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DNC Volunteers Are into Collectibles, too!

by Sandra Lee Stuart (08/25/08).

Is everyone really into collectibles as WorthPoint’s CEO Will Seippel so often says? Well, I’m beginning to believe it, and here’s why . . .

Tens of thousands of volunteers from across the country are in Denver this week helping keep things running smoothly during the Democratic National Convention. These volunteers are assigned randomly to venues such as the Pepsi Center, convention hotels, shuttle buses, concerts AND the American Presidential Experience at INVESCO Field, where WorthPoint has a display.

Two of these volunteers, Ida Taylor of Carson, Calif., and Vanessa Finley of Kansas City, Mo., were assigned to staff the WorthPoint display. As you might expect, both Ida and Vanessa are lifelong Democrats. But you might be surprised to learn—as I was—that both Ida and Vanessa are lifelong collectors, as well.


Volunteers Ida on the left and Vanessa on the right

Ida says that she collects “everything but the kitchen sink” but that her most-prized collectibles are Kewpie dolls. Kewpie dolls and figurines are based on comic-striplike illustrations by Rose O’Neill that appeared in Ladies’ Home Journal in 1909. The small dolls were extremely popular in the early 1900s.

Vanessa began collecting baseball cards as a child, and she’s kept at it. A St. Louis Cardinal fan, she has complete sets of cards (no pun intended) from Manager Whitey Herzog’s pennant-winning Cardinals teams of the 1980s. Vanessa’s favorite, though, is a 1950 card of New York Yankee great and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra. Vanessa caught the collecting bug from her mother, and she’s passed it along to her two young daughters. Nine-year-old Piper has a Pokeman collection, and five-year-old Marlowe has a collection of toy animals for her Little Pet Shop.

Vanessa were pleasantly surprised that they had been assigned to our WorthPoint display. “I don’t think there was anything random at all about it,” says Ida. “Everything happens for a reason.”

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