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An Introduction to the Collectible Sportscard Market

Thomas J. O'Brien (School of Business Administration, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269)
Lawrence J. Gramling (School of Business Administration, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269)
Mauricio Rodriguez (Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX 76129)

Managerial Finance

ISSN: 0307-4358

Article publication date: 1 June 1995

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Abstract

The primary and secondary market activity in collectible sportscards has evolved into that of a primitive, but organised financial market. This report reviews some aspects of the collectible sportscard market. The objective of the report is to introduce the sportscard investment medium to finance professionals, including those interested in the research potential of the market. The report includes an empirical analysis of the performance of some selected sportscard portfolio strategies for the period between March 1988 and December 1993. Sportscard collecting has evolved from an adolescent hobby of the 1950s into an active national market, estimated to involve approximately $5 billion and 3 million persons and served by a network of dealers and price information suppliers. The evolution of the sportscard market into its current state is described in this presentation. The description includes an empirical analysis of the performance of some selected sportscard portfolio strategies for the period between March 1988 and December 1993. The objective of the report is to provide information to those considering collectible sportscards as an investment medium and to those who might be interested in conducting financial research with collectible sportscard pricing data.

Citation

O'Brien, T.J., Gramling, L.J. and Rodriguez, M. (1995), "An Introduction to the Collectible Sportscard Market", Managerial Finance, Vol. 21 No. 6, pp. 47-63. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb018524

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MCB UP Ltd

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