Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The Wild World of Internet Card Collecting
One thing that has really stood out during my short time blogging is that the number of team blogs is heavily concentrated on a couple teams. Going by the fantastic sportscard blogroll, I counted 5 or 6 Dodger blogs, a few Cubs, and multiple Padres blogs all within the first few listed. Meanwhile, I know of only one other Pirate-related blog (the wonderful piratestreasureroom), and have yet to see any related to the Steelers or Penguins.
Now I can understand that there may not be an overwhelming number of collectors for some markets like the Diamondbacks or Nationals, or that the Columbus BlueJackets might not be a popular blog topic. But it certainly surprises me to see little to no representation for huge markets like the Mets and Yankees, while the small market Padres are well represented.
The same phenomena plays out in the forum crowds, where I have only encountered a handful of Pirate collectors, while Twins fans seem to be dozens deep. I'm also a part of a team collector group where we share our non-team cards with team collectors who will give them a good home. And while we have multiple collectors for some teams, teams like the Tigers and Diamondbacks have been unfilled for years.
I just wonder what causes some aspects of the hobby to be so heavily represented, while others are almost invisible.
Returned to Sender. Why does Steve Kemp always look so angry?