In the course of collecting sports memorabilia and cards, it’s easy to accumulate a lot of stuff. In a perfect world, you’ll have room for all of this stuff you amass. Ideally, you’d never obtain anything you don’t want or don’t need, and your home would grow to fit each new acquisition.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way, and the more stuff you get, the less space you’ll have to hold it. Fortunately, there’s a group out there who’ll take your extra baseball cards off your hands—and give them to a good cause.
Commons 4 Kids, a Kentucky-based group run by longtime card collector Jerry Milburn, takes donated sports cards and delivers them to children’s hospitals, boys and girls clubs, and other places where kids in need could use some good cheer. According to Commons 4 Kids’ website, Milburn’s started collecting back in 1987. He took a brief hiatus, but upon his return, he found that the card collecting business wasn’t what it used to be. He wasn’t pleased when he saw “old men standing in retail stores, ‘feeling’ packs of cards trying to find the cool jersey cards or autograph cards […] cards should be for kids!”
“I currently have tens of thousands of ‘commons’ just setting in a closet, so I’ve decided to donate them to hospitals, shelters or anywhere else I can find so that the cards get into the hands of kids….where they belong.”
And according to a post on SportsCollectorsDaily, Milburn’s initiative has surpassed its one millionth donated card—quite the milestone for a man and his van.
Commons 4 Kids has only been around for about a year and a half, and at five months in, Milburn managed to donate 76,000 cards. Only a year later, hitting a million donated cards is pretty darned impressive. And that isn’t even the end of it. According to Commons 4 Kids’ website, as of November 30, Milburn made it up to 1,018,200 cards. That’s incredible.
Of course, over a million cards is just the beginning. Milburn has plans to keep going strong in the near future. He explained what’s next for Commons 4 Kids in an e-mail to SCD:
“We are scheduled to pick up 100,000 cards on December 8th, plus we continue to get thousands of cards through the mail each week. We have a good chance of having an inventory of 250,000 cards before 2013 so we have set another goal of donating another 1,000,000 cards in 2013.
On top of that donation we are doing a money raising campaign called ‘Make This An UnCommon Holiday’ with all of the money going directly to Sunrise [Children’s Home]. We are trying to work with some card shops and other organizations in the area to see if we can get donations for Sunrise to auction off in order to raise money; we have already raised $200 towards that effort as well.”
If you want to get in touch with Milburn, send him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll have a little more room in your home, and you might just brighten a kid’s day as a result.