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It’s Not the Money

Byt Richard Mock aka Paintball

In the majority of the discussions I have read, most adults blame the high cost of cards as the main reason kids don’t seem to be as big in card collecting as they were in the past. Most of these articles reflect back on when a kid could go to the corner store and buy a pack of cards for 25 cents. They surmise that the card companies should go back to these days of cheap cards. I strongly disagree. In my humble opinion the product has never in its history been better than it is More >


Wow, You Collect Sports Cards, and You’re Female?

By Khendra Murdock aka DunkinDurant35

I have been collecting sports cards since the tender age of 7½ years old. I can still remember the first pack of sports cards my dad got for me back in 1992: 1991 Score football. I was excited to get a Guy McIntyre card out of the pack because I was a big San Francisco 49ers fan at the time (they were probably the most fun team to play on my favorite video game back then, Tecmo Super Bowl on the old original Nintendo!).


Basketball took over football as my number one favorite sport in 1993, but More >

The Poker Card Tournament

By Henry Salazar aka FL Henry

I love to look through my collection of cards. Over the years I have sorted the cards by players, by card types, separated rookies from veterans, tried to complete sets and done just about anything else that you can think of with my collection. I like to scrutinize the card to see if I think the manufacturer did a good job of putting the card together. Is it designed well? Do I like the color scheme? Is the autograph sharp without being too thin or thick?


My true love, however, is the feeling I get when More >

An Avenue to Return Kids to the Hobby

By Brandon York aka UofLnMU


Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: collecting sports cards is one of the few multi generational hobbies America has. Right now, we risk severing that tie. When I think about the glory days of sports card collecting, like most of you folks, I think back to the dusty box of cards from my grandfather’s attic (I pulled a 1974 Mike Schmidt and a 1975 Johnny Bench from that “box break”). I heard stories from my older relatives about fabled (and likely fictional) 1951 Mickey Mantles placed inside bicycle spokes and tales of Ted Kluszewski’s More >

How my Girlfriend Views my, er…Hobby

By Brandon York aka Uof LnMU

When I got divorced, I made myself a rule: I would display memorabilia wherever, whenever, and however I wanted to. (No, this isn’t going to be a divorced guy rant, all appearances to the contrary.) I moved out and got a reasonably sized apartment, and made the conscious decision that I would end up “living the dream”: My new living room sports a team-signed Real Madrid jersey, flanked with signed photos of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Muhammad Ali—one corner is devoted to the Reds, another to the Bengals. I also have a wall of memorabilia from More >

Are we the Problem or the Solution?

By Michael Barton aka Monticellocards

How do you think we can get the younger generation interested in card collecting? What should the manufacturers do to ensure the continuity of the hobby? What can we, as individuals, do?


Upper Deck recently ran a promotion on Facebook where they wanted collectors to give away cards to their friends or even to strangers as a gift, for nothing in return. I thought it was a fantastic idea, and when this question was posted on Sports Card Forum, I knew this was the article that I had to write this month. As someone with a few More >