WALLINGFORD — Lucky’s Sports Cards & Memorabilia, a shop selling authentic autographed sports items, opened this weekend.
Located at 600 N. Colony Road, the shop features signed cards, jerseys, framed photos and other sports items. Lucky’s has been selling its items on eBay and at card shows in the tri-state area since 2016.
The store, which opened Saturday, is owned by Vincent Balisky, a New York native, who runs the business with the help of his partner Ed Grasso and his girlfriend Krystal Idzinski. Balisky had sold cards and memorabilia for 12 years before starting Lucky’s in 2016.
“We have a wide selection of sports cards (in boxes), single (cards) and we’re doing memorabilia as well, framed and unframed,” Balisky said.
Balisky and Grasso joined forces just a few months ago, and have been working to open the Route 5 store ever since.
“This has been an excruciating process to get this all ready,” Balisky said. “We’ve had problems basically every step of the way. It’s been a lot of time, a lot of money and a lot of work. Thousands of hours.”
This has been a long time coming for the partners.
“This is something I’ve been passionate about for a long time,” Grasso said. “I’ve been a collector (of these items) since 1985. I’ve also been selling cards in some fashion or another since I was about 13 (years old).”
Lucky’s is also planning on hosting special events to get the community engaged.
“We’re going to have events for kids called trade nights,” Balisky said. “So instead of spending a $1,000 on a box (of cards), everybody gets a random team and you only pay $30. That way everyone gets a chance at getting that big card for just a fraction of the price.”
Balisky’s hope is that events like these will attract a larger and more diverse crowd.
Lucky’s will be open seven days per week starting on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., then Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and week days from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
“(Having a store) has always been a dream, one that I didn’t know if I’d ever get to fulfill,” Grasso said. “To be able to enter the world of entrepreneurship and support a hobby that has been such a big part of my life is really a dream come true.”