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Old 09-15-2018, 12:42 PM
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Default Renata Galasso

I've searched this forum and while there is some scattered information on her, there doesn't seem to be a thread devoted to someone who really helped me, and a lot of others, discover that you didn't need to go to the store to get cards.

When I was trying to complete my 1978 set (my first ever) my dad came back from a Yankee game with their current scorebook/magazine, and I found an add for a complete set for $14.95. It took me a while to convince my parents that it made more economical sense to invest the 15 bucks and finish the set, than to keep buying packs looking for straggler cards (which I kept doing anyway). I found it odd then and still do that the card image they used to illustrate the 78 set was Dave Roberts - a pretty poor paint job of a guy who didn't resonate with kids in 1978.

Anyway, it took forever to come. When it finally did, they sent the 1979 Topps Set which had just been issued. I was furious! My mom pulled the first card, the 1978 batting leaders, and said, "are your sure it isn't the right set? This says 1978". I had to explain it to here.

Anyway we got it straightened out, and by the time I got it I only needed a single card - Gary Ross.

I remember that when she advertised the new Topps set each year, well into the 1980s I think, she used an old, poor image of 1975 cards to illustrate the offer for vending boxes. I actually used to not get those because I was 'worried' I might get 500 mint 1975 cards instead of the 1985 cards I was really looking for...if only!

Anyway, I was wondering whether anyone out there has any information on her - how she got into the business, where she went, that sort of thing.

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Old 09-15-2018, 01:33 PM
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No info from me. I hope someone chimes in.

But Deweys are taking over Net54. We got to get Dewey2007 in this thread.
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Old 09-15-2018, 02:21 PM
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Beyond the Wikipedia, I know I saw an article about her that included pics of one of her stores. I'm thinking it might have been on, but I will look around and see if I can find it.
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Old 09-15-2018, 02:41 PM
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Some of my fondest memories from childhood are going to the Renata Galasso storefront a few blocks from my house in Brooklyn. I got so many of my cards there as a kid.
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Old 09-15-2018, 04:41 PM
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I recall that Renata was a "front" for her husband, Bill Hongach, who was a one time Yankee bat boy and autograph dealer.
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:00 PM
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"This is fascinating. I had no idea Renata Galasso was a woman that dealt cards in the 1970s. I only know the name as the brand that produced replica prewar sets in the early-'80s. I've got some sweet '83 T206 sheets that they put into Baseball Card Hobby Report magazine. I know they made a bunch of other sets, too.

Hopefully someone comes along that knows more about her.


Quote above was posted in the post-1980 card section where I accidentally first placed this thread - would love to delete the thread from that location but don't know how.

Anyway, I remember her hobby card news magazines as well, and I also had the T206 cards. Yes - she was a real woman.
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:02 PM
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I was wondering about the "worlds largest" boast - did she top Fritsch?
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:28 PM
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I purchased cards from her for years and at times she would enclose a gift of a set of Drake's cards or some other small regional issue with your order. Bill Hongach is also a name from the early days , I heard they were married but never heard it verified because of the " separation " of the businesses : her cards and his autographs and I believe some memorabilia .
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by deweyinthehall View Post
I was wondering about the "worlds largest" boast - did she top Fritsch?

Probably in terms of how much they took in, Fritsh was big, but I think less sales and more inventory.

Hard to tell, as nobody really released any actual figures other than inventory.
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