Like many of today's collectors, I grew up collecting basketball cards in the 90's. After a long break from the hobby I rediscovered a love for collecting when I discovered some of the great Facebook pages dedicated to today's community of collectors.
A lot had changed over those years, and I found that instead of buying boxes and collecting inserts or just base cards of my favourite players, the industry had greatly improved the product they were providing. Autographs were far more commonplace, along with cards that had pieces of the player's uniforms that they had actually worn in games! It didn't take long until I was hooked again.
I started by entering into some 'group breaks', which exposed me to various different products and quickly helped me to build my collection.
I soon grew concerned with the limited number of Australian retailers that could supply product at a reasonable price, and also deliver the service that I expected. Waiting weeks for delivery became common place, if they even came at all.
So why couldn't I purchase product at a reasonable price? The answer was simple - limited competition, and retailers needing to add big margins in order to cover the cost of running their bricks and mortar retail stores. The service question was just as simple - the big retailers weren't collectors and were purely in it for a buck!
With a 15 year background in business and experience in importing, I knew that I could provide the local Australian community with the right product, at the right price, and with the best service - everything that I expected as a collector!