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Meet The Staff of Just Collect, Inc.

Just Collect, Inc. is an online auction house that is headquartered out of Somerset, NJ. With offices and representatives nationwide, Just Collect has been able to buy and sell over $20 million worth of memorabilia in the last decade. Staff members of Just Collect continually travel the country buying vintage sports card collections of all sizes.

Leighton Sheldon, President

Leighton Sheldon bought his first pack of baseball cards when he was eight-years old and has never looked back. The budding entrepreneur set-up his first booth at a local New Jersey card show held at the Temple Shaari-Emeth in 1989, splitting the $35.00 booth with two other friends. Leighton worked his way through college by buying and selling baseball cards and working at Johnson & Johnson as a financial analyst. Leighton graduated from Rutgers University in the Class of 2000. Upon graduation, he began his first full-time position in the hobby working for Mark Murphy, “The Baseball Card Kid” and a pioneer in the unopened market. He then went on to work for New York based Leland's Auctions for four years, rising to Director of Acquisitions.

Leighton’s passion of sports and love of the hobby always burned strong and he realized that he wanted to do much more with his sports and hobby knowledge. In March 2006 he founded Just Collect, Inc. Since its inception, Just Collect has bought and sold over $20 million worth of vintage sports cards, and is currently one of the country's largest buyers of vintage sports cards and sports memorabilia. Leighton and his team travel tens of thousands of miles every year, buying and appraising vintage sports cards, memorabilia and autograph collections throughout the United States and Canada. He is incredibly proud of Just Collect because the company offers a uniquely transparent buying and appraising process that utilizes actual, real-time market values to assess the overall value of a collection – not some stagnant or outdated price guide valuation that shortchanges the seller.

A collector himself, Leighton focuses his own collection primarily in the arena of vintage basketball cards and memorabilia. Some of the highlights of his personal collection include a blank-backed Dr. J autographed rookie card, a piece of the iconic parquet flooring from the old Boston Garden that was signed by Celtic’s great Larry Legend (aka Larry Bird) and a wide variety of Michael Jordan autographs and memorabilia.

He is also passionate about his sports teams. Growing up with the dream of playing shortstop in the pinstripes at the big ballpark in the Bronx, Leighton is undoubtedly a die-hard Yankees fan. His fandom also runs deep and green with the New York Jets and Boston Celtics as well as being a supporter of the New York Rangers. He currently resides in Essex County, NJ with his wife Julie, his son Crosby and the official Just Collect mascot, a golden-doodle named Argon.

Feel free to contact Leighton directly at leighton@justcollect.com

Scott Alpaugh, Vice President

Scott began collecting in the late 1960's. Packs were a nickel and he had to walk 3 miles uphill, in the snow, both ways to buy our baseball cards in the middle of the summer – alright, maybe there wasn't a hill. He had a neighbor that was a few years older and he instilled in Scott, a discipline to build a set with the best cards and to always buy two boxes – one to open and make a set from and the other to go on the shelf. Not an easy task for a youngster even though the 24 pack boxes were only $1.20 each at the time.

After a few years of getting his collection started, Scott remembered completing his first baseball set from the 1st Series in the spring to the final 7th Series at the end of the summer of 1970. The last card he needed? The Seattle Pilots Team card. A few years later, his friend went away to college and gave his entire collection to Scott, including his unopened boxes.  

Although there weren't many card shows when he was young, Scott's family was in the dress business and he would regularly be in New York City where he attended and set up at a few shows as a teenager in the mid and later part of the 1970s.  Scott continued building baseball, football and hockey sets and stashed unopened boxes each year until eventually leaving home to attend college. Painfully, his collection was decimated when his mother emptied his closet and sent the cardboard treasures to a Jersey landfill.

With his cards gone, Scott entered the workforce, got married, bought a house and started a family. Getting all of life's prerequisites in order, he began to rebuild the collection. A keen eye, honed at a young age, forced him to be very selective and picky when buying. He focused on only adding cards that had the best corners, registration, centering and presentation to his collection while others were busy just trying to fill the holes on their want lists. This attention to condition became a valuable asset when Scott started buying and selling at local and national shows. Later, after submitting high grade cards for third party grading, he was recruited and worked as a senior grader for SGC before returning to the national show circuit.

Scott's current focus is on vintage football, including 19th cabinet cards and photos.  His signature set is the 1948 Leaf Football Set which he has completed in PSA grades ranging from PSA 5 to PSA 8. He has completed another set ungraded and has completed another with nearly all of the variations.  He is also more than 70% of the way to having the complete set autographed with most certified by PSA/DNA! He also collects autographed rookie cards of Hall of Famers in all four of the major sports.

The summer of 2019 will mark Scott's 11th year as the vintage card specialist with Just Collect and he says that it still seems like he started only months ago. Scott notes, "I'm one of the lucky people in this world that can say that their 'job' is something that they enjoy and look forward to doing daily!"

Feel free to contact Scott directly at scotta@justcollect.com.