On a shelf in our bathroom sits a number of hair care products, remnants of a business my mom recently closed.
About twelve months ago she decided to put the property (along with the adjacent building next to the salon) on the market; a month ago she signed a 5-year lease with an entrepreneur who wanted to open a salon. Not yet ready to retire, she is now renting a station from the lady and, having no more employees, found herself with excess inventory. Now my wife and daughter are set up with conditioners, shampoo and God only knows what else for the next five years.
I find myself in a somewhat similar situation. No, I don’t own a business that I’m looking to get out from under; but I do have excess cards sitting on a shelf in my office that I’m looking to get rid of. Some will be put up for trade; others have gone, or will go, on eBay (or COMC, should I go that route). As I posted about a month ago, I’ve decided to purge the collection of many singles and sets.
Mom purchased the salon from her former employer in 1981. By then I was in the middle of my first go-around with collecting cards. My first packs were purchased in 1976- probably no more than a couple of packs- on a visit to Buttrey Food & Drug. Of course, it was mom who bought them for me. The ’77 season came and more cards were purchased- much more than the previous year. Money was still pretty tight though, as my dad had become self-employed during the bi-centennial year and it wasn’t until 1978 that I was able to buy packs on a consistent basis.
Paul Mitchell’s baseball career ended the same year my mother became a business owner. He pitched his final game in the majors against Seattle on September 21, 1980 and was then released by Milwaukee on April 1, 1981. Paul found himself in the Yankees organization, where he appeared in seven games that season for Triple-A Columbus.
I don’t remember watching Paul Mitchell as a player- only remembering him from his baseball card- but I have often wondered what became of him after his playing career ended. And because he shares a name with the co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems (the hair-care giant), I have mom to thank for that, too.