Keeping Card and Comic Collecting Alive

Collector's Connection offers a Wide Variety of Nostalgic Comics, Cards, and More

DULUTH, Minn. – Chances are the sight of baseball or Pokémon cards bring back a few childhood memories for many.

In this week’s Knowing Your Neighbors, we’re taking a look at how the industry has grown as millennials move forward.

“Back when I was growing up, sports cards were the big deal,” said Glen Booth, Manager at Collectors Connection in Duluth.

Many may think the world of card collecting is going to the dogs.

“As I’ve been working here, I notice Magic and Pokémon taking over,” said Booth.

Booth recently took over as a manager at Collectors Connection, helping people hold on to memories of their past, for the last 25 years.

“We’re basically your neighborhood comic book shop and sports card shop,” said Booth.

“It’s kind of becoming part of normal life. Collecting is just pop culture now,” said Blaine Brooks, a customer at Collector’s Connection.

Chances are, books and binders full of fantasy league legends linger in your basement or closet.

“Collecting in general has kind of declined a little bit,” said Booth.

With a generational gap in sight these days, Booth is a first-hand witness to a decline in sales.

“We’ve got a few Mickey Mantle cards for a couple hundred dollars, but Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering, have overtaken sports cards sales,” said Booth.

Blaine Brooks drives over an hour from Silver Bay to dabble in doing what he loves.

“When I was little, I use to collect baseball cards. You’d buy them and think they were really cool, and then they go in the binder and sit there forever,” said Brooks.

Chances are, Blain is not along. Staff at Collector’s Connection say they are seeing many sales from nostalgic adults.

“We see more adults collecting cards now, sports cards especially, than the kids,” said Booth.

Few millennials are latching on to the collecting industry. But, business has boomed for some items with the advent of Pokémon Go.

“The former kids who use to play Pokémon,are getting back into collecting,” said Booth.

“It’s gotten to a point now where the games are normal. Marvel movies are coming out now and everybody’s getting pumped for it, it’s not just the nerds,” said
Brooks.

With excitement from Marvel, DC Comics, and even political elections, Glen and Blaine believe collecting will continue into the future.

“I like hanging out with my friends and it’s part of the culture that we’ve introduced into our group,” said Brooks.

Booth says he believes price increases over the years have also led to fewer sales. What used to be sold for .25 cents, is now two to five dollars. Brooks says no matter the price, it’s still fun to collect as many cards as you can over time.

If you would like to stop by Collector’s Connection, it’s located at 1600 Miller Trunk Highway in Duluth.

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