Any Sports Card Collectors?
Posted 14 May 2014 - 11:22 AM
I recently started becoming interested again in collecting and I'm curious if anyone on the site still collects cards.
There is (I think) a card show this weekend in Mounds View that I'm debating checking out. Anyone gone to it before?
I guess there's also a semi-regular one in Bloomington as well.
Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:09 PM
Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:28 PM
Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:50 PM
That 1984 Fleer Update Puckett is probably one of the few cards that has retained value past the crash.
It seems to have more to do with an overwhelming supply of cards rather than any one player's reputation. Roger Clemens' 84 Fleer Update rookie card, for instance, still commands hundreds of dollars.
Posted 14 May 2014 - 02:21 PM
Posted 15 May 2014 - 06:16 AM
I noticed that they had a hanging display of trading cards (sports and cartoon shows and other random things) and they were selling "vintage" unopened wax packs from the 80s and 90s 2/$1.
There were 2 packs of 1989 Donruss cards, which in my youth were briefly a hot ticket. As an x-mas gift that year I was given a case of 36 wax packs, and I tore through them hoping for a Ken Griffey, Jr. Rookie card (and all the Twins, of course). No Griffey, but lots and lots of Frank Tanana and Mark McLemore. Major bummer.
So when I saw those two packs sitting on that shelf I thought - hey, why not? $1 is nothing.
Of course the very first pack I opened had Ken Griffey, Jr. in it. That was bad news for me, because now I am hooked again on collecting. I never had a 'hit' like that opening a pack as a kid, but that litte rush of endorphins has rekindled that nerdy interest.
Posted 15 May 2014 - 09:20 PM
I gave away 10-20,000 baseball/football/basketball cards 5 years ago. I had picked out anything interesting but almost everyone of the cards has no value other than sticking in bicycle spokes. I don't think the strike had anything to do with the decline of the baseball market. Until the late 80's there was a finite amount of cards available but after that there were dozens of different brands and mass printing of those brands.
I think it would be great if people started collecting cards for the right reasons. For example buying a team set every year of your favorite team(s). Or maybe starting a collection of favorite players. This would be very cool.
Posted 16 May 2014 - 08:48 AM
I have a small interest in getting sets from my birth year, and sets that I was collecting as a kid but never got close to finishing.
Besides that, I don't have any ambition to become an ebay super seller, or to buy up lots or hobby boxes and scour them for big $$ rare finds.
I think one of my favorite cards is a 1990 Donruss John Smoltz error card. The picture on the front of the card is actually a portrait of Tom Glavine. It's barely worth the cardboard
it's printed on, but it's still funny to me . . .
Posted 16 May 2014 - 01:46 PM
Posted 17 May 2014 - 05:14 PM
Just a small enclosed section of a strip mall, the sellers all seemed to be private collectors at one point, and they all were into different specialties, so there was lots of variety. I realized that the $$ earned or spent on collecting is just a small part of it- it was a lot of fun to talk shop (or in my case, listen to them talk shop).
Posted 18 May 2014 - 06:40 PM
Posted 21 May 2014 - 04:34 PM
It's way down low on my list of household tasks to try and do something about the cartons of cards in our garage storage shelves. Most of the cards that would be valuable were played with when my brother and I were kids, so a dealer would have no interest; the vast majority of the cards are just commodity cards in perfect condition that likewise would draw no interest. Since I'm nowhere near the Twin Cities I can't even invite any of you to take a look and admire (or scoff, or make an offer); and like I said, it's low on my priority list so I haven't approached any dealers locally (the one I know of in a shopping mall closed, no doubt due to a dwindling customer base). In any case, it won't be funding my retirement.
Yeah, my collection is ridiculously huge (and does have some very good value cards in it, especially in football), but I don't expect it to buy me a house or anything, just to help with the costs of a wedding and pay off some school debt.
Posted 27 May 2014 - 02:05 AM
Like a lot of you, I collected during some of the worst years value-wise (87-92). Even though they hold no value now, I still look at them as a good investment. I had a ton of fun collecting as a kid. I loved the thrill of pulling a quality card, or time spent trading cards with friends. Back then a pack of cards was the same price as a candy bar, so I could usually talk my dad into buying me a pack whenever we stopped at a gas station. I remember telling my friends to avoid Upper Deck because they cost more than 50 cents a pack. Turns out I was a lil' Nostradamus because it only took a few years and the days of reasonably priced cards were a thing of the past. When I was 17-18 I went into a card shop for nostalgia's sake and almost every customer in their was 20 or older. Kids had been priced out of the market.