Re: Baseball Cards
I still think things are a mess. The market got really flooded, particularly in the 2003-2007 time frame when a few companies were producing 50 different versions of cards. Still, it was GREAT for the collector, who was collecting for fun. You could go on ebay all day long and buy STAR autograph cards for $10-15 a pop. Not all of them, but plenty of them. Donruss was a prime example there, but it was great for people to buy individual cards off of people trying to make a big score busting boxes and cases and coming up empty. Topps has historically been very stringent on their autograph and game used cards compared to other companies. I haven't really collected since about 2007 or 2008, but all that I ever really sought out was rookie cards, autographs and game used cards of my favorite players. I can see where what was going on in the industry was confusing for your very casual collector, but for the true collectors, there was no real confusion. What MLB did though, was cut out guys like me, who with now limited options, can't collect the kind of things that I want as easily, or as cheaply. If I were to get back into collecting today, the only product I would buy would be Bowman Chrome DP&P. Easiest way to get ROI on your cards, though you may have to wait a few years to best capitalize on it. Base cards? Sets? They aren't going to hold any real value moving forward.