Andrew Tan, PHILIPPINES
Co-Founder of Jersey Haven
Andrew Tan loves basketball since he was a child.
The youngest of three siblings, his older brother taught him how to play when he was about eight years old. His father, a massive fan of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), encouraged him to watch the games together on television. This was a family of basketball enthusiasts. However, this enthusiasm had to take the backseat as studies were first priority.
Unable to undergo intensive training to turn him into a real athlete, Andrew understood he had a weak chance at a career in basketball. Yet, he still channelled his passion and love for the game towards more lucrative and mercantile means. He began with collecting and trading NBA cards, as this was the hottest thing for young Filipino boys back then. Soon, his hoarding took a more entrepreneurial turn as he began selling his cards as well as famous team jerseys.