Old Bridge, NJ – March 9, 2016 – Hobbyists will find two programs of interest at the Old Bridge Public Library in April.
On Sun. April 2nd at 2pm, the Library will present a “Sports Collectibles” session hosted by Michael Osacky. While many people have vintage sports cards/memorabilia collecting dust in their homes, they often do not know the values of these items. Osacky has appraised world championship collections from former NBA and MLB athletes and is certified by the National Association of Professional Appraisers (NAPA). He will discuss the vintage sports card and memorabilia industry and will provide a free verbal appraisal of vintage sports collectibles (pre-1970 only). Osacky has written numerous articles for national publications including Parade Magazine, Huffington Post, Kiplinger’s Magazine and American Legion Magazine and has interviewed professional sports team owners such as Tom Ricketts (Chicago Cubs) and Bill DeWitt Jr. (St. Louis Cardinals).
Next, a program entitled, “Turning a Hobby into a Business” will be offered on Sun. April 10th at 2pm. Presented by Steven Mamakas, founder of Kroozin Productions, and Director of the Old Bridge Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, will examine how his interest in cars and automotive preservation developed into a successful charity car show business. Mamakas will discuss the challenges he faced, start-up tactics and research, business plan development, and marketing, including the importance of the “11-second elevator pitch.”
“Given the popularity of vintage cars and sports collectibles, we believe both these programs will appeal to a wide variety of residents, and provide them with valuable information they can use to appraise their collections or begin their own business,” noted Library Director Nancy Cohen.
The Old Bridge Public Library was recently voted “Best Public Library in Middlesex County” by the readers of the Home News Tribune. The Library is open seven-days-a-week and is located at 1 Old Bridge Plaza at the corner of Rt. 516 and Cottrell Road in the Municipal Center. More information about these and other Library programs, as well as program registration, can be found at www.oldbridgelibrary.org or by calling 732-721-5600 x5033. The satellite Laurence Harbor branch is located at 277 Shoreland Circle; phone: 732-566-2227.