SDS slyly made this a game where you have to spend actual money to complete the collections.
They did a series of small tweaks that combined to have a massive impact. But, because the stub cost of certain players is lower, people cheered. They didn’t realize that they made it harder to earn stubs. So with the stub supply low, it doesn’t matter that Trout isn’t going for 1 million anymore. It was easier to obtain 1 million stubs in years past than it is to acquire 300k today.
They tiered the quick sell value of the cards. A low Diamond used to quick sell for 5k. You could pay attention to real life baseball, invest in an 84 or 83, and when the roster update happened, you could quick sell them all for big stubs. Not anymore.
They no longer give out as many stubs or packs as rewards. This means people aren’t spending stubs as frequently as they used to. The prices are lower, but the market is stagnant.
They made WS and BR rewards easier to earn. This sounds good on the surface, but it seriously devalued them, thereby reducing the number of market transactions for those cards, too, as well as making them cheaper.
For example, if you could go 12-0 a lot, and the reward got you a million stubs, but I could not go 12-0, but I was lucky enough to pull two Trouts, you would buy my Trout for a million. Now I have a million stubs to spend on the market. That isn’t happening now.
Some like this better. I don’t. But to each his own. They do release plenty of good cards that are usable in H2H, and eventually all the LS collections besides the top three become obsolete anyway. But that doesn’t happen until after the AS break. Where we are in time now, they really want us pulling out our wallets. I won’t do it.
Anyway, if you’d like to participate in the discussion feel free, preferably without calling me or anyone else who comments ridiculous names. Be civil, please.