Friday, August 15, 2008

A Top Ten List- Part 1

For better or for worse, the Hobby has witnessed some significant Moments and Milestones (RIP, thank God) throughout its storied history. Many of these events forever changed the Hobby landscape, some of which continue to provide plenty of blog fodder today. Here is my Top 10 List of . . . Events That Changed the Hobby

10) Topps founder, Joseph Shorin, dumping unsold cases of High Number 1952 Topps with the cherished Mickey Mantle RC, into the Atlantic Ocean, inadvertently creating one of the first, and most valuable "short-prints".

9) 1973-the last season that baseball cards were issued in multiple series (present day series 1 and 2 not counting) and the emergence of the Traded Set in 1974 thus opening the door for coveted RC's of Cal Ripken Jr., fallen heroes Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens to name a few.

8) The era of 1984-1994 known by several monikers. Most notably among them are; The Overproduction Era, The Speculative RC Era. The card companies printed cards in vast quantities to meet the overwhelming demand of the era, rendering 99 percent of those cards utterly worthless today. Side bar- If any of you reading this still have cases of this garbage stacked in your garage or storage facility, please do us set collectors a favor and burn them en mass.

7) Upper Deck's entrance into the market in 1989. Promising a revolution in the trading card genre, UD shocked the Hobby with crisp photography, glossy card stock, counterfeit proof hologram, fancy foil packaging and a price point once thought inconceivable.

6) Card grading. The process of having your cards carefully examined by a 3rd party and subjectively being "graded" on a scale from 1 to 10 in several categories to determine an aggregate condition for the card, for a fee. What started as a way to insure consistently defined condition opened the doorway for a plethora of illegitimate companies to cash-in on this process. Today card grading definitely has a place in the market for vintage cards and RC's, however, beyond that it's really just a waste of money.

To be continued

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