Sports Card Boom: This childhood hobby has turned into big business

For many, collecting sports cards was a childhood hobby. But now, ‘the hobby’ is big business.

“I’ve got waitlists starting for products I won’t even have for two or three months. I’ve got people that want me to call them as soon as it gets here and give them a price,” said Don ‘DJ’ Joss, owner of DJ’s Sportscards in Renton.

Joss knows the sports card industry well.

“I try to have every price range in here. You can walk in with a dollar or two and get a stack of Griffey cards or some quarter stuff. You can find

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Louisville watch repairman turned passion into career

Three and a half decades after opening Wang’s Watch Repair, Charlie Wang has no plans to retire

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — His workshop is not very big — about the size of a one-car garage tucked behind his home off New La Grange Road — but it’s enough for Charlie Wang, who finds himself sitting at his workbench for hours every day surrounded by his collection of thousands of watches and clocks.

“I’ve been doing this for 35, 36 years now,” Wang said. “Now I don’t do that much — at least 10 hours a day, only seven days a week.”

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The Wolf(f) of sports memorabilia: How a man turned a hobby into a dream career | Central/Mid/Western Queens News

It’s March 9, 1971. A senior at Jamaica High School in Queens, New York, skips school for the first and only time. He’s in Manhattan, waiting outside The New YorkerHotel. Waiting for someone he considers an idol. Someone who took left hook after left hook the night before as 300 million people watched.

That someone is Muhammad Ali. The fighter emerges from the hotel with a swollen face but with his charisma intact. He had just lost the “Fight of the Century” against rival and fellow heavyweight Joe Frazier. The high school kid approaches Ali, greets him, and gets his

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