Saturday, October 25, 2008

Feedback and Musings from the Junk Wax How To Video

Mario at Wax Heaven was kind enough to post my video on his blog/website. A reader left the following comment:

jl (14:50:37) :
here is what pisses me off about this video. I have been tring to put together sets of topps for my kids to show them history of topps. this guy is just burning them. Why not give them to kids to maybe jump start the hobby again for KIDS. I gave a lot of old doubles and non topps sets to kids in the neighborhood they were thrilled. I could not come to burning what at that time was my hard earned money.

Here was my response:

Lighten up dude!!
I have given away 10x this many cards to neighborhood kids. Make grab bags at Halloween. Have turned 3 nephews on to the hobby. So lighten up.
Tell you what, if you pay the Shipping and say $10 for my time. I’ll send you SEVERAL 5000 count boxes of this crap.
So are you going to put your money where your mouth is?

This got me to thinking about all the talk we here about "the kids. How the hobby doesn't do anything for the kids. How the manufacturers don't do anything for the kids. How not enough kids are joining the hobby. Yadda, yadda, yadda. The bottom line is that while this may or may not be true, like it or not, kids are growing up in a multi-media, computer savvy, social networking, electronic culture. I think the reason so many of us 30 and 40-somethings still collect or got back into collecting is because we never lost that little kid in us. Back when we thought baseball cards were cool, Atari's Pong and later Asteroids, Space Invaders, and Pac-Man were the only electronic entertainment and while it was certainly a fascinating novelty the level of entertainment for a kid today can't possibly compete or compare to Halo, Call of Duty, Gears of War, Madden etc.

While it is novel and good natured to share our love of sportscards with our children, very few of them will become the rapid junkies that most of us our with regards to The Hobby. Today, the minute a kid gets his hands on a PSP, Gameboy, MP3 player, XBox, PS3, their attention is going to be hard to refocus on the simplicity of a piece of carboard with an athlete's picture on it.

I am a set builder and when resources allow am working on attaining complete sets from my birth year, 1970, to the present. However, I have no interest in assembling sets by hand from 1980 to the present when complete sets in Mint condition can be purchase for a fraction of what you would pay individually let alone S/H. I buy those sets and focus my set building on sets from '79 that are more of a challenge, particularly '70-'73. So jl, I'm serious if you get your kicks in the hobby by building junk wax sets that's your thing. I'm just tired of this garbage taking up space in my house. So I will put an official halt to the Junk Wax How To video series (the next episode is how to use 800 count boxes of junk wax as wall insulation) for 1 week so you can take me up on my offer. My junk wax is your jl. Your move.


Scott C. said...

There are a lot of people who need to lighten up. Its a f@#&^@ hobby! Its supposed to be fun. I thought the video was hilarious. And for the record, I am building sets from that time period by hand. Well, completing sets I collected as a kid, actually. As for giving them to kids, what kid wants cards of mostly no-name players who played 15-20 years ago? I bet names like Bo Jackson, Will Clark and Eric Davis are meaningless to today's kids. I do think that more can and should be done to bring kids into the hobby. The psychology of collecting is just as valid for today's kids as it was for previous generations - we just need to work harder to get (and keep) their attention. I don't think 20-year old junk wax is the way to do it.

Rob- AKA "VOTC" said...

Well said Scorr and I want to reiterate that I have nothing against people building sets from that era. Also truth be known I sent Jasona and Connor at TNB an 800 count box of 1990 Topps for the sets they are building before I shot the video.

Motherscratcher said...

First 1/8 of a second of Janet Jackson's nipple and now burning 1990 Topps! Oh, how will I ever explain it to my son? His poor little life is ruined before it's even begun.

OK, seriously, I wonder if the reason kids don't collect like they used to is because they don't follow baseball like we used to. I really don't know. It just seems to me that with all of the choices in entertainment now, kids may not follow baseball the same way that we did. Therefore, their heros aren't on the diamond every summer night. Therefore, they don't care as much about getting their cards.

I could be 100% wrong about this. I truly don't know what kids think about baseball in general.

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