CEL Venture Accelerator Student is Counting on Cards


SCH junior Dillon Frankel has always been into playing sports, following Philly sports teams, fantasy sports, and now, sports cards. Dillon and his dad share an interest in sports memorabilia and when the pandemic hit, Dillon became much more serious about collectable items and started to pay closer attention. As soon as he did, he made a discovery: the buying and selling of sports cards is a booming and lucrative business (especially in the last two years when card-collectors were home and dusting off old stacks). 

Through the CEL Venture Accelerator program, he has taken his business (DCF_Cards) from passion to purpose, outlining his business plan, using S.M.A.R.T. goals, profit log, and increased awareness and profits. Over the past year, DCF_Cards (Dillon Cole Frankel) has had revenue over $22K through sales at various trade shows, mall opportunities, social media (@dcf_cards), and an eBay site. Dillon is proud to share that he’s even managed to secure a table at The Philly Show (Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show).

He states: 

Thousands of people fly into Philly for this show...all the dealers have been doing this for years. I’m probably the youngest of them

Five percent of Dillon’s sales will go back to Hope for the Warriors, a nonprofit serving veterans and getting them back on their feet at home “by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope.” 

Have a card collection laying around that you’d like to donate for a good cause? Dillon has thought ahead and set up collection boxes in key entrances around SCH (Lower School lobby, Upper School Exchange, and Early Childhood Center entrance). He’ll gladly take any extras and will sort, sell, and donate a percentage back to Hope for the Warriors. Cards that don’t have value will be given to the Lower School to use in class, recess, and after school play and trade. Maybe one day, a Lower School student will turn their sports passion into a business as booming as Dillon’s? Only time will tell and more thinking, dreaming, and planning in the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership can only help! 


Over the past 10 years, the Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) has become one of the flagships of an SCH education. It is a program that is as substantial in its educational content as it is inspirational in its impact. In celebration of the CEL's 10th anniversary, we will be showcasing our CEL Venture Accelerator (VA) students throughout the year. Seeking out opportunity, devising creative solutions, working to effect positive change, more than two dozen VA students are currently hard at work with faculty mentors to bring their visions to life. We hope readers will enjoy learning about the people and the projects that are percolating in the VA right now.

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