Over the last 15 years, sports cards have undergone an evolution of epic proportions. The modern "hit" reshaped the sports card world more than any other innovation since the vintage era, opening a box without an autograph or memorabilia card has become the sports card equivalent of watching TV with only 5 channels.
Unfortunately, the introduction of the hit has contributed to the erosion of several timeless traditions upon which sports cards were built as well led to several complications in the collecting process. Below are five attributes that every sports card should have.
Back of the Card Stats:
Each and every base card made should include a player's career stats. All too often the back of a card only displays a players previous year's stats. The saving grace of a bad stack of base cards should be the stats on the back. I remember spending hours on end reading the backs of baseball, basketball, and football cards when I was younger. Without stats, sports cards feel more like pieces of cardboard than timeless collectibles.
Paragraph About the Player:
Each card should give us some interesting info about a player, whether it be a scouting report, a quote from a head coach, an interesting story, or anything that tells us a little more about the player, something that the stats can't tell us.
- Full Name:
- Date of Birth:
- Home Town:
Interesting Pictures With Real Backgrounds:
This is what I miss about the demise of products like Stadium Club. Stadium Club always put a great deal of emphasis on finding the pictures and moments that captured the essence of each player. Today, only base Topps and a handful of brands excel in photography. All too often a product simply cuts and pastes a player's picture onto a backdrop of futuristic shapes and colors. Sports cards should capture the moments and memories that define a player, cards should conjure up memories of past glory, they should serve as a cardboard scrap book of a player's career.
Other acceptable means of card art can include: vintage remakes, painting, sketches, and various other ways of capturing a player in an artistic or sentimental manor
Inotherwords, what card is it? How many times have you pulled a card and not known exactly what parallel or insert it is? Each and every card should define exactly what it is on the back. This would also make cards easier to sell and buy on places like eBay. Below are a few different ways the card companies could accomplish this. I used a C.J. Spiller Rookie Patch Autograph Emerald Parallel as an example:
- 2010 Rookies & Stars #259 C.J. Spiller Rookie Patch Autographs Emerald (Base Set/Parallel)
- Card Type: Base Set Parallel/Emerald
- This Card Is: Emerald Parallel of Base Card #259