A post by Hive in the undervalued thread about how cheap some Miguel Cabrera autos are got me to thinking. I get that the popularity of "baseball cards" may be at an all-time low yet there are still countless "Legends of the Field" type stores in malls all over the country hawking insanely high priced prints. Granted these are display quality photos, lithos, etc. but does the non-collecting population realize how easy and cheaply it is to obtain CERTIFIED autographs of today's players?
We all know our hobby can be confusing, it is to us at times even. I know I personally I've heard comments when discussing autographs pulled from packs along the lines of "yeah but those aren't real". Is the general populace so misinformed, confused, or ignorant about the hobby that things have gotten that bad? Or is there really that little interest because of what the autos are displayed on? anyone have any good stories of "outsiders" to share beyond the obvious individuals who think they're sitting on a gold mine of '88 Topps in their attic? I don't know, maybe things aren't as cheap as it feels sometimes and it's more that $5 isn't worth as much to me now as it was when I was young and had no income at all