Vintage Sports Memorabilia Madness
Hits the Collectibles Industry
Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Brett Favre and others remind collectors
of yesterday's heroes, vintage memorabilia madness has hit the
sports collectibles industry.
Vintage memorabilia, defined as anything pre-1980 (cards, publications,
autographs, etc.), has a large and growing audience. As the population
ages and baby boomers acquire more wealth, the likes of Aaron,
Koufax and Namath have joined Ruth, Dimaggio and Mantle in an
ever-expanding vintage memorabilia marketplace.
in the United States have gone through numerous changes in everything
from production and marketing to distribution and use. The earliest
baseball cards produced in the early 20th century were targeted primarily
at adults as marketing come-ons by photographers and tobacco companies
By 1914, many
cards were issued as part of games and confection companies began
to distribute their own card sets. Since then, the baseball trading
card market has seen its ups and down, especially during the Great
Depression and the two World Wars when production slumped.
loss of interest in modern times came with the 1994 players' strike.
Later with the advent and acceptance of third party baseball card grading
companies it brought greater objectivity in the grading of baseball
cards (coupled with online marketing.)
Today, the baseball card hobby/business
continues to strengthen year after year.
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