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Old 11-14-2017, 12:37 PM
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Don't you want the value of your collection to grow?
I don't want cards I own to lose value, but I can honestly say I get zero joy from thinking about the money side of the hobby. If the cards were worth what they were in Burdick's day, I don't think we'd have card doctoring, shill bidding, etc. It would be worth the tradeoff to me. Good discussion.

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John,

I agree with you. The internet completely changed the sports card industry. Other than a few oddball and limited issues, football card collecting has morphed into online shopping. Lost interest in football cards when that happened.

Times have definitely changed. I remember setting up at card shows as a young kid in the early nineties. I had my 1957 Unitas and Starr cards in Nrmt condition (inside those thick screw-down plastic holders) on the table. All the other dealers at some point came by to admire them. Couple even claimed to have never seen these RCs before in person. No one was willing to pay more than Beckett High for them though.

Not quite Burdick's days but still a fun time.

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The internet completely changed the sports card industry.
That's correct. Twenty years ago, if you owned some nice cards, then all you could do was show it to the locals, and most of them probably didn't care much. Now with the Internet, you can share photos of your cards and discuss the history, the rarity, etc. with THOUSANDS of collectors around the world. You are promoting your stuff to way more people than before and this in turn creates more demand.

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... football card collecting has morphed into online shopping. Lost interest in football cards when that happened.
Funny post. Why would you lose interest? Football cards are still way cheaper than baseball and hockey. How do you think we Canadians feel when we have to spend a few thousand on a mid-grade vintage hockey rookie card? Add to that the weak CDN dollar, so we have to spend even MORE money! Baseball collectors have it even worse.
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Why would you lose interest?
I think Mark was getting at what you mentioned originally - it's not as interesting to collect items that you can essentially shop for.
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Sam: The joy of collecting for me is in the process of searching for than ultimately acquiring a rare piece of sports memorabilia. When that process is no different than when my wife buys designer jeans online, I lose interest. And you think hockey cards are expensive....look up how much a pair of Dolce Gabbana cost. I wish she was collecting Bobby Hull rookie cards off eBay instead.

You seem to be fixated on "value". You are right...vintage hockey cards have a higher value than football or basketball cards from similar eras. However, sports memorabilia is not part of my investment portfolio. They are purchased with expendable income. Their value only justifies my purchase point.

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Oh sorry, when Mark wrote "online shopping," I was thinking of something completely different. Now I understand what you meant. Yes, buying football cards online is not any different than shopping for jeans, because there are so many of them out there. HOWEVER, if you have always collected football cards and football is in your blood, then you should continue doing it. For me it is a different story. I am Canadian and hockey is my first love. I picked up a beautiful decently centered Joe Namath RC and that just got me interested in vintage football cards. I would also like to learn more about the sport (rules, tactics, etc.)
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Being from Detroit we are bigger hockey fans than football. Would like to get a 1954-55 Topps Howe at some point. I still collect football memorabilia, but focus primarily on 19th century Ivy League cabinet cards/photos.

You started out with a bang getting a Namath RC. Very nice card! Those are tough to find centered too. Post a pic.
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