How Collecting Handboards Can Make You Rich

by Michelle Michalak October 03, 2013

 handboards and handplanes collecting boards

Some people collect baseball cards, others collect beanie babies.  Here at Slyde we believe the value lies in the quiver. 

Take my own life experience as an example.

Back in the late 1980's as a poser on a skateboard, I was willing to do anything to enhance my ollies.  I saved up my allowance for months until I had a crisp $45 in my hand.

Kickflipping into the skateboard shop that day, one board loudly called my name...A hot pink Tony Hawk deck with the classic skull and chicken graphic.  Add on a set of slimball wheels on tracker trucks, and I carried and occasionally skated that board for the next 20+years of my life.

Let’s fast forward to present day in Morro Bay, California. 


I stumble upon the Skatelab Skateboard Museum and come face to face with my skateboard's cousin (this one is gray). A wave of memories and emotions flood my body. I immediately call my family begging them to ship out my skateboard to me, only to learn of my loss...Somewhere, somehow, my Powell Peralta, Bones Brigade was sold at an auction for 25 cents!!!!  A keepsake, a treasure, a souvenir of my youth was gone.

At times of vintage needs there's one solution: Ebay.  Signing onto Ebay that evening, my heart, along with my jaw dropped. 
A similar skateboard to mine was selling for $1,350!! 

From $45 to 25 cents to now $1,350!!!  People, take heed to my pain, negligence, and ill investing.

Now is your opportunity to own a piece of handplaning history.

Slyde Handboards is releasing an extremely limited production of their fall 2013 collection with five never-before-seen veneers.  Beauties so rare, you won't find them in your local surf shops.

Now we can't guarantee they'll be worth $1,350 years from now, but what we can promise you is that you'll be feeling the stoke, remembering summer vacations and hearing the ocean every time you pick up your Slyde.

If you'd love to own a piece of sports memorabilia your grandchildren will enjoy, head to onFriday Oct 4th 12 (PST).

P.S. And if you happen to own my Tony Hawk skateboard, I'm looking for you!

Please email Thanks!

Michelle Michalak
Michelle Michalak

Michelle's diploma reads BA Psychology with a minor in English, and her license plate reads #CaliforniaDreaming4Life. She begin her career in the NYC fashion industry working with fashion and internet pioneer, However, due the constant "nagging" of her entrepreneurial spirit, her crush on surfing, and hardcore love for the ocean, she chosen to call San Diego home for the past 10 years. On the west coast she 's chased waves & enlightenment working alongside "Gurus" in the online marketing & personal development industries. It in May 2012 she found her true Zen & Stoke, and joined the Slyde Handboards Team.

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