If you have a few minutes, then I encourage you to listen to what this gentleman has to say.
If not... I'll go ahead and paraphrase his thoughts.
1. The term isn't flattering and paints an imprecise picture of the hobby.
2. He believe collectors should do their best to promote the sports card industry, but labeling a significant chunk of our hobby's history as the "Junk Wax Era" is not a good way to bring kids and novice collectors into the hobby.
3. New collectors who hear about the "Junk Wax Era" will be less excited and possibly avoid collecting cards from that time period.
4. The phrase "Junk Wax" makes it seems like cards are pieces of scrap garbage instead of collectibles that should be considered pieces of art.
5. Labeling something as "junk" suggests that an object has neither monetary value or intrinsic value.
6. Generalizing cards from this era as "Junk Wax" is a disservice to both current and potential collectors.
7. The term implies that cards from this era were of low quality, which isn't exactly true.
8. He understands that cards from the era tend to be overproduced, but production runs are only one way to measure the quality of a set of cards.
9. He doesn't believe collectors should conflate monetary value with quality.
The bottom line is I agree with a lot of the stuff in the video, but at the end of the day I don't really have an issue with the term. Sure it has negative connotations, but it's also a part of our hobby history.
Collectors have been using that term for decades and it's never stopped me from buying 1988 Score or 1991 Topps baseball cards.
It would be a different story if the term was offensive to people, but it doesn't target collectors. It's about a time period.
Whenever I talk to people interested in trading cards, I almost always mention the "Junk Wax Era". But I also explain that it's a great starting point for those interested in collecting for fun. Sure, I want to be a positive person... but I also want to be a person who keeps things real.
That being said... I'm just a middle aged guy who enjoys a great hobby debate. I wrote this post, because I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on the topic.
Should we shelve the term "Junk Wax Era" for the sake of our hobby?
Happy Saturday and sayonara!