Monday, October 18, 2021

From a text message to owning a business


Bob Seabold and Tower Games, courtesy Tower Games

Bob Seabold had a 27-year career in film and video production, but was feeling burned out. He turned to an old passion of his, gaming, and made friends with a game store owner. Then cam a text message from the owner: "Do you want to buy the store?"

Seabold took the bait and never looked back—except to share what he's learned. Read all about it HERE at icv2.

Jim McLauchlin

Monday, September 20, 2021

The comic store/costume store that's also a food pantry


Elise the dog of Safari Pearl. Also, Kathy Sprague (all pics courtesy Safari Pearl)

One typically does not think of Idaho as a haven for bohemians and liberalism, but then again, now many people are familiar with Safari Pearl? You will be after you read THIS about co-owner Kathy Sprague and a comic store/costume shop that's also a food pantry (and home of Elise the dog).

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, September 9, 2021

When one-cent baseball cards set legal precedent


Fancy people call it [Haelan Laboratories, Inc. v. Topps Chewing Gum, Inc, 202 F.2d 866 (2nd Cir. 1953)], but to many it's just "The Halelan Labs decision." It's all about how penny packs of baseball cards CREATED the right of publicity precedent, and YOU can read all about it in the Oct-Nov 2021 issue of Beckett Vintage Collector, available in print and at Pocketmags.

Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

The "One of Everything" Store


Peter Birkemoe and The Beguiling, courtesy The Beguiling

Peter Birkemore has a "reader-first" (not collector first) comic store in Toronto. Find out how being "the world's worst consumer" led him to owing and operating perhaps the deepest stock in North America over at icv2.

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Business Ethics in Practice


Distant Planet Comics and Brandy Cross, courtesy Cross

Distant Planet Comics of Columbia, MO is a different kind of business. It's focused on ethics, and treats its customers like family. The result is a rewarding one, both financially and personally, for Brandy Cross. Real all about it at icv2.

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, May 20, 2021

It's a business; it's a community


Jami Jones and Infinite Realities, courtesy Infinite Realities

Jami Jones "fell backward" into owning a comic store, and has dealt with running a business like a business while ALSO creating a community. Both are important, and both have served her well. Read all about it over at icv2.

Jim McLauchlin

Thursday, April 22, 2021

The All-Star pitcher who wants to trade autographs with YOU

Pan Neshek, from the June, 2021 Beckett Baseball

Pat Neshek is an all-star pitcher with 13 years experience in the Major Leagues. He's also an avid sports memorabilia collector who wants to trade with YOU. You can read all about him in the June, 2021 issue of Beckett Baaseball.

Jim McLauchlin