Monday, June 2, 2008
Thank You Topps...
"We are not releasing quantities, but I will say that all of these cards are extremely short printed," Clay Luraschi said.
This was the answer given by Topps to the number of the six short prints that have surfaced from its Series Two brand.
That's a real helpful number guys. Thanks for clearing everything up for us. I mean the number of customers you've probably lost from this incident is probably greater than the number of all of these cards that have been produced.
By reading the top baseball card blogs and general card chat areas on sports card forums, even a novice collector could see that multiple people are refusing to buy any more Topps cards because of this.
Don't believe me? See for yourself.
Hawk to the Hall
These are actual responses to threads regarding the Topps SPs on various sports card forums across the Internet:
"These are stupid"
"Getting tried of these mind games"
"I have always been a Topps collector but this year was the first time I stopped buying their products. Specifically for this reason. I'm so tired of the gimmicks and just want Donruss back in baseball."
"I can't blame them for doing it. And I'm just one collector, but I'm one collector who isn't buying their crap any more. Thanks for nothing, Topps."
"I'd rather buy Upper Deck anymore than Topps. That's how much I *love* Topps."
"I have given up doing sets with SP's - it's too expensive and too much trouble."
"I think what makes these new NNOs and SPs so unlikable is that they don't even have some sweet, unusual design. They just look like the plain old base set cards!"
I'm sure there are several others who haven't written it out online that have begun to support Upper Deck a little more than they did before too.
I have been an avid supporter of these gimmicks in the past, but Topps even put me behind the idea of anymore gimmicks now. I will still buy their stuff, but I hope I don't have to dedicate this many posts to an incident when Topps Update and Highlights comes out.
If these gimmick cards didn't take cards from the regular set, I think everyone would enjoy these a whole lot more. The fact that the pre-release checklist had base cards of Kosuke Fukudome and Alexei Ramirez listed on it only to have these SPs released is a big part of why everyone is in such a fuss over these.
If you notice, much of the complaining is about the base cards instead of the Campaign cards. This is because these cards were never expected to be released and are a nice surprise to collectors. The fact that the Johan Santana card actually has a card number on it will definitely "please" set builders.
As long as Topps keeps these cards away from the base set and the base set design, I think collectors will keep their cool next time anything like this happens. If there had been a base set version of the three WBC SP cards featuring the players in their actual MLB uniforms, I don't think anyone would be making nearly as big of a deal about this.