What if Collecting Was A Highly Popular Hobby?
This is a post I have been trying to put together for a couple years now. I had a few drafts of this exact post scrapped over at my old blog nearly two years ago. With some thought, I’ve been able to bring it all together.
Even though baseball cards, and the trading card industry in general brings in millions & millions of dollars.. In the grand scheme of things, collecting baseball cards holds just a small spot in the world of “hobbying.” What if collecting held up in the ranks with Barbie dolls in young girls, or cars in middle-aged men?
It is pretty evident that the baseball card industry isn’t anything what it used to be, but even in its prime, do you think it was a premiere hobby? The most common route of the hobby is the younger child who collects for a couple years, then lets it go when other interests become more important. Then we have another group of collectors who simply never give it up, or take a break and then rediscover collecting later in their lives. If this was the most common route, where the majority of children who started collecting never stopped and in turn changed this hobby of ours into a more popular activity.. Would it change the way you collected?
In the eye of society, card collecting doesn’t get the best rap. We, as collectors, are viewed by many as that guy that we all know.. the one that you will see at card shows. The old, hairy, smelly, weird guy scouring through nickel boxes. If there were many more people collecting, surely the opinion about those who collect cards would change.
What I’m getting at is, if collecting was a much more popular hobby, how would it affect your own collection?
Would you collect more? Less? No change at all?
To me, my collection is something that I take great pride in, but for the most part I don’t display it to anyone other than the online collecting community. If that physciological outlook on cards would change, where you could find people that you could sit around & show off your collections to any where I’m not sure how I would react. I like the uniqueness of our hobby, so I don’t know if I would want the popularity or hype that would go along with an expansion of sorts.
I guess it really doesn’t make too much of a difference, since in reality, we will most likely never get to that point. Just a chance to pick your brain. 😀