Sports memorabilia, antiques offered at new store
By Cami Dibattista
Published: 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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- G-11 Conference to be held April 24-26 near Mt. Pleasant
- Donegal Township riding center to host Special Olympics
- Program enables trainee at Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum