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ABOUT US

Ozzie Smith at the Kit Young OfficeCecil Fielder at the Kit Young Hawaii Trade ShowMagic Johnson & Patti at the Kit Young Hawaii Trade Show

L-R: Ozzie Smith, Rob Rosen, Cecil Fielder, Scott Cowan, Magic Johnson, Patti Young

Why Buy From Kit Young?

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1) EXPERIENCE: Kit is a pioneer in the industry, having started his full-time catalogue business before price guides even existed - 28 years total.

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2) INTEGRITY:  We have won the Krause Publications Award for "Exceptional Service" 19 straight years -   the most of any dealer in the USA.

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3) NATIONAL RECOGNITION: We have received national recognition, being featured in hundreds of articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, The Sporting News, Parade, Washington Post, N.Y. Times, U.S. News & World Report, G.Q., and dozens of newspaper and television features, including the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.

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4) PROFESSIONALISM: We helped found this industry’s first trade association (SCAI). Kit was elected to the Board of Directors for three years, by vote of dealers throughout the country.

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5) KNOWLEDGE: Kit is a consultant to various price guides, including Beckett’s Sports Americana Guides, Sportscards Magazine, Tuff Stuff, and Baseball Card Magazine.

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6) STAFF: We may be the only sportscard catalogue business in the country that combines trade experience (13 years each or more for our general manager, sales manager, marketing manager and operations manager) with diverse educational backgrounds (including majors in economics, and building architecture).

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7) INVENTORY: Our sports collectibles inventory is likely the country’s largest and most extensive. While we specialize in baseball we carry cards, memorabilia and collectibles from virtually every sport.

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8) INDUSTRY RECOGNITION: Kit has received awards for "outstanding contributions to the industry and hobby 1) At the 1990 National Convention and 2) in 1993 at the SCAI Annual Conference. Tuff Stuff calls him "the industry’s unofficial leader for the past five years." He’s also listed as one of the industry’s most influential/impact persons in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996 by USA Today and Sports Card Trader, and is the highest rated dealer in the country.

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9) SERVICE: We provide exceptional service, with virtually all orders being shipped within 1-4 days of receipt. Unlike other dealers, we do not have a retail store, so all our efforts are geared towards mail order. Plus our best inventory is sold in the mail, not to store customers.

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10) REPUTATION: Ask your friends or other dealers - We are known for our professionalism and integrity.

OUR GUARANTEE: All cards and collectibles are subject to your approval. If something isn’t right, or we make a mistake, we’ll correct it! We’ve stood behind this guarantee for 28 years. FINAL NOTE: Every dealer in the country has his own guidelines for grading. We feel ours are among the MOST CONSERVATIVE IN THE COUNTRY. Please read our grading guidelines carefully — our idea of cards graded "EX-MT" or "EXCELLENT" is considerably more conservative than Beckett Monthly, Sports Collectors Digest, and other reputable publications.

Company Profile

After being an avid boyhood collector (Peoria, Ill., and Santa Monica, Calif.) Kit went to Carleton College in Minnesota and received his degree in 1968. After a year or two of playing beach bum, and then rock band guru, he entered the "straight world" of banking (joining the family banking business in Vancouver, Washington) eventually becoming a vice-president in commercial banking. But in his late 20s he took a plunge into the "baseball card business," becoming one of the country’s first full-time dealers. This was in the days before early price guides even existed and the major source of cards was "The Road." He would travel the countryside, buying out of hotel rooms in over 40 different cities, including Providence, Honolulu, Des Moines, Seattle, Miami, Cleveland, San Antonio, and many points in between. It was an exciting era, with many "attic finds" and "discoveries."Sometime during that period he recognized that selling cards at major shows (Philadelphia, Kansas City, Brooklyn, St. Louis, Los Angeles, etc.) wasn’t going to pay the bills. Thus came the creation of our first catalogues, over 15 years ago. With good fortune and with the kind support of many of you, we have grown ever since, now processing over 25,000 orders a year. Other changes have come: Our original part-time high school sophomore (age 15 then,) Scott Cowan, is now our General Manager and an old married man of 38. Our sales manager, Rob Rosen, was a scrawny kid of about 13 when he and his dad "Doc" Rosen would sit on Kit’s living room floor, buying mint 1968 Ryans for $8.00 each. The third member of our management team, Nacho Arredondo, is our Chief Financial Officer, who joined us after serving as General Manager of another sports memorabilia company for 15 years. Finally our Marketing Manager Bob Ivanjack has been with our company since 1991.Today we have likely the nation’s strongest vintage card staff in the country, with experts in pre-1970 sportscards, autographs, and assorted memorabilia. We have received national recognition, being featured in dozens of articles including those in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, The Sporting News, Sport Magazine, Parade, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and dozens of newspaper and television features including the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.Kit has also received industry plaudits, including the 1990 Buck Barker Award for his industry contributions, and the SCAI Presidents Award for his efforts (plus the award was re-named the Kit Young Award in recognition of him). Additionally, he has been listed as one of the industry’s most influential/powerful people by Sports Card Trader Magazine and USA Today, plus Tuff Stuff calls him the "person who most in the industry feel has been the industry’s unofficial leader for the past five years."Lastly, from the popular book series, "Collectibles for Dummies" call Kit the "hobby’s leading guru."We greatly appreciate this kind recognition by our peers and the rest of the industry. Similarly, we hope that our personnel, service and overall quality live up to these high standards.

Remember our 28-Year guarantee: If you ever receive any products that are unsatisfactory, we will always correct the error (or refund the money if you prefer.)

Kit Young

Patti Young

Scott Cowan

Rob Rosen

KIT YOUNG

PATTI YOUNG

SCOTT COWAN

ROB ROSEN

Nacho Arredondo

BOB IVANJACK

CONNIE GOEPNER

NACHO ARREDONDO