How can you go wrong on vintage ?You can always change your mind, sell the vintage and buy new cards. (but why would you ?)Unfortunately, you cannot do the opposite ...good luck.
Would you be happy owning vintage cards?I like vintage card designs better, but I don't really have a connection with players that I never got to see.From a money point of view, you would definitely be better off with the vintage cards. So if you can live without the fun of opening those boxes of new cards and having cards of players that are playing now -- go for it.
If you like the cards the by all means buy them.I feel more comfortable with cards of players I know, or have at least seen. That's not to say I don't enjoy cards from the 70s and before, but I tend to gravitate towards cards from the mid 80s because that's when I started getting into baseball.They're not worth anything, but I know the sets and I know the players. I'd rather have cards that I know rather than a stack of 18 year old kids on Bowman cards that I've never heard of.
Vintage cards are awesome! I wish I would have spend my money on old 60's and 70's cards in the late 80's and 90's, instead of buying junk wax. Unfortunately, when you buy singles, you don't get the thrill of ripping open packs. How about buying older wax. Recently, I've started building a 1981 Fleer baseball set and a 1987 Fleer baseball set from cheap wax boxes I've found on clearance. You definitely don't get your money's worth, but it's fun. Over the past 3 years, I've been picking up boxes of 1983 Fleer baseball, but I'm not sure if I'm going to break these anytime soon. I might just go out and buy a hand collated set and keep the boxes for my children.
I have 3 87 fleer factory sets, one of those is a tin. I have bid on some 80's fleer boxes, but damn they go for a lot for what you get. In fact its pretty amazing what they sell for. I am not sold on early 80's wax as being a good investment because there are tons of this stuff sitting in warehouses. I do think there is a huge cool factor of opening 30 year old boxes, I'll see what comes up on the bay.
I say, do a little of both. Some vintage singles, maybe a vintage box or two and some new stuff. If you buy all new and get the shaft completely, you might regret not getting the vintage stuff.I like to mix and match.
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