We have seen quite a bit in the hobby this past year, which gives us an opportunity to reflect and consider things we would like to see or do differently. From recent topics and discussions, we have a few recommendations on things to consider:
- Go out of your way to meet your fellow collector and make new friends in the hobby. More often than not, a relationship is more valuable than making a buck off of someone.
- Welcome new collectors in the hobby and be willing to spend some time showing them the ropes. New collectors do not arrive with knowledge and experience we do. If we take the time to educated the newcomers, we will begin to see conversations on par with what we expect.
- Consider weighing the difference between the items you want and the message you want to send. Many people were/are unhappy with a specific business entering the hobby, yet they still spend their money with that company. Unfortunately, this does not promote change.
- Get involved. Its easy to stick to the easy medium of facebook to poke in and out of the hobby, but when you get involved, the knowledge can be invaluable. Visit resource websites and engage with the hobby. Buying and selling passively on facebook does not contribute to the hobby.
- Go to an expo. Whether its the upcoming Expo in Chicago or other annual gatherings, it is a great opportunity to meet your fellow collector.
- Bury the hatchet. It is seldom that everyone sees eye to eye on a situation. Instead of holding a grudge over a disagreement, talk about it and see if common ground can be found. If there has been a misgiving, see if an apology or forgiveness can be found and attempt to understand each other and avoid repeating the past.
- Work together. There are far more people that deal in game worn jerseys that are not necessarily collectors than there are true collectors. Some try to take advantage, others just don’t know any better. If collectors work together, we can keep the wins in our community.
I am sure there will be more as we talk about this article, and we can build as we go, but these are just a few suggestions from some recent observations.