June 11, 2024 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Statehouse Convention Center Little Rock
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John Rogers

John Rogers
Rogers Enterprises
North Little Rock
John Rogers, 36, has turned his childhood obsession — collecting baseball cards — into a successful business.

In August, the North Little Rock businessman spent $1.62 million on one of the rarest and most sought-after baseball cards: a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner.

Rogers still has the card and says he will sell it when the time is right.

Rogers' main business, however, is collecting the copyrights of photographs and film clips. He recently spent $6 million to buy the archives of a competitor, the Detroit News, which included about 2 million images. In May, he added Sport magazine's archives to his company, which now owns the rights to more than 5 million images.

Those images are expected to generate about $4.5 million annually when media companies such as ESPN or HBO use them.

Rogers also channels his passion for sports when he volunteers. He has been a sponsor and coach for the North Little Rock Police Athletic League for more than 13 years. Rogers and his wife, Angelica, started a scholarship fund that has sent several students to college over the past decade, he said.

For his volunteer work, Rogers was inducted in February into the Hall of Fame of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arkansas.

"I'm doing exactly what I love to do," Rogers said. "It's a hobby that's turned into a very big business."

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