House of Cards, 12: Baseball Card Collecting and Popular Culture
  • House of Cards, 12: Baseball Card Collecting and Popular Culture
  • House of Cards, 12: Baseball Card Collecting and Popular Culture
ISBN: 0816628718
EAN13: 9780816628711
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 15, 1997
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 8.4" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Explores the connection between baseball card collecting and nostalgia among men of the baby boom.

Collectors often decried how money had ruined their hobby, making it hard for them to form meaningful friendships through their cards. Money, however, made the hobby not only profitable but also more serious, more instrumental, and therefore more manly. The same collectors who complained about greed often bragged in the same interview about the value of their cards. Yet money, in turn, made the hobby less akin to child's play and more like work: lonely, competitive, unfulfilling, and alienating.

Baseball card collecting carries with it images of idealized boyhoods in the sprawling American suburbs of the postwar era. Yet in the past twenty years, it has grown from a pastime for children to a big-money pursuit taken seriously by adults. In A House of Cards, John Bloom uses interviews with collectors, dealers, and hobbyists as well as analysis of the baseball card industry and extensive firsthand observations to ask what this hobby tells us about nostalgia, work, play, masculinity, and race and gender relations among collectors.

Beginning in the late 1970s and into the early 1990s, baseball card collecting grew into a business that embodied traditional masculine values such as competition, savvy, Read More chevron_right

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