Before you dismiss the era of overproduction, just remember some of those 90s kids are all grown up now.
They were the generation that bought box after box.
Loyal to the local card shop.
Regular vistors at every baseball card show within 20 miles (and there were plenty).
Their holy grail of collecting was Upper Deck Griffey, not T206 Wagner.
But by the mid-1990s, the boom had cooled. Kids started leaving the hobby for other things. Cards got complicated.The speculators left. A few adult collectors discovered they liked selling on eBay better than collecting.
Some grew frustrated with the game itself.
Bleacher Report blogger Dylan Sharek–on the wagon since ’94–hopped off and took a dip in the pool of the modern card world and came back pleased, annoyed and confused–all at the same time.