When did sports cards become fashion?

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March 26, 2012 by danolaurel

When I was growing up my mother taught me a very important lesson.  She said, “Buy a really expensive white-button down shirt, but don’t overpay for something trendy.”  She wanted me to know that when it came to a classic, it was ok to spend a pretty penny.  It was going to last a long time and you would be able to wear it for years and it won’t go out of style.Stuff that is trendy comes and goes, so why spend a lot on something that’s going to sit in the closet after a short amount of time. The best wardrobe is a mix of both.

I think card collecting has become a lot like that over the years.  You have people that love the classic, vintage stuff, you also have people that just want the prospect card to try and flip for profit.  It’s important to do a little bit of both to keep it fun and exciting and not let yourself get burned out.

I collect Hunter Pence cards, but I’m also trying to build a 1955 Topps set.  I think if I was only collecting cards based on what other people said I needed to collect I would always try to be keeping up with the hot new trend, and never really feel satisfied with my collection.  Obviously the industry loves the fact that a lot of recent collectors are now searching for their Strasburg superfractor, ripping through packs trying to be an instant millionaire.  They love it because it sells cards, but to me that trend is like how Girbaud jeans were when I was in elementary school. What makes the hobby great and keeps it going are the set-builders, team collectors and PC people.  That’s the white-button down.

There’s nothing wrong with spending a lot of money on something as long as it brings personal value to you for the long run, or else you could be stuck with a pair of Z Cavaricci’s.  

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