Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hobby Topic

Another post in our new series Hobby Topics. This is not so much a post for us to comment about or give our opinions on, this is your chance to let your voice be heard on a variety of topics in the hobby. We are leaving the floor open to you! So comment away! But please no language and keep your answer clean as we do have a younger following as well.

Today's Topic: Should Card Companies Work Together To Help Improve The Hobby?

Do you think card companies coming together to improve the hobby will be better than them battling it out? Should companies start to help each other improve? Would this hurt the hobby if they did?

Let's hear your thoughts!


  1. I cant imagine the companies working together. Would General Motors and Ford work together? I think each company needs to feel the heat from the competition and thats what makes a better product. The problem is that Topps has an enormous advantage by having the only cards authorized to use the logo's of the teams, thats a big mistake by MLB.

  2. Sportscard collecting is a hobby. Sportscard manufacturing is a business. The companies manufacturing cards could care less about the hobby. Their concern is profit. Sure, you could make the argument that a better hobby experience would make for a higher profit in the end, but I doubt anyone in those ivory towers would hear you. If they had their way, there'd be no cards at all--just a machine that turned people upside down until the money fell out of their pockets.

    There are many things that could improve the hobby experience--better and more innovative product, lower prices, better customer service, fewer redemptions and short prints, etc. Competition among the manufacturers, rather than their cooperation, is the most likely avenue to achieving those goals.

  3. No, it'd practically be impossible. Topps feels it is on a level above Panini and UD. There's too much bad blood between the three, especially UD and Topps.

  4. Back in the 90's... Topps and Fleer joined forces to produce a hockey set. One of them produced the odd numbers... the other produced the even numbers. Haven't seen anything like that again.