Topps Tek hurt the card collecting hobby

2000ToppsTekDerekJeterfront2000ToppsTekDerekJeter2I know you’re sick of hearing the negative aspects of the hobby. But fact is it’s still interesting to point out where things started to go wrong. For example Topps really started to hurt the hobby when they created sets like Topps Tek. the inaugural version of this set is very  much in demand with player collectors, but subsequent versions like this 2000 Derek Jeter weren’t such a hit. The deal with Topps Tek is that Topps created the cards on acetate and then printed NINETY different variations. This Jeter is “pattern” No. 1 and features the MLB logo on the background. It is my belief, and I could be wrong, that this Tek idea of 90 variations spawned the piece of crap set called “Moments and Highlights,” which essentially is a set of like 50 players each with 50 different cards all serial numbered to varying quantities. Not everyone hates these Topps products, by aside from a couple of hardcore set and team collectors, these sets missed the mark.

I will say this though, Topps Tek looked a whole hell of a lot better than Moments and Highlights. The acetate cards are still pretty neat.

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