Changing Trends In Sports Card Collecting

About 30 years ago, there was an explosion in the number of people participating in the hobby of collecting sports cards. Companies responded by printing more cards than they had ever printed before. Suddenly, everyone had three "batting-practice" Michael Jordan cards, six cards of Nolan Ryan in a tuxedo, and almost any other card you can think of. The industry was sitting atop an ephemeral bubble, which promptly burst at the end of the 20th century.

Suddenly, all those cards that people bought, traded, and kept in mint condition weren't worth the paper upon which they were printed. No one could give away these cards no matter how much he or she paid for them. Companies lost their shirts, and collectors were hopping mad. Card companies had to do something quickly. So, they decided to divvy up the pie, as it were, and have each company specialize in one type of card. Upper Deck became the hockey card company. Topps went back only to baseball. Panini took over producing NFL cards.

Also, the companies decided not to mass produce cards. In some cases, they only made one or two cards of certain players. They also made limited edition sets, such as "12 best shortstops" or "10 best quarterbacks." Not only did this add a welcome challenge back into the world of collecting, but it also stabilized the marketplace. Suddenly, the supply was no longer overabundant. 

Online trading has also sped up the process. Collectors can search for the rarest cards on eBay and other auction sites. You probably won't find Honus Wagner on eBay, but you can find fair prices and swift shipping. Our company, too, is interested in leveling the playing field so that everyone can enjoy sports card collecting. We think it shouldn't be limited to the rich.  Go ahead and check us out. We'd be honored to help you get started in the hobby! 

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