Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Blog Bat Around: Fixing Topps Baseball


In the interest of full disclosure, I was going to post my annual rant about Topps Baseball. But, you've heard it all before and the last think you want to read is another anti-gimmick diatribe. So instead, I'm opening up the floor and want to hear from you. Here's the Blog Bat Around question:

Michael Eisner has just fired the entire Topps Product Development staff and chose to hire you to take their place.
Mr. Eisner has given you carte blanche to do whatever you want with Topps Baseball -- as long as you keep it under $2/pack.

If you were in charge of Topps, and based upon what you've seen of 2011 Topps Baseball Series One, what (if anything) would you have done differently?

Post your response to respective blogs, or if you don't have one, in the comments below.

Oh and, if you haven't already done so, go vote in the 2010 Gummies. I'd appreciate it.

18 comments:

Community Gum said...

Done and done: http://communitygum.com/2011/02/fixing-topps-baseball/

White Sox Cards said...

http://whitesoxcards.blogspot.com/2011/02/blog-bat-around-fixing-topps-baseball.html

dfwbuck2 said...

http://backinpacks.blogspot.com/2011/02/return-of-blog-bat-around-stale-gum-has.html

bailorg said...

This may be a bit contrarian, but I would argue that there is very little wrong with 2011 Topps Baseball. It is the closest thing the hobby has ever come to the notion of a "something for everyone set". Cheap, but well-designed and highly collectible cards? Check. Attractive options for higher end collectors? Check. Attractive, different insert sets for different collectors? Check. Plenty of relics, autographs, and autogamers? Check. Value for money? Check. More so than arguably any other set, there are infinite ways to collect 2011 Topps Baseball in a highly satisfying manner.

Is it perfect? No.

But the things I would change are relatively minor, in my opinion, and are not problems facing only 2011 Topps Baseball:
1. Eliminate manufactured "relics"
2. Eliminate sticker autographs
3. Eliminate photoshopping/airbrushing uniforms and/or logos onto players who changed teams

Other than the above three suggestions, I can't think of anything notable that I would change.

Fleerfan said...

http://fleersticker.blogspot.com/2011/02/blog-bat-around-fixing-topps-baseball.html

randombaseballstuff.com said...

http://randombaseballstuff.com/2011/02/10/blog-bat-around-if-it-aint-broke/

lifetimetopps said...

Throwing my hat in the ring:

http://lifetimetopps.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/fixing-2011-topps-blog-bat-around/

cynicalbuddha said...

I'm in.
http://collectorscrack.blogspot.com/2011/02/stale-gums-blog-bat-around-fixing-topps.html

night owl said...

http://nightowlcards.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-quick-fix-for-topps-2011.html

James B. Anama said...

Count me in, Mr. Harris.

Yes Mr. Eisner, I'd Love the Job. But This is What I Would Have Done...

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama
bdj610

FanOfReds said...

And my thoughts: http://fanofreds.blogspot.com/2011/02/blog-bat-around-fixing-topps.html

Craig Stone said...

Posted... Not safe for network television: http://compulsivecardboard.com/2011/02/13/blog-bat-around-response-fixing-topps-baseball/

The Lost Collector said...

New to the blogging world, but thought I'd share my two cents:

http://thelostcollector.blogspot.com/2011/02/blog-bat-around-fixing-topps-baseball.html

dayf said...

You met me at a very strange time in my life...

http://cardjunk.blogspot.com/2011/02/blog-bat-around-fixing-topps.html

thewritersjourney said...

http://thewritersjourney.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/blog-bat-around-fixing-topps-baseball/

Ryan said...

Finally done: http://thiscardiscool.blogspot.com/2011/02/blog-bat-around-2011-topps.html

Mariner1 said...

Here's my two cents, for what it's worth:
http://emeraldcitydiamondgems.blogspot.com/2011/02/im-king-of-card-world.html

Dan said...

Here's my entry.

http://dansotherworld.blogspot.com/2011/02/blog-bat-around-fixing-2011-topps.html