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Kids will soon trade baseball cards on their smartphones

Kids will soon trade baseball cards on their smartphones
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There are countless attics, old bedrooms and storage spaces across the country filled with baseball cards. Remember when kids used to spend their allowance on those packs full of cardboard photos, complete with player statistics and maybe even some bubblegum? Those days are mostly gone, but baseball card companies are now adapting to modern times to create a new product that appeals to the kids of today.

Popular baseball card company Topps has created an app called Bunt that lets users trade cards on their gadgets. In some ways, the app is familiar. You purchase packs and then open them on your phone. Some cards are rare, which means they're more valuable. But, there are a lot of modern differences, too.

First off, you never actually hold the cards - they live on your phone. Every person who collected cards as a kid remembers the excitement when they tore open the pack and found a Mickey Mantle or Hank Aaron. The app tries to recreate that feel by causing the phone to vibrate while confetti blasts across the screen when you open it. You can also trade with other app users and play a fantasy style game with players that you have.

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