If you have a sports card collector on your gift list this year, you know how picky these people can be. Collecting sports cards as a hobby takes a special type of person, but it also takes a few special supplies as well. So to satisfy that picky collector on your list, here are a few ideas to make their season bright no matter what your budget is.
An Unopened Box Of Cards
Want to see that collector smile seven feet wide? Grab and unopened box of sports cards from any number of retailers or hobby stores. Online auction sites like Ebay are a great way to score deals, Dave and Adams Card World is a great online store with thousands of boxes in stock. Be forewarned thought, unopened boxes of any type of sports cards can quickly run into the hundreds of dollars.
Every sports card collector needs supplies. Whether they are rugged hard plastic holders, soft plastic sleeves, binders, nine pocket pages, or boxes made specifically for sports cards, that collector will thank you a hundred times for the supplies. The best part about supplies for this hobby: they are cheap. They are also available at just about every major retailer in your area.
Of course the alternative to a box of cards is a pack of cards. While box prices can climb into the hundreds, pack prices can be more affordable starting at $1.50. However the prices can still climb into the $25.00 per pack level. Chances are really good that sports card packs are still available at a number of places that you will be shopping already.
Particular Cards Of Particular Players
Every sports card collector has a favorite, be it a favorite team, favorite player, or even a favorite theme. Visiting a local hobby shop or card shop to pick up a few cards of that favorite will be exactly what a collector loves. As card prices vary from less than fifty cents to over one hundred dollars, you will be able to set your own budget. If you are worried about duplicating a card they already have don’t. Collectors love to have more than one of their favorite cards.
Showcases or Shelves
Collectors love to show off their collection. Many stores stock specific frames used for showing off sports cards, but a normal shelf will do. Craft stores sell small stands that are perfect for standing cards up and letting them be seen. These items are available for around twenty dollars and up, but are often on sale around the holidays so keep your eyes open.
Wholesale Lots of Card
Large lots of sports cards, also referred to as wholesale lots, can be found at various locations. Online auctions and storage sales are the best place though. While most of the large collections or lots will not produce any great material, they do produce a large variety of cards. This is great for learning about the various years and issues of sports cards. While shipping can be a little crazy due to the weight of the lot, the actual cost of the cards is minimal.
If the collector you are trying to purchase a gift for is looking for one high dollar card, getting together with several people is always a great idea. Pooling resources to make that one big purchase will be very appreciated by your collector. Plus, it allows you to keep your budget in check.
The gift card route is the easiest item to get for a sports card collector. The gift card be in any denomination and can be from any one of a number of stores the sports card collector can use to satisfy their cravings. This is a one-size fits all gift that is sure to please.