He wanted to be a journalist, then he was a teacher. Now Phillip White is following his passion.
White opened Sports.N.Cards at 11125 W. California Ave., Youngtown in June and is finding business to be brisk. Residents can check out the shop during a grand opening 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16.
“I have collected cards since I was a kid and I always wanted a shop,” White said.
White is also an event photographer, but the COVID pandemic hit that endeavor hard. To help make ends meet he began grading collectible sports cards. Grading is important for collectors who want to know the value of their cards and showcase them. That eventually led to the card shop, but White continues to work with friends and other collectors on the grading branch of his business, SNCGrading.
White’s shop includes a wide variety of cards with different vendors contributing.
“We also have some sports memorabilia,” Whiet said. “We also have Pokemon items. This is still really big.”
White was a teacher at Independence High School, but left that profession because the pay was too low. He also taught a variety of courses online. Now he is looking forward to the card shop taking off.
“Summer is a slow season for cards, but we have a lot of people coming in soon,” he said.
White attends a number of sports card shows throughout the region. The business also has a website, SportsNCards.com, and collectors can find the granding branch of the business online at sncgrading.com.
Rusty Bradshaw is a 40-year veteran of community journalism, having worked at newspapers in Wyoming, Oregon and Arizona. He has been with Independent Newsmedia 15 years.
Rusty earned a junior college certificate from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming and a bachelor of science degree from Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande Oregon.
An avid football fan, Rusty also enjoys photography, reading, spending time outdoors and enjoying life with his wife. He also authored three books of fiction, “The Rehabilitation of Miss Little,” “Moist on the Mountain” and "Gorge Justice." Visit www.rustythewriter.org.