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Cami DiBattista | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Bobby Hall, owner of Sports Collectibles 'n Stuff located at 638 W. Main St. in Mt. Pleasant, shows off a display of vintage baseball cards for sale in his store.

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By Cami Dibattista
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Sports Collectibles ‘n Stuff, a shop specializing in sports cards, memorabilia and select antiques, will hold its grand opening Saturday in Mt. Pleasant.

Owner Bobby Hall of Scottdale has been buying and selling sports memorabilia for more than 30 years.

He said he thinks his business, located at 638 W. Main St., will be a nice addition to the shops in the borough's business district.

“Mt. Pleasant is a friendly town,” Hall said. “I'm hoping my business will thrive here.”

Saturday's grand opening event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will include refreshments, and sports-related prizes will be raffled off hourly.

Greensburg's Rachel Schmidt is a sports enthusiast who said she plans to visit the borough business sometime in the future.

“I think having a sports store in Mt. Pleasant is a great idea,” Schmidt said. “The big chain stores don't carry memorabilia, so it will be nice to have somewhere to go.”

Hall's business will be divided into two sections.

In the front of the store, antique collectibles such as old wooden toys, tins, games and signs will be available for purchase. The back section will contain sports memorabilia and baseball cards, both old and new.

“You have to have an eye for it,” said Hall while discussing the items he will purchase to restock his shelves.

Hall added that he frequents baseball card shows.

In his quest to buy unique items, he admitted that, at times, it is hard not to keep what he comes across for his own collection.

“There's a few things I've just had to hold onto, such as an old photo of Exposition Park, some old football cards from the 1930s, and a baseball from the 1800s,” Hall said.

Borough resident Carl Miller, Hall's friend and former co-worker, will share the duties of running the shop.

“I've been a collector forever,” Miller said. “I enjoy helping the customers and I think we have a great spot for a new location.”

Previously, Hall owned and operated sports cards and memorabilia shops in Scottdale and Youngwood.

He said his love of all things sports began when he was a child and his father would take him to Forbes Field. His idol was Roberto Clemente, he said.

“Forbes Field stuff is sentimental to me because of my dad,” Hall said.

Hall said while online sites such as eBay make collecting memorabilia fairly easy nowadays, a traditional brick-and-mortar store is desirable because people like to be able to handle and touch what they purchase.

Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer.

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