Many children had baseball collections back in the day, and even though it isn’t as popular, card collecting is still alive and well. The collections of yore were stuffed in old shoeboxes, and they were brought out for bragging or trading purposes between friends. Those of us who kept our collections in pristine condition eventually saw them as investments, and the hobby has continued into adulthood.
Today, one may wonder if it is worth while to collect baseball cards. They might question whether or not it is a very “adult” thing to do. I assure you, collecting baseball cards is not only fun, but it can be a very lucrative hobby.
5 reasons to collect baseball cards
- It’s a healthy habit! Collecting anything is good for mental health. The act of collecting builds organizational skills, pattern recognition capabilities, and inspires a quest for knowledge. Collecting also helps build social circles of people with a common passion. People who collect are at less risk of depression because collecting gives them a purpose and direction in life.
- It’s fun! Many people don’t know how fun it is to collect cards. It is the thrill of the hunt for the next card or a rare card that is similar to a treasure hunt. Like any hobby, it is done at least in part, for entertainment.
- It’s lucrative! In the spring of 2017, a man found a baseball collection in his 90-year-old aunt’s attic. They were collectively worth over 1 million dollars. Need I say more?
- It preserves history! A collection of baseball cards is a slice of history. Only a collector would love them enough to keep them in top condition, so history is preserved.
- Create family heirlooms! Family heirlooms have emotional value, but card collection heirlooms also have financial value. What better thing to pass through the generations.
How to get started
- Pick a theme: Rookie cards? Autographed only? A theme helps to focus your investments.
- Educate yourself: There are a lot of crooks out there. Make sure your cards are authentic.
- Only buy from dealers you know are honest: For that matter, make sure everything is authenticated.
- Buy the best you can afford: You get what you pay for.
- Collect with passion, but be smart. Don’t overspend because you really want a card. Only buy when it is a good investment.
It starts with a single card, and if the thrill of collecting doesn’t hit you smack in the face, then maybe card collecting is not for you. However, for the thousands of people who it does thrill, card collecting is an amazing hobby, and it is a good investment.