Hi there, My name is Gary O’Brien and I started Hits Memorabilia. Hits is a small business running out of Syracuse, New York. We have been manufacturing and selling authentic memorabilia products since 2011. Our current focus is creating professional quality made-to-order custom trading cards.
I started hand making my own trading cards as a child back in 1993. Inspired by the awesome inserts coming out in the 90’s, I kept drawing and creating more every year. I named my imaginary company “Hits”, sometimes “Hitz” with a Z, because that was obviously cool in the 90’s. As a child I couldn’t afford many of the amazing inserts like the 1993 Topps Refractors that I was in awe at in the magazines. So I had fun making my own foil, acetate, and die cut cards.
In the late 2000’s I started trying to make my own memorabilia cards as a hobby, eventually making a few full sets of cards of friends that I had met on Youtube. After a handful of those sets were made, my processes and quality greatly improved. I really enjoyed what I was doing, so in 2011 I decided to buy a few machines, and real game-worn jerseys, and try to see if I could make Hits a real company.
I really focused on the authentic side of the product. At the time in the trading card hobby world there was a lot of doubt about the memorabilia being inserted into cards. The major companies were not transparent about their items; people were altering memorabilia cards on the secondary market by inserting fake patches. Our main goal was to not let this happen with our products, so we made a photographic hologram database of all of our cards, and put all of the corresponding memorabilia and documentation right on our site for everyone to see.