01-03-2013, 11:00 AM #11
Awesome post! I started collecting around 6, my parents started getting me cards when I started baseball, and I will admit, I have some banged up cards from not understanding BV but those cards were the ones I liked. I am 32 and have 4 kids. My oldest is 6 and I am teaching him how to handle cards and hope to help him build his own collection some day.
01-03-2013, 03:34 PM #12
Who cares what others think of your collection, you should be collecting for yourself and not them.
01-03-2013, 09:13 PM #13
Oh yeah, I agree. I will let him buy some of his own cards and he can handle them however he wants and I will secretly have a collection for him on the side. I tell him that he has to handle my cards carefully and when he gets his own, he can handle them anyway he wants and show his friends the cool players and what not.
01-04-2013, 02:54 PM #14
01-05-2013, 01:54 AM #15
interesting article. this hobby is quite expensive for kids, good thing all you parents are there to get your kids into collectingCollecting:
patriots: wes welker, gronk, hernendez, mayo, hightower, chandler jones, ridley, woodhead, kevin faulk, edlemen
georgia bulldogs: stafford, moreno, aj green, brandon boykin, danell ellerbe, shaun chapas, and anyone in uga uniform
01-05-2013, 11:47 AM #16
I was into collecting as a kid around 6 years old burning through allowance money buying up packs of Topps or Score priced at 3/$1.00. If I wanted something "high end", it was usually UD or Leaf which would run me closer to $0.75-1 per pack. I started to lose interest around middle-school/highschool age when it wasn't the "cool" thing to do. I still kept my old collection, but over time I discovered what I thought I had as treasures were probably more useful as kindling.
Fast forward 10-15 years, I'm at the mall with my wife and wander into the LCS to get away from the hubub of the mall traffic and discover what cards had transformed into...cards were chrome/autographed/numbered. A pack of 4 Chrome cards cost $5. At this point in my life, I had the means, so I splurged on a box. The cards look amazing, there are refractors, an uncirculated box topper and an autograph of a rookie. One of the packs had an Orange Refractor /25 of Reggie Bush (his Rookie Year), which was a $200+ card at the time. I was hooked again. These kinds of cards/products never existed when I was a kid. I see this as the market adapting to the market of aging collectors from 20-30 years ago.
The beauty is, there are still those $1 packs to be purchased and enjoyed by kids on a limited budget. On the flip-side, if these higher end products existed back when I was buying $0.33 packs of Topps baseball, I'd probably be saving my money for the higher end.
01-05-2013, 09:20 PM #17
I actually traded a friend for some 67, 68, and 69 Topps for one card of Jose Canseco and I think I wound up with the better deal as I now have a 68 Tom Seaver and a 69 Carl Yastrzemski. I believe there is also a Johnny Bench card in there too.
01-06-2013, 02:41 PM #18
to each his own in the activity, which is why it is so cool...
01-06-2013, 02:43 PM #19