As Greater Binghamton eagerly awaits confirmation that Tim Tebow will be a Rumble Pony this season, local sports card and memorabilia collectors are looking toward a boost in business.
Parlor City Cards and Collectibles, formerly LJ’s, on Clinton Street in Binghamton is trying to get as much Tebow baseball merchandise as possible.
Parlor City already has some minor league cards that sell for $20.
Because there are not many of them, owner Leon Jicha, Jr. says some Tebow cards go for as much as 200.
Jicha says an item that is autographed by Tebow would likely double or triple in value.
He says the Rumble Ponies typically take team and player photos in late April or early May and release a limited number of cards sets sometime over the Summer.
“It definitely will help our business. Obviously, selling baseball cards. He’s in some sets and some products. Definitely will help us with some collectibles. We’ve already started buying some things in anticipation. It would be really great for the community as well,” said Jicha, Jr.
Parlor City is the team’s official retailer of Rumble Ponies game-worn jerseys, although Jicha says the contract specifically excludes Tebow jerseys.
Jicha is also a Youth Pastor at Endwell United Methodist Church and says he’s hoping that Tebow will have time to engage with the local Christian community.
By the way, Parlor City Cards and Collectibles is moving to 37 Court Street downtown, the former Freshy Sites location, starting June 1st.