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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 Sportscollectorsdaily.com, but I will look around and see if I can find it.
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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.

Arthur"

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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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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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, 09:10 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, 09:21 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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Old 09-16-2018, 06:43 AM
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Apparently, Renata is still living in Brooklyn, NY and is no longer married.

https://www.mylife.com/renata-galasso/renatagalasso
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Old 09-17-2018, 02:51 PM
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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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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?
My 1992 card is actually part of a 66 card set. I did an article on that set in Sports Collectors Daily and if he is willing to admit it, a board member has the uncut sheet.
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I have many fond memories of purchasing sets from Renata from the late 70's through the late 80's. Here is my look back at a number of the different card sets that Renata issued as well as the Baseball Hobby Card Magazine that she published.

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From my winter 1983 copy of BHCR, here is an interview with Renata herself .....apparently she and her husband (former Yankee batboy Bill Hongach) have/had quite a collection themselves. If I had a collection like the one they have, I would be smiling in all of my pictures (unlike Renata in this article).
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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

Rich
When I was working for my father back in the 1980's one of the places
we did work at was a housing development in Highland Mills. We were
doing the tile work at their house and I remember having a discussion
with her about baseball cards and her shows but I was out of the
collecting loop at that time.
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