Analyzing what’s happened to the baseball card industry over the last 25 years can make your head spin. It was growing. It exploded. It was “declining”. It was “dead”. It was online. It’s “no longer a kids hobby”.
All of the above is true on some level, but it’s pretty hard to do the whole thing justice in one article. A lot of bad ones have been written so you have to give credit to anyone willing to go to a show (albeit a really tiny one) and talk to an economist, an industry executive, a psychology professor and a dealer to get their take on the hobby’s recent history, the collector mentality, where the hobby has been and where it’s headed.
That would be this effort by Canadian journalist Adam Kovac.
One of the nuggets in his story that appeared in the Toronto Star is an interesting take on why smaller shows may not be the happening place they once were but are still the preferred way of buying for many collectors.