It's not our imagination folks. Yes, there are short prints in 2010 Topps Series 1. And contrary to some people (okay, one person…) screaming to the high heavens that Topps is gimmicking up now that they have the exclusive license, I don't see a problem with SP's. It's just another challenge and a cool surprise for kids who open a pack of cards. It isn't as if, as one of his commenters posted, that it's super SP'd, or that they photoshopped the president (although I wouldn't be surprised if somehow he showed up again this year) into the stands with the ghost of one of their CMG exclusives in the dugout.
But somewhere along the line, one has to ask, "When will this all end???" They can't possibly continue this into 2011…could they? Now that Topps has the exclusive, couldn't MLB Properties allow them to create a set akin to 2003-2005 Topps Retired and create an all-legends set with the brand new modern day design??? That's probably a better idea.
Well, this means that we can look forward to more SP'd legends in Series 2 and U & H. In any event, I want to thank the man at Stale Gum for allowing me to swipe this scan of Carlton Fisk's SP card. Okay, he didn't actually let me, I went ahead and did it myself. So far, it has been confirmed that Roger Maris, Robin Yount, and now Carlton Fisk have SP's. I'll be scouring the Bay tonight to see if any more came down the pipe.
And I don't even have series 2 nor U & H SP's completed from last year. Oh well, then the want lists grow larger.
And don't be surprised if they pull off doing SP'd minor league cards of current players in their Topps Pro Debut set (high speculation…just saying).