Nick Georgis remembers the precise moment he decided to get into the trading-card business. He said he was standing outside a hobby shop one day about 10 years ago listening to a group of children talk about famous baseball and basketball players and their cards.
So the retired teacher walked up to them and held up a picture of Albert Einstein. None of the youngsters could recognize him.
"That's when I decided to get into making science and math cards," said Mr. Georgis, 69, a physics teacher at Staples High School in Westport, Conn., for 34 years before his retirement in 1991. "Kids are running around with all kinds of cards," he said. "I've put a quality card out there for nerds."
The Science and Math Kards, which Mr. Georgis now calls "NerdKards," took three years and a sizable chunk of money from his retirement to get off the ground. "The preliminary set looked terrible so I went back to drawing board."
The finished product has been available for about a year. Each card features short biographical information and a photograph or sketch of great figures from science history, many of them Nobel Prize winners.
The entire 102-card set will set back intellectual collectors $9.95. The cards feature many familiar names from history, such as Einstein and Charles Darwin, though only one woman is represented, the French physicist and chemist Marie Curie.
Although Mr. Georgis acknowledges that the cards do not share the same popularity as some trading cards, he said he has received inquiries from across the country.
The former teacher said that teaching physics to 11th and 12th graders left little time for other interests.
"In my teaching I didn't have time to do something like this," he said. "This is a dream come true."
More information is available from NerdKards, IJIT Inc., P.O. Box 900, Monroe, Conn. 06484.
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