Cards still backbone of hobby

When all is said and done, this hobby is still all about the cards. Granted, there are some great autographed items, game-used memorabilia, publications, tickets, trophies, etc., but true hobbyists are still all about the cards.

In the latest Auctions sale, now live on, the items that attracted bids on the first day were almost all cards. Included in that group are a few lots that use the word “hoard” in the description.

I’m not a huge card collector, so when I see the word hoard, I envision someone’s house so full of stuff to the point you can barely walk through any of the rooms. I envision clutter and not something I want to deal with.
However, a lot of people do want to sift through 1,000 cards or more that span several years. I guess it’s like a treasure hunt, trying to find missing pieces to a collection, singles that are gradable to the point they could pay for the entire lot or just the chance to grab a bunch of vintage cards in one swoop.

The other beauty with these lots is that if you are connected with several other collectors in a trading forum or otherwise, it would be great fun to crack through a “hoard” and divide up the cards as needed for the group.
It’s just fun to see that in a hobby where high grades, single entities and provenance seem to be all the rage, the cards remain the big draw.
Perhaps it’s like a box lot at an estate sale or what Forrest Gump used to say about a box of chocolates – you just never know what you’re going to get.

Near-sets and complete sets are also getting good play. These I understand to be draws since it’s not so easy to pick up a complete set from 30 years ago. And, heck, it saves from trying to piece together a set from scratch or reading through auction lots for the remaining 10 cards you need.

Time and again, I’m reminded that cards are the backbone of the hobby, something nearly all sports hobbyists have at least dabbled in at some point in their lives and an easily accessible piece to some of the greats of the game.

And going back to those hoards, have you ever noticed where some of the backups are at shows? It’s collectors sitting on stools and chairs, poring over binders of cards, through shoeboxes and display cases for missing pieces to collections. People still want to simply flip through cards. Now if those unopened packs weren’t so costly to open.

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