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  • Genre:ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES
  • SubGenre:Sports Cards / General
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Generational Odyssey
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:362
  • Paperback ISBN:9798350921991

Generational Odyssey

A Father and Son's Journey from Hobby to Business

by Tom Schaumleffel

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Overview
Generational Odyssey: A Father and Son's Journey from Hobby to Business is a story told thru the eyes of the son as he tries to help his dad sell thru a half a million sports cards and collectibles that he has held onto for his entire 75 year life, coincidently while the country was mainly in lockdown from a global pandemic. The similarities and differences between their generations traverse the past, present, and future of their lives, the sports they watch, and the shared hobby they enjoy.
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Generational Odyssey: A Father and Son's Journey from Hobby to Business is a story told thru the eyes of the son as he tries to help his dad sell thru a half a million sports cards and collectibles that he has held onto for his entire 75 year life, coincidently while the country was mainly in lockdown from a pandemic.

This is my story, my journey that I literally couldn't do without my Dad. Separated by generations, but connected through blood, this father and son duo was able to take a childhood passion from a hobby to a business. From a basement in the heartland of America that was full of roughly half a million pieces of cardboard, collectibles, and anything not nailed down, to an online marketplace that has sold, shipped, and delivered tens of thousands of them to a dozen different countries around the globe, this odyssey is just getting started.

The young entrepreneur has never stopped competing in life from playing sports in his youth to adulthood growing businesses. Odd jobs, rewarding jobs, and the ball and chain.

You will learn about a few key billionaires from the silent generation to generation Z and how they improved their life from their youth to where they are today. You will also learn about the sports card market boom, busts, and brick walls. You will see how a global pandemic affected this industry. You will experience selling sports card and collectibles thru eBay: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Lastly you will see the details of an epic sports card deal.

About the author

Tom Schaumleffel is a hobby reseller of mainly sports cards and collectibles with an eBay store that has sold over 80,000 sports and non-sports cards as well as hundreds of sports memorabilia and collectibles worldwide just in the past few years. He started his collecting journey as a young child tagging along with his Dad and siblings to card shops and shows around the country.

He also played a variety of sports as a young man in baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and roller hockey, which kept his passion for sports burning hot. He continues to challenge his love of football by competing in a no holds bar family fantasy football league over the last decade, including securing a back-to-back family championship title.

He spends his days pouring over sports card and his nights as the friendly "ghost" watching over a luxury high rise building and the people inside. He lives just outside of Columbus, Ohio in the heart of the sports world tucked between Canton, Ohio where the NFL was founded and Cincinnati, Ohio where the first professional baseball team originated from. The Midwest has a long-storied history of sports, sports card shops, and sports card shows.

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