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    RIP [MENTION=8332]BiggioBrooks755[/MENTION]. I loved seeing his pickups and his brooks collection was great. Prayers for his family!!

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    Horrible news.

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    Sorry to hear of his passing. He always very passionate about his collection as well as others collections.

    Thank You Nick for being a Great Member here on FCB!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffv96masters View Post
    I had planned on starting his 2017 year off sending him with two Biggio cards off his "most wanted list" from my sets along with the graded storage box he asked for. Instead I'll be sending his condolence card to his family.

    Second member this year (Jason Picus-Nolan5000) I've lost to a long standing fight with a medical issue

    His address if anyone cares to write the family a condolence card:

    Nick Aerts
    2819-A Forest Ave
    Two Rivers WI 54241
    Thank you, I was trying to figure out who might have his address for this very reason.

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    Hi all - here's a bit of additional background on Nick. I've gotten a lot less involved in collecting over the last several years, in no small part due to my two high school age daughters' involvement in their athletic and other extra-curricular activities. Which, coincidentally is how I've gotten to know Nick. He has for years proclaimed himself the number one fan of the football and basketball teams at Roncalli High School in Manitowoc, WI which my daughters attend, a title which has never been in dispute. He's a fixture at every game, leading cheers from the sidelines. As passionate as he was about his player collections, his fervor for Roncalli athletics and athletes was tenfold (maybe more). There were times he clapped so hard and for so long that his hands were actually bleeding after a big game. He's a young man who dealt with a lifetime of health issues but who found a home on the sidelines cheering on the Jets. He was the last of the true believers - sometimes to a fault - but his passion and enthusiasm were never in doubt.

    He had been having issues lately that required hospitalization but as soon as he was released he was back in the gym. In fact he was at our girls' game Tuesday night, just hours before his passing. My last memory of him will be seeing him changing out of his "gamers" - the gym shoes he only wore in the gym on game day - after Tuesday's contest. I take a lot of photos at the girls' games and thought I'd share a couple of my favorites of Nick:

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    And here's an article that appeared in our local paper yesterday. https://www.htrnews.com/story/sports/...erts/95772838/ He was a special young man and his absence is going to leave a big void in a lot of peoples' hearts. RIP Nick - we'll miss you.


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    It's crazy how much we know about each other here, but at the same time how little we know....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Packer View Post
    Hi all - here's a bit of additional background on Nick. I've gotten a lot less involved in collecting over the last several years, in no small part due to my two high school age daughters' involvement in their athletic and other extra-curricular activities. Which, coincidentally is how I've gotten to know Nick. He has for years proclaimed himself the number one fan of the football and basketball teams at Roncalli High School in Manitowoc, WI which my daughters attend, a title which has never been in dispute. He's a fixture at every game, leading cheers from the sidelines. As passionate as he was about his player collections, his fervor for Roncalli athletics and athletes was tenfold (maybe more). There were times he clapped so hard and for so long that his hands were actually bleeding after a big game. He's a young man who dealt with a lifetime of health issues but who found a home on the sidelines cheering on the Jets. He was the last of the true believers - sometimes to a fault - but his passion and enthusiasm were never in doubt.

    He had been having issues lately that required hospitalization but as soon as he was released he was back in the gym. In fact he was at our girls' game Tuesday night, just hours before his passing. My last memory of him will be seeing him changing out of his "gamers" - the gym shoes he only wore in the gym on game day - after Tuesday's contest. I take a lot of photos at the girls' games and thought I'd share a couple of my favorites of Nick:

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    And here's an article that appeared in our local paper yesterday. https://www.htrnews.com/story/sports/...erts/95772838/ He was a special young man and his absence is going to leave a big void in a lot of peoples' hearts. RIP Nick - we'll miss you.
    Thank you so much for writing this! Like Scott said, we know each other but we don't know each other. I appreciate you taking the time to let us know Nick a little more. I hope someone starts a thread where we just get to know each other a little better. This news is made me feel even more sad knowing he had been fighting health issues for while and I didn't know. May God bless his family and give them strength

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyCorona View Post
    Thank you so much for writing this! Like Scott said, we know each other but we don't know each other. I appreciate you taking the time to let us know Nick a little more. I hope someone starts a thread where we just get to know each other a little better. This news is made me feel even more sad knowing he had been fighting health issues for while and I didn't know. May God bless his family and give them strength

    Collecting: Phil Bickford, Brandon Wood (still), Yankees and Rockies

    Agree! this story is so nice to read.


    Over the years I've been incredibly lucky to meet so many of the members of this board and may of them I am in contact with on a regular basis. I know we talk about traffic and having more members that are active but I'm thankful for the ones we have. Nick is what this hobby is all about and his enthusiasm and his loss will leave a void in our community.
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    [MENTION=1901]Billy Packer[/MENTION] , thanks for sharing the pics and the articles. I've got no problem stating I was in tears reading that. That's the type of person you want around. I'm sure he didn't have it easy in any aspect of his life and yet he was positive at all times. You could tell he just was excited for the things we take for granted at times. Rest in Peace Nick, I'll miss you on FCB and it looks like you will be missed elsewhere. Something tells me you are still smiling and clapping though!

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    I just found out about this moments ago (thanks Scott). I am shocked, and am very sad to hear about this.

    I have "known" Nick from here for a few years, messaging each other and texting from time to time. I remember the first time he bought some Biggio cards from me. It made me feel good to hook him up with cards and other items he needed, and eventually I sent him my entire Biggio collection. I knew it would be in good hands with him.

    I remember when he told me of his new address (I assumed he was moving out of his parents house), and recently he was getting a car. At times he was vague about what his next deal was, always saying something big was coming and that he would post pictures.

    I had no idea he had any health issues whatsoever. Like others have said, it's interesting how much we know about each other and at the same time how little we know.

    I know that I will miss him, and it looks like an entire community both here and in WI, will always remember a young man with such heart and compassion for his local teams, and his collection.

    I appreciate the community looking to keep his thread alive, and I will contribute to it as well when I can.

    Rest in peace Nick. I wish we had more time together, but I will cherish the time we spent talking about what we love the most.



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    I am very saddened to hear this about Nick. I don't think we have ever had any in depth conversations, but I do know of him through the forums here. It looks like the funeral is going to be on Christmas Eve. We should definitely keep his family in our prayers during this difficult time.
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    [MENTION=1901]Billy Packer[/MENTION] thanks for sharing

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    Yes, services are planned for tomorrow - Christmas Eve morning. I do know that a large contingent of the current and former athletes for whom Nick so fervently represented over the years are planning to attend. Hopefully the support they and the rest of the community are providing to his family will be of some comfort and ease their burden, if even a little. I'm sure any good thoughts and prayers are appreciated.


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    Thoughts & prayers to his family and all that knew him. It seems he made a lot of people's lives better for knowing him. May the good memories get them through the tough times.

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    When I learned of this earlier today I was floored. I remember thinking "Nick's a kid. What the heck could have happened?". I had zero idea of the issues he was facing. Very sorry to hear this. And the time of year couldn't be worse. You hear something like this and all the stress and crap you deal with daily seem like such small trivial things. Damn! I would like to send something(a card or something) to his family but I honestly can't even think of anything worth saying. Not much a person can say to even slightly ease that type of loss. They will be in my thoughts and prayers(although everyone on this earth is always included anyways).

    We will keep his thread going.
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