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Why The Sports Card Market is the Real Deal for Investing

Sports Card Collection

Most of us grew up collecting baseball cards. We spent all of our money on cards at flea markets, card shows and the corner stores. We couldn’t wait for the day when the new Beckett price guide arrived in our mail box to see if our cards went up…or down 🙁 For us 40 year olds, as years went by we entered the “real world “ with college and actual jobs, the sports card market was pretty much a thing of the past as we finally had bills to pay. Other than bringing back cool memories when we look through our collections, they basically just sat in a box or storage unit somewhere…and then fast forward to today where out of nowhere, BOOM, it’s back baby. But this time, real money is being made overnight while still enjoying the thrill of collecting, like when we were kids. On August 22nd, a record breaking $3.9 million was paid for a Mike Trout 1/1 Superfractor in an auction, eclipsing the previous record of $3.1 million paid for the T206 Honus Wagner. The Trout card was originally purchase by Vegas Dave for $400k just two yeas ago. Insane ROI! What Made the Sports … Continue reading

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How Creating a Vision Board Can Manifest Everything You Want In Your Life

Have you made your vision board yet? It’s such a fun, simple project for any age when looking to accomplish goals in your life….and it definitely works.  Doesn’t matter if you are 5 or 55, it’s never too late to visualize what you want for the future. Although you can make one at any time of the year, most people like fresh starts and the beginning of the year is a great time to make yours to set your short term and long term goals for the new year. I’ve made vision boards since college and watched my goals come true over the years. No dream is too big or too small. The theory is that “you become what you think about”. If you visualize something everyday, it’s more likely to come into your life. This is also called “The Law of Attraction”…and vision boards are the best way to make this happen! My vision boards consists of people I want to work with and meet, career goals, family goals, philanthropic activities, how I want to look, how I want to spend my free time, places to visit, foods to eat, quotes to live by, things that inspire me and … Continue reading

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Growing Up a Die Hard Sports Fan Led to My Entrepreneurial Destiny

I believe certain things are in our DNA, especially what we were destined to do. I grew up in Woodbridge, New Jersey where I was basically born with a baseball in my hand. Here is a picture to prove it. At the age of 5, I went to kindergarten with an NFL lunchbox and when the teacher said to bring in a photo of someone we loved, I brought in a 1982 Danny White Topps football card. Around this age, my Dad also took me to NY Yankees, NY Mets and NJ Devils games and if the game ran too late, I even got to miss school the next day. Sports became a huge influence in my life. I started collecting baseball cards, NFL Huddle dolls, bobble heads, game programs, posters, sticker books, vintage shirts, mini helmets and anything sports related. My entire room turned into a sports shrine, and pretty much remains the same today. My first entrepreneurial experiences happened around 8 years old when I had a paper route in Woodbridge, NJ, shoveled snow for neighbors in the winter, raked leaves in the fall and went door to door singing Christmas Carols during the Holidays. I also played … Continue reading

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How My Orlando City Soccer Jersey Refound Love in Dallas for One Lucky Couple from Florida

I’ve always loved the way sports brings people together. There is an instant bond when one fans meets another fan, especially when in a different city. A hat, jersey or shirt immediately shows your team loyalty to another die hard fan, creating that trust. But on one day at the KatyTrail IceHouse in Dallas, Texas that went to a whole new level. I wanted to share this story for a while but now seems to be the perfect time as you will find out why. About a year ago I decided to wear my purple Orlando City Soccer jersey to Katy Trail IceHouse, a very popular outdoor patio BBQ hang out. I went with my buddy Derek Shaw who jokingly said that nobody will know who that jersey is, which is very popular in Orlando, the city I grew up and started my companies.  I explained to Derek how Orlando City Soccer was all the buzz in OTown right now. We meet up with another Orlando friend of mine there named Andrea Kelly who had a picnic table saved for the group. As we got there, I immediately had three people come up to me saying “Sweet jersey, are you from … Continue reading

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How a Celebrity Can Profit from an Official Website

Official Celebrity Websites

Being a celebrity booking agent, I have a pretty good pulse on the industry. If you are a celebrity or athlete with a following and fan base, your website should be an entire separate entity that works as a cash register, while you do what you do best. An official website for a celebrity should be treated as their biggest marketing tool they have. Yes, Twitter and Facebook are huge marketing vehicles, but all traffic should lead right back to the official website. This way you control the message. With millions of pages on the Internet, often times people read and believe the first few results on Google. I talk to Hollywood agents all the time, even “marketing agents” who still don’t have an official website for their clients. That just baffles me that they are missing a huge opportunity to make their clients happy and even more important, “revenue”. Even if they do have an official site, 99% still aren’t monetizing the traffic to the fullest. If you are a celebrity with a fan base, you are a “brand” that can easily generate revenue off the field, court, runway or stage (for whichever you are famous for). When you … Continue reading

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“What Can I Do For You” is the Attitude All Aspiring Entrepreneurs Should Have

Mark Cuban Shark Tank

I think many young entrepreneurs have it all backwards. Many are constantly asking others for free handouts and asking what can you do for me and that’s not the way it works in the world if you want to achieve long term success and work in a field you love. You gotta prove yourself to people first. Show that you are in the game for the long haul, a hard working hustler, without expecting instant gratification and monetary return. Don’t maintain a “you owe me” attitude from people. Most times you gotta do things out of the goodness of your heart and not expect anything in return. If you continue to do good things, it would come back 10x through another opportunity.  Sweat equity, your most valuable asset doesn’t cost anything except your valuable time. If you believe in “Karma”, like you should, everything will come back in the end. If you want to become an expert in a specific field, you have to give people free information, share your contacts (with their permission of course), express your thoughts and experiences thru social media and go above and beyond to show clients what you are willing to do for them. … Continue reading

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