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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
LAS VEGAS – The first day of The Industry Summit is filled with seeing old faces and checking out the different booths.
Here’s a picture recap of the first day of the 2014 Industry Summit.
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As a collector of 51 YEARS, I feel that the card companies need to get their act together and create some innovative, affordably-priced sets, similar to what Fleer gave us in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
The creativity today is horrible, leading many old-timers to throw the towel in on the money thirsty hobby!
The problem is that I could pick up fleer sets from 1988-95 for less than price of shipping them.
I keep hearing how people want something “innovative”
What does that mean? What else can the card companies do?
They already did shiny. They already did patches and autos. They already did computer-related ideas.
They already did cool booklets that turn into long waiting redemptions. They did redemptions for larger pieces and game-used items. They did silly inscriptions. They did interesting trips that may or may not have taken place (all star weekend redemptions, Arizona Fall League trip). They did etching and all the neat stuff of the 1990s inserts. They did $500 packs. They did stickers. They did poker chips. They did social media cards. They did patch tracking. They did gum.
David, and I are from the same generation. Anything that is played off as innovative today is nothing more than a redone item pack from our earlier days. Companies could care less about affordably-priced sets because the young prospectors of today are willing to bust by the cases and the paper base are meaningless to 95% of the collectors today.
Why does card collecting have to have a “value” attached to it? What ever happened to collecting for the fun of gathering new cards of your favorite teams and players for the new season ahead? I still enjoy cracking open a pack to try and make a set- not put a dollar figure on it.
In other words- I am a collector. 95% of the hobby has turned into “investors”- and the card companies have fed this process and destroyed the “hobby” it once was!
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