LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – During the last 9 months, many individuals have picked up new hobbies since there are a restricted variety of issues to do.
That’s positively the case with regards to gathering baseball playing cards. One native store proprietor advised 10/11 NOW he hasn’t seen this many individuals shopping for and promoting playing cards because the late 80′s.
At the start of the pandemic, Wes Johnson, the proprietor of Wes’ Baseball Playing cards, mentioned he didn’t know the way it will influence his enterprise.
“I assumed oh nice, right here we go, it’s 9/11 once more, again to 2008, issues aren’t going effectively,” mentioned Johnson.
As a substitute of being one other factor to harm his enterprise, card gross sales took off.
“Individuals are at dwelling not doing something, so they begin bringing out their playing cards and say, hey, let me acquire some playing cards,” mentioned Johnson.
Johnson mentioned it began straight away in March.
Quickly, they have been busy with folks getting again into shopping for and promoting playing cards.
“I used to be gathering once I was youthful so I made a decision to hop again into it, it simply gave me one thing to do,” mentioned collector, Luke Breon.
And the worth of playing cards goes up too.
“I had a Lebron James card graded his rookie yr in December of final yr.. was value $3,000, now a yr later it’s value $15,000,” mentioned Johnson.
However he mentioned the newer playing cards with autographs are extra uncommon.
Johnson mentioned though it’s nice for enterprise, there’s no higher feeling than seeing folks get again into one thing he loves.
“Having enjoyable gathering and buying and selling with folks, I believe that’s the enjoyable half,” mentioned Johnson.
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