I came across the self-aggrandizing statement shown above as I was checking my Twitter feed this morning.
As you can tell by my reply, I disagree with the
twit tweet. What isn't shown is a second reply I sent their way, stating that they're confusing the hobby with the industry. You can make an argument that group breaks are keeping the card industry alive, but please don't try to convince us that what you're doing is keeping the Hobby alive. Please.
It's bad enough that we have to read of the demise of the Hobby from uninformed journalists, but to have someone who is supposedly in our corner send out something like that? I could get mad at the whole thing, but really all I can do is laugh and 'SMH'.
Five Reasons the Hobby is Alive
1) Set Collectors
Whether it be the collector who is putting together complete sets or the team set collector, this aspect of collecting is what keeps myself and others like me in the Hobby. We do not need Group Breaks for this. We were around long before you came along, and we will still be here when this fad is long gone.
2) Player Collectors
This pretty much echoes what I had to say about the set collectors.
Long before group breakers, there were card shows, card shops, retail stores, eBay and Check Out My Cards- among others- where the collector could go to get their fix. Are there more shops and shows that there was twenty years ago? No, but the marketplace has shifted to include online outlets- one of which is you. I would be willing to bet more money is spent annually at each of the aforementioned parts of the marketplace than what you people do.
Check out the blog roll on bdj610's website. Now, I don't read every blog out in the blogosphere, but the ones I do read, very little refer to group breaks. Those who take part in your breaks represent a small percentage of collectors.
When was the first tobacco card issued? Things have changed, but as long as there are sports fans, there will be a need for said fan to connect to their favorite teams and players. As long as there is one person who collects sports cards, you really can't say that the hobby is dead.