The kids featured, names and pictures of the kids withheld for their privacy, age ranged from 6-10 years.
Of course with ripping packs, you must teach the proper technique which I did here
In this Leaf pack, it yielded a silver foiled puzzle piece which immediately caught their attention. It got their attention so much that they immediately wanted to bust another pack long before they finished looking through the rest of the cards.
Why was it appealing, well, they wanted to get all of their pieces.
Another favorite thing from the Leaf packs, the design and the Gold Leaf Rookies. They were popular. Only three were pulled from roughly 20 packs I brought so kids were ripping away trying to outrace each other for the next GOLD one. They also enjoyed finding the likes of Ken Griffey Jr, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds in their packs.
This was the best of the three Gold Rookies....
After busting the baseball, we moved onto the basketball that was just as big of a hit. The biggest thing was this....
As soon as one pulled this, the others started ripping to find one for themselves. I had only brought 10 of these packs and this was the only one that was found. What was exciting was that none of them were upset, it actually left them wanting more which was a very good sign.
My study above shows kids would still enjoy the simple things in collecting. It also makes me wonder if some of these innovations were brought back maybe kids would be drawn in again. Honestly, the market is so flooded right now with autographs,jersey cards and parallels/sps/photo variations that a product as basic as these two might be a breath of fresh air. I think it can sometimes scare younger collectors, newer collectors or returning collectors off with so much of that stuff. It can be confusing at times. Even some of us seasoned vets still can't figure out the whole sparkle and photo variations and get frustrated. Imagine what a newbie must feel.
I remember when I was a kid busting, it was all about Collectors Choice. The Stickers, the cool photos and some fun inserts. Not to mention a DEEP checklist with many of my favorite players from my team and others.These are things that are lacking in a lot of today's "kid friendly" products.
I think one of the problems is that the hobby is trying to advance too fast and leaving some of us behind or pushing newer collectors away. What should be happening is looking at the past and seeing what worked and why the hobby was so popular at one point. That's how I would approach it.
What do you guys think of my little bit of study and do you think YOU would be happy opening up packs like these still?