North Little Rock's John Rogers: The Man Behind the $1.62 Million Baseball Card

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 12:00 am  

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And he was hooked.

"From the age of 6 on, every nickel I had went to baseball cards," Rogers said.

In his free time, Rogers devoured baseball books and studied games on television.

By the age of 11, Rogers started placing classified ads in the local papers searching for others to trade, buy or sell baseball cards. Instead of pooh-poohing the hobby, Rogers' parents encourage it and drove him to trade shows.

At the age of 11, Rogers sold cards at the Billy Mitchell Boys Club in Little Rock and generated $300 in sales in one day. "And I thought I was rich," Rogers said.

By the time he 13, Rogers was shelling out $250 for a booth at a card show in Arlington, Texas.

And all the time, Rogers absorbed everything he could about baseball cards. He'd sit and chat for hours with the owner at his neighborhood card shop.

The owner gave him this advice: You can either be a collector or a dealer, you can't be both.

Rogers didn't plan on becoming a full-time card dealer, though. He had dreams of playing football on Sundays.

Standing 6-foot-6, Rogers entered Louisiana Tech University on a football scholarship to play offensive tackle in the early 1990s. But his goal soon faded.

"I realized pretty quickly that I was a small fish in a big sea in terms of football ability," he said.

Rogers said his other dream was to run his own business and began preparing himself.



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