Baseball cards are booming during the pandemic -- with long lines, short supplies and million-dollar sales
Trading card collector David Spada, of Mundelein, holds a box of football cards he purchased at Jim and Steve's Sportscards, Feb. 10, 2021, in Waukegan. - John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Forget Wall Street. Jim & Steve’s Sportscards in Waukegan may have had the hottest initial public offering Wednesday: the Topps 2021 Series 1 baseball cards. Collectors grabbed $149 boxes filled with 24 packs of 14 cards each before they hit the shelves, just the latest example of how million-dollar sales and speculative traders are turning the onetime children’s hobby into a high-stakes investment game. “Business is probably at an all-time high,” said Steve Wilson, 52, owner of the north suburban shop since it opened in 1981. “Investors, collectors, they’re sitting at home, they’ve ...