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08-06-2012, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Rorschach View Post
There is so much fail in this post, so much denial and ignorance, I don't even know where to start. 1988...what a riot, back then cards were at their most primitive and they were the worst cards ever made and printed in the millions.

I can say this...the current era of collecting started in the late 90s and matured in 2002. Since then the hobby has overall pretty much stayed the same with card values holding very well for more than 10 years. I've been a hard core collector of hockey for 20 years and a sports card collector for over 30 collection is one of the best if not the best in Los Angeles.
That may be true for Los Angeles, but he is spot on for Toronto anyway. The year when Shanahan and BRett Hull had rookie cards was when it started to pick up. O pee Chee recognized that and overproduced the next year when the Sakic Rookie came out. BUt there was still a demand for the year before because of quantities which is why it was that much more expensive. Then the year after that Upper Deck and Score came in and over produced even more cards, which is why all those cards arent' worth anything. Everyone has them. Then the hobby, or should I say novelty, started to die down and Upper Deck and BAP etc. tried to come up with ways to sell more cards. Autographs were added along with parrallels, sub sets, then jerseys, and short prints etc. INcreasing the demand for certain cards and decreasing the value in base cards. Therefore ruining the hobby for me and many people.

The main reason hockey cards failed is becasue of this. And I was guilty of it.
People joined the hobby as an investment, not becasue they loved to collect cards. It was an exciting way to invest money. Something tangible. But then people realized that the only way you made money off of these was if you owned your own store. Then sports card stores were popping up everywhere. Then the market was saturated and the stores all closed. People realized it wasn't an investment and got out.
In the 50-80's kids got excited when they pulled their favorite player. Not anymore. Now I.m not talking about the five year old who doesnt understand the value when he gets a Crosby card and is all excited and then throws the Yakapov rookie in a box. It is the other way around. There are people who get their favorite player and keep skipping until they find that Grigorenko card and get more excited becasue they just made $45 on that pack of cards. BUt forgetting that it took him 17 packs to get that card. ITs like going to the casino. You are most likely losing youe money, but the odd time you might break even or pull in that big haul. But when you pull in that big haul, how much have you lost in total the previous years?

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