"The Hobby" will never go away, no matter how many bitter types write screeds about it's imminent demise. People love baseball, and they love baseball cards. So there will always be a manufacturer to make baseball cards for them.
But The Hobby is two hobbies. One is baseball cards, and the other is money. It's so easy to love The Hobby if you focus on the former and ignore the latter, but so many 'collectors' don't do that and, they demand of the manufacturer that there be a way to profit off their hobby, instantly, not decades out.