Maybe this can be chalked up to the state of the economy at present, but the sports collectibles market seems to be really depressed. Prior to getting into home theater and audio, I collected sports memorabilia. Most of my stuff is baseball-related, with cards, autographs, and Starting Lineup figures. I also have some hockey, basketball, and hockey collectibles. Now, I don't have a Barry Halper-type collection, but I have some good stuff. Anyway, I've been perusing eBay off and on over the past few weeks to see what stuff is selling for. For many quality items, there have been low bids or no bids. It's sad. Over the last week, I ran an auction on eBay for a complete 1993 Kenner Starting Lineup hockey set in near mint-mint condition. All the figures are in the original packages with the trading cards. For those of you who aren't familiar with this set, it has rare Grant Fuhr, Ed Belfour, and Pat LaFontaine figures, along with figures of Mark Messier, Patrick Roy, Eric Lindros, Jaromir Jagr, Brett Hull, and Mario Lemieux. That's a pretty solid lineup as far as I am concerned. This set is valued at $600 in the current issue of Tuff Stuff, which has long been considered a standard guide for prices on Starting Lineups. In my week-long auction, I had the reserve price set well below $600 and started the bidding at $1.00. The auction just closed about twenty minutes ago, and the high bid was a mere $91.00! Some of the individual figures in this set are valued at more than that. Now I know, something is only worth what someone will pay for it, but this is ridiculous. Again, I am guessing that the economy is at least partially to blame on the state of the sports collectibles hobby. Part of the problem also could be how fans view professional sports these days. There are a lot of bad teams, bad athletes, and bad attitudes pervading professional sports these days, and that could have many backing away from the hobby. By the way, I realize that certain athletes and memorabilia are immune to all of this, at least somewhat. I can't imagine interest on a Babe Ruth-signed baseball waning, but unfortunately, I don't have one of those.