I learned this after the 1990s insert craze. I was pretty much done by 99 or 2000. Back then, I was maybe spending $60-80 on a box, which typically still had 24-36 packs. I am guessing a bit, because even then I was buying fewer boxes than say 1994-95.Seriously do the math. Go online and find a random hobby box and take the price and divide that by the number of cards in the box and some of these cards are going to be base cards with the exception of a few brands. You will be shocked to notice your paying $3,4,5 even more in some cases for base cards..thanks but no thanks just for the hit or 2 in the box that generally isn't a "hit" at all 3/4 of the time.
I think so. That is the only time I have ever spent money unwisely with cards and I won't ever make that mistake again. That era demonstrated the difference between "wanting" and "needing". Most of us wanted those cards but spent stupid money like we needed them.Shades of 1990.
I completely agree. Growing up in the 70's and 80's I always had a passion for baseball. My parents bought my brother and I our first packs of cards when we moved to MN in the summer of 1980 (actually right around this time of the year.) I vividly remember Pulling a Don Money out of that first pack and finding it funny cause his last name was Money. (about 8 years ago I got to meet him at a signing and told him that the card he was signing was the first card I pulled from a pack.) First football card I remember in those first packs was Greg Coleman, which was cool cause he was a Vikings player. But the cool thing for me was being able to get those packs with allowance money, we got 10 bucks a month, and with cards only being 25 to 30 cents a pack, our collection grew quite quickly. Also watching games and connection those players on tv to the pictures on the cards, and learning about the game and the stats and everything pulled it all together for me. Now, that was just at the start of the insanity that would become the industry and as an 7 year old I really didn't care about values or that. We would build enormous card houses, play war games (build "battleships" with our cards and then go up to the basement steps and fire missles at them to destroy the ships. (those missles were Star Wars figures, most of which ended up losing their heads!) After the battles were over and all ships were destroyed we would go clean up the debris and if a card fell face down, that one died and was taken out of the battle. We also designed baseball, football, and hockey games with them and remember finding a 1982 Fleer Mike Schimidt with the imprint of of a die on the surface because it got hit with the "four" side too hard. I started to be more aware of condition and stuff in 84 or 85, but still look back fondly at those games and even did a few houses with my kids with junk wax era cards, but let me tell ya it's ALOT harder to build something like that with the new fangled glossy finish!I’ll chime in here.
As a 17 year old in the middle class, collecting is hard. For me to have to spend the kind of money for new product to be able to trade is crazy. So I am limited to a hanger or two a month if that (and that’s if I can find them). You also have people (not really on The Bench but on FB and eBay) that ridicule you if you’re not willing to buy their ridiculously marked up boxes or cards. So, the state of the hobby is that there is (in general) no more love of the game and players like it used to be. It’s basically a lottery where you buy a ton of boxes and then hope you get some hot numbered prospect that you sell and don’t even care about. This is not conducive for my generation and will not encourage kids to collect and love baseball cards and the sport. My two cents.
I remember my neighbor saying that to me in 81. I saw he had the ever elusive John Castino rookie card. He was my favorite player at the time and I had not seen it...ever. he was just like "why you want last year's cards?"I'm probably the granddaddy of the posters here, but I remember back in the mid 1960's, there were no jumbo packs or blaster boxes; much less a Target or Wal-Mart to buy them from. We mainly bought our cards from small candy and grocery stores in small packs (five cents for five cards). My Mom used to surprise me with a dime's worth of cards she bought home while coming home from work (guess where she bought them from?). Among our "insert cards" were a stick of gum, a coin, an embossed card or game card.
We traded them in our neighborhoods, flipped them on the playground. Players you didn't care for were used as temporary amusement in the spokes of your bicycle (for a penny a card, why not?). Once in awhile you'd hear someone from the neighborhood being able to complete a set. That was only possible by the fall; since cards came out in 7 or 8 - 100 card series (one every few weeks). That was probably the most affordable time a kid could participate in the hobby. Nobody mentioned rookie cards; and everyone had a chance to pull a Mantle, Mays, Koufax, Clemente, etc. from any random pack.
Many of you talk about the new card rage. Something similar happened back then. Early spring would roll around and all the kids were eager to buy the new Topps cards for the year. Every once in awhile a kid would come along; wanting to trade you cards from 1964 (the prior year) in exchange for the new 1965's. Kids would laugh at them and say, "no way am I trading newer cards for last year's cards." I was one of them; and I personally hate to think what opportunities I passed up to get a short print or star player card from the prior year.
I got back into the hobby 30 years ago and it was one of the best decisions I made with my free time. I'm lucky that I have a supportive wife; who understands that I still have a little bit of kid in me. She also jokes that if our house ever caught fire, she would know which room would go up in flames real quick (LOL!!). I guess we each have to enjoy this hobby in our own way and leave the speculation to the "pros."