As a young man, Maverick had always dreamed of owning a trading cards game.
After all, it was the most popular of his childhood passions.
But it never quite materialised.
“I just kept thinking, ‘Oh, I can’t afford this’,” Maverik said.
The 26-year-old from Miami is a financial planner for the National Association of Securities Dealers, a trade association representing companies involved in the finance and insurance sectors.
His team’s research found that a typical card costs about $200 to $300, depending on the brand and the theme.
But a few years ago, he found a small online shop with a few stock photos that would sell for $100 to $150.
The website offered a 10% discount, so Maveriks decided to give it a try.
The site was called Trading Card Games.
It was run by a woman who claimed to be a professional trader, and it offered a collection of trading cards and other trading paraphernalia.
Maverikk was sold.
After months of researching the product, Maaverikk contacted the website and set up a business plan with the help of a local lawyer.
“I was like, ‘Let’s do this,'” he said.
With the help, Maavik set up the business and began offering trading cards online for a few months.
Then the idea of starting a business came up again, and he wanted to expand it even more.
“We’re starting a trading company,” Maavikk said.
“This is something I’ve always wanted to do.
I’ve been trading for about 10 years, but never really thought I’d get a chance to start this.
I just wanted to see if I could make it happen.”
To set up Trading Card Game, Maavaks needed to hire a graphic designer and to secure a few other pieces of equipment.
“It’s not a huge amount of money, but it’s definitely something that I could have done for a much smaller amount of time,” he said, adding that he had already started his trading business with his brother.
“They’re a couple of guys from the Miami area who just moved to Florida, so I’m very lucky to be able to do what I love here.”
Marketplace to commerceThe Trading Card Trading Company is not the first trading card company Maavick has set up.
Before launching Trading Card, he had set up trading cards company Aces Trading in Texas and had launched trading cards site GameCard Games in the US.
“There are more than 50 different companies in the trading card industry,” he explained.
“If I had just started trading cards myself, I’d have to start all over again.”
Maavikk has built a trading community and a trading industry with his Trading Card trading business, but he also has other interests.
“When I’m not trading, I like to work on various things.
For instance, I do some freelance work for a little company that has a couple other trading companies in Texas,” he told Al Jazeera.
“So I like doing that.”
But the trading business has been something he’s been wanting to do for a long time.
“When I started trading, it’s like, this is my passion, this will be my career,” he says.
“This is my calling.
It’s really not about money at all.
It has nothing to do with the financial side of things.”
Maaverikk’s trading business is an example of the growing trend of virtual currencies.
The trading market is a small, highly regulated one, and trading cards have been one of the few forms of payment for virtual currencies since the inception of bitcoin in 2009.
Maavik believes that trading cards are one of those new forms of money that have been undervalued, and that his trading card business is helping to help legitimise and encourage the currency.
“The idea of virtual currency is that it’s just another form of money.
It can be used for everything,” he explains.
“The people who want to use it don’t have to worry about a lot of the issues that we’re talking about.”
You can use it for anything, from money transfers to buying and selling stock.
People have been trading it for a very long time, so there’s a very wide range of uses.
“In the last five years, the trading market has seen a huge increase in the number of virtual cards.
Last year, the US alone had over 6,000 virtual currencies trading at a rate of $2.5bn per day, according to data from BitMarket.
It is currently valued at over $8bn.”
It’s all about people,” Maaverik said, referring to the increasing number of traders using virtual currencies as a form of payment.”
People want to be part of this global financial community and there’s always a demand for that.
But they’re also a lot more vulnerable than when we used to have banks or credit unions.”Because