Where Have All The Pint-sized Collectors Gone?

Where have all the pint-sized collectors gone?

Most kids today don't collect stamps and baseball cards as their parents once did. Does it matter?

The Christian Science Monitor

by: Marilyn Gardner

Jan. 12, 2009

Angela Watson remembers the pleasure of childhood stamp collecting. Whenever friends and
family gave her stamps, especially from foreign countries, she would study them. Then she would
turn to the Encyclopedia Britannica for more information.

"Stamps provided a large part of my education in history, geography, science, and
nature," says Ms. Watson of Long Beach, Calif.

Today far fewer youngsters are involved in the traditional "big three" of children's
collecting - stamps, coins, and sports cards.

As Watson explains, "Getting kids interested in 'traditional' hobbies can be very
difficult because we are competing with video games, skateboards, and TV."

For a time, baseball cards became more popular than coin collecting for children, says Mark
Albarian, president of Goldline International, a rare coin and precious metals trading firm.
"Now that's changing because of the United States Mint. The state quarter program, new gold
and silver coins, and the new Lincoln pennies for 2009 have brought coin collecting to center

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Release Date: 
Monday, January 12, 2009