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Inspiring Conversations with Nathan Castro of C & K Sports Collectibles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nathan Castro.

Nathan, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My earliest memories from growing up were when my father would wake me up early in the morning so we could set up for sports card shows. We would grab breakfast sandwiches from Mcdonald’s and go to the venue. As we set up, my father would share stories of the greatest athletes before my time.

Over the shows and throughout the years, my love for sports grew. Eventually, I became old enough to become an athlete of my own. Then sports became an obsession. I played up to 5 sports at any one time and every second of extra time was devoted to training my body for peak performance.

As I grew older, I left for college and started studying advertising while following my favorite sports teams and athletes. It has been years since I have thought of or collected cards and had thousands of them piled up in my father’s garage. I decided to use my advertising and marketing skills so that, as a broke college kid, I could bring in a few extra dollars. I was able to sell the entire collection that my dad and I worked on together for almost 20 years.

This proved to me that there was an actual lucrative market where I could put food on my table and those I care about. Now I sell across many platforms, card shows around the country, and ship cards worldwide for myself and the clients who consign with me.

Please talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned. Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
This journey has come with lots of challenges but has also been a lot of fun. Bonding with my father was an experience many never get to have. With so many children raised without a father, many young men do not experience this privilege I have.

We’ve been impressed with C & K Sports Collectibles, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
C & K Sports Collectibles specializes in vintage collectibles. With a combined 75 years of experience, C & K has shipped collectibles worldwide and attended events across the country. We offer consignment services, selling your collectibles for you, and a listing service where our team will post your collectibles online for you for a small fee. Our expertise in the sports collectibles market has helped us grow a strong network of followers and vendors we regularly work with.

What matters most to you? Why?
Bringing dreams to fruition is what matters most. We have helped grown men in their 60s relive their childhood by reconnecting them with a valued gem. We help establish a foundational love for sports, collecting, and assisting others in reaching those same goals.

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