Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Business

October 5, 2012

Sports memorabilia store opens in Goshen

GOSHEN — Steve Bachman’s not sure just how many sports cards he has, he guessed they number somewhere between three and four million. But Bachman is sure of one thing — he wants Goshen-area residents to visit his new store and take a look at some of those cards.

The store is located on Main Street within the Home Again complex.

Bachman said he has been selling sports memorabilia for 17 years and was co-owner of a store in Elkhart until 2003. He then turned his attention to online sales, which he still does in partnership with his son Jesse. He was also operating a store on Saturday mornings in Bristol, but that has ended with his opening of the Goshen location.

“This space became available, so I thought I would give it a try,” he said.

Inside the store are many tables filled with cards from three major sports, baseball, basketball and football. Bobble-headed dolls of popular sports figures line the walls and sports figurines hang in their packages on the back wall. More items, including pennants, will be added in the coming days, according to Bachman.

Bachman has been operating out of the store for the past three weeks and has been enjoying the change from his Internet stores. “What online doesn’t allow is interacting with people,” he said.

Having coached Little League baseball and still involved with coaching in a high school instructional league in South Bend, Bachman knows his baseball. And he is concerned that youngsters are not being exposed to baseball cards as much as they once were. So, he said he will always have some free cards available for children who visit his store.

“I want this to be a place where kids can come and enjoy sports,” he said.

Cards from his collection are sold on the Internet around the world, according to Bachman, with many cards going to South Korea and Japan.

“The hobby has changed, there’s no doubt about that,” he said. There are still simple baseball cards with the player’s career stats on the back, but Bachman said manufacturers are offering many new card lines. Now buyers have a chance to find an autographed card or a card with a piece of a player’s game jersey or game bat in a pack of cards.

The store also offers some team packs, which Bachman assembles by spending time sorting through dozens of packs of baseball cards. Also available are packs of 20, 30 and 40 cards that feature the same player. He sells many of those to other dealers.

“I can tell you who had a good day on Sunday (in the NFL) because people are buying 20 packet lots,” he said.

Bachman said he invites people who attend First Fridays tonight to stop in and meet him and check out the thousands of cards and other memorabilia on display.

 

1
Text Only
Business
  • Fast Food Workers Convention-3 [Duplicate] Fast food workers push wage hike CHICAGO — Fast food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future of the ef

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Supreme Industries reports improved quarter GOSHEN — Supreme Industries Inc. reported Thursday its second quarter sales and income were up. The company, which makes specialized commercial vehicles, reported its consolidated net sales from continuing operations grew to $71.6 million in the seco

    July 24, 2014

  • Earns General Motors [Duplicate] Recalls cost GM $1.5 billion DETROIT — Recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, cutting its net income by 85 percent. The automaker, which is in the midst of the worst recall crisis in its history, posted a net profit of $190 mil

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Amazon Kindle Service [Duplicate] Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited NEW YORK — Amazon’s new “unlimited” e-book service lets you read 600,000 books. That sounds like more than you’ll ever read, but I found myself struggling to find the books I wanted. It turns out that the library of 600,000 is bit like a small bookst

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ GN140720 blue barn berry farm image 01 New berry farm also offers classes, treats SYRACUSE — A retirement hobby has grown into a new agriculture-based business for a local family.Don and Peggy Bucher and Shanda and Chris Sheeren are members of a farm family who operate Bucher Farms along N. 300 East. According to Shanda, her mothe

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • BIZ GN140720 mike gingerich column image Online marketing methods to grow sales Growing sales through selling online is a powerful way to reach more people and extend your market.To sell online means getting in front of the right people in the right places. You want much more of a laser focus than a scattershot approach. It also

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local job numbers up, but so is jobless rate A growing number of people looking for work in Elkhart County has boosted the unemployment rate despite an increase in the number of jobs.According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Elkhart County’s jobless rate was 5.6 percent in J

    July 19, 2014

  • Microsoft-Goodbye Android-3 [Duplicate] Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity NEW YORK — The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each.As a result, the devices didn’t become a runaway hit as Nokia’s low-cost answer to serving emerging markets.Nokia X

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil search ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. — Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound wave

    July 18, 2014

  • Planners limit use of Hawks building GOSHEN — The types of businesses that could potentially be located in the recently refurbished Hawks building in downtown Goshen could be limited if a ruling by the Goshen Plan Commission Tuesday holds up. During Tuesday’s meeting, commission members

    July 15, 2014

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Poll

Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
     View Results