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Hello, my name is Daniel Viglietti, yes I am Italian, and I can confidently state that no one in the world does what I do. In fact I will take it one step further and state that no one in history has had my job title.
But first a little background…..I am an avid autograph collector for the past 15 years. For most of those years I worked in the food industry, which is not great for autograph collecting, unless you collect autographs of waitresses with 25 or more pieces of flare. About four years ago I see a baseball card store called Dave and Adam’s Card World that seems to have athlete signings every other day, and I decide “I should work there!â€. Long story short I get a job in the retail store, my autograph collection is growing nicely, and then I get “the phone call”. You see, Dave and Adam’s 4 stores are kind of like a baseball team’s farm system for developing prospects. So I have good stats at the AAA Sheridan store, and I get called up to the majors…..the warehouse.
So I feel I know everything there is to know about autographs and I can’t wait to lend my expertise to the website. My dream job. My first day the big bosses sit me down in the conference room, welcome me, and tell me I am now in charge of gaming singles. Dream job over.
I have never played a collectible card game in my life, and suddenly I’m in charge of buying and selling Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Pokemon cards. In reality the job turned out to be pretty simple. All I had to do was see what all the other companies were paying on gaming singles, and then pay more.
The first real test was a large gaming convention called Gen-Con where I took $50,000, spent it all, and my bosses seamed to be pleased with this. I was officially a gamer “who also collected autographs”.
A year goes by and the person in charge of autograph memorabilia leaves the company to purse other interests – AKA he got canned. I finally get my dream job back. My official job title is now “Gaming Singles and Sports Memorabilia Purchasing Manager”. When you consider the fact that there is virtually no cross-over between the gaming community and autograph collectors, (yeah not much of a shock there), I am 100% certain that no one else in the world has, or ever will have my job title.
Oh Dan, I knew you when you got your first wizard hat!!