell broke into the trading card industry by starting his own trading card website. Ryan started the site in 1996 simply as a way to trade, but later added news and commentary as well. Ryan has also written for Canadian Sports Collector magazine and Non-Sport Update. From 2011 to 2015 Ryan was the managing editor for Cardboard Connection....
Signatures for Soldiers Tim Virgilio has been collecting baseball cards his entire life. In his youth, he would open packs of cards and sort them by teams, wrap a rubber band around them, and place them in a shoebox under his bed. While this may sound like a scene from a movie about baseball card collecting, he really did manage...
The Loot Locker Founder Joel Ritchford has been collecting since 1985-1986. He bought his first pack in 1985 but the hobby didn’t talk a hold of him until 1986 when he started trading with friends in school. After being around the hobby for 30 years, Joel decided to start an online venture in the card world called The Loot Locker....
Charlie Heinisch Jr. has been opening sports card packs since 1979 when he was 7 years old. By the early 1980’s he was set building, flipping cards and trading with neighborhood friends. His love for the hobby eventually led to opening booths in flea markets and antique malls to sell cards. In November of 2015, his ultimate dream was...
Daniel Campbell is a man of simple means. What I mean by that is he doesn’t complicate things in his life with what is not important. It was a true pleasure to finally speak with Dan, AKA Bear Man, about his business and to get to know the man behind those famous conventions. BU: Well, Daniel I must admit that...
I was having a tough time due to time constraints pulling together an interview on Trading Cards. In the wee morning hours, it occurred to me I could probably write reasonably enough on the subject, so I decided I would interview myself.  Now for those know me well, talking to myself is a natural thing so it seems to...