Taking My Hacks

Sometimes, a Picture Says It All

  Joe Orlando


Usually, I use this column to jump on my soapbox and discuss whatever hobby-related topics come to mind. It is something I really enjoy doing, on both a professional and personal level. This month, however, I decided to change the nature of this column by sparing the reader of my ranting. Instead, I decided to limit my words and replace most of them with a simple photo.

In the photo below, you can see a man wearing a Joe Namath jersey, throwing a football to another man. Believe it or not, that is the real Joe Namath tossing the pigskin. The other man is a freelance writer for PSA, and while growing up, Namath was one of his heroes. He met Broadway Joe and his family at Namath's home during an interview for another magazine.

While there, he asked if the football legend would play catch with him. Not only did Namath oblige, he put on a jersey and even asked the writer to run a few routes on his front lawn. The reason I decided to put this image into my monthly column is because this image, to me, explains more about the impact of sports than any words ever could. Just look at the sheer joy expressed on the writer's face as he is about to catch Namath's first toss. It is absolutely priceless.

We all have to grow up someday and our bodies must age, but that little kid inside us always remains. For many of us, this is a big reason why we collect. The hobby takes us back to a simpler time, when we were much more impressionable and, perhaps, less jaded from the trials of life. It takes us back to our youth and our innocence ... a time when the idea of playing catch with our hero could cause us to smile, from ear to ear.

David & Joe

As a fellow collector, this picture says it all.

Never get cheated,

Joe Orlando

Joe Orlando
Editor In Chief

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.