Baseball trading cards have been around since the mid 19th
Century, and it is hard to find someone who has not come across one at some
point in their life.
They are extremely popular in the United States, but are
quite common in other countries like Canada, Cuba and Japan. Printed on them
are one or more baseball players.
The first major baseball trading cards were made in 1903, by
a confectionery company called the Breisch-Williams Company, based in Oxford, Pennsylvania.
Most of the cards today are rectangular, measuring 2.5
inches by 3.5 inches, and a lot of the early cards had adverts on the back,
promoting a particular brand or company.
Other companies soon realized the enormous advertising power
that baseball cards had, and they entered into the ever-increasing Kellogg’s began to produce 3D cards inserted
with its cereal products!
Baseball cards can fetch quite a lot of money when
autographed. In February 2007, the most expensive baseball trading card, a near
mint-mint professionally graded and authenticated T206 Honus Wagner, was sold
to a private collector for $2.35 million. The card was later sold again for
Baseball trading card production has seen some major set
backs over the years, mainly due to the poor quality of the cards and the over
production of them. It is clear the the biggest boom in the baseball trading
card industry had been and gone…until the birth of the internet.
Until the internet came along and exploded the baseball card
trade, most purchasing took place at trade shows and hobby shops. These methods
were soon to be over-powered though, and the safe, easy to use internet soon
became leader in baseball card trading.
Although the internet is not 100% safe and secure, it is still
the best choice for many to trade their baseball cards, as there are many sites
on the web that are legitimate and secure. It is clear that the internet will
continue to be the leader in baseball card trading.… Read More