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 Posted: Thu Feb 4th, 2016 08:29 am
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I'm sure we've all done it. As kids, Topps cards were about the only currency we had until we scored paper routes or it snowed.  We used to flip the cards or trade 'em. I was very fortunate in that I had next door neighbors that loved the Mets more than anything (the guy in the article, Paul, who is referenced by Bill Simmons was my next door neighbor and that's the article where Simmons' responded back to my email and reconnected us, which I still think is pretty fucking cool of him).  Those guys would trade Reggie, Thurman, Catfish, Sparky and Nettles to me for Skip Lockwood, Sky Kingman and John Stearns.  Good times!

I first started baseball collecting in 1976 and had that through the 1981 season intact. After that, I sort of lost interest until the early 1990s when baseball cards were at their peak and being looked at as a "bitcoin" of the times.  Values were never higher from like 1989 (introduction of Upper Deck) to maybe 1991, when about 30 new companies popped up to sell cards.  During that time, I went to a bunch of shows in the NJ area and bought a ton of Yankees and old Giants/Rangers cards to fill in the teams. It's pretty cool to see a team's history in cardboard right in front of you from year to year, and I still like to check it out every couple of years.

I haven't done much since with cards, and even liquidated a few in my divorce (heavy stuff, like Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Namath, some 1911 tobacco cards, which I was very unhappy about!). I used to buy a few packs here and there to see if I can pull that year's hot rookie but that's about it. I consider them to be an intrinsic investment, meaning they're worth more to me than any potential buyer.  

So, does anybody here still actively collect continuously from childhood or did you jump on (and off, and maybe back on) the bandwagon?




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Only boxing cards, although now I just pick up a few a year. I started when I was 19.

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I collected baseball cards from the early to late 1980s, looking at it as a fun hobby rather than as an investment. I dropped out when the likes of Upper Deck and Skybox came in and took things to a new level when it came to making cards a commodity. All the fun was taken out of it.

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I became friends with a local dealer here in Atlanta about 15 years ago before the internet destroyed local card shops.  I watched as some really strung out, down on their luck guys would come in looking to sell stuff for (likely) their next fix.  One time, a guy comes in with a Terry Bradshaw rookie. The dealer bought it, after feigning interest, for maybe $15. The minute the seller walked out the door, he tells me for $20 I can have it.
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HBF wrote: I became friends with a local dealer here in Atlanta about 15 years ago before the internet destroyed local card shops.  I watched as some really strung out, down on their luck guys would come in looking to sell stuff for (likely) their next fix.  One time, a guy comes in with a Terry Bradshaw rookie. The dealer bought it, after feigning interest, for maybe $15. The minute the seller walked out the door, he tells me for $20 I can have it.
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Well he is a dealer.  He is there to make money. What good is it to buy a card for 15 dollars  and sell it for 15?
I collected cards  from the mid 60s to  about 1975. In 1986 I became  a dealer who hauled his stuff to shows every weekend. Stopped around 1996 and started selling starting lineup figures and then McFarlane figures. Only buy cards just to see what they look like now.

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tamalie wrote: I collected baseball cards from the early to late 1980s, looking at it as a fun hobby rather than as an investment. I dropped out when the likes of Upper Deck and Skybox came in and took things to a new level when it came to making cards a commodity. All the fun was taken out of it.When Upper Deck came around  it jumped started the card business.  Skybox had a good first year . Second year it kinda bombed out.



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I collected as a kid, had my first collection thrown out, although for years I thought they were hidden away, ready to be given to me at graduation. No such luck. In the mid 90s through around 2001 I got back into it, but the glut of press runs makes a lot of what I bought only so valuable. I still use the local shops as the hangout and have friends that do the same. People I have known for 20 years and don't run into anywhere else, but between discussions about everything else, collecting seeps into the conversation. On a whim I bought two hockey boxes from 2011 they had and pulled an autographed patch card of some Colorado rookie from that year. Worth about 120 bucks in the price guide but eBay sellers aren't getting even 30. I barely watch hockey, but I opened it for the chance at that kind of find. Most days, I spend 3 bucks from their snack bar area, though. The hobby itself is laughable, because nobody pays what the markets list most things at, but the right card with two bidders eager to own it can drive a price up online. Last big profit was a Holly Holm UFC card sold the week before she beat Rousey for $40 which was all based on the fight hype, and a Paige Van Zant autograph which went for $130, both in one box.

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Benlen wrote: tamalie wrote: I collected baseball cards from the early to late 1980s, looking at it as a fun hobby rather than as an investment. I dropped out when the likes of Upper Deck and Skybox came in and took things to a new level when it came to making cards a commodity. All the fun was taken out of it.When Upper Deck came around  it jumped started the card business.  Skybox had a good first year . Second year it kinda bombed out.
The quality of their cards was unquestionable and not the issue to me. Card collecting to me took on a much more mercenary attitude after those two came on the scene. I know I sound like a wrestling fan who can't get over the WWF expanding in 1984 and knocking over the dominoes that killed the territories, but after Upper Deck and Skybox, card collecting went from this neat hobby to something very different and never went back.

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I collected pretty consistently as a kid, the height being from about 1982-1985 time frame.  I used to go to all the card shows with the old man, who was motivated to complete the sets that he collected as a kid.

We managed to finish off the 1955 and 1956 Topps sets, which once upon a time could've fetched upwards of $20-30k, but as many have noted here, once Upper Deck came around, card prices across the board plummeted.  I'd be lucky to get $5k total today.

I still have all those cards in binders and have no plans of selling.  My youngest has shown some interest in the hobby, but nowhere near the level I used to be. 



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Yeah, I've come to the conclusion that unless I run into a situation of financial distress, I don't see selling my cards off. With Boxing cards it's a lot smaller marketplace, so prices don't tend to fluctuate a lot. There's really only about 10-15 sets in total that people are interested in overall anyways. The Rocky Graziano Leaf Card that I Have, I"ve seen flucutate in value from lows of 11k to highs of 41k over the last 5 years depending on the PSA Grade.

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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: I collected pretty consistently as a kid, the height being from about 1982-1985 time frame.  I used to go to all the card shows with the old man, who was motivated to complete the sets that he collected as a kid.

We managed to finish off the 1955 and 1956 Topps sets, which once upon a time could've fetched upwards of $20-30k, but as many have noted here, once Upper Deck came around, card prices across the board plummeted.  I'd be lucky to get $5k total today.

I still have all those cards in binders and have no plans of selling.  My youngest has shown some interest in the hobby, but nowhere near the level I used to be.
Keep an eye on those 55/56 cards in binders to make sure the binder sheets are not decaying. The older binder sheets were made of a very hard plastic material that didn't seem to last long. The newer ones, with the softer binder material, seem to last much better and do better with the elements.  You don't want that ever destroying those cards.



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Collected hockey, baseball and football from the late 60's through the late 70's early 80's with the latter of those years spent mainly finishing up yearly sets.  Then for the next couple years padded a bank account by selling off probably 75% of what I collected.


When Upper Deck came in they were the bees knees and the cards looked sweet(some of what I still have is Upper Deck Hockey and Baseball) but they ushered in the era of mass production beginning IMO the devaluation of cards.

Haven't collected or bought anything in quite awhile.  When you grow up buying packs of cards for 10 cents it's tough to look at today's prices and realistically consider getting involved.  And card values have completely been shit canned.  I made a ton more money selling my cards when I did than I could possibly get today.

My focus shifted to comic books in terms of collecting. Also something I haven't really bought much of in awhile, but haven't and likely won't sell anything off.  I'll take my whole collection with me for something to read in hell.  I will either sell the rest of my cards at some point or pass them on to the stepdaughter to augment the meager collection she put together and just tell her to wait a bit and see if there is a resurgence in the value of older cards.



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After he hit 14 HR for the Sox in only 46 games during the 1987 season I was sure that he was going to be the next great HR guy in MLB. With dollar signs dancing around in my head I went around to all the card stores in Montreal and bought up every Sam Horn 1988 Donruss Rookie card I could find. Most stores were selling them between $ 2 and $2.50 but I thought I had hit the jackpot when I bought about 20 from one store for only a buck apiece. Little did I know that Horn would retire only 7 years later with a grand total of 62 career HRs. I now have about 125 mostly mint Sam Horn 1988 Donruss Rookie cards ( # 498 ) that are virtually worthless.  :X



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CanadianHorseman wrote: ( SIGH ) Sam Horn.......fucking Sam Horn. 




After he hit 14 HR for the Sox in only 46 games during the 1987 season I was sure that he was going to be the next great HR guy in MLB. With dollar signs dancing around in my head I went around to all the card stores in Montreal and bought up every Sam Horn 1988 Donruss Rookie card I could find. Most stores were selling them between $ 2 and $2.50 but I thought I had hit the jackpot when I bought about 20 from one store for only a buck apiece. Little did I know that Horn would retire only 7 years later with a grand total of 62 career HRs. I now have about 125 mostly mint Sam Horn 1988 Donruss Rookie cards ( # 498 ) that are virtually worthless.  :X


That's not as bad as buying forged Guns N' Roses autographs, but it's not far off.



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I collected baseball cards as a kid, and also taped them to my bike frame so they would flap in the spokes when I rode my bicycle.....anyone else do this? Or even remember this?

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