Over 61% of Americans consider themselves collectors of something, with trading cards high on the list. That’s according to MagnifyMoney, which surveyed more than 1,500 Americans to find out who’s collecting items and learn more about why they do. “Collecting seems to fill an emotional need, whether it’s the thrill of hunting down an object to complete your collection or … [Read more...] about Survey: Majority of Americans Embrace Collecting
Like any hobby, collectors come and go. The reasons for giving up on sports collecting are as varied as the reasons people start in the first place. If you're an avid sports fan, though, the collecting gene is hard to ditch completely. A lot of collectors who stopped buying, selling or trading eventually return. It's a trend hobby shops and … [Read more...] about Returning to the Hobby: Collectors Share Their Stories
You hear a lot about the importance of "keeping the kids interested" when industry leaders and dealers talk about the future. Often, though, it seems to come from a business perspective. How will the hobby survive if the kids don't collect? How will shops stay in business if the younger generation loses interest? It turns out there might be something to that, but the … [Read more...] about Editor’s Blog: Are Collectors Smarter?
You make a living selling baseball cards? Say that in the early 1970s and you might just as well have said you worked on Mars. The early dealers were pioneers in the industry, buying cards in quantity from Topps, sorting them out and selling them via ads in everything from Boy's Life to The Sporting News to Street and Smith's annual publications. They also bought … [Read more...] about Early Dealers Were Advertising Pioneers