Thursday, September 23, 2021
Friday, August 20, 2021
I found out today that Topps will no longer have an MLB license at the end of the 2025 season. While some collectors might be happy about this news, I think I'm on the other side of the fence on this one. I haven't been much of a fan of Topps flagship products the past few years but I've always collected the Reds sets with due diligence. It's just something I've done since I started collecting in 1986 and pursued once more after my hiatus from the hobby from 1995 to 2001. This is the end of an era for Topps and I wonder if it's the final nail in the coffin for the company in general. I'm also wondering how this is going to play out for our hobby in general. With Fanatics being the sole proprietor of MLB cards and the fact that they have no experience in the production of trading cards could this be the beginning of the end for our hobby as it relates to future cards? I guess only time will tell. Maybe I'll stop purchasing product at the end of the 2025 season if I don't like where things are going with this new direction. After all, it all comes down to money and I feel that the only reason Fanatics threw their hat in the ring is to cash in on the hype that's engulfed our hobby once more. If they decide to cater strictly to the high tier enthusiasts of our hobby and not create a great product at an affordable price, then I'm out. I'll be content with tracking down vintage product. If you're interest in reading the article that's posted on ESPN, here's the link:https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/32052284/fanatics-strikes-deal-become-exclusive-licensee-mlb-cards
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
The 2011 Gypsy Queen set is one of my favorite sets Topps has ever produced. I put together the base set and many of the insert sets years ago. The sticky fingers, wall climbers, home run heroes, future stars, and great ones are amazing. I decided to track down two other insert sets and I'm on the fence about one other set. I decided to chase the autograph and relic inserts since that seemed achievable. I'm still deciding on whether to chase the autographed relic set since those are numbered out of 25 and over half of the autographs are already in the standard autograph set. Anyway, I was able to land one more autograph I needed from this set. The above pictured Halladay puts me at just needing 3 more to wrap up that subset (Hank Aaron, Ryan Howard and Sandy Koufax). I'm still regretting that I sold this subset last year since I had the Koufax at that time. I like how all of the cards, with the exception of Ryan Howard, all all on card and they all use blue ink. Hopefully within a year I'll have this knocked out. I still need two relic cards but those won't be difficult to get. Now I just need to concentrate on finishing up some of my vintage Reds sets that I've neglected since the pandemic started.
Monday, June 21, 2021
For the past 18 years I've been working on completing a set that has been a thorn in my side. The company is no longer around and it's taken me what seems like forever just to pick up a card that I need. That changed this past weekend when I acquired not one but two of the four cards I needed to complete the 2003 Fleer Authentix set. Comc.com had a listing for a Bobby Doerr card that I had only seen once (as in only once in the 18 years I've been working on this set). I couldn't buy that card fast enough. It was less than $2 and the last time I ever saw the card listed years ago the seller was asking for $20. In addition to picking up the Doerr, I decided to bite the bullet and get the last autograph I needed from the set. This Jeter completes the trifecta of autographs that Fleer put out in this set back in 2003. I already had the Barry Bonds and Nolan Ryan so adding this card was a nice addition even though the price was steep. As I said, with those two cards acquired I'm down to only needing two more cards: Chin-Feng Chen in the base set update and a Hometown Heroes Johnny Damon.