Sharing My Hobby Gratitude for 20203 min read

This has been a tough year for everyone. Between COVID-19 issues, social unrest and a contentious Presidential election, people are longing for some normalcy. But in the midst of everything, we still have much for which to be grateful. If you’ve got the time and opportunity to read this post on a hobby blog, then you likely have hobby gratitude as well.

Each year as we get close to Thanksgiving, I like to make note of my gratitude. I try not to take for granted my health and that of my family, our home, our jobs, friends and much more. Fortunately, I have much that I am grateful for pertaining to this hobby we all enjoy, and I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that as well.

There is no denying that this has been an interesting year in the hobby. Shows were shut down until recently and we all missed the 2020 National. But that did not keep collectors from buying, selling and discussing cards like never before. I certainly had my share of wonderful hobby experiences this year. Without further hesitation, here is my personal appreciation lineup for this year.

My Hobby Gratitude List for 2020

  • When COVID-19 forced the initial shutdown of much of the country, the trading card hobby provided much appreciated normalcy and comfort to my life.
  • I expanded my hobby knowledge and connections by writing a number of SMR and PSA Blog articles in 2020.
  • My role as moderator on the PSA Forums allowed me to interact with collectors from all over the world.
  • With the assistance of a friend, I added a very meaningful piece of AFL memorabilia to my collection.
  • PSA has had a successful year and is striving every day for ways to better serve the hobby.
  • The hobby is arguably stronger and more popular now than ever before.
  • I’ve been able to learn a bit more about the modern era by beginning to collect recent Lance Alworth cards.
  • I’m part of a group text with other football collectors that has brought a lot of laughs and shared stories this year.
  • Cosmic forces came together so that The Last Dance aired on ESPN at a time when people were at home, which helped generate a lot of interest in Michael Jordan collectibles and basketball cards.
  • Parkside Collectibles worked around an adjusted MLL season to produce another beautiful set of lacrosse cards this year.
  • I was able to get even more organized by scanning and cataloging every card in my collection.
  • I picked up some vintage ticket stubs and have a new appreciation for that segment of the hobby.

1963 afl championship ticket


I’ve got a lot to be grateful for this year and with another month left in 2020, I might still encounter new things for my gratitude list. The key is to simply be appreciative of the many joys in our lives, hobby or otherwise. Please share some of the reasons you are grateful for the hobby this year, as I would enjoy reading them.


Posted by Todd Tobias

Todd Tobias is a longtime hobbyist and PSA staff member who is constantly on the hunt for vintage lacrosse issues and autographed cards for his American Football League (1960-1969) collection.

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