Amazing Heroes has come a long way in the last 33+ years. I started collecting as a young child. Comics, Sports cards, Coins and Stamps. If you could collect it, I did. (I even collected National Geographic and Insolators from phone poles.) At some point I figured out some of the stuff I had could go for some good money and started doing shows ( I have only done like 2 comic shows, that stuff is to heavy to lug around!) I did the math and figured out that I could open a store for about the same cost as doing shows and I would be open 7 days instead of just one day a week. I was offered a store with my friend Paul and another guy in Verona. We opened the Baseball Card store and did great during the boom years. We had different ideas about how to run the store and I left to open my own store in Union. Steve's Collectables was our first name and we moved into the worlds smallest store. It was 7 x 12, I built the floor and put in lights and paid the rent late every month but I was able to learn what NOT to do. I also picked up Pete at this time. He started by just watching the store when I needed to use the rest room (the first store didn't have one and I had to go next door) and he has been a big part of the success ever since. Then came the dark time. I moved to a bigger store but I picked up a partner. We changed the name to We Could Be Heroes (I never liked that name, too far back in the phone book) and we started selling records as well as Cards and Comics. Long story short, came back from dinner to a empty store. I changed the name to Amazing Heroes and restocked the place. We did well there since comics were exploding at that time and made the jump to Union Center. We moved the store one Friday night and opened the next day, where we are now. It was a fun hard night with a ton of customers packing and moving stuff to the new store. It's been 25 years now since my first store in Union and we would like to thank everyone who has ever been in to see us. In 2009 we closed down for a few months. I hated everything about not having a store so we cleaned up the old store and now were back! I think there gonna have to take me out in a body bag the next time.
There is a store near us that says it's his 27th year in the hobby. If I calulate like he does then this is my 33rd year in the "Hobby". Kids today, :)