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Topps could have smoked the competition two decades earlier

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on July 19, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Since the mid 1980s, Topps has been producing baseball cards in smaller sizes than their typical form. They’ve been marketed as mini or micro cards, sometimes sold in packs of 6 mini glossy cards for 25 cents, other times sold in entire set forms. Either way, their popularity was relatively mild compared to their full-size counter parts. But if Topps had made just a few adjustments to the measurements, the company could have smoked the competition a full two decades before everyone started making tobacco-era style cards.

Imagine the craze that might have ensued if the company had made 1991 Topps Micro set in the same dimensions as the T206 set. That 1991 set had arguably the best photography ever seen in a single Topps base release. And coupled with the nostalgic aesthetics of a near century-old set, that combination would have been a huge hit among collectors. Also consider that this was a time when many were still buzzing over the sale of the “Wayne Gretzky Honus Wagner” card.

On the flip side, if Topps had produced such cards during that era, we might not have Allen & Ginter or T205 in their current Topps incarnation. The hobby might have grown sick of the tobacco nostalgia.

Card of the Day: 1991 Topps Roger Clemens

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

91toppsclemensWhen I picked up my copy of the new Beckett over the weekend, I spent some time browsing through the pages. I subscribe to Beckett online, so I have access to the price guide, but it’s still not the same as flipping through the magazine. I always seem to find something either I didn’t know, or something I had not realized, before. This week I learned how badly Roger Clemens’ cards had fallen. Continue reading