The National Sports Collectors Convention is the premier event in the sports collectibles industry. I have attended several as a collector, but this weekend, I attended as a member of the media. My full account of the weekend is on Patch.com at On the Beat at the National.
After receiving my press credentials, I learned I could interview Topps Marketing Communications Manager Susan Lulgjuraj. It was several hours later when it finally hit me that I would be talking to Sooz.
I have followed Sooz for many years, as she is well-known in the collectors and sports media worlds. I have tried on a few other occasions to interview (or even meet) Sooz, but scheduling prohibited it until now. I was now really looking forward to the National more than ever.
My interview was about 5 minutes, but I could have talked to Sooz for a few hours (not that she would have liked that). She is such an inspiration and role model for collectors and wanna-be writers like myself.
I asked her about her passion for cards, her favorite sets and cards, the current high of the industry, custom cards and more. I ended by asking her if she would ever be on a card and I was pleasantly surprised when she said she was on one this year.
Of course, she has a card. She's Sooz1
In the evening Topps meet-and-greet, the Topps executives fielded questions, suggestions, praise and complaints. Sooz was there capturing it all. She also garnered quite a round of applause. Sooz is very popular with collectors.
I really appreciate Sooz for giving me her time and consideration. The National is crazy busy, but she took time to answer my questions. It really was fun finally meeting her.