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Beckett 20 Questions on … the 2013 MLB season (and its cardboard so far)

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The regular season has come and gone with a few new faces, some surprises and plenty of cardboard.

That said, the baseball card season is far from done as the postseason begins and the World Series awaits, but it’s never too soon to look back at the year that was or to offer your take on what’s to come.

For the December issue of Beckett Baseball, we want to know what you think … by answering our latest 20 Questions.

1. Who do you think is the MLB Player of the Year on cardboard?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

2. Who do you think is the MLB Rookie of the Year for the hobby?

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3. Who will win the World Series?

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4. Which 2013 MLB product impressed you the most (so far) this year?

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5. Which 2013 non-MLB baseball card product impressed you the most this year (so far)?

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6. Which of these 2013 retro brands did you buy the most of this year?

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7. Which MLB team's season surprised you the most this season?

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8. Which American League team is the most-collectable?

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9. Which National League team is the most-collectable?

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10. Which Bowman brand did you buy the most of this year (so far)?

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11. Would you buy more Bowman brands?

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12. Which of these upcoming high-end brands interests you the most?

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13. Which statement applies best to you?

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14. What would you want to see more of in the future?

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15. Which type of product appeals to you the most?

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16. Of the 2014 products already announced, which one are you looking forward to most?

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17. Do you like the trend of repackaged/grab bag-style products?

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18. What does the hobby need more of?

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19. Do you like the trend of group breaks?

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20. Should card companies do more for collectors & shops -- or put that money into products?

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

4 Comments

I really miss Fleer- I know that they had a lot of themes out, but they were so creative, like the glove card, and so many others for an affordable price. When Topps got the monopoly and Upper Deck bought-than lost products, the death of card creativity came to fruition.

Posted October 1, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

Great Survey! The results seem to mirror the tastes of customers who enter my shop. However, the part that is not addressed is distribution of retail sales dollars. While the majority of customers spend their money on mid-range and lower-end product (91%), OVER 40% of my total sales dollars are from high-end (over $151) products. High-end products play a valuable role in this great hobby.

The Hobby is in the best health its been in 14 years (from the card shop perspective). Products are innovative, cards look great, and not too many products are selling below original manufacturer direct cost. The marked improvement in retail sales profitability and reduction of business risk has brought about an large increase of people joining the business. In 2006, Sports Collectors Digest reported about 500 Card Shops nationwide. In 2013, “Panini’s NFL Player of the Day” reports WELL OVER 700 card shops participating in the promotion. This 40% increase in the last seven years is a concern. In the last four good years, in San Antonio alone, I’ve seen no less than TEN card shops open and close.

In 2010, we had “Tebowmania” and Strasburg driving up sales. In 2011 football, we had a great rookie quarterback class while baseball gave us Trout and Harper. 2012 was our best year ever, with outstanding RCs in every sport driving up sales. In 2013, the card shop retailers worried. In this business driven by hot rookies, the football class looked weak and who was going to be the next Harper, Trout, or Darvish? In baseball YASIEL PUIG came along and saved the day. In basketball, the double rookie class made 2013 the best basketball sales year since 2007-08. In Football, Geno Smith, E J Manuel and a few others turned out to be quite good.

In a hobby driven by hot rookies, a week rookie year can really hurt a hobby shop with fixed overhead cost. In order to sustain the growth this hobby has seen in the last few years, we need the manufacturers to continue to improve their product designs, WORK HARDER to IMPROVE the VALUE of their products, and BRING IN NEW BLOOD into the hobby. I enjoy teaching kids and their parents about the hobby. However, the manufacturers need to work harder targeting promotions/advertising to the working adults. These adults will bring in their children. So often, I hear parents say, “Why do you want to buy that. It’s just a waste of money.” It becomes my job as a shop owner, to turn that thinking around.

While your survey shows most people “bust parks for fun.” Your survey is being answered by people who remain in the hobby, knowing making a profit busting packs is not easy. These are the customers I work hard to keep happy with this great hobby. The people who have LEFT THE HOBBY because they got tired of “not getting their money’s worth” MUST be addressed by the manufacturers. To the manufacturers I say, keep up the good work. Keep improving.

Posted October 2, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink

Under question:

7. Which MLB team’s season surprised you the most this season?

How are Red Sox not an option? After last year’s shipwreck last-place finish of a season – the team’s worst in nearly half a century – to turn it around to finish with the best record in the American League this year, and tied for the best record in all of MLB? Maybe it’s not THE most surprising season, given the Red Sox’s history of success, but it certainly should have been presented as a voting option.

Posted October 2, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink

Paul Angilly I agree but also no Indians??

Q 6 … Why is Topps Heritage listed twice?

Posted October 5, 2013 at 9:59 am | Permalink

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