Open up a hobby box or blaster and you’ll notice that over 99% of what’s in there is junk. I’m so frustrated with prices and content that I only buy dollar packs now. Forget about blasters, paying $20 for a piece of jersey that was event worn sucks.
I’ve decided to make a list of the Pro’s and Con’s of the industry as we know it. After I’m done you will see that maybe the title of this post is right, maybe the industry is failing and fast.
- Subset’s like Topps Chrome Rookie Reprints leads me to believe that quality subsets are making a comeback.
- With only three manufacturers there is a lot less confusion about what to buy.
- Card games like Adrenaline and Attax are helping bring kids into the industry.
- The sticker industry is going well and again bringing youth into the hobby
- No creative designs anymore.
- Very few new card sets.
- “Cheap” card sets are no longer cheap.
- “High End” card sets are way too expensive.
- Autographed stickers just seem to cheapen cards.
- Game worn memorabilia is usually now event worn and not even used near games.
- Exclusive contracts with the various sports are killing the hobby.
- Autographs are of never going to make its or superstars. There are no longer autographs of everyday players.
- The focus of the blogging industry is now on vintage cards, player collections and custom cards.
As you can see as good as the pro’s are, the con’s are so much more loaded. The industry has been steadily declining in recent years and this year will not be any different. The main culprits in the reason behind this failure are the sports themselves. The money required for licensing fees is ridiculous. Then forget about the individual contracts like Strasberg, Harper, Jeter, Pujols, and Rodriguez are just some of the examples why the industry may never be able to put out quality products at affordable prices.
Topps has changed hands a few times as well as CEOs. I just don’t think anyone has any idea of what to do to straighten the mess that is the card industry our. So I ask my fellow card collectors to make the call, how can we save the card industry?