By D. Lanier Shook June 28, 2013
What’s your favorite YouTube channel? Whatever it is there’s a moment that interest was born. For Mike Runyon, it was listening to stock car racing on the radio as a child. Later he and his family lived in New Jersey and were able to go to races at the Dover Speedway.
Now Mike lives in Western North Carolina now and enjoys collecting NASCAR cards. He’s one of the members of NASCAR UNDERGROUND TRADING SITE, which is advertised in our weekly cartoons. If you’ve seen the ads and wondered what it was all about, this is your chance to find out, so click here to check out their great site. Not only is Mike a member of NUTS and an avid NASCAR collector, but for over two years he’s had his own YouTube Channel featuring box breaks of trading cards.
Box breaks are important to any trading card fan. This is the moment when you find out if the box you bought is awesome, wonderful, or just something you hope will be worth something someday. You may have seen the Peanuts cartoon where Charlie Brown buys several packs of baseball cards looking for his favorite player and Lucy buys one pack which — of course — has the card Charlie Brown wants. That’s a box break, more or less.
Mike did box breaks for the group, but members wanted to share in the excitement of the moment, so he turned to YouTube. He’d open the box and bring out each card while the other members waited, hoping for really good cards. Mike says the ones he remembers the most are cards with autograph or other memorabilia.
Some racing cards hold pieces of tires, firesuits, or other items that make them even more valuable. Others have multiple signatures or photographs. Obviously the reputation of the driver has a lot to do with the value of each card. It was an exciting moment for race fans when Mike broke a box last year and found a Danica Patrick card in it.
If you’re interested in stock car racing, trading cards, memorabilia, or just enjoying a good time you can click here to visit Mike’s YouTube Channel. It’s a great example of how YouTube is an important part of our everyday lives and hobbies. With new YouTube channels starting every day I asked Mike what advice he would give to newcomers. “Practice editing your movie before you post it on YouTube.”