Playing Devils Advocate Baseball card and sport collecting - PLAYING DEVIL'S ADVOCATE

Episode 20

Les Wolff & Gary Graves: Hobby Adventures

S1: E20: Les Wolff & Gary Graves: Hobby Adventures


The legendary Les Wolff discusses his experiences of collecting and dealing in sports memorabilia while Gary & I tentatively listen in awe about who he's met and the stories he has.

Special Guest

Les Wolff - Veteran and expert in sports memorabilia collecting and Gary Graves, seasoned baseball card collector

Time Stamps


[03:06-Meet Les]

[40:11 - Outro]

Key Takeaways

*Practice safe collecting with protection

*Keep your old jock straps in Ziplock bags

*If you have more than 1, you have a collection

*Collect for love, not money--yes, it is a marriage

*Mickey Mantle is boss dollar

*Condition matters, keep 'em sexy

*Baseball card collecting is life

*Vintage and Hall of Fame hold weight over newer kids

*Smart money is on the icons

*13 million in que at PSA

*Do your research, beware of fool's gold

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About the Podcast

Talking out the madness in my head-it escalates quickly.

About your host

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Kelly Mitchell

Published Author | Book Reviewer | Podcaster | Blogger
Serial Entrepreneur | Casual Gamer | Rebel with a Cause

I am the product of a disco bunny mom and a rocker biker dad from a small town in Nebraska and a survivor of extreme culture shock after moving to Las Vegas. Things are open past 10 pm and they sell beer on Sundays - it was emotional. The duality of disco/rock and country/city lifestyles gives me a unique perspective of the world--and a broad sense of humor about what I see in it.

I earned an Associate in Paralegal Studies and Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with emphasis on serial killers and sexual predators (a catch ‘em or be one ultimatum)--but never entered either field (educational carnage). Instead, my entrepreneurial spirit seized the opportunity of starting a collection business specializing in HOA Collections. For those that don't know, HOAs (homeowner's associations) is infested with daily drama, corruption, and controversy--I loved it. This, my friends should have been a reality show.

The experience exposed me to people from all walks of life and fed my dark sense of humor and curious nature. I excelled in communication and storytelling that entertained the diverse population. I flipped the script to become a full-time author. My experience guides me to write satirical nonfiction invoking thoughtful debate and laughter.

Writing is a slow bit of business when you have opinions on current events--and I’m full of opinions as a strong-willed woman. I turned to podcasting as the ideal medium to entertain others and get the loud madness out of my head and into the world. If you do what you love, it's not a job, it's a dream-and here I am killing it.

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