Advice for Returning Sports Card Collectors from Other Collectors


Like a lot of things in life, collecting sports cards sometimes requires a break. Interests change, life circumstances evolve — there are lots of reasons why it happens.

But breaks are a reprieve. They come to an end. And when they do, collectors find themselves coming back to the hobby. If you’ve been away for more than a year or two, the card collecting landscape has changed. If you’ve been gone for a decade or more, a lot of things are probably not recognizable and it might seem overwhelming.

One thing that hasn’t is the fact that there’s still a massive community out there ready to help and offer advice.

Recently on Twitter, I posed the question, “What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a returning collector?”

Here are a bunch of the responses:



One more piece of advice — if you’re looking for a community online, you just scrolled through a lot of folks you can connect with on Twitter. It’s one of several places you can find other collectors online if a friendly card shop isn’t an option (and even if it is).

What’s a piece of advice you’d give a returning collector? Feel free to comment below or tag us on Twitter @beckettmedia.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Kerry 5 December, 2018 at 20:11

    Buy a hobby box only if you are looking to collect a set. Otherwise, you can pick up what you do want for a fraction of the cost. Then, you can still have fun opening packs with retail blasters or hanger boxes.

  2. Sports card collector 6 December, 2018 at 02:31

    Cool advices for sports card collectors but nothing about managing one’s personal collection to know what you have and what you’re still after…

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