Sports Card Boom During Corona

sports cards boom during corona

Here are few facts why are sports card boom during corona

A sports card is a small card that is made out of either paperboard or any other type of thick paper. It usually contains a picture of a certain athlete, place, or any other memorabilia along with a short description that normally consists of some stats or other trivia about the particular person, place, or thing.

Sports Cards has been all the rage since the beginning of the 21st century but they started gaining more and more traction as the years went along. Since the early 2010s sports card collection has become a widespread hobby all across America.

  • The spread of the Covid-19 virus in early 2020 resulted in the cancellation of sports all over the world as a result of which the online sports card breaks became the only fix for rabid sports fans around the globe. This fanfare has reached such an extent that as of March 2021 sports card collection and distribution has become a multi-billion dollar industry in America.

But before we can talk about what sort of impact corona has had on the value and the collecting potential of these cards let’s take a dive into the history and the evolution of sports cards;

Evolution of Sports Cards

Early Origins

  • Trade cards were the earliest recorded form of sports cards. These types of cards were normally found in a variety of retail products like cigarette cartons as prizes or rewards. The earlier trade cards that were produced were usually just limited to baseball players and their stats.

Almost all the cards that were produced before the start of the 20th century were in the form of prizes in candy and tobacco products. It was also this era that saw the production of one of the most valuable cards ever printed which is the T206 Honus Wagner card. It was reportedly sold for $3.25 million.

  Modern Trading Cards

  • During the early 1950s, companies like Topps Chewing Gum Inc, who is today known as The Topps Company Inc, started printing sports cards and inserted them into bubble gum packs. These cards initially featured TV and film actors. The first-ever baseball card was printed in 1951 and it consisted of graphics and designs that are still used by all the top card creating companies to this very day.

The first-ever sports card that consisted of player stats and records was created in 1952 by Topps founder. This card was part of a set that went down to be one of the most popular card sets of all time. This set included the famous 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 which was sold for an estimated $5.2 million making it the most expensive sports card in history.

Digital Sports Cards

  • Digital cards were created in 2000 as an attempt to stay current with the digital and technological trends. Topps launched a new brand of sports cards which were labeled as eTopps. They were sold exclusively through individual IPO’s. This led to a boom in the digital card market and other companies like Tokenzone launched their own variety of digital sports cards

Digital sports cards was a $1.3 billion market according to estimation in early 2013. Today, companies all over the world are creating and selling their own sports cards because of which the sports cards market has seen a gargantuan boom in the past 10 years to a point where multiple cards are being sold all over the globe for millions and millions of dollars.

Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on the Sports Card Boom

  • In early 2020, the world came to a halt because of the spread of CoronaVirus. This virus impacted all important facets of life including sports. In March 2020, football, basketball, baseball, and other top sports suspended their seasons which left the fans clamoring for sports as a means to find a sense of normalcy in their lives. This is essentially what led to the overall boom and popularity of sports card collection and online card breaking streams.

People from all over the world tuned into these online card unboxing or breaking streams and started getting more and more invested in this hobby. Due to the worldwide boom, sport card collecting has become a multi-billion dollar industry as of March 2021.

In the aforementioned text, we have talked about sports cards in general and their evolution over time as well as the role of Corona in the popularity and boom of the sports card collecting hobby. If you have any more questions about sports cards, looking to buy vintage and new sports cards from all the top brands out there, or if you are a card owner who is looking to get their vintage cards group graded, reach out to us today at Golden Card Breaks.