Baseball cards today are collectibles. Many adults and children collect their favorite players. Some even bring their cards to a baseball game in hopes that their favorite player will sign it.
Baseball cards were created in the late 1860s as a form of advertising for Tobacco companies. By the 1920’s, Tobacco companies stopped making baseball cards. A candy company called Goudey Gum began making colorful baseball cards that included Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx. Other Gum companies later joined in on the baseball cards as a form of advertising. From 1939 to 1941, Gum Inc, produced the “Play Ball” cards. These included stars of the era such as Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. In 1956 Topps bought Bowman Gum. Since then Topps has been dominating the baseball card business.
People used to out bid each other for baseball cards. In the 70s-80s, basedball cards were worth so much. If you had an all-stars rookie card you could sell it for $100 or more. Now, you’re lucky enough to sell a card for $40. In the era of social media, the attention span of people is very short and staring at a baseball card is a waste of time for some people. Times have changed from 20-30 years ago.
Growing up I collected several baseball cards such as Kenn Griffey Jr, Mike Piazza, Jose Reyes, Frank Thomas, Pedro Martinez and Sammy Sosa. My most prized baseball card would have to be Al Leiter’s 1988 rookie card.
The Leiter rookie card used to be worth a lot as well as the 1980 stars Darryl Strawberry and Jose Canseco cards. They were going for more than $100 at one time but today those cards are worth only around $12.95 and $4.
For a while I stopped collecting baseball cards until 3 years ago. 3 years ago, I bought the 2015 and 2016 New York Mets Topps baseball cards.
Collecting new baseball cards reminded me of my childhood and it was a lot of fun as a kid to open the package and see what players you got. I would run to the convenient store with my brother and on a shelf near the register would be a pack of baseball cards. We would buy them with the allowance that we had from doing chores.
I used to flip over the card and read the stats of the players from the previous season to gain knowledge of the game. My brother and I used to trade cards with each other and of course he would scam me, making me give him a good players card for junk. Those were the good old days.
Writing this article really makes me wonder if kids still collect cards today. Kids these days are glued to their tv screens, computer screens and phones. It’s a new generation of baseball fans. With technology today I wonder if there are digital cards now where you can just collect them on the internet.