I think of all the polls I have run, this is the one that gives us the best glimpse of the current state of collecting. A close look at the results show almost a perfect bell curve between the ages of 20 and 70+. The majority fall between the ages of 50 and 59 (a full 1/3). Almost 70% are below the age of 59.
Now, what does this all mean? It means that, while we have a nice percentage of collectors below the age of 40 (10% or twice the number over the age of 70) it is right in that range analysts tell us we start to develop the ability to have surplus income (i.e. 40s and 50s) that the majority of collector's lie.
Looks like a pretty healthy hobby, from the standpoint of age, to me! Now this doesn't mean that we should not be doing whatever we can to encourage young collectors, in particular kids and any neophytes regardless of age, but the poll does show that we are probably not that different than 10 or 20 years ago when it comes to average age.
-- Dr. Todd