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
I get emails and calls from reporters, authors and other information seekers on a fairly regular basis. Probably the most popular question is “do you know how big the sports memorabilia industry/hobby is with regard to annual sales?” Hey, it beats the most popular question from circa 2008 which was “how come baseball cards aren’t worth anything anymore?” I’d … [Read more...] about Editor’s Blog: Size of the Sports Memorabilia Market
I've been a hobbyist for the better part of two decades. Although I’m mainly motivated by my love of sports, I also enjoy history, and have a sensibility for art and eye appeal. Collecting sports memorabilia (mostly baseball and basketball cards) marries all three of these interests, giving me a lifelong hobby and newfound community that shares my penchant for … [Read more...] about Do U.S. Mint Baseball Coins Belong in Your Collection?
Every Christmas, my mind wanders back to 1971. A day or two before the holiday, my older sister’s boyfriend arrived at our door with a couple of gifts including what turned out to be a complete, unopened box of 1971-72 Topps basketball cards. As a kid who never had enough money to buy more than a couple of packs at a time, my little brain was on sensory … [Read more...] about Editor’s Blog: State of the Hobby as a New Year Begins
Six handwritten love letters penned by Boston Red Sox legend, and the greatest hitter the game has ever known, Ted Williams, written in the early 1950s to his mistress, Norma Williamson, are expected to bring more than $4,000 as part of Heritage Auction’s Nov. 11 Vintage Sports Collectibles event. “Now when I got your letter I also got one from Doris (Williams) ‘quoting’ a … [Read more...] about Ted Williams Letters to Mistress Going on Auction Block
A brand new TV show, or "docu series" as they say in the business, is looking for collectors of all kinds. A post at RealityWanted.com from NIgel Lythgoe Productions indicates they're looking for all types of people who "have amassed an extraordinary collection of one thing - baseball cards, everything orange, Pez dispensers, feathers, you name it!" Lythgoe is the producer … [Read more...] about TV Show in Development Needs Collectors
What makes one type of sports memorabilia worth more than another? The simple answer is supply and demand. Another factor that's rarely considered, though, is value. Not value in the sense of what an item might bring on the open market, but value to the collector. Some items offer important qualities like scarcity and aesthetics that should be taken into account but often … [Read more...] about Ten Underrated Sports Collectibles
Much of the buying, selling and trading of sports collectibles is now done online but the face-to-face interaction is still important. It's one of the reasons why attending the National Sports Collectors Convention is something many feel they have to do. For major dealers, it's a chance to find new customers, to move inventory and stay in touch on a more personal level with … [Read more...] about A Dealer’s National: Making the Most of a Business Trip
Among the attendees at the Vegas Industry Summit next month will be dealers who at least for one night will get the chance to be a kid. Hobby shops, as well as distributors and other attendees, are being encouraged to bring single cards to trade with attendees from other states to make their trip as valuable as possible. "I want to trade away my Yankees, Lakers, Cowboys … [Read more...] about Dealer Trading Night?
Resealed wax packs and fake autographs are at the center of a case against a long-time sports memorabilia dealer. … [Read more...] about Pennsylvania Dealer Faces Criminal Charges