How To | June 22, 2015
Collecting sports cards is a passion passed down from one generation to another. It is a tradition much like comic book collectors, where condition is everything. We all know the value of a mint condition Ty Cobb baseball card.
The fragile nature of trading cards are due to their cardboard construction. If a card becomes bent, the value of the card plummets. To prevent this tragedy from happening, follow these six special precautions:
For over 150 years, sports and trading cards have been trading hands! A company called Peck and Snyder started the tradition in the 1860’s. They created trading cards as a means to advertise their products. On the front was a baseball team, and the back had the products advertised.
Peck and Snyder printed these cards in mass quantities and handed them out for free. The original name for these cards were “trade cards.” They remained popular through the 1800’s.
Tobacco companies joined trade card production years later. They would include a card with a pack of cigarettes. The “Golden Age” of baseball trading cards was during the early 1900’s. Cards created during this time contained original artwork. If you found a card from this period today, it could sell for over $500,000 in an auction.
The trading card industry continued to change over the decades following. These changes continued until the 1950’s. Topps, a chewing gum company, joined in the baseball card business. They became a dominate force in the space.
Topps continued to dominate until Fleer and Score joined in the mix. With increased competition, card companies created new types of trading cards. Today, there are trading cards for:
Proper storage of your collectible trading cards will help preserve them. Reserve a storage unit for your cards so that you can pass them along to future generations. ezStorage offers a variety of storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 for trading and baseball card storage.