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Old 09-15-2018, 09:58 PM
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I too was an early buyer from her ads in periodicals. I used to get the full sets each year from her for a while. I tried to find info on her as well, as it seems she just disappeared from the card world eventually. I believe I read that she was in college when she started the business. Definitely one of the early memories I have of the card hobby. With there was more on the history of her and others that were doing a lot of mail order business.

I knew there were more and I thought I had even seen a photo of her when she was younger, maybe it's in a magazine I have. Anyway, I read that her Aunt is the one pictured in the previous shot, not her. She is in her 60s now and it would seem, still in NY.
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Old 09-15-2018, 10:10 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.
That is correct in terms of Bill Hongach being instrumental in the business. It made for great pub to have the business in her name.

Her whole family did work in the business and one of my work friends at the time said whenever he ordered from them he spoke to her father.

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Old 09-15-2018, 10:21 PM
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Baseball Hobby Card Report was their publication in the 80s. I found 1 issue and maybe have a couple others, but I don't see them too often at a price I would pay, so I don't have as many as I'd like.

How about a Mays RGI set with 1st card auto for $15!! Seems crazy, but back then that was the going price. There is a two page spread selling auto'd 8x10s and the top price for a single signed photo is Roger Maris at $20. Maris and Mantle together photos were $37.50. Those are non-subscriber prices too. Subscribers paid $17.50 & $35.00. This is the Spring 1985 issue and Maris would die later that year. Other notables...Willie Mays, $9.99. Mickey Mantle, $12.99. Sandy Koufax, $9.99.
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Apparently, Renata is still living in Brooklyn, NY and is no longer married.

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I too had a set or too from her back in the 70's...I have to locate the pamphlet, but Renata did mention in it, that back then that she got into the card business to help fund her school expenses. Always had great interaction with her. She said if the cards were damaged and or off centered and not to your satisfaction, to send it back and she would replace it. Old time dealers did that sorta thing.

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I ordered a vending box of 1975's from her as I recall and she did include a freebie, just can't remember what it was! And who remembers Gloria Rothstein, who I believe created the concept of the East Coast National. "A Gloria Rothstein Show!"

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I still have my '76 set in the original box from Reneta!!! - Cards have never seen the light of day!
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I ordered a vending box of 1975's from her as I recall and she did include a freebie, just can't remember what it was! And who remembers Gloria Rothstein, who I believe created the concept of the East Coast National. "A Gloria Rothstein Show!"
I set up at many of Gloria's shows in the 1980's and remember her well. She and her husband have both now passed on. She was a pioneer indeed

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I have some interesting odds and ends that relate to the card hobby in general, but it would be neat to see more. Some I have include the Jim Beckett 56 Topps design card, Michael Cramer 70s Phoenix Giants minor league card, a Kit Young auto from one of his shows, a Mr. Mint 55 Topps type auto'd card, and I have seen (but don't own) a couple Larry Fritsch cards in the 83 Minor League design as well. Not to mention the signed Rich Klein 92 Topps card. Nearly forgot the Keith Olberman T-206 cards they put out a few years back. Lastly, the Sy Berger Fan Favorites auto.

Can anyone think of some other hobby personnel related cards out there?
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There's always Jefferson Burdick backstamped cards. I got this E79 Abe Attell (IBHOF and Black Sox) card from a seller in the U.K., of all places.



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