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What will 2015 bring? Hobby Predictions: Part IV

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Compiled by Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

What will the hobby hold for 2015? We’ve asked a few industry insiders and other notable collectors. Here’s what they have boldly predicted to see in the coming year.

RICH LAYTON — group-breaker and shop owner
I think online group-breaking begins to finally command the respect that it deserves as the driving force of the hobby right now. I think more people will get back into collecting than ever before. The social media platform for group-breakers is reaching out to all sports enthusiasts that either used to collect or have never collected cards before.

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What will 2015 bring? Hobby Predictions: Part III

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Compiled by Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

What will the hobby hold for 2015? We’ve asked a few industry insiders and other notable collectors. Here’s what they have boldly predicted to see in the coming year.

TRACY HACKLER — Panini America Hobby Marketing Manager
One of the truly remarkable things about this industry is that each new year brings with it new surprises along with a handful of certainties. It’s those inevitable out-of-the-blue player performances and product surprises that will continue to propel this category forward and add tremendous excitement to the weeks and months ahead. 2015 is primed to be a monster year for Panini America and, personally, I’m more excited about the coming year than any of my previous 18 years in this industry. It’s going to be a wild ride. Stay tuned.

THOMAS FISH — BlowoutCards co-owner
1. Topps releases TEK football in 2015 and perhaps a TEK entertainment brand as well.
2. Panini releases Flawless in another sport or entertainment brand.
3. 2012-13 Panini Flawless, National Treasures, Immaculate, Preferred singles of top rookies experience major price increases.
4. 2012 Topps Chrome and Panini Contenders football hobby boxes continue to skyrocket (we are buying).
5. Online box-breaker video goes viral when cat appears in break and starts playing the piano.
6. Redemptions and sticker autos continue to frustrate and anger collectors.
7. Blowoutcards hires additional staff to expand its services and retail offerings. Please submit resume to Fish@blowoutcards.com help our prediction become a reality.

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What will 2015 bring? Hobby Predictions: Part II

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Compiled by Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

What will the hobby hold for 2015? We’ve asked a few industry insiders and other notable collectors. Here’s what they have boldly predicted to see in the coming year.


CHRIS CARLIN – Upper Deck’s Sr. Marketing & Social Media Manager

“Upper Deck will continue to run collector-friendly promos like National Hockey Card Day, #UDRAK and more to remain the collector’s choice!”

BRIAN GRAY – President of Leaf Trading Cards

“A new healthier industry where manufacturer production numbers likely adjust to reflect and more accurately supply the real market demand. This is a good thing!”
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What will 2015 bring? Hobby Predictions: Part I

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Compiled by Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

 

What will the hobby hold for 2015? We’ve asked a few industry insiders and other notable collectors. Here’s what they have boldly predicted to see in the coming year.

 

REED KASAOKA — Baseball Card Exchange Director of Acquisitions
“Despite the few black eyes the industry has faced recently — highly publicized stories about failing auction houses, fake autos, lawsuits — I predict new or returning collectors entering the hobby will continue to grow, with no end to the growth in sight. Not only are the kids from the 1980s starting to buy back products from their youth, but the Baby Boomers are selling off their collections to fuel this demand, with fresh inventory that’s been locked up in collections for the last 30 to 40 years. We can’t keep up with all the requests from collectors all around the country looking to sell their collection and when we do turn around our purchases and offer items out for resale, they sell like crazy. We truly cannot satisfy the demand for the products we specialize in.”

BRAD ZIEGLER — Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher and collector
“I see more of the same from the hobby. There hasn’t been anything truly groundbreaking in several years. There are too many sets — the market is watered down. I wish they’d have less releases but put more attention into quality … oh, and filling redemptions!”

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Cards can be solemn reminder of life

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By Ben Aguirre | Guest Commentary

There are certain events in life that will never be forgotten, but rarely are those moments captured on a single baseball card.

Such was the case in the 1990 Score baseball set on card number No. 701, which has a black-and-white aerial shot of Candlestick Park, the former home of the San Francisco Giants. This card serves as a solemn reminder of the events of Oct. 17, 1989, the date that my life changed and I realized that life was indeed more than about sports and baseball cards. This was the day that a 6.9 earthquake struck Northern California, killing some 60 people and postponing a much anticipated World Series matchup of two local teams, the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.

For much of the country, I can imagine that the natural disaster that was the Loma Prieta Earthquake was nothing more than a speed bump that delayed the conclusion of the World Series. But for myself and others in the Bay Area, this was indeed a date that will forever be remember, including this year, which marks the 25th anniversary of the events.

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