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  • baralufficus

    I see new interest in Sports Cards , Ive been collecting since early 2002 or so … I have tons of high end cards !!!
    I am definitly interested in where the hobby is headed >> Might have to fire up the old EBay account again!!!

    Barrett

  • baralufficus

    Maybe we can post our favorite cards on here ! I remember trading and selling on old forum style sites .. Made old memories spring up lol

  • gordylamb

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    They’re essentially stocks in players but you get something tangible in a physical card. Very bullish on the sports card market going forward. Also a fun gamble to buy boxes or be a part of breaks.

  • pat4detroit

    eBay killed cards years ago

  • panters

    I used to collect just about all sports. I was a year too late for MLB by starting in 1988. Then everything was about “scarcity”. I eventually got sick of all the high dollar cards that drove pack/box prices way up. I’ve kept a few cards of players I really like and my favorite is 1980 Wayne Gretzky cards.

    I agree with pat4detroit.

  • sportsgrinder

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    eBay has not killed cards, they are one of the biggest product categories on the site!

    Cards are growing both as a hobby/pastime and as a way to generate some extra cash. Tons of people who collected as kids are returning to the hobby!

  • gordylamb

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    Definitely don’t think ebay has killed cards, they’ve just changed the industry. Used to be that you could go to a store and buy a 24 pack box with 10 cards per pack for $20. Those days of junk cards are over. Now we’re on to the days of group breaks and premium boxes that are $500 per box with 1 pack and 6 cards per pack with everything being serial numbered or auto/relics.

  • sportsgrinder

    • Blogger of the Month

    Well you still can find those products, but they just aren’t the ones that have cards selling for thousands of dollars in them. That being said, I make a pretty steady stream of “side hustle” income buying and selling low end cards. It’s all about “buying right”!

  • katho54

    When this Quarantine thing is over,Sports cards will tank again….People are just bored right now ,because there is no sports to gamble on,so,theyre gambling on cards……I know this to be a fact,Cause,I havent looked at a card in years and now Im back buying and speculating,to kill time

  • sportsgrinder

    • Blogger of the Month

    There may be a short term impact for some current buyers and sellers, but overall, the sports card market has been growing steadily since 2017.

  • katho54

    Has Anyone here been paying attention to the Topps Project 2020…These cards are going parabolic right now,Ive really never seen anything like this in all my years of collecting….

  • OneShotKill17

    I purchased my first box of cards in probably 15 years the other day and admittedly I have no clue where to start anymore. I pulled a 29/50 Panini Prestige Mahomes jersey card and see it on eBay for $25. I know I was buying packs for $20 a pack before I stopped but it seems like the game is so different now.

  • tgowen

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    In my opinion the collecting game took a massive hit when the quality cards transitioned from rookies and inserts to low serial numbered autographs and memorabilia cards. At that point packs then grew from $2-$4 to $5-$10 for even the smallest chance to obtain something of value. Throw in graded cards, and a vast majority of collectors were priced out of the hobby. It’s a shame. Based on the price of packs I see at the stores, not much has changed since I quit collecting about 10 years ago.

  • OneShotKill17

    @tgowen said...

    In my opinion the collecting game took a massive hit when the quality cards transitioned from rookies and inserts to low serial numbered autographs and memorabilia cards. At that point packs then grew from $2-$4 to $5-$10 for even the smallest chance to obtain something of value. Throw in graded cards, and a vast majority of collectors were priced out of the hobby. It’s a shame. Based on the price of packs I see at the stores, not much has changed since I quit collecting about 10 years ago.

    Yea, I stepped foot into a true card store today and seeing $50/pack or $700/box is just insane.

  • tgowen

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    @OneShotKill17 said...

    Yea, I stepped foot into a true card store today and seeing $50/pack or $700/box is just insane.

    Man, that’s crazy. I realized I was done when I would spend $20-$50 on packs and walk away with autos/memorabilia cards that I knew had no real value. Like I said, it’s a shame. As a kid I loved getting the $1 Topps/Score packs and being thrilled that I would get Chiefs or Giants players. Then I grew up and I loved any and all kinds of insert cards because they felt special. Once autographs, memorabilia, and graded cards became the focus of the industry the hobby died for me. For the longest time my John Elway rookie card was the absolute greatest treasure I owned. Then I got it graded and it came back a 7. Nothing like being told that the thing you cherish the most is essentially worthless.

  • Beatmycan

    @OneShotKill17 said...

    Yea, I stepped foot into a true card store today and seeing $50/pack or $700/box is just insane.

    I came to the forum basically to ask this same question. I haven’t bought a sports card in maybe 2 decades… I Recently have gone through my old cabinet of hundreds of cards and remembered how fun it was to buy a box of cards and rush through opening all the packs… I also remember walking into the storE and those boxes of cards were like $30-50…

    Is that not a thing anymore? Are boxes of cards really selling for hundreds of dollars MINIMUM?! That’s insane right? Is there no box of cards that “may” have the potential for something valuable and cool, and under $100? If you’re spending $700 on a box of cards hoping to get something valuable, why not just got spend the $700 on that specific card.

    This is craziness

  • sochoice

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    Cool. I’ve got a Jack Silkma card. It has chocolate milk all over it, but should be worth $50k, no :)

  • OneShotKill17

    Panini Prestige at Target has guaranteed memorabilia and is $20 a box. I was lucky to pull a Mahomes dual color /50. So yea there are some, but something like idk Topps Chrome Jumbo is gonna run you $400+. Just depends on the product. Bowman Transcendent will run you 21-22K per box lol

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