Justin Sanders
Justin Sanders

He can field like Derek Jeter. He can hit like Nomar Garciaparra. He has an arm like Roger Clemens. What’s even more scary is that he is left-handed! All of this talent in one player, it’s not fair! While other players go out on the town to party after the game, he is content sucking on a snow cone. He doesn’t drink or smoke. Despite his unreal abilities, he still does his chores, goes to school everyday, does his homework and goes to bed at 9 p.m. every night. What could he be worth on the free agent market? $10,000,000? $20,000,000? Who knows?

Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a little, but 8 year-old Justin Sanders hopes that one day he will playing first base for the New York Yankees or Los Angeles Dodgers and smacking homers into the right field stands. For now, Justin is content playing for his local little league team and collecting the players he admires the most.

Justin, what players do you like to collect?

I like to collect Derek Jeter, Nomar Garciaparra, Roger Clemens and Tino Martinez. Derek Jeter is my favorite because he is a really good player and he plays for my favorite team the Yankees. I like old players too like Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax, Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron.

Do you follow any other baseball teams?

I like the Yankees the best but I also like the Los Angeles Dodgers. They have a really good team now with Shawn Green. I like Adrian Beltre too. I go to Shawn Green’s hitting school. I met him and he is really nice.

Do you have any favorite cards?

I like the 1999 Bowmans, the Black Diamond cards and the SP series. My favorite card is the SP signature series Derek Jeter.

Why do you like PSA cards?

I like the holders, they’re really nice. The holders are great because they protect my cards.

Justin, what do you want to do when you grow up?

I want to play first base for the Dodgers or the Yankees. I also want to collect cards for the rest of my life. I know I just started last year but it’s a lot of fun.

Derek Jeter's cards are favorites of Justin
Derek Jeter's cards are favorites of Justin

Joe Orlando has been an advanced collector of sportscards and memorabilia for over 25 years. Orlando attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he studied communications and was the starting catcher for the baseball team. After a brief stint in the minor leagues, Orlando obtained a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in Southern California in the spring of 1999. During the last fourteen years, Orlando has authored several collecting guides and dozens of articles for Collectors Universe, Inc. Orlando has also authored two books for Collectors Universe. Orlando's first book, The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby, was released in the summer of 2002. His second book, Collecting Sports Legends, was released in the summer of 2008. Orlando has appeared on several radio and television programs as a hobby expert including ESPN's award-winning program Outside the Lines and HBO's Real Sports, as the featured guest. Currently, Orlando is the President of PSA and PSA/DNA, the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication services in the hobby. He is also Editor of the company's nationally distributed Sports Market Report, which under Orlando's direction has developed into a leading resource in the market. Orlando also contributed the foreword and last chapter to The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories, a 2010 release, and to The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players, a 2013 release.