Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Latest Venture, The Starguard Collectibles.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has recently decide to add the title entrepreneur to his list of amazing post-NBA pursuits that have included such things as Pharmaceuticals company promoter, author and filmmaker. Hi latest venture has been named Starguard Collectibles, in which it sells athletic memorabilia through there up and running website starguardcollectibles.com.
During an interview he had exclusively with the Milwaukee Business Journal, Abdul-Jabbar had said that he only holds a minority stake within the company and is actually led by his business manager Deborah Morales.
“We found a way to produce memorabilia so it can’t be duplicated,” he said. “I go to all these (memorabilia) shows and they’re always selling counterfeit stuff.”
Starguard Collectibles photographs the construction of the items in order to prevent any duplication, commented Abdul-Jabbar, whose current office is in Long Beach, California, The authentic merchandise will then be sold directly from the athletes themselves, which include stars formerly in the NBA, such as Abdul-Jabbar, Micheal Cooper,Byron Scott, and Former League baseball player and manager Joe Torre.
Abdul-Jabbar further added, that the website has manage to partner up with Amazon.com and is in the middle of negotiating for a brink-and mortar retailer.
Abdul-jabber will continue his current role of representing Novartis Oncology. He was diagnosed in 2008 with a rare type of blood cancer and had decided to sign up with a global company during November of 2009, in order to promote medicine that targets the similar form of his leukemia.
“I do patient summits where some of the new patients with the same type of leukemia I have can ask me questions about how I am coping and get an idea of what they need to be doing to stay on top of it,” he said.
Abdul-Jabbar said he would participate in a sum of half a dozen sessions every year with a group of 15 to 30 patients. His leukemia is currently “not posing much of a problem” as long as he continues to take his medication.