In recent years, mainstream media reports have focused on a ‘dying’ sports card hobby. Much of the material written about the state of the market focused on the overproduction years of the 1980s and early 90s and how they failed to retain their original value, let alone increase as so many kids and parents had hoped back in the day.
That’s changing a bit with the release of some highly regarded new books–Mint Condition by Dave Jamieson, which tells the tale of the industry from beginning to now and Cardboard Gods by Josh Wilker. Positive publicity is being generated among reviewers but also by recent reports of industry happenings.
Major League Baseball’s decision to limit the number of new products and new licensees has given hope to those who are buying for a possible return and the sale of the 2010 Bowman Chrome Superfractor Stephen Strasburg has opened some eyes as well.
The Denver Post offered a basic take on the current state of the hobby in this piece that ran Wednesday.