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.

NICK & DEBBIE REDWINE — long-time card shop owners
1. Manufacturers will realize they must start thinking for the long-term and give more value for the money.
2. Shops will have to be more diversified in both product offerings and marketing strategies.

CHRIS PARK — BlowoutCards co-owner
Alibaba
will buy eBay and the Chinese marketplace will become the fastest growing market for trading cards.

Look for more 2015 predictions here in the coming days.

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.

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2 comments

  1. perry 4 January, 2015 at 22:15

    Case breakers are destroying the hobby! The card companies are producing more because of the breakers which are leading to lower resale prices.

  2. James 8 January, 2015 at 20:36

    I kinda have to agree with you Perry. Seems like every Tom,Dick,and Harry with a few extra bucks and a webcam is a “case breaker” now. And all they want out of the product is the autos and mems so they can resell them on Ebay for a ridiculous price. The card companies have to produce more due to the numerous amounts of case breakers there are. Its a pain in the a$$ for those of us who like to collect sets too. Makes it difficult to be able to buy hobby boxes of even the “run of the mill” stuff like Topps and Score because people only want to crack cases and ditch the commons in the trash.
    Furthermore,I’m not sure how it is with card shops elsewhere,but mu LCS NEVER has product on the shelves due to the owner and other customers breaking case after case on “breakers. com”. Great example. Recently was at my LCS on the day 2014 Topps Chrome football came out. There were about 8 people waiting for it to be delivered via UPS. All I wanted was 1 box,but by the time the owner filled pre-orders for boxes and cases,sat aside the 4 cases he wanted to sell on ‘breakers. com”, and the other 8 people that were there got done buying their case or 2 each,they were all gone. So folks like myself end up having to buy blaster boxes at Wally World and Target. SMH

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