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Dec 26, 2013 8:35 PM by Greg Smith

Despite a dip, sports card collecting still going strong

If you dust off your sports card collection, some of the cards still may be worth a good chunk of change.  Others may not be worth much at all.

The hobby peaked from about 1985 to 1995, but after that, it had nowhere to go but down.

John Harding, owner of John's Sports Cards and Collectibles in Colorado Springs, explained why.

"In the late 80's, early 90's, the hobby really boomed, and they printed all these cards, millions and millions of cards for everyone, and they really over printed everything. In the last 20 years, the hobby really has contracted. The number of card shops has dwindled. I know in Colorado Springs it's gone from 20 down to a couple now.

"The hobby has definitely changed. Now everyone wants to pull autographed cards out of packs, pieces of jersey they really wore in a game that are cut up and put in the card. We still have some $1.99 packs with 10 cards in them like the old days, but everybody wants the twenty dollar packs, the fifty dollar packs where you're guaranteed an autograph card or two autographs per pack."



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