I really like what Topps has done with their online offerings this year. Yes, they are a tad bit expensive. And, yes, they’re not cutting out any other product to do this stuff. But Topps Now is, to me, a phenomenal idea. I wish it was half the price, for sure, but the way the multiples work you could theoretically buy 3-5 of one card and sell them on eBay to defray the cost. Either way, the fact you could go to a game, and the next day potentially buy a card with a picture from that game? Great idea.
Throwback Thursday is the other thing they’ve done. I purchased a couple of these during the season – the first TBT set Topps did, and I’ve bought up cards of Griffey/Piazza from the HOF induction.
I also bought one Topps did right at the end of the season. This set caught my eye because it’s mimicking a white whale for Topps collectors. In 1990, Topps made a card for then-President George Bush. It’s a card I’d love to own someday, but the price will probably deter that from ever happening. I wrote a bit about it here. But at the end of last year, Topps did a 6-card TBT card set of former presidents this year, which was pretty cool. It took the theme of “Presidents attending MLB games”. So I ponied up the $19.99 and got a set.
One thing to note on these – they are very thick, which is nice considering the cost. But they warp like 2010 Topps Chrome, which is surprising for this type of card.
I’m hopeful the new administration will surprise people. Because of things like Dodd Frank, government has become so unnecessarily big that I believe it’s a drag on our economy. At the same time, I’m hoping common sense prevails and the progress we’ve made in civil liberties isn’t undone.