Introducing Kids to Sports Cards
It's hard being a sports card collector over the past ten years or so. Steroids in baseball, the increase in online fraud, card shows going the way of the dodo, and being priced out of the market are a few reasons why I became jaded. I seriously thought about selling my collection but I recently received one of the best gifts ever when I thought I was the one giving.
My son started his second year of Little League this year. The previous year, I got card binders for the kids on his team plus two packs of cards and a jersey card. This year I wanted to include the whole league. I decided to introduce these eight- to ten-year-old kids to this great hobby. I bought 10,000 baseball cards to give the players, 100 each along with a pack of sleeves. What really made me happy and proud was that the kids immediately took the cards out of the boxes and began to trade them. They weren't looking for a box hit, searching packs or worrying about centering. They were actually trading cards.
“Who likes the Giants? I want some Dodgers!"
“Look! Derek Jeter!"
Dozens of kids were getting along, not arguing. It felt like Christmas. I wanted to open my own card store just to have trading nights, to give cards away for good grades, to help these kids start their own collections to pass on to their kids. It made me realize that cards are meant to be traded, to be enjoyed. Collect what you like, like what you collect. God, to be nine again…
With the start of Pop Warner football approaching, I've decided to do the same thing for the local football teams. Hopefully, this will help more kids gain a little more interest in collecting.