Date: February 28, 2024 8:02 pm
The streaming service Documentary+ has released a trailer for an interesting and amusing new documentary titled The Hobby. The movie is the film is described as a character-driven, feel-good deep dive into the high-stakes, eccentric world of card collecting.
I used to collect all kinds of cards when I was a kid! There were cards for everything! I collected baseball cards, basketball cards, Garbage Pail Kids cards, Marvel Comics cards, and various cards that were made for animated shows like Batman: The Animated Series.
Card collecting kind of died off in the 90s, but it’s making a resurgence. This movie follows both longtime collectors and a new generation of collectors who are catching the fever.
Here’s the synopsis: “A McDonald’s Happy Meal shortage. A security guard escort. Guns pulled in a Target parking lot. All of these are caused by trading cards. In 2020, a new BOOM began. For the first time, large hedge funds, celebrities like Logan Paul & Steve Aoki, nostalgic millennials, entrepreneurs and billionaires scrambled to add sports, Pokémon, and other hot item cards to their collections and portfolios. Over the next two years, the hobby exploded — even causing card grading services to shut down due to overwhelming customer service. This documentary is a character-driven feel good deep dive into the high-stakes, eccentric world of card collecting, following buyers, sellers, card shop owners, graders, online streamers, auctioneers, and more, who all participate in the hobby in their own unique ways.”
The Hobby is directed by Morgan Jon Fox (This Is What Love in Action Looks Like) and it will debut streaming on Documentary+ on February 16th, 2024.