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Old 08-01-2007, 09:45 PM
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Posted By: Scot Reader

Peter's thread on the Golden Age of the hobby got me thinking. I think we are living in the Golden Age of the hobby because the public Internet has made more material available and on a more level playing field than ever before. Indeed, I became re-involved with this hobby because of the Internet--more particularly eBay. I wonder how many out there in Net54land would be active in this hobby if the public Internet did not exist. I daresay I probably would not.

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Posted By: Jim Dale

Without the WWW I wouldn't be into cards again - I quit long before the WWW due to the industries lousy products

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I collected as a freshman in high school but lost interest after that. The internet rekindled my hobby activities and I now enjoy continuing the search for my holy grail, the elusive Spider Wilson card.

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Posted By: Jeff Prizner

Grading and the internet got me back into the hobby. Damn you Joe O. and Al Gore!

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Posted By: jay behrens

Nope, I got dragged back into the hobby because of my brother's incessant questions about t202s and t206s. The internet is nice, but I already had plenty of contacts in the hobby that the internet wasn't really necessary for me to get back in and find the things I wanted. The only things the internet did was cause me to lose focus for awhile and collect Indian cards, which proved to be very lucrative

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I've been in the hobby since 1976.

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Posted By: Dave Hornish

Back since 1981 myself. WWW is nice but I liked shows better, so I would be here no matter.

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I'm sure my story is typical: Collected as a kid and teen before drifting away from the hobby during the college years only to get back into it when I discovered eBay and PSA almost simultaneously in '98 or '99. I do kinda miss the old card show days, but certainly don't miss the feudal system that existed back then. Much of the appeal of collecting today is that the internet has been such a democratizing force in the hobby.

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Well put, Steve. I like your characterization of the Internet as a "democratizing" force.

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Without the internet I would not be able to find anything and thus would probably not be collecting today.

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