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Old 07-11-2018, 09:55 AM
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My two boys have the same lack of interest in cards...my older son's interest peaked in 2014 when he got a Jeter auto, but since then, his interest has greatly declined. My younger son, loves baseball but could care less about cards....he would rather be playing baseball outside, or if that is not possible watching or gaming baseball inside. Two springs ago, I used the Topps website to generate cards for them....they could have cared less. They both went through a Pokeman phase, but that passed a year back.
Nice cards and a good idea on getting them interested, but certainly not every kid is going to catch the bug.

I've got two boys, 5 and 8, and we have a few traditions already with cards. We always open a box of Topps on Opening Day and I always give a blaster box of current year Topps and a handful of old cards from my collection to each on his birthday. Also do the birthday tradition with my nephews and my niece. My youngest son is into the cards - just last night instead of reading a bedtime book, we each broke out some of our cards and showed them to each other (my youngest is very into sports, too, in general).

My oldest is very into Pokemon, and I can see how that makes sense. The kids at his school trade them, even if few have played the game, basing their value on HP and attack damage. Even not playing the game, they get that the card can "do" something. And some kids, including a nephew who is also into Pokemon, are aware of the monetary value of the cards, which seems to pique their interest.

Cards are an opportunity to connect with kids (I bought a deck of Pokemon cards so I could play against my older son), but from my experience it is definitely a hit and miss proposition, baseball cards aren't for every kid.
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:33 AM
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A ton of kids at my daughters school collect or collected cards. Less of them collected baseball but many collect football, or any number of gaming cards. I think that more collect than we seem to think. I also often see kids buying packs at the local target when I go there. It’s not as big as the 80s but neither is the production numbers of the cards

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Old 07-12-2018, 07:58 AM
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Hundreds of thousands of kids collect on the Topps apps. It may just be digital cards instead of cardboard moving forward.

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Old 07-13-2018, 01:22 PM
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My son is 6, he likes cards and looking at them. I collects Chipper Jones. He enjoys opening packs and messing up my organized box of cards. I would not say he has a passion for it. But I didn’t have a passion for years even after I was a collector. Packs and cheap boxes seem to get his attention.
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Fortnight

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Old 07-13-2018, 05:23 PM
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My 9 year old is certainly into Fortnite.

But he also collects cards. He started with Pokémon but has moved into football and basketball cards. He really enjoys doing case breaks on-line. We are both looking forward to spending 5 days at the National. He wants autos from Earl Campbell and Steve Largent (yes, not any of the new guys!). Look for us in the case break pavilion and digging in the 5000 count boxes.

I've also taken a few of his friends to our LCS and some shows.

Maybe there is still some hope.
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Is something happening in a couple weeks?
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Is something happening in a couple weeks?
No idea
Just seems that everything is fortnight lol

My oldest (13) used to love collecting. Still plays ball and talks cards every now and then so there is hope ...

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Old 07-14-2018, 10:41 AM
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I left in my teens.

I came back 7 months ago at 38.

I feel this is a common/usual cycle perhaps. Not to worry.
This is very common! I collected up until I was 14 and didn't come back to it until I hit 29 a few years ago. All my friends who collected when we were kids pretty much have done the same thing. The difference between now and then is that we all have a decent amount of disposable income that allows us to buy all the cards that we wanted when we were kids and couldn't afford it. One of the first cards I bought when I got back into it was a beat up Ruth Goudey card. When I received it in the mail it was like I was a kid again... awesome feeling and full of nostalgia! I think a lot of people get back into it for the same reasons.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:50 AM
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A ton of kids at my daughters school collect or collected cards. Less of them collected baseball but many collect football, or any number of gaming cards. I think that more collect than we seem to think. I also often see kids buying packs at the local target when I go there. It’s not as big as the 80s but neither is the production numbers of the cards
This is totally true. I think a lot of collectors don't quite understand how kids have been priced out of shops/shows. I remember going to shops when I was young and maybe you had a card or two above $100 but the vast majority of singles topped out at $20 or so... putting just about any card in reach for kids. Most shops I got into now have very few cards below $50 and most are north of $100. With packs it's the same story... most kids aren't going to be able to plunk down $50 for a pack of Tribute of Topps Museum. The shows are a totally different animal also than they were in the mid to late 90's where you'll see, almost exclusively, dealer after dealer with either expensive prewar and early postwar or insanely priced quad patch auto cards. A good chunk of kids still collect, they just do it at WalMart/Target or online. Nothing like the 80's but still most kids who play sports at least have a few hundred cards if not many more.
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