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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sports/comics shop has new owners

Vintage baseball cards

After 21 years in Annandale, Ron Savino has sold Ron’s Collector World, the comic book/sports memorabilia store in the Annandale Shopping Center on Columbia Pike.

But don’t worry; the store isn’t closing. It’s been purchased by three guys who have been longtime collectors and have plans to bring in more vintage comics, sets of sports cards, and autographed items—including a lot of gems from their personal collections, such as original Iron Man comics ($500 to $800) and vintage comics from the 1940s.

Damon Hudson and Steve Weber
The new owners, Damon Hudson, Stephen Weber, and Doug Steele, are tentatively planning a reopening celebration for the new shop, renamed Collector’s World, sometime in June. Another partner in the store is David Miller of Annandale, who has known Weber since the seventh grade.

Ron Savino, his wife Diane, and brother Vinnie Savino, the longtime manager of the shop, have tentative plans to retire to Florida, Vinnie says.

Vinnie Savino pointed out some of the current treasures in the shop: a unique double baseball card featuring Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper and Mickey Mantle autographed by both of them ($3,500), a double card autographed by Harper and Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III ($2,500), and a card of Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg with a piece of his jersey ($700).

Hudson said he was driving down Columbia Pike when he saw the shop, stopped in, and learned it was for sale. “It was a twist of fate. Thirty days later we bought it,” said Weber. As serious collectors, Hudson and Weber are thrilled to have their own store, but are keeping their day jobs as federal contractors.

Vinnie Savino
Hudson, who specializes in sports memorabilia, pointed out some of his favorite items, like an autographed RGIII jersey in a frame ($700), the perfect item for a “man cave.” There are also autographed footballs and basketballs, jerseys, and action figures. For kids, there are Pokemon and Yu Gi-Oh card sets. The new Game of Thrones collectible cards are there, too.

Weber, the comics specialist, says they hope to host special events with fans invited to dress up like comic book characters, Friday “buying days” where fans can bring in items they want to sell, and trivia challenges. Members of the military will get a 15 percent discount.

Collector’s World, 7030 Columbia Pike, Annandale, is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

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