This Card Is Cool brings you the sets I find worth collecting. This is fourth in the series.
I had a discussion about this yesterday with my baby boomer uncle. As a kid, he bought cards with bubble gum in them, read comic books, and played with jacks. He doesn't have any of his old cards or comic books, and the jacks are long forgotten. While he didn't get back into cards - he is way too busy with his life for any kind of hobby, it seems - many from his generation did. The collectors of the 1950s and early 1960s had a resurgence in the 1980s. The hobby that taught them about statistics, teamwork, and organization stuck with them as their childhood pastime evolved into a business. Kids of the "golden age" that once scrounged for pennies and begged for nickels were now adults with hundreds of dollars in disposable income and plenty of time on the weekends to buy, sell, and trade the cardboard slices that reminded them of a simpler time. As more and more adults found time, money, and interest, the push to remember times when life seemed so much easier grows, as the initiative to preserve the real past continues to grow as well.
And who can resist John Kruk and Juan Gonzalez sporting mullets?
My generation, the children of the baby boomers, aren't immune to the interest in throwback design. Pay attention to t-shirt designs, company logos, advertisements, etc. Shows like Family Guy and Robot Chicken frequently reference 1980s and 1990s pop culture. Original working NES and Atari systems are collectibles. Just look at the card blog universe. Many of us were collectors as children, took a break, and somehow wandered into the card store or that one aisle in Wal-Mart or Target. How many of us either searched through old dusty boxes or started fresh to put together the sets we remember from our younger years? It's a cycle.
Studio Heritage will return to this blog soon.