My closet at home is full of sports cards.
I have multiple rookie cards including Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas, and Tim Duncan. Like everyone, I always wanted the Michael Jordan rookie card.
Trading cards used to be old school Pinterest. The reason we collected so many cards was to display their exclusivity and worth to friends.
A friend’s awe was equivalent to a like, a repin to a card swap. Like Pinterest, you may have owned it first but the source URL can be changed.
Video games, apps, and image sharing sites like Pinterest have put physical sports cards to bed. A piece of hologrammed paper was always kind of worthless, even if Beckett assigned a value.
But why Topps hasn’t built a community around sports cards boggles my mind. At least set up a Pinterest board.
Sports cards need new life, a digital one. Otherwise cards just belong in the attic or eBay where they’ll continue to collect dust from someone else.