Buying, selling and trading sports cards has changed plenty in the last two decades.
Just before the home computer first started becoming a common sight –and I’ll say it was around 1994–most collectors still got their news and purchased items the way they always had. You bought a publication–or subscribed to one.
Classified ads were still plentiful in SCD and smaller publications (remember the Sportscard Economizer?). If you needed a price list of baseball cards, you grabbed one of those issues or called a dealer and he would usually send you one. Need someone to trade with to fill out your set? Same drill.
Times have changed. Publications are still around–but not quite as widely circulated. The internet has taken control of the hobby’s dialogue and business. It’s lent an immediacy to the proceedings. No need to wait for letters and packages to cross in the mail. Everything is at your fingertips–literally.
Trading isn’t a lost art, but now it’s mostly done online. eBay is your best bet fo ra price list of baseball cards and you’ve got a mighty big selection to choose from. Free sportscard trading forums are around if you’re willing to sort through a lot of unrelated posts. They do get plenty of attention, too.
Here’s a list of some of them:
Sports Card Forum
The Bench Trading
Trading Card Central
Topps Message Boards
Net 54 Vintage Forum
PSA Message Board
If you know of another one that’s thriving, drop us a note and we’ll add it to the list. We’ve heard trading has gone out of style, but that comes mostly from older folks who haven’t discovered these sites yet. It’s a different way of doing things, but if you give it a shot, you might rediscover the fun you had when the mailman brought an armful of packages containing cards you could cross off your want list way back when. You know, back when people actually put sets together?