Meet Our Founder: Jon R. Warren
Soldster is the brainchild of Jon R. Warren and was founded in 2005. This is not Warren’s first foray in helping sellers. He is an internationally recognized
collectibles expert, authoring numerous price guides, including
Wizard: The Guide to Comics, The Official Price Guide to Paperback Books, Warren’s Movie Poster Price Guide, and many others. He was the senior price guide editor
for Wizard Magazine, Toyfare Magazine, and Inquest magazine from 1993 to 2003. Prior to that, he was the senior editor of The Overstreet Update, a market research guide
for collectors of rare comic books. He was the Vice President of Market Research for an 8-million dollar venture
capital funded website, Wizardworld.com, in 2000 and 2001 (it died in the dotcom crash). He has worked as a consultant for Heritage Auction
Galleries of Dallas, TX and provided certified appraisal services for many great
collections, including the Movie Memorabilia Collection of Michael Wayne, son of John Wayne.
Warren founded Soldster because, “The internet has lacked a site that allows sellers to manage their ecommerce operations affordably. Our goal is to provide affordable software
for managing ecommerce businesses."
Jon has been an entrepreneur since childhood, first as a mower of lawns and raker of leaves. At age 15, he operated a rare stamp business, selling rare US commemoratives to collectors
world-wide under the business
name "Rarities, Inc." Collectors purchased thousands of dollars of rare stamps through the mail from Rarities, Inc. never knowing they were dealing with a
teenager. Jon opened his first shop at age 19 and began travelling
the road in search of artifacts at age 17. He is a true AMERICAN PICKER. He has many great road finds, including one-of-a-kind, only known copies or rare Delta
Blues records by Son House and Charlie Patton, world famous
finds of rare movie posters (The Royal Theater Collection), an outstanding find of rare rock and roll concert posters, and many others.
Jon is now president and CEO of 2nd Markets Corporation, owner of Soldster and the I Collect family of collector sites.
Jon graduated summa cum laude from Bryan College with a degree in Business Administration: Informational Management, and magna cum laude with a degree in Computer Science.
Jon is a member of The Project Management Institute and The American Society of Appraisers. He is an 'Approved Appraiser' by the Internal Revenue Service.
Books written or published by Jon R. Warren