Keith Olbermann’s hobby award speech notes card shops as lifeblood and future of hobby



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Noted media personality and collector Keith Olbermann received the “Friend of the Card Stores” award last week during a Topps dealer seminar in Las Vegas.

His speech offered some words of encouragement to hobby shop owners — and the perspective of a life-long collector — remarks in stark contrast to the CBS News feature earlier this week that the hobby, baseball cards in particular, were part of a dying industry.

While the CBS story has created quite a bit of chatter among collectors (click here to view the segment and read comments), here’s hoping that Olbermann’s comments can generate just as much discussion.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


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  1. graham 27 March, 2012 at 16:34

    Good Speech.
    He is dead on about the thrill of getting the ebay package in the mail.
    Would be impossible to collect short prints without people opening cases and selling the cards on ebay and elsewhere.
    Think how cool a box break or case break could be at a card shop.
    Everybody could meet at the shop, watch the break and leave with their cards , trade with other people or leave them for the owner to sell commons cheap to kids.

  2. XstreamINsanity 28 March, 2012 at 07:56

    I think Beckett needs to hire him as a spokesperson to try and get more people into cards (not that many kids watch him though). Congratulations Mr. Olbermann.

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