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View Poll Results: Does the stock market influence your vintage card buying decisions?
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The title says it all. For me, I look at the stock market and might not spend quite as much if it is tanking. And I only have a very small fraction of money in it.
And a newer pick up..
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As money gets tighter, I hesitate to buy bigger cards.
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My finances are more or less fixed, even though I still work. Nothing is tied to the stock market. My being able to find disposable money to purchase vintage cards is 100% affected by how high card prices (continue to) go. Thankfully, I have Ruth, Cobb, Mantle, etc., from earlier days when I could afford them. I am not able or even willing to pay thousands of dollars for baseball cards.
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Over the years I have found that during economic downturns, not saying we are in a recession, don't think that will happen until 2023, these come down the least in comparison to other names, these also seem to go up the most when times are good.

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In recessions people will not pay up for low grade non graded cards, they're coming down considerably.

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The title says it all. For me, I look at the stock market and might not spend quite as much if it is tanking. And I only have a very small fraction of money in it.
And a newer pick up..
I would buy that card for only one reason: SYRACUSE, N. Y., which is where I am from
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Yes, I buy more when prices are down, I sell when prices are up
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Stock market, no. Economy and inflation, yes.

This year, I have seen more "buyers" become "sellers" than ever before.
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Yes. If the stock market is tanking, I’ m not buying cards. I’m buying stocks.
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Yes. If the stock market is tanking, I’ m not buying cards. I’m buying stocks.
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I voted yes.

The more the market goes down the more I'm putting in the market instead of hobbies.
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No simple answer from me.

i don't invest in equities or baseball cards. They are different investments. I am getting ready to plunk money into equities once they stabilize in what I think will be a bear market.

I never stop looking for rare cards. I never stop looking for bargains on blue chip players. When it pops up, you have to buy it, or you will regret it.

If the stock market is tanking and there are concerns with recession, I am going to sell cards into it because cards tend to lag the stock market by 9-12 months. I know that after riding the tiger the last 40 years. So, now is the time to sell off the chaff in the collection and inventory. The card market is red hot right now, which means people haven't internalized the pending situation. Time to take advantage.

As things get tougher, first to go are the speculators who will just dump and move on. Next are the dealers who have to get cash flow out of inventory. Followed by the speculators who will hold a bad deal too long and finally capitulate. Then comes the collectors who lose jobs and whose businesses tank and need to sell to make their monthly nut. Once those collectors sell, the fat has been rendered out of the market and it is time to buy. Hard. I am holding cash from card sales waiting for that opportunity. I have a long list of cards that I really like at 60% of recent prlces. I expect many of them to fall to that level over the next 9-12 months.

It's a lot more bloodless than it used to be for me, but that was before the Hobby became the Industry.
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Stocks have nothing to do with cards period
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Stocks have nothing to do with cards period
The data suggests otherwise. Gyrations of the stock market might have nothing to do with collecting habits, to be sure, but in terms of prices, there is a correlation.
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The data suggests otherwise. Gyrations of the stock market might have nothing to do with collecting habits, to be sure, but in terms of prices, there is a correlation.
I don't doubt it, but would be curious to see that data, where are you getting it?
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To me they are 2 different forms of fun/investment.

When the market is down I do add strategically in the market to add to some positions I have at at better cost basis.

The card collecting is a hobby/very long term investment. As a result I treat these funds as discretionary funds and buy as i have the funds available and see something that I want to buy
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I have a budget each year for what I can spend on my set build, this is my discretionary fund. The budget stays relatively flat year over year. If the stock is down I invest more, if the card market is down I can afford to buy more with my budget at that time but the budget doesn’t increase.
When my Banks rookie is up 500+% in 6 years it’s a plus but my collection is just a hobby, it isn’t part of my retirement account. So no the stock market doesn’t affect my vintage purchases.
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Yes. If the stock market is tanking, I’ m not buying cards. I’m buying stocks.
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Consumer behavior is funny, when asset values are rising we get FOMO and act irrational. Down markets, that psychology is the opposite, consumer spending grinds to a halt when RE, equities get hammered. House appraised at 100K less, investments down another 200K, and cost to carry any debt up significantly? Turns out we aren't as rich as we thought we were.

Bottom is about to fall out on a wide range of assets, should be very interesting to see how the hobby reacts.

Personally, I will be a buyer, following a number of cards that are 20-30% off peak and hoping they go lower.

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Consumer behavior is funny, when asset values are rising we get FOMO and act irrational. Down markets, that psychology is the opposite, consumer spending grinds to a halt when RE, equities get hammered. House appraised at 100K less, investments down another 200K, and cost to carry any debt up significantly? Turns out we aren't as rich as we thought we were.

Bottom is about to fall out on a wide range of assets, should be very interesting to see how the hobby reacts.

Personally, I will be a buyer, following a number of cards that are 20-30% off peak and hoping they go lower.
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There isn't any change in my hobby behavior because my hobby spending is probably less than 2% of our net monthly income, and my collection is probably about 1% of our net worth. I grew up with middle class, but frugal, parents and I am pretty much the same. I've never spent more than $400 on a card and, even then, it took herculean effort to open my wallet.

I did fairly well sitting on cash and pushing it into equities in the COVID crash. My expectations is, like others, we are entering a bear market as the Fed grapples with (hopefully) transitory inflation, and I'll do the same again. With 8-10 years to retirement, I can ride a long term bear market.
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https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/09/infl...vey-shows.html

Consumers grew a little more optimistic about inflation in April, though they still expect to be spending considerably more in the year ahead, a Federal Reserve survey released Monday shows.

Inflation expectations over the next year fell to a median 6.3%, a 0.3 percentage-point decrease from the record high in March, according to data going back to June 2013. On a three-year basis, expectations rose 0.2 percentage point to 3.9%, which itself is 0.3 percentage point off the record.

The data comes with 12-month inflation in March running at 8.5%, the highest level since December 1981. April consumer prices are due to be reported on Wednesday.


Lets see what is released on Wednesday.

I do expect more card price volatility this summer, ultimately trending downward. I think for the average collectors, cards are not going to be a priority for the next few months.

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Cash Will Be King at this Years National, Bank On It !!!! Especially come middle Saturday.

Get your shopping list ready.

Cash is king especially at this years National, a lot of dealers are over levered and possibly underwater on cards.

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I am a small player in the t206 market. I look for good value in the cards I buy and if I get a HoF for under $150 I'm happy.

Limited in budget, I have followed others advice of buying centered and " overpaying today is underpaying tomorrow."

I have done very well the past 4 years as a result of what I purchased.

The big names in the t206 series are way out of reach for me, however moderate HoF's are within budget....for now. I have a nice collection of what would as 1's, graded and ungraded.

All I collect are t206's, not building the set, but it is all I will buy.

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In decades past, when I used to go to card shows regularly, I found that dealers were ready to make deals on the last day, just before packing up. And cash money talked. Many of my cards were bought that way. My 58 Mantle comes immediately to mind. There are many, many others.

My investment was staying in the Navy and getting a 65% pension. Totally unaffected by the stock market.

100% affected by the price of cards. I will never pay thousands of dollars for baseball cards.
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I voted yes.

The more the market goes down the more I'm putting in the market instead of hobbies.
Me as well and I hope we are right..
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Me as well and I hope we are right..
Decades worth of data and history will prove it to be so.
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I think the party of the last three years is over. It will be a buyers market for a while.
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I don't doubt it, but would be curious to see that data, where are you getting it?
Peter, when I was actively writing a price guide for boxing cards I amassed data every year for the new edition. I noticed that in the Great Recession, the mess really got under way in the summer of 2008 as the real estate market imploded but boxing auctions still did really well into 2009. Then things started to fizzle out. I saw a bottom of the market in Fall 2010, and it was stable for a few years then slowly built back. That tracked with my experiences buying cards for the PC and trying to sell in 1990 and 2001.
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Well, the art market remains strong despite the recent pullback of stocks. Yesterday, Andy Warhol's painting of Marilyn Monroe fetched nearly $200 million at auction.
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Well, the art market remains strong despite the recent pullback of stocks. Yesterday, Andy Warhol's painting of Marilyn Monroe fetched nearly $200 million at auction.
Interesting you brought this up. While it did set a record, some estimates had it going for $400 million.
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When interest rates go up many of the ultra wealthy hide out in treasuries...way less risk. When interest rates are low big money hedges in collectables.
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Well, the art market remains strong despite the recent pullback of stocks. Yesterday, Andy Warhol's painting of Marilyn Monroe fetched nearly $200 million at auction.
I have no idea how the broad art market is doing, but don't find these types of "best of the best" items very representative. Same for cards - almost the whole basketball card market is down off ATH's substantially, as in cards that were selling for 20K, now selling for 4K .But if a rare / desirable ultra high end card came up it would smash records. There really are two hobbies, at least when it comes to cards.
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The way I see it, if the tumbling of my stock portfolio (and boy is it tumbling...) changes my financial situation to where I need to pull back on my discretionary expenses, then I have spent too much on toys and been grossly irresponsible. X money goes to savings and necessary stable expenses, Y money goes to investment, Z money is set aside for me to waste on cardboard pictures of men. The momentary up/down doesn't affect card budget because my investments are for the long term mostly and I don't take so much out of savings that ups and downs affect my ability to pay the bills.

It might change what cards specifically I buy, as prices shift, but they shift up and down constantly and this is always broadly true.
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I have no idea how the broad art market is doing, but don't find these types of "best of the best" items very representative. Same for cards - almost the whole basketball card market is down off ATH's substantially, as in cards that were selling for 20K, now selling for 4K .But if a rare / desirable ultra high end card came up it would smash records. There really are two hobbies, at least when it comes to cards.
Pre '86 hoops is not down 80% from the highs. And as I've mentioned before, '86 to '88 Fleer and modern basketball were the cards that had some of the most insane pandemic gains beforehand. So it's standard market action for those to have the biggest % drops once that mania subsides.

The comment earlier about so many more buyers becoming sellers lately doesn't make sense to me either. Prices for quality vintage have mostly held steady for a year now (obviously at levels that are still substantially higher than pre-pandemic times), and the BIN supply on ebay for vintage in general still only contains mostly overpriced items, and no more than were available when the recent boom was in full swing.

I'm not saying everything is currently amazing in the card world or assuming that things will stay this healthy. But some of you guys really have the most negative spin possible, especially for a marketplace that still looks strong so far (and has done incredible in just a two year stretch)

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Good points, John. The 'market' really isn't monolithic. I think the slash and burn FOMO days are ending. Even then, different items will react differently. I have no qualms about Babe Ruth cards. Shohei Ohtani not so much.

Greg, I hear that! I've been on a kill-eat basis ever since my daughter announced a intention to go to medical school. That's why I run an active card business: gotta raise cash for my collecting completely outside the mainstream of my earnings.
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Pre '86 hoops is not down 80% from the highs. And as I've mentioned before, '86 to '88 Fleer and modern basketball were the cards that had some of the most insane pandemic gains beforehand. So it's standard market action for those to have the biggest % drops once that mania subsides.

The comment earlier about so many more buyers becoming sellers lately doesn't make sense to me either. Prices for quality vintage have mostly held steady for a year now (obviously at levels that are still substantially higher than pre-pandemic times), and the BIN supply on ebay for vintage in general still only contains mostly overpriced items, and no more than were available when the recent boom was in full swing.

I'm not saying everything is currently amazing in the card world or assuming that things will stay this healthy. But some of you guys really have the most negative spin possible, especially for a marketplace that still looks strong so far (and has done incredible in just a two year stretch)
"There really are two hobbies, when it comes to cards."

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I don't have a ton of stock but have some. And when the stock market is sucking this bad, as it has in the last week, I just don't feel like spending as much money on cards. (unless it's one I really need!)
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I don't have a ton of stock but have some. And when the stock market is sucking this bad, as it has in the last week, I just don't feel like spending as much money on cards.
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Pre '86 hoops is not down 80% from the highs. And as I've mentioned before, '86 to '88 Fleer and modern basketball were the cards that had some of the most insane pandemic gains beforehand. So it's standard market action for those to have the biggest % drops once that mania subsides.

The comment earlier about so many more buyers becoming sellers lately doesn't make sense to me either. Prices for quality vintage have mostly held steady for a year now (obviously at levels that are still substantially higher than pre-pandemic times), and the BIN supply on ebay for vintage in general still only contains mostly overpriced items, and no more than were available when the recent boom was in full swing.

I'm not saying everything is currently amazing in the card world or assuming that things will stay this healthy. But some of you guys really have the most negative spin possible, especially for a marketplace that still looks strong so far (and has done incredible in just a two year stretch)
Sorry but the overall marketplace is not strong, the cards that trade the most are trending down. Lots of examples pre 86, and almost every modern BBK is way down save for the super rare stuff.

Case in point, Dr. J PSA9 RC peak 57k, last two sold under 20K. I follow hockey. Gretzky, Lemieux, Yzerman RC's all way off highs. Lemieux RC is a key card, top 10-20 in the hobby and is more then 50% off highs.

Broadly the market is getting crumpled, even if some segments and highly desirable cards are trading well. And IMO we have only started, based on the fact most don't seem to understand what is going on.....broadly.

And FWIW, I'm not a card investor so I'm neutral on this stuff. If anything I see this as highly positive, I don't want my hobby to be a speculators paradise. But it feels like 1990 to me, things will likely get much worse (or better depending on your perspective) from here on as trillions evaporates from financial markets.
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Sorry but the overall marketplace is not strong, the cards that trade the most are trending down. Lots of examples pre 86, and almost every modern BBK is way down save for the super rare stuff.

Case in point, Dr. J PSA9 RC peak 57k, last two sold under 20K. I follow hockey. Gretzky, Lemieux, Yzerman RC's all way off highs. Lemieux RC is a key card, top 10-20 in the hobby and is more then 50% off highs.

Broadly the market is getting crumpled, even if some segments and highly desirable cards are trading well. And IMO we have only started, based on the fact most don't seem to understand what is going on.....broadly.

And FWIW, I'm not a card investor so I'm neutral on this stuff. If anything I see this as highly positive, I don't want my hobby to be a speculators paradise. But it feels like 1990 to me, things will likely get much worse (or better depending on your perspective) from here on as trillions evaporates from financial markets.
Another one is getting it +1

Only thing I will say is you can't use major auction houses as a gauge on the current state of collector grade cards in this market. That's all AH's are White Collar Buyers
EBAY BST IN PERSON SHOWS are mostly Blue Collar Collectors. Just my two cents

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I don't have a ton of stock but have some. And when the stock market is sucking this bad, as it has in the last week, I just don't feel like spending as much money on cards. (unless it's one I really need!)
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Yup, same here. When times are good, FOMO kicks in. When sentiment changes, demand evaporates quicker then it came on. I always use the example of the 90s, when we had Dads fighting over cases of Upper Deck french hockey at 300 a box. 12 months later you couldn't give these away and they likely never reach the price they hit in 1990. Obviously vintage is a completely different beast, but when demand leaves a market, look out, prices on highly available, widely traded stuff can go to near zero.
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The concerning thing in the hobby I am seeing is this phrase:

"Refocusing/Retooling/Adjusting my collection"

I have seen that phrase used in 2022 more than any time in recent memory.
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Yup, same here. When times are good, FOMO kicks in. When sentiment changes, demand evaporates quicker then it came on. I always use the example of the 90s, when we had Dads fighting over cases of Upper Deck french hockey at 300 a box. 12 months later you couldn't give these away and they likely never reach the price they hit in 1990. Obviously vintage is a completely different beast, but when demand leaves a market, look out, prices on highly available, widely traded stuff can go to near zero.
Agree…Cash at this years National On Saturday and Sunday May Hold a lot more buying power than the past two years, across the board. It’s my only chance on big cards I’m hunting….I can’t beat a guy who’s willing to go to the moon in REA Or Heritage but I may have a shot at the show with Cold Hard Cash due to the fear settling in….idk I could be wrong but at least it gives me some hope.
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The concerning thing in the hobby I am seeing is this phrase:

"Refocusing/Retooling/Adjusting my collection"

I have seen that phrase used in 2022 more than any time in recent memory.
Those statements to me sound like less buyers/less demand.
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30 years in the Stock Market does not influence me at all, just living with in my means, collecting vintage cards
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It has yet to effect asking prices here on N54


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I see the National very differently. If the stock market continues to shit the bed for the next 3 months, I think buying anything good at a reasonable price will be next to impossible. The cards that sold at their peak for $10,000 but are now available for $4,000 will be generously marked down to $9,000. Many dealers will ignore current realities hoping to find buyers who are ignorant of changes in the market.
There was a chain store on the east coast whose tag line for years was “an informed buyer is our best customer”. I’ve yet to see any instance where that was actually true. Best customer is usually an uninformed rich drunk guy.


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Agree…Cash at this years National On Saturday and Sunday May Hold a lot more buying power than the past two years, across the board. It’s my only chance on big cards I’m hunting….I can’t beat a guy who’s willing to go to the moon in REA Or Heritage but I may have a shot at the show with Cold Hard Cash due to the fear settling in….idk I could be wrong but at least it gives me some hope.
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