'Ball Boys' Robbie Davis Sr explains why a Honus Wagner is such a big dealAdd to Favorites | Ball Boys
Robbie Davis Sr.: I collected for years. I started collecting in the early '80s. Initially, we started with baseball cards, and I was in the automobile business at the time. And when I got out of the automobile business, and my best friend played first base for the Orioles, Eddie Murray, I named the store Robbie's First Base, after my friend and my son (Robbie Jr.). We started buying and selling baseball cards, and it took over the business because I have such a collection. When I was in the car business we had athletes that represented the business, and I had contacts when I opened the store. I could get signatures and not go through agents.
Zap2it: Which sport sells the most memorabilia, and why do you think that is so?
Robbie Davis Sr.: Baseball, then the next would be football, because most people would relate to baseball. The average person can visualize [himself] and want to be a baseball player. To be a football player you need to be 300 pounds, and for basketball you need to be 7 feet, but in your mind's eye you can be a baseball player.
Zap2it: Can you please explain why the Honus Wagner card is the Holy Grail of baseball cards and why it goes for millions?
Robbie Davis Sr.: The reason why it is so valuable is they were marketed in cigarette packs, and Honus Wagner didn't want kids to use tobacco and had his pulled.
"Ball Boys" airs Saturdays on ABC.