Baseball is woven into the fabric of American society; it’s simply a part of what we do. Children as young as four and five are getting behind home plate and swinging their bats for the first time and mothers and fathers are decorating nurseries with baseballs, gloves and bats. It doesn’t matter where you go in the United States; you are never too far away from a great baseball game or a small corner shop that sells baseball cards.
To some there is a baseball season, but when you think about it baseball is always in season. Baseball is a fan’s sport and many of them are constantly collecting memorabilia, clothing, and baseball cards of their favorite players or teams. Many don’t think about how lucrative this business really is, but it is making billions of dollars all year around, not just from the first day of the season to the last swing of the World Series. Shirts, hats, bumper stickers, sweatshirts, jerseys, and jackets are all a great way to show your loyalty to your favorite baseball team.
Many of the older generations of Americans are very familiar with baseball card collecting. You may think that this type of collecting is a thing of the past, but it is anything but that. Think about it, all of those old New York Yankees baseball cards that you wanted to find as a child are still out there, and they are only more valuable. While past generations got their cards from caramel, tobacco, or gum these days generations are buying whole teams, leagues, and seasons at a time. While the way that baseball cards are collected may have changed a bit the hobby is still alive and well and being enjoyed by people of all ages. This is a great hobby for parents and grandparents to pass onto their children and grandchildren as it will allow them to spend time together and share a passion.
Of course, there are still those cards that everyone wants to come across, such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and so many of the great New York Yankees that allowed the team to experience a whopping 26 World Series wins. Young and old collectors of today are still looking for those seemingly out of reach baseball cards along with some of the newer players, like Derek Jeter and others, that are keeping baseball the integral part of our society that it has always been. Today some of the more exciting cards can be found on the Internet through wonderful bidding websites and more.
While the active rosters of every baseball team will invariably change there is still something enchanting about the sport. Whether you watch the game from home on your television or those perfect box seats on the third base line, there simply is something great about watching your favorite team get out there and hit the ball. Baseball is a great game whether you are playing or watching, so it simply makes sense that we collect items like clothing and cards, to commemorate our favorite players past and present.