Collectors and fans are looking forward a new year of baseball cards. But how do you make sense of all of the different types available these days? An expert source in the field has the answers.
Indianapolis, IN (1888PressRelease) January 28, 2012 - A new baseball season is about to dawn and for collectors, the excitement is running high for 2012 baseball cards. SportsCardBoxes.com (http://www.sportscardboxes.com), a site that specializes in information on those unopened boxes of cards that have been a part of the game since the early 1950s, is offering some tips for those who want to start a collection, rediscover a childhood passion or just learn more about one of America's most popular hobbies.
The first 2012 baseball cards will be released this week, but many more products will be issued between now and the end of the year. Topps remains the only fully licensed manufacturer for Major League Baseball. Their 'base brand', which has been around since 1952, will be the first to arrive. Other premium brands at a higher price point will be distributed through the year. Many of those will contain guaranteed autograph cards inside.
However, buyers shouldn't feel compelled to buy only the current year's cards. Many times, unopened sports card boxes from prior years can be the source of bargains. Excitement usually surrounds a new issue, and thus there is more demand for it. Once the product is replaced by something new, it's often 'out of sight, out of mind' and prices for previously released material drop significantly.
Sports Card Boxes believes it's important for buyers to decide on a collecting focus. Topps' lower priced brands will offer fewer bells and whistles. Premium brands are often more attractive and contain 'relic cards' like game-used jersey swatches, patches or autographed cards. If you choose to collect the former, don't expect there to be a significant re-sale value. If you choose the latter, it's important to know what each box will deliver. If there are no guaranteed autographs, you have to expect that the box won't include any.
Read message boards and find out how collectors are rating their experiences with each product. They're not shy about sharing their opinions!
When it comes to boxes issued in the 1960s, 70s, or 80s, you'll often see terms like "cello box", "rack pack box" or "vending box". Know the difference between various types of packaging so you can decide what's best for you. Sports Card Boxes has created a guide so collectors can understand the various types of boxes and find the right item. To learn more about all types of products and find links to boxes for sale, visit the company's website.