Sunday, January 2, 2011

2010: The Hobby Year in Review

Did you catch the New Year's Eve edition of the Card Corner Club Radio Show? Doug and I went through the below list individually and discussed our choices and reasoning on air. Take a listen to the show.

To be eligible, products must have been released between 1/1/2010 and 12/31/2010

Most Over-Hyped/Rated Sports Collectibles Story
Stephen Strasburg

Manufacturer of the Year
(Consistency in- Product schedule, execution, on time delivery, value, and design)
Press Pass

Best Overall Sports Card Product
(Price point, design, value)
Tristar TNA Icons or Xtreme

Worst Overall Sports Card Product
(Same criteria as above)
Any Bowman product

Best Low End Product
(Under $50 per box)
Upper Deck Baseball
Runner-up: Score Football
Honorable Mention: Topps Update

Best Mid-Range Product
Tristar TNA Icons or Xtreme
Runner-up: Upper Deck Series 1
Honorable Mention: Tristar Obak Baseball- History of the Game

Best High End Product
Press Pass Showcase
Runner-up: Topps Five Star Football (Pre-mature)

Best thing(s) to happen to The Hobby?

1. A second license added for NHL products
2. Two successful books that gave The Hobby positive mainstream press- Mint Condition and Cardboard Gods
3. Manufacturers embracing social media

Worst thing to happen to The Hobby?

1. Licensing contraction
2. Over saturation of the football card market leading to depreciated secondary market values


Pablo said...

Yeah, I bought Mint Condition last year. Great book! Every sports card and nonsports card collector MUST read this book! You'll read about baseball card beginings to the sorry state of today's hobby. Other topics include the original hardcore collectors, auction houses, dealer beginnings, grading, history of gum in packs, history of all the card companies, the stock market-like crash of baseball cards due to the 1994 strike, and more.

I don't agree with the author, however, that sports cards should be affordable for children. They cost to much to make, and it is a collectors market now. Who wants a dishonest adult trading his or her expensive cards with children? How does a 10 year child relate to the type of money an adult can spend? Answer: They can't relate to having so much money, or can image spending $20 or more on a box of cards. In other words: Adults: Buy, sell, & trade your cards. Kids: Buy your toys, candy, books, and comic books instead of sports cards.

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