Slate had an interesting article on the baseball card economy. Specifically, the bottom has fallen out of it.
If I had to guess, I’d say that I spent a couple thousand bucks and a couple thousand hours compiling my baseball card collection. Now, it appears to have a street value of approximately zero dollars. What happened?
Baseball cards peaked in popularity in the early 1990s. They’ve taken a long slide into irrelevance ever since, last year logging less than a quarter of the sales they did in 1991. Baseball card shops, once roughly 10,000 strong in the United States, have dwindled to about 1,700.
It appears that, indeed, nothing gold can stay.
Did y’all have baseball cards? I never got very into it. (I had a bad experience early on where I mistakenly identified a Roger Clemens card as a Jim Rice card. Don’t ask.) Now I just have three. My Jim Rice card (yes, it really is him this time), my Nomar Garciaparra card (as a prospect), and my Johnny Pesky card (as a manager). What baseball cards do you guys have?