What is happening to the hobby?
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2 minutes ago, speedcake said:

We get their books at a hefty discount?  Sign me up :)

I know a woman who still collects Beenie Babies.  Now's the time to snap'em up if you like those things! :roflmao:

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Just now, speedcake said:

We get their books at a hefty discount?  Sign me up :)

+1

The people who want the books regardless of their value wait...

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1 minute ago, MR SigS said:

I chuckled when I read this- Sport card variants? lol 

Sadly, it's true.

2018 Panini Contenders Optic Rookie Year Autographs Baker Mayfield...

... that's not specific enough... is it the Gold, Orange, Red, Blue, or Purple variant?

https://www.psacard.com/pop/football-cards/2018/panini-contenders-optic-rookie-year-autographs/164778

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7 minutes ago, Badger said:

Having lived through the 90s boom and bust I am seeing a lot of the same complaints from "real" collectors. I remember when Amazing fantasy went form $10,000 to $30,000 in VF over the course of about a year (92?).  I've been priced out of the Timely market with a few exceptions. Even relatively dead titles like Sub-Mariner Comics and Young Allies are going for prices I can hardly believe. Takes a lot of the fun away when you have to spend more on one book than you would have spent on two the year before. :( 

For years I was able to buy high grade Disney books for great prices but that appears over. Oh well, I'll keep my eyes open for bargains and send the money I would've spent to send my duplicates to Sarasota. :) 

Your right,its turned from hobby to business and is only for the rich and elite classes of our society.

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12 minutes ago, valiantman said:

Sadly, it's true.

2018 Panini Contenders Optic Rookie Year Autographs Baker Mayfield...

... that's not specific enough... is it the Gold, Orange, Red, Blue, or Purple variant?

https://www.psacard.com/pop/football-cards/2018/panini-contenders-optic-rookie-year-autographs/164778

Couldn't even be bothered to use a different image. :facepalm: 

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2 minutes ago, MR SigS said:

Couldn't even be bothered to use a different image. :facepalm: 

ua1LJih.jpgm9cDE5f.jpg 

Who is Bradley Chubb?

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I think there is an important distinction to be made between the status of the industry/storytelling format and the hobby of collecting floppy paper comics.  But yes, good points to think about.

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11 minutes ago, MR SigS said:

Couldn't even be bothered to use a different image. :facepalm:

That's the point. Sports cards are still stuck where comics were in the 90s with gimmick covers. Not that I'm endorsing variant comics with alternate cover art. :p

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1 hour ago, 3319comics said:

Didn't a similar thing happen to the sports card market? They slowly started to pump more and more variants, chase sets, low print things in the packs till the whole pack became nothing but a variant pack. After which the pack became to expensive for the average person to buy and all the items in the pack had to be top dollar to recoup costs. Now nothing is worth much anymore.

Is the same going to happen to the comic book market ? Now books increase 10 times there worth by just a mention of being in a new movie or show. How long will that last? Now you have to be rich to actually collect in this market.

Ya, but vintage baseball card market is on fire now too.  So, like Yukon Cornelius said, silver and gold.

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5 minutes ago, Martin Sinescu said:

Hobby seems fine to me. More content and diversity of selection than I've ever seen. More opportunities for independent creators to reach their audience while retaining their rights to characters. The availability of older material in reprint or online provides way more accessibility of classic stories than ever before. Characters being brought to life through movies in ways that weren't even conceivable when I started and expanding the reach of comic characters further into the mainstream. Etc, etc, etc. Plenty of negatives around if you want to be dismal and force a specific narrative but I think this is a great time to be into comics.

Yeah,really good points made.

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3 minutes ago, speedcake said:

I think there is an important distinction to be made between the status of the industry/storytelling format and the hobby of collecting floppy paper comics.  But yes, good points to think about.

Yes. They are connected, but the hobby and the industry are not the same thing.

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Just now, Lazyboy said:

Yes. They are connected, but the hobby and the industry are not the same thing.

And its apparent on here with the amount of arguments that take place.

Good point...as a matter of fact...Great Point!

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18 minutes ago, Hollywood1892 said:

Who is Bradley Chubb?

He's one of the Golden State Warriors' Forwards.

Edited by MR SigS

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1 minute ago, MR SigS said:

He's one of the Golden State Warriors' Forwards.

Nice.

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4 hours ago, 3319comics said:

Didn't a similar thing happen to the sports card market? They slowly started to pump more and more variants, chase sets, low print things in the packs till the whole pack became nothing but a variant pack. After which the pack became to expensive for the average person to buy and all the items in the pack had to be top dollar to recoup costs. Now nothing is worth much anymore.

Is the same going to happen to the comic book market ? Now books increase 10 times there worth by just a mention of being in a new movie or show. How long will that last? Now you have to be rich to actually collect in this market.

Huh?

 

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1 hour ago, ygogolak said:

Huh?

 

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Those are ridicoulous prices ,thats the entire topic of conversation, how can you enjoy a hobby when your paying 100k to enjoy it? And for what? Why not just buy the Greek freaks Jersey?

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6 hours ago, 3319comics said:

What happens when all these "investors" who really don't care start dumping to get out to the next thing?

Meh. Happened in the 90s. We survived. 

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