The Gary Cypres Q&A continues:
Q: If someone doesn’t have the financial means to start collecting things the way you have done it, do you have a suggestion on how they can get into it without bankrupting themselves?
A: I think you start with the idea that it’s the collecting that’s fun. If you have limited resources, even within the baseball world, there are all kinds of things to collect that doesn’t have to be high-end stuff. Think of all the bobbleheads, or other giveaways over the last 20 years for just the Dodgers. A funny story: A senior judge in the state of California came by here one day, very distinguished man, impeccable credentials, Ivy League educated – he collects football programs. You’d never know what people collect. Football programs don’t involve major dollars, but here’s someone, an intellectual, sure as can be, just this quiet collector. I’ve had some other very distinguished doctors visit, he’s a card collector. It doesn’t matter what profession. Collectors are collectors, in their blood from when they were little.
Q: So as collector, would you buy up a bunch of Yaseil Puig memorabilia right now and just put it away for safe keeping?
A: I would buy some of it, but I wouldn’t spend a lot of money on it. First of all, it’s much different today. Now, they could put on 1,800 uniforms because they’re smart. Way back when, the players only got two a season. When you’re buying something today, realize it doesn’t have the same value. There could be 10 rookie uniforms for someone like him. It’s not a money issue in making new uniforms. Continue reading