Blast from the past MLB top 10 list from Sports Card Magazine September 1997
An appearance by Dave Justice on the top ten list! Also the blurb about Dave Winfield that is cut off mentions that his rookie card peaked at $200 a few years back and has now fallen to where you are able to pick it up for just $125....
pwaldo I've been waiting! Awesome!
Just curious, do you have this magazine intact? :)
Interesting find, thanks for posting it.
When did the great deflation of prices for cards from the "junk wax era" occur? I got out of collecting in the early 90's and didn't come back until 2011, and at the time I left the hobby, my 80's cards were still worth something. Did the deflation happen over a few years, or was it pretty sudden?
Thanks to anyone who can answer this, I've been curious about it since I came back.
Yeah all the magazines I've scanned I still have. Just never scanned the ones I've thrown away over the years though.
Originally Posted by EtherealSOC
I would take an educated guess as to when the Internet/eBay took over for the card market. Card shops and card shows really controlled the market and limited the ways you could buy stuff. Yeah you could buy stuff through the mail with catalogs and magazines but it wasn't the same thing. The digital age really did a number on cards that weren't really in demand because it exposed how many cards were really made and how few people actually cared for them as something other than an investment.
Originally Posted by Deckard7
Thanks for the response. It had not occurred to me that the Internet was a major factor in the devaluation, but it makes perfect sense. You're right, before that you had to go to card shows, card shops or buy through the mail to get cards, there was no central clearing house where supply and demand could be checked like eBay.
Originally Posted by pwaldo