Sports Card Collecting…A Love-Hate Relationship
By Jody Yarborough aka Mrjobe85
I have been collecting sports cards for over twenty years now and I still enjoy it just as much as I did when I was five years old. I still go to the hobby shop on the weekend and shoot the breeze with the owner and I still watch eBay for hours at a time in hopes of getting that last second bid in on that certain card that I have been watching for a week. Heck even when I go to Wal-Mart for grocery shopping you can be sure that my first stop is going to be the card aisle. Even though I was there two days ago and know for sure that there isn’t going to be anything new there since the last time. Now don’t get me wrong I still REALLY love the hobby but there are a few things that have started happening in it ib the past few years that really tick me off. Now, some of these thing bother me more than others but they all bother me. First thing is I really hate when a person lists a card as a 1/1 when it’s the first one made, the last one made, or the player’s jersey number. I mean if you really think of a 1/1 this way, all numbered cards are 1/1. I mean a card numbered 14/10000 is a 1/1 because there isn’t another one numbered 14/10000. I mean is a card a 1/1 because it is numbered 3/1000 because the player on the card has 3 kids or because he is the uniform of his 3rd team?
The second thing that really “grinds my gears” are people trying to sell cards who know absolutely nothing about them but
think they do. I mean you see people listing a 1992 Topps Cal Ripken base card on eBay for $300.00. They see the name Cal Ripken and think just because he was a superstar baseball player that any card with him on it is worth big money. My absolute favorite is the 2009 Topps Derek Jeter 1/1 Luis Diaz Sketch Card. I am pretty sure all of you guys have seen this card as it is listed on eBay for $2,000,000 and it is the highest priced card listed on there right now. It has been listed for over 2 years now. I will cut the seller of this card a little break just because he is willing to give 20% of the sale price to charity. But let me remind you that it’s only a little break I am cutting. This guy has got to know that this card is never going to sell for this price. I mean this guy doesn’t even have the “make an offer” option on his auction. So many serious card collectors have let him know that this card will never sell, yet he has never lowered his price.
Now for my final and biggest pet peeve of all in collecting cards today is people making “fake cards”. Whether it be people changing a cards jersey swatch/patch, adding an auto to card that isn’t supposed to have one, or making their own cards or card company for that matter. I mean what are these people thinking doing this? A lot of us who collected are in it for the hobby but we also enjoy taking the risk that the certain card we have or get might be worth something someday. People like this are the scum of the earth if you ask me. If they need money that bad why don’t they try the crazy idea called a job. Some of these counterfeiters out there are really good and know what there doing. But some seem like they don’t even care if some people know they are counterfeits. You see a certain serial numbered jersey card for sale on the internet (a 1 color swatch) and it sells for $3.00. Then 2 weeks later you’re searching eBay and see the same numbered card with an amazing 4 color patch on it for 10x to 20x what it sold for the first time. This is still suppose to be a hobby for kids! I mean it’s bad enough to sell a fake to an adult but I don’t see how they could live with theirselves at the smallest thought that this fake card could fall into the hands of a kid. Especially these nicer cards that are fake, I mean it could take a kid’s whole month or years of allowance to pay for it. It is really sad what a few scumbags are doing to the hobby that so many of us love. I know it is wishful thinking but I wish they would all be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Until then we will all just have to be careful in what we buy and hopefully one day they will be able to create at counterfeit proof card. No matter all the things that bother me in the hobby the good still outweight the bad and I am going to keep on collecting.
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