** If we have traded in the past I'd like to ask you to at least read the end of this post. Thank you!
A few weeks back I wrote the first installment of how I'm changing my collecting habits. You can check it out here, but in short it basically has to do with me no longer chasing parallels of my favorite player.
In this post I'm going to try to avoid being whiny while sharing my thoughts on the current market for the hobby. To keep it concise: I'm not fan.
You know what, I remember a series of posts floating through my blogroll last summer about 10 Things I Like and 10 Things I Don't Like.
Let's start with the I'm really not a fan of:
- Empty card shelves in retail marketplaces.
- My LCS selling retail blasters of A&G (and other product) for $35.
- The Did I do good? mentality. Those who are on Twitter know what I'm talking about here.
- Lack of creativity from Topps. 9 out of 10 insert sets from 2021 Topps Series 1 have been done before. Yikes!
- Lack of effort by Topps. Did you look at that checklist from 2020 Update? Ugh.
- The number of parallels in a modern set is downright silly.
- Chrome. Don't get me wrong, I love shiny cards, but why was an old timey set like A&G given the chrome treatment?
- Ultra High End, High and Middle range sets combine to out number Low End offerings something like 20 to 2. (Big League and Opening Day are the only two I can think of that a kid can afford.)
Not quite ten and I'm okay with that.
There's one common thread permeating the list above: the almighty dollar. The current hobby trends and market, which some say is a bubble, has even caught the eye of mainstream media. This article from the Chicago Tribune states a single pack of 14 baseball cards from 2021 Topps Series 1 costs $8. That can't be right, can it?
How about somethings that make me happy?
- Sportlots.com - What a great place to get singles for a cheap price. I love their new "box" shipping method and have used it nine times already.
- Bloggers - It's nice to know there are like-minded people out there who put out fun content to read.
- cheap way to ship cards on Ebay - I'm so happy there's a $1 option out there for shipping when buying singles on Ebay. I hope to never pay $4 for S&H again!
- High End breakers selling on Ebay - This is the only way I could ever to secure Vogelbach cards from sets like National Treasures, Definitive, Triple Threads, Museum & etc.
- Bloggers - You are a truly generous lot. I have a decade's worth of cards to prove it!
- Collecting the same I way I did when I was twelve by chasing cards of my favorite
playerVOGELMONSTER, building the occasional set and dabbling with mini collections of randomness. Sometimes I just don't want to grow up.
- Vintage - Fuzzy corners, creases, pen marks, paper loss... these characteristics just further elevate cards of legendary players who help to tell the history of the sport I love.
- Bloggers - The community keeps the hobby fun for me.
- Binders - Paging up cards and turning pages of awesome cardboard is something I'll never tire of.
- The Chase - I hope to frequent a card show (after Covid) and track down the gems on my want list and the others I didn't know existed.