Raise your cyber hand if you have attended a card show as a kid? In 1988 I would estimate for every one adult there was two children at the shows. It has been a few years since my last show, but the only kids I seen at those shows were in strollers. It is hard to believe how the hobby changed from 1988 to 2012, how Beckett went from writing articles called "Teen Topics" to reviewing high end cards.
Read the article from Beckett Monthly (November 1988) and ask yourself how today's teen collector could write an article for Teen Topic '12.
Highlights from the 1988 Teen Topic include the fact that teens could do odd jobs to get money to spend on cards, also they state that you could take cards to school to sell or trade and even make signs to put on lockers. Also kids, ask all the stores if they have empty boxes to use as, I don't know, but I will think of something someday so give me those boxes!
Highlights from the 2012 Teen Topic would include asking mom and dad to buy you a car, ask mom and dad for $100 a week for allowance, and make a cool pad in your parents basement! Whatever you do, DO NOT post anything about baseball cards on your locker, because it cause you to get beat up. Go on youtube and show all the world what cards you can afford with your parents money. Go on blogs and card sites using a fake name and make fun of all the collectors who think junk wax and a relic card is still cool.
Its funny how teen collecting has changed!