How Baseball Cards Got Weird

from The Atlantic

One night not long ago, with my 3-year-old son finally asleep and my wife wisely heading to bed, I settled onto the couch, beer in hand, to catch some baseball. Well, not really baseball. I opened my laptop, navigated to, and prepared to watch a pair of rubber-gloved hands in East Wenatchee, Washington, open an entire case of baseball cards—more than 4,000 cards in all.

If that sounds like the only activity more tedious than sitting through four hours of pitching changes and batters calling time, I shared some of your skepticism. Though I was once a middle schooler with a pack-a-day habit, whose heart raced whenever I crossed the threshold of Gilbert’s Sports Nostalgia in suburban Boston, the last time I tended to my card collection, Bill Clinton was president and Barry Bonds was a speedster with some pop. I’d been under the impression that the card industry had all but died out around the time I went off to college, eclipsed in the adolescent imagination by Nintendo 64, Pokémon, AOL.

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  1. “Baseball-card collecting really ought to be extinct. It’s an analog hobby in a digital world, an expression of fandom in a sport whose attendance is in slow decline and whose cultural relevance is in free fall.” Baseball card collecting is not the only anachronistic community thriving at the moment. The vintage baseball card market, though smaller, is very reminiscent of the vintage watch and automobile markets. I am a self-proclaimed “gear head” – a lover of both old watches and vehicles. I would never consider purchasing a vintage baseball card, but I understand the mind of the person who would. Being a collector of anything is not a logical pursuit; it is very much an idiosyncratic and emotionally driven one. It simply does not make sense to pay $184,056 for a piece of paper with a picture of Shohei Ohtani on it or $1,234,567 for a 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Coupe(1), but people do it anyway, and I get it. There is a hint of nostalgia and nerd-iness behind every purchase of the like. Some collectors will tell you it’s about the history, and they’ll proceed to rattle off the stats from every game Mickey Mantle has ever played in. Others will tell you it’s about investing, constantly buying and selling different cars. What it’s really about, though, is time travel. Collecting is about returning to your childhood and reminiscing. Investment bankers don’t buy the Rolex Daytona or Submariner because they’re appreciating in value right now, they buy those watches because they were worn by Paul Newman and James Bond, respectively.
    While I understand the vintage market from a collector’s perspective, I also recognize that there are lucrative business opportunities in all of these trades. There are many contemporary companies that are making a profit from being the middleman in various collectors markets, just like PSA. Meeting all of men’s sartorial needs are two companies, StockX(2) and Grailed(3). StockX serves as an authenticator and middleman for “sneakerheads” while also taking on the function of the stock market (hence the name) where users can see “bid” and “ask” prices for different shoes. When a sale is made, the sellers instead ships their shoes to StockX for authentication, and then StockX ships the shoes to the buyer. This is also done to protect the privacy of both parties, as they do not have to exchange addresses. StockX makes money on transaction fees. Grailed, on the other hand, is more similar to eBay. It acts as a marketplace for high-end men’s clothing (like Gucci, Helmut Lang, and Visvim) where buyers and sellers handle the sale themselves, and Grailed collects a fee from sellers for the use of its platform. Not only are people making money from being middlemen in these transactions, some are running investment funds. Rally Rd.(4) is a company that allows people to purchase “shares” or equity in different cars, like a 2005 Ford GT. The shares are tradable within certain hours, and when the vehicles are ultimately sold, shareholders will receive a portion of any profits made from the sale.
    Business opportunities aside, I found Topp’s awareness of the importance of scarcity very intriguing, since they are not the only company who is artificially creating scarcity in their product releases. Companies like Adidas and Nike employ this practice when releasing certain sneakers, and skate-wear brand Supreme does the same when releasing new t-shirts. What this does is ensure that all units will sell-out, and it also serves to create an active and expensive secondary market. I’m very glad this article was written because it puts on a display a very niche part of the economy that I am extremely interested in.





  2. Like most young kids who enjoyed watching sports I also collected cards whether it was baseball, basketball, or football I was always nagging my mother or father to buy me packs of cards for my birthday or the holiday season. I had thought that card trading had somewhat died out and kids nowadays were more focused on playing video games involving their favorite players rather than learning stats off the back of cards, and then trading with your friends for your favorite players card in return.
    After reading this article it seems that card trading has become more of a hobby for people who are looking to sell these cards after they acquire them, I have heard of stories of legendary cards such as Honus Wagner which is believed to be the first ever baseball card made that have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Just as the guy in the article received a valuable “relic” card, I too have a similar card that I have saved for over 15 years so that the value of the card will increase so that I can one day either pass it down to my child or sell it for a value greater than what I bought it, and I believe many other card traders do the same thing. In the article it is said that Baby Boomers in the 70’s did not view these cards as a long-term investment, and were more like “playthings, not museum pieces”, the selling of these cards for value has only been happening for about 10 years. I know for one, my dad along with probably many other 70’s kids lost or gave away massive trading card collections just because they were taking up space around the house and collection dust, these collections, depending on the rarity of cards, could nowadays be worth up to 500-1000 dollars
    The article also explains how the card selling has helped somewhat revive the game of baseball, which has become a dying game because of how long and mundane the game has become. The introduction of analytics on sports has caused baseball games to drag out longer because of constant pitching changes and mound visits by managers, so like this man in the article he suggested he would rather watch people open packs of trading cards then watch a full game. In my opinion I think this could be a great new way to get younger generations back into the fun activity of card trading, and along with that learning about new players which in turn will make younger kids want to watch actual baseball games. I also believe that the MLB needs to make changes with their rules to make games less dull, and more enjoyable for fans watching around the world, over the past few years the MLB has struggled getting TV ratings as good as other major sports leagues, and I think the younger generation needs to be more involved to regrow attention to the sport.

  3. All I could think about while reading this article is how much the sport of baseball has changed over the past few decades. The NBA, NFL, and even American soccer are all growing in viewership and attendance. However, baseball is declining, fast. According to the MLB saw an all-time low in attendance for the 2019 season. In fact, the Miami Marlins set the lowest attended game ever, with only 5,297 fans when they faced off against the Cincinnati Reds. As someone who loves professional baseball, this makes me sad. The current MLB administration is destroying the integrity of the game in an attempt to gain more viewers. The MLB introduced a pitch clock, where the pitcher has to come to a set in a certain amount of time pitch after pitch, which barely speeds up the game. The MLB also limited each team to six mound visits, which just prevents occasional 30-second long conversations between the pitcher and catcher. The MLB even introduced “juiced baseballs” which haven’t been proven yet, but most the baseball community mentions a change in the baseballs which allows them to fly further, ultimately producing more homeruns. All of these moves just made baseball purists fans confused and upset, not looking forward to the future.
    The article discusses how TOPPS saw quarterly loss after quarterly loss as the years progressed, as they had made too many baseball cards, and public interest declined with the years. Baseball used to be a game where you could sit down and watch, while just knowing the big stars of the game was sufficient enough. Now with modern analytics, it is important to know how every player impacts the game. While you’d obviously want Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, or Mookie Betts because they are the stars, many stats show that other players provide value without it slapping you in the face. Marcus Semien of the Oakland Athletics led the majors in WAR, a collective stat which combines all elements to show a player’s value every day. It is hard for casual fans to keep up to a lengthy 162 game season.
    However, there may be a saving grace to all this sadness. While the MLB is struggling, the baseball card trading community is thriving. Because TOPPS had to slow down production, cards produced early became extremely rare and turned into hot collector’s items. The idea of TOPPS artificially creating a scarce product is interesting. If they make their products rare, it will raise the price of the item because not many people can get their hands on them. Third parties started getting involved in transactions to guarantee authenticity, and the virtual card community was created. Although this is more of a collector’s joy, maybe it will get more people interested in the sport of baseball. I’m afraid that if more people do not tune into MLB games, the sport will fail.

  4. While I was not raised to watch baseball or follow it in general, I found this article fascinating because of the collection and business aspect of collecting baseball cards. The common card for my generation when we were younger were “Pokemon” cards, but like this article highlights, those are all probably at the bottom of the dump somewhere or in the back of a college kid’s closet, having collected dust for years. I do not see Pokemon cards gaining any traction in the future like baseball cards do, because it is not as diverse as the sport of baseball is to all generations.
    I found it very interesting how the value of baseball cards has gone up and down throughout the decades, and now it is all about those rare and mint condition cards. While the rarity and condition of those cards is what holds its value, I think there are other collectible items that are intrinsically worth more than a small piece of paper. Such as, famous paintings and sculptures, jewelry pieces and so on. While all of these things are just that, things, gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, hold their value and are considered a commodity. Also, very old paintings by famous artists are highly sought after all over the world, and can be worth millions due to the history and craftsmanship behind the art. However, I do not think there is any sort of actual value in baseball cards, especially since they are mainly traded in the United States. Also, the real value of them is in the eye of the beholder. While one person may think a specific baseball player is the best, another may think another is the best, and so on. Therefore, they all have no actual value.
    While I am not here to slander the collecting of baseball cards, I do see why it is a declining community. While the scarcity of them nowadays is what encourages many middle aged people to invest in certain cards they maybe wish they had when they were younger, the only person they could display them for is themselves or anyone else they know who also loves baseball or baseball cards. This is essentially a waste of an investment, where one could be investing in a growing market rather than a stagnant one.

  5. I have only ever almost watched a baseball game this year, but the game rained out and I was not able to watch it. This means that I have never actually watched a baseball game and I don’t even know what the rules entail. But what I do know is that baseball cards have been a great business investment for those who loved collecting them as children. Whenever I would watch Pawn Stars or American Pickers, I would see that even though baseball cards were pieces of paper, they now hold so much value. This also goes for most cards, such as Pokémon cards or cabbage patch kids cards. At the initial publication of these cards, they were practically worthless. Just like the silly bands that children used to collect and trade when we were younger. Except the only difference is that baseball cards have become more valuable over time, unlike the silly bands. But what caused this to happen?

    The original scarcity of the published cards was the real reason that baseball cards had value to them. Which is why collectors would purchase them since they were a valuable investment. But the card companies became greedy and produced more. Which when knowing how economics works, the more of a product, the less the price will be compared to the market equilibrium price. And it goes the same way if the product is scarce, it will cost more than the market price. But do to the mass production of new cards, these new cards were practically worthless by the end of the 1990s.

    Now the cool thing about baseball collecting is that the condition of the cards plays an important role in the value of the card. If my card looks like a child bit off the corner, then the worth of the card will be minimal to worthless. But, if my card is in mint condition, and in general the card is valuable, I could rack up thousands of dollars by selling it to a collector or by auctioning it off to the public. But, the issue with this is that standards at the time for very subjective. Therefore, if I said a card was in mint condition, another person may say it was near mint and pay less money for my card. It is deceptive, but without standards, what were people to do?

    This brought on a new third party authenticator business that will become more prevalent in society today. Basically, what appraisers do with jewelry, the same goes for cards. They have a set of standards that all of these third-party appraisers use, which prevents the mass subjective judgment being sued to observe the different conditions of the cards. Additionally, these third party appraisers give market detailed information about the cards and log them so supply could be monitored. This public database better helps figure out the true value of cards by using real-time data to contribute to how much cards sell for at that given moment. This is similar to what Stockx does. Stockx is a clothing, handbag, belt, shoe, etc. selling website that allows people to sell their products and have buyers try to buy them. Every item on the website has a real-time supply and price watch that informs buyers and sellers how much the items are selling for, when recent products have been sold and what the expected value may be in the future. This is beneficial to those who want to sell their products and make a profit, or those wanting to buy themselves some nice merchandise. My boyfriend currently conducts in this business and makes a lot of money off selling through Stockx or using Stockx’s database to sell on eBay. It is a great way to invest in products and profit off of people wanting these “clout” items, such a Supreme and Bape. But, like these cards, selling just any item may not bring profit. So, it is a lot of work and time is spent on choosing which item is best to sell and which the public may want to buy in resale.

    Overall, this article on baseball cards just shows us how many people in our society are now steering towards a resale and investment based side hustle. People want to make money, but having a job is sometimes hard and time consuming for many. Therefore, investing their money into buying merchandise and reselling it on different websites helps make a profit while also doing minimal work—compared to a job as a lawyer, accountant or in retail at the mall. But it is a time-consuming thing to do and requires capital to being with. Therefore, this isn’t good for everyone. But I do recommend people to try to start investing in stuff like Supreme because there is always a market for it because of its “clout” and the fact that people love wearing things that have value to it. I have started teaming up with my boyfriend in this type of business and it is rewarding when you eventually make a profit. Yes, there are some losses but that is how life works. Therefore, baseball cards started the new hobby of reselling valuable things on the internet and it has now become a popular thing to do for money in today’s world. With appraisers almost anywhere in the states, this helps with authenticating very valuable items and the consistency that helps the market be monitored properly. Thus, making reselling products a popular hobby to partake in to make money and a great way to learn things about the way that our economy works.

  6. Baseball cards just like comic books have been lost in the modern digital times. Attaining a box of baseball cards means going to the store and purchasing them. Baseball cards have become a novelty that seem like a thing of the past. In realization, there is a market for cards that everyone wants to get their hands on.Baseball viewership and attendance has been on the decline in recent years. Compared to other sports consumers view it as a slow sport that needs to speed up. Having a strong product on the field with dynamic players is what will keep the baseball card market alive. Sports memorabilia is prominent in today’s society because of the growing sports industry. As long as the sports industry continues to grow there will be a market for collecting cards.
    Baseball cards and comic books are in the same market of novelty for consumers. In the past decade the movie industry has exploded with movies depicting superheroes. The comic book industry was as good as gone until the movies brought them back. Most of the story arcs behind the films revolve around the comics stories. This then returns to the comics industry in wanting to know more about characters in the series of books that roll out. Just like the rookie cards for certain sports players are highly valuable. The first time a superhero is featured in a comic release are more valuable than others.
    Baseball cards and comics are more alike than you might think. The first action involved is attaining a physical copy of the item. Once you purchase the item for the two dollars for a pack of cards or four dollars for a comic book, you are able to have it and consume it. At the time of purchase it might not seem like it is worth anything. This process of keeping old cards and comic books and finding out they are worth something years later is long. The odds of having a rare card and having it in the rare gem mint 10 condition is hard. Sealing the cards and keeping them in perfect condition as they sit for years just for the one card to pop up on the internet that is worth thousands of dollars is long term. Everything that we used to be able to get a physical copy of is now digitized. Things like movies can now be streamed without going to blockbuster.
    PSA is the leader in certifying sports memorabilia and showing the condition of the item being sold. Through them it certifies that the item is authorized by being what the item it says it is. Take for instance a rookie card of Reggie Jackson with part of his jersey on the card. PSA would authenticate the card as well as the jersey to say whether it is real or not. It gives the buyer and seller peace of mind knowing that they have a real and authenticated peirce of memorabilia. For the seller it is knowing that they are selling the item and the correct price. For the buyer it is knowing that they are not buying something that is fake or over priced.

  7. This article jumped out to me because baseball card collecting is something that I did with my father and something my father did with his. It was something to look forward to every time I went to a store that sold them, but eventually I became more disinterested in collecting as I started to become more disinterested with the sport itself. Since I have not been actively collecting cards for years now, I was surprised to learn about the resurgence of card collecting, and the growing industry it has fueled. I do agree with the author’s assessment that for a hobby like card collecting to grow in the modern age of technology, it needs to adapt, and card producers and traders have managed to do so.
    Another thing I found interesting to learn about was the history of card collecting and how the card market managed to artificially limit supply. My father was one of the people the article alludes to who threw out their old cards while cleaning and did not handle their cards with care. This behavior by many allowed older, mint condition cards to grow in value, but as card collectors became more diligent with maintaining card quality, this distinction dissipated. As a result, the card market needed to find a way to differentiate between thousands of the same card, and their quality ranking system has been a major success.
    My only concern about these developments is that it seems card collecting has become more of a business for many of the top collectors, rather than a hobby. Even though I have not collected cards for years, I still have my binders of cards in my closet, and I will occasionally go through them and remember all the great cards that I had gotten. Now it appears that people are trying to buy rare cards and flip them for a profit, selling the rare cards they get for more opportunities to acquire even more valuable cards, or even vaulting their cards across the country. This does feel like another case of a fun, “analog” hobby being converted into a money generating business through digitization, but as long as the market is thriving, interest in baseball could avoid a serious decline, and the alluring market could even make some become interested in the sport.

  8. This article hit very close to home. Growing up in New Jersey as a Philadelphia Phillies fan baseball was one of my first passions. Along with being a young sports fan came the collection of baseball cards, football cards, hockey cards, basketball cards, and even soccer cards(all of which ended up being a waste of money). I vividly remember going to my local mall’s hobby shop to buy what seemed like endless amounts of packs of cards. Often times I would not get any rare cards, but the hope that I may get one led to the purchasing of more packs. Almost all of my chore money, birthday money, Christmas money would go into buying these baseball cards (which I still have to this day). My most exciting memory from opening baseball cards came towards the end of my baseball card collecting career. I remember returning from the local hobby shop an opening a pack. Within it was a Mickey Mantle card, with a claim on the back that stated “1 out of 5.” This type of statement is very misleading, especially when in smaller letters the words “replica” were also stated. But being the young naive child that I was, I thought I had struck gold. Only to my surprise that the card was absolutely worthless. I believe that this was the turning point form. Finding out that something that you searched so long for ultimately ended up being worthless anyway killed my ambition for this lifestyle.
    Going back to the beginning of the article, a new industry has arrived. An industry where videos of people doing simple things has exploded. More specifically videos of people playing video games has grown like wildfire! For whatever reason many people around the world enjoy watching people do things that the viewer could very well be doing. These viewers watch these “streams” as if it’s a TV show or something. Nowadays baseball in itself is hard enough to watch with all of the stoppages and replays. But to watch someone go through each baseball card on a video stream has got to be the most boring thing I have ever heard of. I suppose the monetary aspect of it can be add excitement, but this is simply another form of gambling. Viewers pay a certain amount in hopes to get a rare card from the host’s unboxing stream.
    This article shows us how an average guy can make almost anything profitable. I’m not sure how much money the host of these video streams makes but nonetheless i’m sure it is profitable. The entrepreneurial spirit is what I appreciate the most. I’m sure the host has a passion for baseball cards and he is able to turn that passion into a business. Even “Youtubers” have been making a living by showing the world their passions. Whether if it’s instructional videos or review videos. Video and streaming services have exponentially grown into a profitable area of business. With the growing market for streaming anyone can turn their passion into a career.

  9. As a college baseball player and an avid baseball fan, the title of the article definitely caught my interest and the article did not disappoint. As a kid, I opened my fair share of baseball card packs bought for me by parents, relatives, and family friends, but I never really learned the general history of baseball cards until a few years ago. One new thing I learned about baseball cards in this article is that how they are currently making a resurgence in the market. To learn that current player’s rookie cards are selling for six figures was a big surprise to me. In today’s market, baseball cards are almost looked at as an investment, similar to a stock. After purchasing a rare card, it is a gamble to try to hold on to it and hope the value of the card will increase. There are many variables that can affect the value of the card, such as the condition of the card and whether or not the card keeps its value. Each owner is faced with the decision to either hold on to the card and attempt to preserve it, or to try to flip it and make a quick buck.
    Another new part of the baseball card world that I was not aware of is the third-party grading firms that still exist today and how important these firms are to the resurgence of baseball cards. Firms such as Professional Sports Authenticator, or PSA, play the key role of authenticating cards and assessing the condition and value of baseball cards. If a high valued card is given PSA’s top grade, Gem Mint 10, instead of the next highest grade, Gem Mint 9, the value of the card can increase over 20 times its value. For example, a Gem Mint 10 Pete Rose rookie card sold for over $700,000, while Rose’s Gem Mint 9 rookie card can be bought for around $35,000. After all of the years of fluctuation of value in baseball cards, it is fascinating to see where the market for these cards will go in the future.

  10. Baseball as well as baseball cards have played a large role in my life for as long as I have been alive. I come from a family that loves baseball, as my dad, who played D1 baseball as a pitcher for the College of William & Mary, got me hooked. As a lifelong Washington Nationals fan and Texas Rangers fan, I have experienced the ups and downs but most recently the ups as my team just won the world series, and I get to experience a parade down Pennsylvania Ave for the second time in my DC sports fandom. Growing up looking up to players such as Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Ryan Zimmerman, and Stephen Strasburg have made my fandom for baseball grow in both playing and collecting. Once my dad showed me his old baseball cards, I was hooked. It felt like opening each pack was a birthday present because you never knew who you were going to get. Now, baseball cards have gained so much popularity due to their significant features. Special cards with game worn jersey, or game used bat, and a player’s autograph can be pulled but are usually numbered. When a card is numbered it means that there are only so many cards put into commission. For example, one of my most prized cards is a Clayton Kershaw and Sandy Koufax autograph jersey card that is a 3/10. This means that I have the 3rd card out of only 10 produced which is extremely rare and means that there is high value due to the players that autographed the card as well as the low numbering. In my opinion, I think that the article is wrong because it all depends on the perspective that one can take. If one loves baseball cards and the idea of collecting, then one will stick with it. Baseball card collecting is a hobby and with every hobby one can outgrow it, but for me, baseball card collecting will forever hold a special place in my heart and I will indeed pass it down to my kids as my dad once did with me.

  11. The sport of baseball has never been more than it is today, and yet, the baseball card industry suffers more and more each day. My dad would always tell me stories of when he was a child how he would go to the store and buy baseball cards or trade them with his friends. Today, in the basement of my house remains dozens of boxes filled with baseball cards that he has kept his entire life. He always told me that someday they would be worth a lot of money, that’s why he was saving them, but after reading this article, I am beginning to think making any profit off of the cards is unlikely.
    I was curious to learn about what factors led up to the unpopularity of baseball cards when less than 30 years ago, sports card revenues peaked at $1.2 billion. Since then, the sales have dropped to below $300 million. Initially, I thought that the rise in technology was the largest factor that led to the declining sales because similar to a card game when I was younger, Yugioh, once the internet and technology became more popular, the card game nearly died. Today, baseball cards are not as popular because people do not want to pay the absurd price to have the cards sit in their basement for years with no real purpose. Once the price started to rise, kids no longer could pay for a pack of cards on their own. Today, a box of 360 cards goes for 55 dollars. No person wants to pay that amount of money for cards unless they are devoted collectors. Besides, anyone can look up stats and pictures of their favorite player online without needing a paper collectible. For those that invested hundreds of dollars on cards when they were younger, it doesn’t seem like their investment is happening as planned. Overall, there has been a decline in the demand for baseball cards since they rose to popularity in the 1970s to 1990s. If we take Las Vegas, for example, during the boom of cards in the 90s there were seventy stores in Las Vegas selling sports cards. Two years ago that dwindled to five stores and now there are two.

  12. Baseball cards have been one of the most collectible items for the past 70 years or so. What’s great about baseball cards is that they are a safe investment. If you spend a few dollars on a 12-pack of cars, you might get back the money that you spent on it from one card in the pack if it is a relic or a limited edition. Baseball cards are almost like stocks but safer, since once you purchase them, they don’t tend to lose value if you keep them in good shape. My 13-year-old brother is a big baseball card collector himself. He probably has thousands of cards and has spent $100s of dollars on them. Certain cards that he has are worth up to $50 right now because of how limited edition they are. He keeps them in great shape too, so they may be worth much more in several years if the player continues to play well or set records.
    The rarest baseball card ever is a 1909 Honus Wagner. The article says that only 50-75 were made, and even in poor condition, the card can go for $1 million. This is what makes baseball cards such a favorable collector item, the fact that a printed photo on a thin piece of cardboard can sell for more money than 99% of Americans make in a year. The reason why people still buy baseball cards is to get a card that one day is worth as much as a Mickey Mantle card. As said before, baseball cards are like stocks in a way, as people are looking for the next Amazon of companies.
    The article surprised when it said that baseball cards should be on their way to extinction. The digital world should’ve eaten the baseball card industry up by now, but it hasn’t even gotten close to that point. It certainly is impressive that Topps is continuing to make baseball cards after being around for many decades. Even with release of other similar items such as other sports cards, Pokemon cards, Yugioh cards, and the rise of videogames, baseball cards are still a favorite for collectors.

  13. I played baseball and I was quite bad at it. I never watched a lot of professional baseball either. I never collected cards. Here and there I would get a pack from my uncle as a gift, but I would be surprised if they had not been thrown out by now.

    That said, I won’t provide a detailed opinion on the evolution of baseball cards. Baseball cards, and the act of collecting them, however, represents a sort of bygone era where sentimental value was something people cared a lot more about and were willing to recognize as inherent in some object.

    That’s not to say collectors of such items don’t exist anymore, but it is undeniable that hearing of a baseball card collector or something like that is rare for most people. I, for one, can’t name one person I know who does it.

    So, what happened?

    It seems that everything that catches peoples’ attention nowadays is digital, and not physical. And at the end of the day, having our attention stolen away by social media or a mobile game is a fleeting, temporary thing. It is not a hobby that is unique or special, it has no real value to us except for the fact that it numbs our brains and distracts us, and it’s not something we can usually share in and enjoy with other people.

    My girlfriend recently bought herself a new car, a Mazda Miata, and she joined the “NJ Miata Owners Facebook Group” to talk about the car with other people who have it. To someone on the outside, including myself to some extent, these occurrences look ridiculous. What’s the big deal about this car, this baseball card? I don’t understand it, but I do know that the excitement on her face is undeniable when we are driving somewhere and she sees another Miata. She sticks her head out the window and waves and, if their top is down, will be sure to say “I love your car! I have a red one, from 93!”

    I’ve come to understand that people just have these hobbies, and it’s a good thing. It might seem weird to some, and I get that especially when it comes to something like baseball cards, but people today act and think so indistinguishably each other that knowing someone who has a different hobby or interest is kind of refreshing. It shows me that not everyone is completely and endlessly captivated by their screens, and people are still capable of formulating their own individual interests and cultivating them in a meaningful way.

    The lesson, then, is to appreciate these esoteric hobbies, because they’re really what separates people from each other, and are becoming less common every day.

  14. Prior to reading this article, I knew that collectibles were a highly profitable business to be a part of. I can remember the Beanie Baby boom that occurred in the late 1990s and how my parents checked every single one of my toys to see if I had one of the rare, expensive ones (I did not). But I never knew the true value of trading cards until I read this article, nor had I realized just how long the baseball card business had been around. The fact that even in the 1970s certain cards approached $1000 in value is truly fascinating as it alone is a perfect example of the laws of supply and demand. The scarcity of the cards led to a massive incline in their value, and it’s a wonder that instead of encouraging this scarcity the card manufacturers instead flooded the market with cards which crashed the baseball trading card market moving forward.

    Another thing that I found interesting about this situation was that in the effort to save the market they established the Professional Sports Authenticator firm, a firm dedicated to grading the condition of cards on an objective scale. This enabled cards to be sold on websites like eBay, which contributed to more sales of cards for collectors as they had previously been wary of buying fakes on these websites. I think that this was a brilliant move since it completely removed the more subjective part of collecting and enabled the cards to have a concrete grading system.

    Applying this knowledge to the Beanie Baby boom, I wonder if there had been a firm established that was dedicated to the grading of Beanie Babies if that market could have then come back after it crashed. If they could have manufactured scarcity in the same way that the baseball trading card business had, then they hopefully could have resurrected their value in trades and brought life back to their market. It’s interesting to think about, and I can only imagine the live unboxing videos of Beanie Babies that could exist that would mirror the live unboxing videos of trading cards that exist now.

  15. As a person who has collected trading cards throughout various phases of my life, this article was a great look into how long the collector phase has gone on for. When I was younger I would always take pride in having “Rare” cards, but as I grew older I learned that the rarity of a card was not nearly as important as the “condition” of the card. The fact that a company has been able to create a unique industry out of card quality, is truly fascinating to me. PSA has become an essential company that holds the entire card trading industry together.
    A couple months ago I started watching Youtube videos on investing, but specifically in one market; “Magic the Gathering” trading cards. One thing I have noticed is that the investors in this game, take it as seriously as any wall street stock investor would. Fluctuating markets, insider trading, long term vs. day trading, are all real aspects of the MTG market. During the article the writer speaks to an investor, and she says her average buyers are Wall Street businessmen in their early 30s. Meanwhile many of these trading card investors are between 20 and 40 themselves. I think it is fascinating that a secondary market for cards, can far exceed the market for the original manufacturers themselves.

  16. This article starts with the author talks about how he was watching a breaker open packs of baseball cards. Certain team cards could be purchased before the pack was opened. This led the author to reminisce of the days when he would buy packs of baseball cards. The author went into talking about the history of the baseball card industry and the decline in scarcity in the industry with baseball card companies over printing cards due to their greed. But, the solution to scarcity was independent private companies rating the condition of collectable cards. This alone was not enough to revive the baseball card industry. Card companies had to focus on the consumers obsession with rookie baseball cards by searching for up and coming stars in the MLB and producing their card even before many of these rookies take their first at bat. All these factors have made the baseball card collecting industry more like trading securities then a nostalgic hobby.
    I can relate to this story because I used to collect baseball and football cards. I was collecting cards in the era where quality ratings were a big deal. I remember asking my dad to buy me cards every time we went to the store, in hopes of getting a card worth a lot of money. It in retrospect was a dream more then anything else because I did not even understand why these cards were so valuable. Plus, I did not even really care for actual cards I remember redeeming points on a Topps website that would help me progress in some online game. Which was part of these card companies’ strategy to stay relevant as it pertained to my generation and our access to the internet and other video games such as Pokémon. It was only after I stopped collecting cards that I started to understand the history of the card industry, and how futile my efforts of buying packs of cards were. I don’t plan on becoming like the author watching card unpacking videos but who knows what will happen as I get older.

  17. The trading card industry has always been one that I have been very invested in and am still curious about to this day. I collected all types of cards when I was younger, from Pokemon to basketball and baseball ones, and that has continued with my younger brothers. However, I have noticed a huge shift in the way cards are traded. I used to buy boxes with dozens of packs in them, rip through them, disregard all of the lesser cards and only keep track of the better ones. Even at this point, I would still play with the better ones which could cause some damage to them. At this time, I did not realize the collectors value these cards could hold one day, and my younger brothers still give me a hard time for it. These days, my brothers rarely buy the actual packs in stores, but are obsessed with watching people unbox them on stream to see all of the valuable cards packed. The industry that card trading has evolved into is so interesting and I wish I could see into the future to change how I treated cards when I was younger.

    The business that has come around trading cards, especially baseball cards is also crazy to look at to see how much money is circulating through this industry. From selling cases of cards, to getting them graded by professional services, to selling them online, thousands of dollars are spent in this process and there is lots of money to be made here. It makes sense why the industry is trending this way because of the massive shift towards technology and online activities. There are so little physical goods for people to play with/collect these days, and since there are so little of these cards, it makes sense that ones in the right shape are fetching tens of thousands of dollars. The article said that the majority of these collectors are 30-40 year old men who have made good money, and are returning to their old hobbies. Sure people brag nowadays about being level 100 on a game or having “rare” items in online games, but actually having a physical card that you know is super rare, is very attracting to some people and I am not surprised that some are obsessing over it now.

  18. The hobby of collecting baseball cards really has started to die out and it is a very unfortunate thing. I remember ten years ago everywhere I went with my father we would buy a couple packs of cards and open them in the car before we even started to go home. We would talk about who we had who’s pack was better and it was a really enjoyable thing that we did often. Nowadays, I think that this trend is starting to slow down for a couple of reasons. The main one is social media. I think this because kids can just follow their favorite athletes on social media and get a way more personal connection than they ever could have by just owning a card of their favorite player. It’s also competing with the internet itself, there are tons of sites now that can pull up every players stats and that was the main feature on the back of all of these cards.
    Today, from my childhood and also from my relatives passing down and giving me their cards I have well over 10,000 sports cards floating around in my attic. Some worth money some not but selling them is the only real value that they have now because they just aren’t popular anymore. Unfortunately I don’t have the time to go through each of them, so I will never know the true value of my collection but it will be something that I will never get rid of. It was a part of my childhood, it was a part of my father and his fathers childhood. I just wish that the kids of this generation would have the experience of opening a pack and trading with friends for their favorite players as it was something that I did for hours growing up.

  19. There are some parts of the past which are worth forgetting and there are other parts of the past that are valuable to keep. Collect cards weather it be baseball, basketball, or whatever it may be is a hobby mainly for children, however, to an adult it is valuable not only financially but also because it brings back the happiness from childhood. Collecting baseball cards is just one of many ways for the past to live in the present. The idea behind a card’s worth is similar to a stock, it’s an investment which grows over time however, unlike a stock, its value is determined by its scarcity. Supply and demand are what drive most markets, if the demand is high but the supply is low then the value of the product increases and vice versa, if the demand is low and supply is high then the product’s value decreases. It’s the same idea behind jerseys, an old Michael Jordan Bull’s jersey is worth something, but an old autographed Michael Jordan Bull’s jersey is worth more. This is why the value of cards decreased after the companies printed off so many of them, what was once rare was no longer rare, however when the one company started to grade the cards, reintroduced rarity in the market driving up its value. As stated in the article, a high rated old player rookie card can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. From this we can see that rarity is the name of the game

  20. As a kid who grew up collecting baseball cards, it is nice to hear that even if in a less than conventional way, baseball cards are still traded and relevant. I tried to get into the Pokemon cards my friends were into but I had such a passion for the sport of baseball that I could not abandon it. I would live for the day I got my allowance, as I always blew it on a new set of Topps or Upper-Deck cards. The trading of cards was always one of the best parts. My friends and I would show our cards and trade each other to get our favorite players or get rid of duplicates. I never knew of the market for rare cards until now.

    To hear that cards are going for hundreds of thousands of dollars is mind-blowing. It was smart of companies to release limited runs of cards in order to create a rarity to them and once again assert the baseball card as a commodity. I hope that this continues and we see baseball cards maintain or even improve their popularity levels. I still have thousands of old cards from garage sales and flea markets and hope to one day pass them on to my kids along with those my father gave to me.

  21. I have been as baseball fan for my entire life. The past 19 years of my life have consisted of watching, analyzing, and playing baseball, it is my life’s passion. I remember the first collection of baseball cards my father and I bought, a 1988 full set collection highlighted by names such as Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Nolan Ryan. Even with all of these popular players it is only valued to be approximately $30 for the entire set. Any decent fan of baseball recognizes those three huge names, yet their cards in most sets are virtually worthless.The decline in baseball card value could be evident to the increase in production levels. I believe once cards such as Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle had such high price tags people were at a scramble to join the party. The reason these cards are so valuable is because the lack of cards in circulation. This is simple economics, a low supply in something that people find valuable will have high price tags.

    I believe that in the baseball card industry may unfortunately not increase in the near future. An increase in popularity of other sports like basketball and football in youth generations will continue the decline in the baseball card industry. I believe that the industry will only be revived if new cards arrive with a large price tag. I also think the digital world is not helping. Instead of looking on the back of your favorite player for their statistics you can just pull out any device and search it online. True baseball fans would love a revival of the baseball card industry. The trading and collecting of baseball cards is an industry of the past that should be revived.

  22. I am not personally a baseball card collector or a baseball fan (sports in general actually), but I definitely connected with the overall theme of this article. I enjoyed it because the writers passion truly jumped off the screen. There were a few lines of baseball jargon that I did not fully understand and had to google, but the passion is what made this article interesting to me and entertaining to read.

    The line, “It’s an analog hobby in a digital world.” really resonated with me. I definitely do participate in the digital world, but my analog hobby, similar to collecting baseball cards is collecting vintage and current day Vogue magazines. Similarly to my lack of enthusiasm about collecting baseball cards, there are many people who would not understand why I have hundreds of editions of fashion magazines stashed under my bed. Collecting Vogue is something that my grandmother and I have always done together. She has her editions that date back to the 1940s when she became an enthusiastic subscriber. Flipping through her early editions is one of my favorite things to do because it’s so interesting to see how some of the fashions are still relevant over 70 years later.
    Collecting a hard copy of anything that is available digitally is not common these days. Sure I could just as easily read Vogue online, just like the writer could get all of the same facts about the baseball players online. However, there is something irreplaceable about physically flipping through the pages of a magazine and doggy wearing the dress I like to show my grandma the next time I see her. That same feeling cannot be recreated through a screen, which is why collecting Vogue will always be an analog hobby of mine.

    However, just like collecting baseball cards is a declining community, the number of print Vogue subscribers are down. In both cases, this could be a lack of interest from younger audiences who are consumed in digital hobbies, or the desire to use less paper (probably more so digital hobbies). I understand both of those variables, however, where one’s true passion lies, it is tough to waver from the way that they prefer to consume that hobby.

  23. Growing up, collecting player cards in sports such as football and basketball was a huge hobby of mine, but it didn’t compare to how much I enjoyed collecting baseball player cards. My father first got me into collecting my favorite players baseball cards when he showed me his albums of baseball cards he still had from when he collected them when he was a young boy. My fathers album consisted of all time baseball greats such as Babe Ruth, Ron Guidry, Goose Gossage, and other famous Yankee or MLB players. After realizing how much of a cool hobby collecting baseball player cards could be, I instantly started trying to get them whenever I went out to stores either with my mom or dad. Every time I would be in stores such as Dicks, Sports Authority, or even Walmart with my parents, begging them to buy me a deck of Topps or Upper Deck baseball player cards was always a top priority of mine. Although, over time I slowly started to fade away from collecting these cards, along did all of my buddies that I used to trade and show my cards too.
    When entering high school, I feel as if that is when the collecting and trading of player cards really ended for me. Nowadays middle school and high school aged kids are investing more of their time playing video games rather then collecting these player cards. Honestly, video games was a huge part of why I decided to stop collecting the cards especially because all of my friends started to get into video games. To this day, I still have the albums of player cards in my house and once and a while I will take a look at them to see which ones I collected over time.
    As the article states, some of these player cards could be worth up to hundreds of thousands of dollars if in terrific condition. Considering I have some Vintage player cards such as a Derek Jeter rookie card or my Ken Griffey Jr. if I was willing to give these cards up one day, I could make a great amount of money off of it. In all, I feel as if the times of when collecting and trading player cards should be revived for all sports fans of all ages today.

  24. I have been playing baseball since I was around the age of 4. Even today in college, I am part of the club baseball team. I was also an avid baseball card collector when I was younger. I used to enjoy looking at all the stats of the players from year to year, and comparing to see who was the “best” player in the game, in my eyes. I used to love when my dad would come home from work with a pack of baseball cards, it was like Christmas morning every time. I still have my massive collection of baseball cards, and I hope that they will be worth something one day. I still remember my most prized card, a Mike Schmidt autographed rookie card, being a lifelong Phillies fan, I don’t think I can ever bring myself to sell that card.
    However, it seems that baseball cards are dying out. I do not hear the buzz about them from kids like the way me and my friends did. In the age of modern technology, kids would rather play with their friends on Xbox or Playstation, I even asked my younger brother to get confirmation. When I asked him if he knew about baseball cards, he did not seem to really care, instead he was too glued to his Grand Theft Auto game. There is even a mobile app that lets you collect baseball cards and trade them with other people across the platform. I remember using this app when I was in middle school and it brought me back to my childhood memories. I do not remember the exact reason I stopped collecting, maybe my dad thought I was too old, and if he were to present me a pack of baseball cards, I would probably call him weird or something, but my inner child would rejoice.

  25. The article, “How Baseball Cards Got Weird”, written by Eric Moskowitz, goes into detail about how widely the baseball card industry has evolved over the years. The industry has gone from the beginning, where collectors genuinely collected cards as a hobby; to presently, where both businesses and collectors have created a billion-dollar industry. When baseball cards first arrived on the market, people were purchase packs of cards because they wanted to collect momentums of their favorite players and teams. Collecting and trading cards was something that brought excitement to kids and give them another way to interact with their peers. As these same kids eventually grew into adults, those same baseball cards brought back great memories they had on the playground with their friends. Eventually, people began heavily profiting off of certain baseball cards because people were willing to pay top dollar to have a specific card in their possession. And because technology has advanced, the internet has made it possible for people to experience that same joy extracted from baseball cards from when they were younger.
    Due to the nostalgic feeling produced by baseball cards, the industry allowed for businesses and individual people to make a hefty profit. I’m a big believer that nostalgia sells, and there is proof to that. In the article, “Nostalgia Sells: Capitalizing On The Desire For Simpler Times”, written by Steve Olenski, customers are gravitated towards buying products that were once used in their past because it “[reminds] them of when life wasn’t so complicated”. When you’re a kid, life doesn’t have as many obstacles. When customers market their products using nostalgia marketing, they are bringing back good memories that resonate towards consumers. An example of a company that has participated in nostalgic marketing is Disney with their new subscription feature: Disney+. Disney+ gives users access to thousands of Disney branded films and videos. A feature that Disney+ offered that inclined me to participate in the subscription service is that they offered old shows from Disney Channel. The best memories that I have as a child are from Disney Channel shows. Sarah Whitton wrote in her article, “Disney is betting big on nostalgia for Disney+ launch”, that Disney+ members get “a chance to relive their childhoods and for others it’s a chance to share those childhood favorites with their own children”. If the Disney+ service did not offer these Disney Channel shows, I probably would not have created an account. But because they offered shows that were my favorite growing up, I decided to purchase the service.

    The article pointed out that people are paying upwards of thousands of dollars for specific baseball cards not only because that nostalgic feeling that is associated with a card, but because of the limited-edition feature. The most expensive card to date that has been sold and purchased is T206 Honus Wagner, which was sold for $3.12 million (Borsellino). This is crazy to me that people would pay so much money for a piece of cardboard. People are willing to pay extra for the nostalgic and the “limited-edition cards that are scarce by design” (Moskowitz). When something is very scarce in production, it makes people want it more. There is such little production of this product that it becomes rare to potential buyers, which makes it more desirable. When something is desirable, people are willing to spend an extra buck on it to obtain it.

    Like how Disney+ was able to make a profit off of their service, third party grading services have made a killing due to the baseball card industry. Third party grading services were established because while people were beginning to sell their baseball cards, the grade, or the condition, of the cards became a variable factor towards the buyers and the sellers. Third party grading services allowed “card owners [to] send the company a card, and experts with jeweler’s loupes would painstakingly assess its condition” (Moskowitz). These service systems could further capitalize off of the baseball card industry to provide the cards with a fair grading system. I think that the establishment of these grading services were important towards the industry because of the different views on grade. It is amazing too how the grading businesses could look at this issue that occurred in the industry and turn it around to create a huge profit. One particular grading service, Professional Sports Authenticator, were grading around “1 million cards a year” (Moskowitz) charging $15-$20 a card. The grading services saw an opportunity where they could utilize their expertise and profited off of it.

    Additionally, the article points out that baseball card collectors have evolved with the advancement of technology. There is not just collecting anymore, fans are now able to “gamble” in terms of opening up packs of brand-new baseball cards and putting money on what team they think will be in the pack. The author of the article regularly participates in viewing the live streaming of card package opening by “[purchasing] a stake in the cards” (Moskowitz) that are being opened. Way back when baseball cards first came into play, something like this would have been unheard of. Because of technology, fans are now able to place their fandom mentality into systems that are modernized. The same fans that were 10 years old trading cool and rare cards with their friends are the same fans participating in watching live-stream openings. I didn’t know that baseball cards still were a thing before reading this article. I thought that because they are so old-fashioned that they died out. It’s great to read that people are still pursuing their hobbies by participating in openings like these.

    Similarly, to Andrew Forjan’s response to the article, I too collected Pokémon cards when I was younger because of an influence that stemmed from family members. Andrew’s younger brothers influenced his collection of both baseball and Pokémon cards. My older cousins collected Pokémon cards and that strongly influenced my desire to do so. I was never into baseball cards because I just don’t have an interest in the sport but collected Pokémon cards because I thought the characters were cute. On the other hand, my cousins collected the cards for the cool characters and the potential future value that the cards possessed. My cousins did not throw around their cards like other kids, when they got ahold of a card, they would put it in this book that protected them. I never understood that these cards would had the potential be valuable. Pokémon was able to profit off of the nostalgia that was pursued when trading cards by creating PokémonGo, an app which allows users to catch Pokémon by walking around and virtually encountering different Pokémon characters.

    The author ended the article by stating “he would “miss [his baseball cards] too much” (Moskowitz) if they were ever put into a secured lockbox which would protect them. There are people out there that are in the baseball card collecting game for the sole goal of making money, but there are still people that do it because they genuinely like it; the author being one of those people that participate because he finds baseball cards still fun. Baseball cards are an item which hits home differently depending on who you ask. Some people see it as an investment. Some may see it as something that reminds them of when times were good. The baseball card industry is still thriving, and because of the new generations being raised by baseball card enthusiasts it will continue to thrive and evolve.


    Borsellino, Regina. “The Top 10 Most Valuable Baseball Cards – Do You Own One?” InvestorPlace, 21 Dec. 2017,

    Moskowitz, Eric. “How Baseball Cards Got Weird.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 12 Oct. 2019,

    Olenski , Steve. “Nostalgia Sells: Capitalizing On The Desire For Simpler Times.” Forbes , 4 Aug. 2016,

    Whitten, Sarah. “Disney Is Betting Big on Nostalgia for Disney+ Launch.” CNBC, CNBC, 13 Nov. 2019,

  26. When I was a kid, every birthday was another opportunity to get baseball cards for me. I would take all of my money and head down to the sports store to pick up the best cards and this was something I enjoyed doing in my early years. This article brought it to light that this has quickly switched from being a hobby and made me rethink how quickly I went from obtaining playing cards to being more interested in the video game aspect because the playing cards had sort of ‘died out’ as mentioned in the article. My Father had given me his cards when I was younger and I never understood till now but eventually the value you put on them is not as much as they were worth when you were a kid. The value of the cards on the other hand, have gone up depending on how long the card has been around and this has quickly turned from a fun hobby to sort of a business of exchange considering how much some may be worth. I think over time these turned from fun, to people realizing the profit they can make and quickly seeing it as purely money. It is sad to see that people are more interested in the thrill of the hunt of a good card for its value instead of valuing each card like we did as kids. Like anything old, these cards from baby boomers have risen in value and now over 77% of collectors look at these as investments instead of fond memories. This has quickly turned to a business like how sports betting came about. Theyre in it for the money. For example, just yesterday, Michael Jordan & LeBron James trading cards sold for a record $900,000 each, breaking the record for most expensive trading card ever sold, beating a Lew Alcindor card that sold for $500,000 in 2016. These cards went from taking space in basement with no value, to being worth millions. This article has made me realize that there is still a passionate group of fans who value the aspect of trading cards but it is looked at as a outdated hobby.

  27. I have always been a huge sports fan and much like the writer of this article growing up I was interested in baseball, football, and basketball player cards, I would love going to sporting good stores or Toys R Us to get a pack of cards, with that said I have a lot experience with baseball cards, in this article the writer Eric Moskowitz describes the current world of baseball cards that is very different then what it was 40 years ago when he was a kid, he starts off by talking about how he now watches people on which is a website that opens packages of baseball cards live over the internet, you can purchase a stake in certain type of cards that may come out of each package, the writer then goes on to say that the baseball card collecting should be extinct as it is an analog hobby in digitally dominant world, which I do agree with baseball cards are seemingly out of style as most kids today prefer to see a card in a digital setting like video games rather then having a paper card, but the writer points out how baseball card companies have adapted to the digital world, old baseball cards will always hold value that just keeps increasing but keep people attracted today can be hard, the baseball card market today relies on special edition cards that will feature things like pieces of a bat or sand from the field, another way companies like Topps keep collectors coming by offering older rookie cards from past stars that are very popular, I was also very shocked to hear that the National Sports Collectors Convention had its highest attendance since 1991, while the seen has vastly changed and the conventions are mainly centered around things like Twitch and DraftKings but this is still a sign that the baseball card hobby is alive and well. These “breakers” that open baseball card packs live on stream bring in collectors and baseball card fans like the writer of this article who keep coming back for more and more when it comes to purchasing a break.

  28. I think it’s safe to say we live in a time where there is a niche for buying and selling almost anything. However, when I think about people buying, selling, and trading items for far more than their initial cost, the first thing that comes to my mind is the sneaker industry. Companies like StockX offer an online platform somewhat comparable to that mentioned in the article, but for the buying and selling of shoes. Shoes ranging from Yeezy’s, Off-White’s, Air Jordan’s, even the limited edition, insanely expensive Air Dior’s, can be found on this site alone. With each shoe, the website allows the buyer to select a size, and shows the price of the shoe based on the size. Unfortunately for people with average sized feet, they can expect to pay more for their shoes, where as someone with abnormally small feet will enjoy the lower end of the price point. StockX connects buyers to sellers in a way that ensures a good experience for both parties. The company authenticates every pair of sneakers it sends out, ensuring reputability.

    While sellers have the ability to buy “limited edition” shoes and turn an insane profit, the reality is, in comparison to the baseball card situation, these shoes could be considered common. Arguably, one of the biggest differences between the sneaker industry and the baseball card industry (aside from the product itself) is the intent of the original owners. People buying and selling shoes, or collecting limited edition Birkin bags, know exactly how much value these items will one day hold. Owners of baseball cards, specifically for the all time greats, had no idea the value the cards would one day hold, and bought them as a means of fun with friends. With this in mind, it’s no wonder certain cards, especially ones in great condition, hold so much value. Companies will come up with special collaboration projects almost every year, but a Honus Wagner T-206 baseball card from 1909 is irreplaceable. Quite frankly nothing can or ever will compare.

    Though it might seem out dated to some, as the article mentioned there are plenty of people willing to put a great deal of money and time into finding and purchasing these cards. Some buyers being collectors, long time fans, or even those looking for something different to show off, etc. several different buyer demographics can be found at these online auctions. Also, as the author mentioned, even though his hopes of getting an epic card were low, the anticipation of the “what if” kept him and other buyers alike entertained for up to several hours. Having grown up with a dad who collects cars, I knew exactly what he was talking about. I can’t even count how many times we went out to Scottsdale to the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction, looking for the next addition to his collection. When I was around 8, I distinctly remember the trip out there with his sights set on a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 in immaculate condition. I’d seen him excited about plenty of cars, but nothing compared to that one. That was his Honus Wagner. In the weeks that followed its arrival to our home, my mom and I joked he was never going to come out of the garage ever again. The point is, buyers in every different industry, from shoes, to cars, to baseball cards, all share the same feelings of excitement when they are able to make the purchase of their dreams and the sadness felt when they are outbid. For this reason, I fully believe the baseball card industry will stay alive as long as the cards and excited buyers do.

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