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Topps Tek hurt the card collecting hobby

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on November 2, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

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.

Topps just doesn’t like Derek Jeter

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , on November 2, 2009 by Cardboard Icons



I hope Jeter is wearing a cup.


Derek Jeter was a spokesman for Upper Deck. In 2007, we saw the biggest gimmick in the history of sports cards when rival card maker Topps issued a basic Derek Jeter card that showed him striking out and then had images of Mickey Mantle and President George W. Bush Photoshoped into the background.

Well, the other day I unearthed this 2003 Topps Opening Day Derek Jeter and can’t help that Topps’ photo editor for this particular set must also have hated Jeter. It looks like Jeremy Burnitz is about to deliver a headshot to Jeter’s junk here. Also, I have yet to determine if someone Photoshoped the ball into Jeter’s glove. Notice Jeter is still waiting for the ball, yet it looks like it has already arrived. And from the angle we are given, the ball looks awfully white and somewhat out of place.