Sunday, April 14, 2013


Early this month I started conducting both an online hobby survey and face to face survey's.  I conducted face to face survey's at retail outlets (card isle), hobby shops, and various other places such as at a flea market.  In all I got 100 survey takers with a large background in the hobby.  As a blogger of sports cards I tend to think others think like I do.  In addition other bloggers have their own opinions on what they think is going on in the hobby.  The past few months I wrote down some questions I wanted to see how others in the hobby really felt about it.  Even if you didn't take the survey, look at the questions/answers and see where you fall into place in the hobby. 
What I noticed with the collectors I surveyed was, over half of them have collected longer than 10 years.  Does this mean there are indeed less new collectors?  According to the 100 people I surveyed, only 3 of them were brand new to collecting.  My thoughts going in was that there were fewer new collectors coming in the hobby, and this count shows it indeed.

Where do we fall in how much we spend on the cards.  Over half of survey takers spend $50 or less a month.

As a blogger we read all the time about others sending cards to get signed, but I wanted to know how many other collectors really do it?  Only about 25% of collectors surveyed send cards out to be signed.

In 2005 card companies watered down the market with cards, and MLB started making changes in hopes to make the hobby better.  Now in 2013, there are zero collectors who responded that the hobby was getting better.  

Most collectors agree that there should be some sort of competition and choices in the hobby.  Some who stated no difference said that there is a good group of MLBPA cards offered.

I never understood how some collectors could pay more for a card than what it is worth, such as an short print of a new set.  Only about 10% have actually paid more than a card was worth.

Last month Topps had released Turkey Red on their website only, I wanted to see how others viewed these releases.  Not one person thought it was a good idea for the hobby.  Today many of these boxes are being sold on wholesale sites marked up nearly 400%.  

Nearly 50% of collectors feel that Topps can make anything and collectors will buy it.  

Topps seems to have the worst CS while Panini has the best numbers

All three companies have very similar redemption satisfaction numbers

86% of collectors feel they should have some input in the hobby.

Retail is still the most preferred way to buy boxes of cards.

Many collectors have voiced displeasure with having less players and teams in their sets.  98% feel that Topps leaves certain teams and players out of their sets.

Nearly 90% collectors don't really know if their Topps relics are real or not.  

Topps using a vague statement about relics, collectors seem to agree that it hurts the overall value of the card.

Beckett is becoming even more obsolete in the hobby according to the 100 surveyed.  

No one in the hobby felt that book value is really needed or has a real influence.

E-Bay is still a top place to buy loose cards, but many surveyed in person said that they haven't bought yet there but may someday.  LCS could be lower because of having less around.

Not one set runs away with being over used.  

Topps flagship is the run away Number ONE set.

Almost 50/50 that cards don't need a logo to have value.

Collectors value on card signatures verse stickers.

Many complain about airbrushing cards, but 50% don't care either way.

Only 8 of 100 searched out a LCS in search of a free pack of cards.  Many stated it wasn't worth the distance of travel.

Many collectors agree there are too many gimmicks Topps puts in their products.

This shows the direction in the hobby, if a collector needs a box to open right away they buy retail as in a previous graph, or pay less and wait for a box.

I hope you had fun looking at these questions and answers to see how you fall into place as a collector.  This isn't exact, I understand there are thousands more collectors out there all over the world, but this is a good start!  I'm sorry if there are typos, please email me if you have any questions.


  1. Some of those answers surprised me. Cool info.

  2. Glad to see the results. Thanks for this.

    What are the plans now?

  3. As a math teacher, thank you for all the bar graphs, line graphs, and pie charts.

    To all of those students who ask me, "When are we ever going to use this in real life?"... Take that!

    1. I had my son help me compile the numbers, it was fun for him to see how surveys and numbers work!

  4. How Topps is portrayed does not surprise me , If you don't think the one about Teams not represented well , Look no farther than the Astros !! 2013 Gypsy Queen had one (1) Astro - Altuve. They even left out ( On Purpose ) Bagwell & Biggio !! Future HOF !! But had a lot of players represented not worthy of considering !

    1. I agree, I thought that also, the Rockies gets no love either but have a pretty good past of great hitters in just their 20 years...

  5. Even those who don't know the Rockies know the names like Helton !!


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