How sports cards help the world

Sports cards are one of the best learning tools in the world.  Think about it for a moment.  They teach, reading, hand-eye coordination, organizational skills, money management, and how to interact with other people.   

I remember opening my first pack of baseball cards back in the early 90’s, right when I was starting school.  These cards really helped me learn how to read and write.  Since I was so young I really didn’t recognize the pictures of the players but in order for me to figure out who they were I had to learn how to read. 

Sports cards are also great tools for hand-eye coordination.  Have you ever seen a pack of cards?  As the years have gone by, packs have become more and more complicated to open.  Years ago, packs of cards used to by wrapped in wax.  It wasn’t too hard to open the back and pull the cards out.  In today’s world, packs come in foil, boxes, clamshell casing, etc……  Trying to open these packs can be great practice with your hand-eye coordination, especially for younger kids.  Also, have you ever tried getting a card into a penny sleeve?  Sometimes it can be difficult to get a card in a sleeve and then place it in a top loader.

If you were like me when I was young, I just put my cards in an old shoebox and put it in my closet.  Over the years when I got more and more into collecting, I knew that I would need to develope organizational skills so I knew where I could find my cards.  Now, I don’t use shoeboxes at all.  I have boxes for my baseball and foootball cards.  Each sport is separated and is no longer mixed.  Since I am a Phillies and Dolphins fan I keep those cards in a special place I can get to fast.  If you are just getting into collecting and your worried you won’t be able to stay organized, don’t worry, you will develope the organizational skills as you go along.  Thats what happened to me.

Money is what makes the world go around.  Collecting sports cards will really teach you money management.  It can help you learn how to save for a special card that you plan to buy.  Collecting can also help you learn how to sell something and make money.  If your lucky, and have a card shop near where you live, collecting can teach you about how a business works.

Collecting cards can provide a great social experience.  It doesn’t matter whether you buy, sell, or trade, you will need to interact with people to acquire the cards you want.  You can interact with them in person or over the internet.  Card collecting can bring people out of their shell.  Some people are very quiet, but when you touch a subject that they are interested in they could talk all day about it.

As you can see, card collecting has a ton of benefits.  They can teach a lot that you need to survive in the world.  There aren’t too many things in the world that are fun to do, and helps you learn at the same time.

One Response

  1. Hey Ross,

    I’ve never given it that much though before. You’re right though. Collecting has definately improved my organizational and money management skills.

    Good work.
    Mark
    http://sportscardsblog.wordpress.com

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