The Dallas Cowboy football card web site was started in 1998 in an effort to raise money to pay a tax bill. My life long collection of Cowboy cards was being sacrificed in order to keep from going into debt with the tax man.
Although the initial sale did not raise enough money to pay my entire tax bill it did raise enough interest on my part to start a full time investment with cowboycards.com.
When I started cowboycards.com I was living in Seattle, Wa. I have since moved to Dallas, Tx, Akron, Ohio, and finally to Atlanta, Ga. were I currently live. As a Cowboy fan, you must think I am crazy for moving away from the Dallas area. There are times when I regret the move, but for the most part I have enjoyed the places I have lived. I do miss my Cowboys but I have a satelite dish and $150.00 a year for the NFL Ticket is cheaper than $2,000.00 a year for season tickets to the new Cowboys Stadium, although there is no supsititute for being at the game. The great thing about running a web site is that you can live anywhere as long as you have interenet access.
I have since learned a lot about web developement (with a lot more to learn) and a lot about business savy on the web. I have sold over 50,000 Dallas Cowboy cards online since 1998 and have also given away thousands of Dallas Cowboy football cards to newsletter subscribers.
I still hold down a full time job but hope to one day make cowboycards.com my only gig. I am marrired with children so a lot of my free time is spent with them an not on cowboycards.com. I wake up at 4:00 am during the week in to answer email, update my site and database, and to fill card requests from my visitors, before heading off to my real job.
Cowboycards.com has appeared in Beckett Football (Sept. 2002) and also the Dallas Morning News wrote an article about cowboycards.com in October of 2001. You can see a scan of the article by clicking here Dallas Morning News Article.