From 50-cent packs to holograms to autographed relics to digital trading cards, the last 30 years have been a wild ride in the trading card industry. It’s been the most volatile period in hobby history.
As demand grew in the wake of a multitude of media stories on the increasing value of cards from years past, the trading card manufacturers amped up production, leaving a never before seen glut of certain issues in the market a quarter of a century later.
Not nearly as many kids collect as they did back in the early 1990s. Many can’t afford the increased price of even lower end packs. Others simply aren’t interested.
Many are, however, but they’re experiencing the world of collecting on an entirely different level than their fathers did.
It’s all part of a feature story on the hobby that ran in Sunday’s Iowa’s Telegraph-Herald.