National Sports Collectors Convention

Spinning Their Wheels

Baseball card market has gone flat since the glory days of 1991

Los Angeles Times
By Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writer
July 29, 2006

“David Rima sat cross-legged on the concrete floor of the Anaheim Convention Center this week, gazing at a dozen century-old baseball trading cards. The corporate headhunter had just spent about $300 to augment his collection of the tiny cards that were distributed long ago by tobacco companies, and he still had more money to spend.

“They’re so beautiful, so fascinating,” Rima said. No matter, he conceded, that it is virtually impossible for “a working man” to snare all 700 cards in the 1909 set that is best known for the mint-condition Honus Wagner card that in 2001 sold for $1.25 million. That card is on display at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Anaheim, the biggest collectors show of the season, which runs through Sunday.”

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