Hard as it may be to believe, I think vintage sports memorabilia and rare, high quality baseball cards are going to see a spike this year.
Even with the economy struggling on many fronts, I have a sense that public knowledge of this once-quiet realm is increasing. I just did an interview with New Yorker Magazine. While the story will essentially be about the sale of Yankee and Shea Stadium memorabilia, I think they’ll delve into the entire hobby as a whole.
This week’s SCP/Sotheby’s sale is already generating some national media coverage. There was a big story in the Daily News about the autograph trade (if you haven’t guessed by now, any time New York is involved, the media coverage is big).
The PCCE shined quite a bit of Chicago media attention on vintage sports cards and 1908 Cubs memorabilia. And I think MLB getting involved in authenticating and selling is getting people involved who weren’t already collectors. Naturally their interests will expand to some older stuff if buying that Albert Pujols jersey hooks them. The sale of the two T206 Honus Wagner cards next month will bring a new wave of publicity.
Don’t be surprised if records continue to be set all year for all different types of items. Hey, even bobble head records are being broken.
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