Updated: Aug 30
The Employee Spotlight series is a monthly blog where we get up-close and personal with some of the amazing team members here at Platinum Standard Grading.
For this month's Employee Spotlight, we spoke to Brett McCallum who is the CEO and brains behind Platinum Standard Grading.
What was the first pack of cards you purchased and how long have you been collecting?
1979 Scanlens Rugby League. It cost me 25 cents and I only bought it for the chewing gum.
Were you hooked immediately or was it a slow burn?
It was a slow burn for me but I then got hooked collecting cards.
What product do you look forward to the most each year?
Court Kings, love Court Kings. I love Flawless and the AFL Premium products, I really like those cards. I like the matte finish cards, they're my favourite.
When did you realise trading cards were more than a hobby and there was a business side to collecting?
Three years ago during COVID when I sold some cards and I learnt I could actually make money. It's more of a stock exchange these days so therefore I can buy and sell and make more money out of it.
What interest do you have outside of the card hobby?
Technology. Love technology. I love working out ways that technology can help businesses and help people.
What does a day at work look like for you?
Oh jesus... A day at work... 6:30am start, catch up on yesterdays emails, meet Rachel (Executive Assistant) at 8am, find out what's on for the day, change most of what happens in the day, then agree what we're going to do, 45min meetings max but they go through till 6pm, throw in a podcast here and there and then it goes over and over again.
What are you most excited for at the Hobby Hangout?
The food trucks haha, nah, meeting the people we met at the last Hobby Hangout and other collectors from Sydney that we haven't had the pleasure of meeting yet.
Do you think there will be a different vibe to the Brisbane and Melbourne Hobby Hangout at Sydney?
100%. Doing the shows that we did with Josh Giddey, we saw that every population was completely different and I think that the big part of that is the people in those different states are like they're from different countries. I think it will be bigger there (in Sydney), I think you'll get bigger cards go, I don't think there will be as much scratch and sniff around the $1 cards, I think that it will be based a lot more around the bigger money cards. I believe that we will probably get more submissions in Sydney as well, just because we've been around longer.
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