Over the years Steiner Sports has gained an incredible following, which I am forever grateful for. We have ton of loyal customers; avid collectors who have a true passion for sports. I am going to start featuring some of the most deserving collectors with a blog interview. Today's featured collector is Shawn Burdett, a father of three and firefighter/medic from Olympia, Washington.
For your chance to be a featured collector, send me a note here.
Brandon Steiner: What was your first collectible?
Shawn Burdett: My dad passed away when I was 11. He left me a Mickey Mantle autographed baseball. I have it in my safe to this day!
BS: What is collecting like in the North West?
SB: Hard! We have very few stores around. That is how I found Steiner years ago as I wanted an autograph baseball BUT I wanted to make sure it was authentic.
BS: What does your collection consist of now and what are you still looking to add?
SB: I collect yankees, tigers and Seattle Mariners players mostly. I have Mantle, Joe Diamago, Yogi berra, Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey, Jr, Randy Johnson, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez and Felix Hernandez. My white whale is a Derek Jeter autographed baseball with his number and "The Captain" inscribed onto the ball! That ball would mean alot. I also want a Core Four baseball!
BS: What is your most-prized item?
SB: The Mickey Mantle No. 7 baseball I got after my dad passed. Its beautiful!
BS: Why do you collect from Steiner Sports?
SB: Easy! Steiner has the best selection! I know the autograph I'm buying is legitimate and the quality is going to be top notch!
BS: What else should we be working on?
SB: Keep up the good work as I think Steiner is the leader in the industry, hands down. If I had to find something to work on I would say adding serial #'s to the holograms.
(BS: For all of you reading, Steiner Sports began adding serial numbers to its holograms in 2015 and an online database will be accessible in the summer of 2016)
BS: Top 3 pieces of advice for new collectors.
BS: What was your favorite in-person experience with an athlete?
SB: Easy! Magic Johnson. He took 10 minutes and we talked about family (I had my wife and 3 kids with me), I told him I saw him play the Seattle Super Sonics (yes, we need our team back) and with 5 seconds left, Magic hit his baby hook shot for the win. Magic gave me a big hug and asked me if we would take a picture with him! So, myself, my wife and my 3 girls all got to take a photo with Magic. He wanted a copy of it so I emailed it to him. We still chat often. What a great guy!