If watching online gamers on Twitch is a bridge too far from your childhood memories of playing Space Invaders on your Atari 2600, then you may not be in to what’s happening in the sports trading card world.
A resurgence in trading cards is fueled, in part, by an experience called “group breaking,” and Chris Keller, who owns Top Shelf Sports Cards in Elgin, has been in on the industrywide trend that started about a decade ago.
“When we were growing up, we collected our sports cards, and they made them by the tens of millions,” Keller said. “You could go in a little shop and buy a hobby box for 20 to 30 bucks and you got 24 packs of cards.”
Today, there are fewer licensed companies and they’re making fewer cards. And, the boxes now cost hundreds of dollars but guarantee a certain number of autographed or memorabilia