Monday, August 4, 2008
Poll Archives: Are pop culture, historical and political cards a good fit for sports card products?
As many collectors know, companies have moved towards producing cards of historical figures, politicians and other pop culture icons and throwing them into sports card products. With the presidential election of 2008 looming, these cards are at an all-time high and slowly becoming one of the all-time lows of card collecting.
These types of cards began popping up in the early 2000s when they were just innocent, novel ideas such as Topps American Pie and the few president cards that were found in 2004. However, when collectors voiced they these were a good idea back then, the companies took notice in a big way.
This year, it seems that every single baseball set and several football sets have presidential campaign cards, presidential and historical cut signatures, or military personnel falling in many packs. Upper Deck made it a contest disguised as gimmickry, Topps made it gimmickry and Donruss made it a non-sports set. Yes, one company got the memo that sports card sets are for athletes of the particular sport the set is designed for.
The readers of Cardboard Mania have decided these cards are bad for the hobby, but another group sit on the fence undecided. Hopefully with the presidential race over next year, these cards will simmer down a little and slowly be phased out.