With so many products on the market, are baseball cards headed for another collapse?


ARLINGTON, Texas — A trip to the local baseball-card store can make a novice collector’s head spin.

Topps, and its various brands, continue to top the market, but Irving-based Panini, with the rekindled Donruss brand in its stable, has added variety to the market.

Upper Deck is still hanging around, though not in baseball.

The other three major sports are well represented in the hobby, too.

That might make it seem like the industry is in position for another fall akin to the collapse of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

David Leiner, the global general manager of sports and entertainment for Topps, said that just isn’t the case.

He was at AT&T Stadium on Tuesday as Topps hosted the Million Card Rip Party to launch their 2020 Series 1 Collection. The idea was that 19 teams — called case breakers — would open cases of packs of cards until a million cards were opened.

They reached 1,002,456 cards from more than 21,000 jumbo packs.

It was sign that the hobby is doing just fine.

Leiner talked about the health of collecting as packs were being ripped.

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