Headlines good for the hobby
I chuckle when I read some 20-something cub reporter’s column about the "dying" sports card industry. Last summer was especially ripe with commentary among newspaper and on-line diatribes from those who bought cards in the 1980s and suddenly realized they wouldn’t be retiring early on the proceeds.
They just happened to be unlucky enough to buy their cards at a time when the card companies were making enough cards to turn every man, woman, child, dog and cat into a collector. No, your Greg Jefferies rookie card collection can’t be sold –even on eBay.
Truth is, even though the card industry has since gone through a number of changes since and probably turned a lot of people off, the hobby is alive and well. Millions still collect for a variety of reasons. Some are into modern cards, which have straddled the line between trading cards and memorabilia for some time now. Others stick with vintage stuff since they’re not making any more of it.
Our industry/hobby is still interesting enough to make headlines. Front page headlines three times in the past eight days actually. The Derek Jeter card. The T206 Honus Wagner sale. Now, the announcement of Topps going private. It has to be a relief to anyone who makes their living in cardboard because the only thing worse than no longer being interesting is no longer being relevant.