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‘Nothing we saw coming’: Arizona sports card market takes off during pandemic

By: Nick Hedges – Cronkite News for ABC15 #phoenix-az – #chandler-az – #tempe-az – #mesa-az

The Covid-19 pandemic has ravaged businesses across Arizona, but not all sectors are hurting. In fact, some have actually benefited from the shutdown because people stayed at home.

Home improvement stores have seen sales spike from do-it-yourself projects. Garden supplies have flown off the pallets. Games and puzzles have sold at a brisk pace.

And the sports trading-card industry has experienced a marked uptick in sales and activity since the start of the pandemic in March as many locked down at home returned to a nostalgic hobby.

“Once everyone was forced to stay inside, we saw this outpouring of interest in sports cards and trading cards,” said Emily Kless, communications manager at the Topps Co., a leading producer of sports trading cards and collectibles.