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Former Marina Pitcher Hits a Home Run With Baseball Cards Plus
Huntington Beach, Calif.–Twenty-eight years ago, Brian Farole, a one-time pitcher at Marina High School, turned his baseball card collection into a business out of necessity.
“My mom said that the trading cards I’d collected (with my dad) since 1973 had to go. They were taking over the house,” the amiable Angel and Kings fan said. “So my dad and I started “Baseball Cards Plus” here on Edinger, just south of Edwards.
The store has been a hit ever since.
Everyday, people of all ages come into the fascinating business. Retired computer executive, “B.J.”, said he comes here because of Brian. “There are other cards shops where the clerks don’t seem to care and they give you poor service,” he said. “But Brian really listens to you and if you’re after something he doesn’t have, he’ll hunt it down for you. He always delivers. There’s not a better person in the card business.”
Brian said his father, mom, brother and sister have all helped him over the years but his dad passed away, his mom moved away and he pretty much runs the business now with a couple friends. One named Mike was even a pitcher in the New York Mets organization.
Most customers come-in looking for baseball cards (50%), others football and basketball (20%), hockey (10%), gaming and other cards make up the rest. He has at least 30 “regular” customers and even offers a Monthly Drawing for $175 Shopping Spree in the store. You get one ticket for every $10 you spend to be eligible for the drawing.
Pro athletes also come to his store. “Brooks Robinson, famed Baltimore Orioles third baseman & American League MVP, came rushing into my store to ask, ‘Do you know how to get to the Waterfront Hilton?’”
Baseball Great Ryan Klesko, who graduated from Westminster High School, and had a good career with the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants, has visited his store.
And famed former Los Angeles Rams Quarterback Vince Ferragamo even signed autographs for hours (free-of-charge) in Baseball Cards Plus. “Vince was one of the nicest athletes I’ve ever known,” Brian said.
So if you want to talk baseball (football, hockey or whatever), stop by to chat with one of the friendliest guys in the business. Not only will you have a good time, but he will give you a Free Football Pack of cards (see site, http://www.huntingtonbeachcoupon.com )! Now that’s a winner anyway you cut it.
Baseball Cards Plus
6401 Edinger Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA