This is a sad, but very real, state of affairs. It has become so rare to see sales of baseball cards at the local stationary store, you wonder if there is still a market for them. Cards became a commodity when the hobby spiked to unreal heights in the early 1990s, similar to the dot-com stocks later that decade. For example, I have a mint condition Nolan Ryan rookie card that was worth $2,500 in 1990. It now sells for around $300.
The memorabilia shows have also become somewhat depressing. I occasionally bring my son to one in White Plains, NY, and it is a sea of a hundred or so tables of merchants selling essentially the same cards. There is typically a feeling of desperation in the air, a sense I could negotiate down the offerings of practically any card I inquired about.
Of course, the big winners with the digital cards will be the countless mothers out there who have tried in vain for decades to get their sons (and daughters) to clean up their rooms and put those cardboard cards neatly away. And for all those collectors who lost millions because their moms threw out cards which later became treasures, well, the digital cards will end that travesty.
To be clear, you can still buy baseball cards. But I wonder if the end is near.