Growing up to the new age of card collecting.
by, 12-14-2012 at 12:58 AM (485 Views)
So, as I have gotten back into collecting, I have noticed that more and more GU, EU, RU, auto, numbered, and other sorts of cards have appeared. This got me excited to start collecting again. But as card collecting evolved so did the internet. It brought us things like Ebay, Craigslist, this forum, and other new and exciting websites (get your minds out of the gutters guys). But with sites like Ebay and Craigslist the value of all cards were shot down when it came time to sell them. Beckett still holds value in these cards but that is now only good for trading. What I have learned though is what true value is. The true value of one card differs from person to person. They may think that a card that you think is junk is pure gold. For example, have you ever given a child a card from your collection to help them start their own? It is priceless! I did this for my son and simply put, I show him the cards that I have in my collection and tell him that it is our collection now. As he gets older, he will start his own and I will be there to help him. The older generation of card collectors, like any veteran of a company, have a hard time accepting that BV is trumped by SV when it comes to online auctions anymore. I have a guy that wanted me to try and help him sell his cards on here a few years back. This is how I learned that things have changed in card collecting. He used to own a card store and knew all about BV and how to know what cards were mint or near mint. He doesn't understand the meaning of SV since he is an older collector. He is in his 60's now and can't wrap his mind around how cards can't go for their BV anymore. This forum has helped me to understand that and adapt my collecting around this. My personal collection is small but to me, it is awesome! I love collecting no matter how much I spend. Some cards are harder to let go but when it comes to getting that card you really want, learn to let go and enjoy collecting.