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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Topps: Rubbing More Salt in The Hobby's Wounds

As if the Topps Stephen Strasburg fuster-cluck couldn't get any worse. It was confirmed by Topps on their "Million Card Scam, errr..., Giveaway" facebook page that all 2010 Topps Baseball factory sets will have a Stephen Strasburg pseudo-rookie card and that card will be numbered 661 in the set.

Unlike the card available on the Million Card Slot Machine, errr..., Giveaway website (a grand total of 37 have been unlocked in the first 24 hours) this one will have a different photo on the front and different text on the back.

But it will still be numbered card #661 in the 2010 Topps Baseball set.

If you had known before the season that Stephen Strasburg's 2010 Topps card would be available only in factory sets, or on a glorified video poker machine, would you have built your set through packs?

Are any of you going to buy packs of 2011 Topps? Or 2012?

8 comments:

Joe S. said...

I don't feel burned at all. I cashed in on my code cards via ebay, so I'm all about the added hype. Thanks, Topps, for almost literally putting money in my jumbo box!

dayf said...

"If you had known before the season that Stephen Strasburg's 2010 Topps card would be available only in factory sets, or on a glorified video poker machine, would you have built your set through packs?"

I quit building the Topps set in 2008 with the release of the Santana. I've been buying packs and collecting the inserts because there is nothing else and I am a degenerate collector unable to help myself. Most of this year's base have been given away.

The Drizz said...

i usually give you shit but topps sucks big d with this whole thing. can't wait for the stras pie card.

sruchris said...

Where does this rank on your big board of gimmicks? Is it enough to sound off the gimmick alarm?

rherd67 said...

I buy packs to rip and enjoy with my son. If we got this card that would be a bonus. I hope Topps does more thing like this. The RC designation is almost meaningless these days anyway.

After his high end auto rookies come out will most people care about his plain old Topps card?

I hope not so my boy and I can snag one a lot cheaper!

paulie3jobs said...

"After his high end auto rookies come out will most people care about his plain old Topps card?"

Yes, those of use who only collect the base set will need that stupid card. This is really not good for the hobby, it is increasing the lottery mentality. It might bring more speculators into stores, but it won't bring in more collectors.

rherd67 said...

I think you misunderstood my point, Paulie.

The "investors" that may acquire this card will soon move on, hopefully leaving the remaining cards at much lower prices for those of us who like base Topps.

I concede that Topps can easily mess uo a concept like this issuing a "rare" card in this way each week, month or year.

Those extra cards would hurt set collectors for sure.

James B. Anama said...

I like it...I would get it, but at this point, wishing for the price to go down doesn't look like it's going to happen. I'll be satisfied with the 661b card that shows up in the factory sets.

But there will always be that challenge of 661a, and that is what I'm looking forward to, whether it's via the MCG or the bay. And who knows, if he flames out like another pitching phenom the media has been comparing to, then I can wait for prices to crash.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama
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