Every day of the year is a great day for sports and collectibles, but this time of year is the absolute best time for both!
Think about it: Right now, we have the intensity of NHL and NBA Playoff action, the excitement of the NFL Draft, and the crisp green grass of a new MLB season. Recently, we even had a record Masters tourney and a boxing showdown we've been awaiting for years (they can't all be the Thrilla in Manilla!).
The action is fierce every night and our phones light up like a scoreboard with updates from our favorite teams for weeks on end.
This excitement transcends the field, ice, court, and diamond crosses into the collectibles market. Watch as new baseball wax for 2015, some released months ago, generates even more interest now as player like Kris Bryant, Joc Pederson, and Mookie Betts break out and generate buzz around the league. How about the NHL and NBA rookies, buried on team rosters throughout the regular season, emerging to become this year's playoff heroes? Here in Washington, D.C., we've watched as Capitals Andre Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov flew under the radar all season only to become Caps young gun playoff heroes. Even local long-suffering Wizards fans will tell you they thought they had a role player in Otto Porter, Jr.... until he emerged as a budding star in the playoffs.
Perhaps the best part of this time of year is the NFL Draft. Anything National Football League is perpetual, but with the Draft comes the excitement of the next wave of rookie stars - Winston, Mariotta, Todd Gurley, and others. Card manufacturers are busy shipping boxes of the first NFL cards bearing their likeness and new teams as I write this. And, like you, I can't wait to get my hands on them.
Here at Collectors World, we like to feature the newest NFL rookies, hot NHL and NBA playoff rookie stars, and the latest MLB stars on the rise. There's nothing like picking up an unsung rookie card before you think the rest of the world has begun to appreciate it. Check back later for a selection of featured rookies and emerging stars. Or, better yet, if you're in the area be sure to swing by the store and see them for yourself. There is no better time of year to find plenty of exciting collectibles to choose from!
Written by Doug Steele, Owner