I find myself writing that phrase a lot lately. It's sort of become a slogan for this web site. You'll see it on flyers we print. Just sort of my whole feeling about why this site was born. It's about time we get fresh, regular collecting news on-line from a reliable source with content that's not deathly dull.
This time, though, it's sort of a self-admonishment. It's about time I updated the blog! If you've checked in here and found the same old stuff for the last couple of weeks, my apologies! It's just been an extraordinarily busy time, yada, yada, yada.
Bottom line? It's time to start doing this on a regular basis.
Hopefully you're enjoying the content. We take pride in adding AT LEAST four new stories each day, Monday through Friday, with an occasional weekend update. Readers have told us they love the original stories on some of the personalities and businesses and we'll try to do more of that. We're still looking for help from those of you who'd like to contribute articles and always looking for story ideas, inside tips, etc.
This month, we've carried linked to stories from newspapers in various parts of the country who've apparently followed the lead of a major east coast daily and done stories on how the baseball card market has 'dried up'. Typically, the articles are based upon the fact that those who put cards away in the 1980s and 90s, hoping to cash in have been disappointed or that the number of shops in that particular newspaper's city have closed.
While the premise may be true, seldom did the stories go beyond that to discover that many parts of the hobby have experienced tremendous growth. Auctions continue to set records when rare cards come up for bid. High quality vintage cards are still popular and the autograph and memorabilia market is very strong. The speculators who got into the hobby for the wrong reasons are gone and if those who bought cards as kids just for 'investments' are unhappy, well, that's too bad. Most of the stories simply didn't delve beneath the surface and that's disappointing.
On the plus side, there have been a lot of stories in the mainstream media about everyday collectors. We've been glad to bring those to you as well. They may not all go to shows anymore, but there are still a lot of people out there who are still really into the hobby.
I'm happy to report that we are growing faster than the weeds in my flower beds. Page views have climbed dramatically since the National and our efforts to reach out and let collectors/dealers/promoters, etc know about us have paid off. Your positive comments have been gratifying. We hope to add at least one VERY cool feature in the near future…maybe by the end of the month. In the meantime, drop us a note, get the forums going (you're going there but not posting..how come?) and spread the word about the site.