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Sports Museum at Staples Center Highlights the History of Cards

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, at 12:25PM
Sports Museum of Los Angeles Eric Richardson

Gary Cypres next to a set of baseball cards in the “Early Trading Cards and Games” exhibit



Anything and everything having to do with sports, Gary Cypres has probably got it. He’s been collecting memorabilia for 25 years.

“You’re either a collector or you’re not,” he said with a grin last week. “It’s unexplainable to most people.”

Just a tiny piece of Cypres’ collection is currently on display inside the Sports Museum of Los Angeles at STAPLES Center, open to those attending games in the arena.

The space quietly opened earlier this year in the arena's former FOX Sports Sky Box.

The current exhibit, “Early Trading Cards and Games,” features baseball cards dating back to the 1880's. Other sports are also well represented, with sets and displays talking about the history of cards for hockey, football and basketball. It will be on display until February, when an NBA-specific exhibit will be installed for the NBA All-Star Game.

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