We don’t have a lot of time for introspection around here. We see a lot every day from behind the counter at our busy shop in Kenmore Square — from collectors looking for hard-to-find vintage cards, graded cards, or new releases, to families in town for Red Sox games picking up a box or a pack or two before heading to Fenway. And still others coming in for certified autographs and memorabilia, or looking to buy and sell gold and silver. We also field a lot of calls from folks interested in selling their collections, whatever they may contain.
But one thing we’ve noticed is that the sports card hobby has changed. This has been well noted by others in the past, but the thing that strikes me is that when we opened in 1988 there were a ton of card shops just in the Boston area. Now it seems like you can count them on one hand. I’m not saying this is a good or a bad thing, it’s just what’s out there now.
And yet customers come into our shop and know about us because they read about us online. Not just from Google and Bing and Yelp and other information websites, but from the blogs of other collectors. And this is where the hobby has really changed. Collectors are more connected to each other than ever before. Used to be that you had a circle of friends in your community who collected. Now that community is on the Internet, connected through individual blogs and forum sites.
So why am I bringing this up? We have an online store. We have a store on eBay. We
have our convenient store in Kenmore Square (that you should stop by if you’re in the area or are coming into Boston, just sayin’). And lately we’ve started up on Twitter and
Facebook (maybe you’ve seen the posts). We’re also going to start posting more on this blog,
because it’s all become just too important to ignore.