bdj610: What Do You Mean There Are More Lincolns in Cubs Cards??! http://goo.gl/fb/Mbty
stalegum: @bdj610 So, still like all these gimmick cards?
bdj610: @stalegum Absolutely! If I had the money, I'd go after them. If I come across one at a show, MINE! If not, I won't lose sleep without them.
Believe it or not, this is not the first time that Mr. Harris has asked me this question. Contrary to what you like to believe, the gimmick cards Topps has thrown into packs over the last few years:
- 2005 Topps Boston Red Sox #368
- 2006 Topps Alex Gordon #297 and the variations (cut outs, blanks, etc)
- 2007 Topps Derek Jeter #40
- 2007 Topps U&H Poley Walnuts
- 2007 Topps U&H Jacoby Ellsbury #100
- 2007 Topps Joba Chamberlain and his numerous "errors"
- 2008 Topps Kazuo Uzuki #FS1
- 2008 Topps Series II-Six (Fukudome, Yabuta, Ramirez, Gore, Schwarzanegger, Santana #661)
- 2008 Topps U&H Fukudome, Bruce, and Longoria "upside down errors"
- 2008 Topps U&H Sarah Palin "Beauty Queen Card"
- 2009 Topps Barack Obama #44
- 2010 Topps Yankees PITF and Cubs ABE SP's.
And what have these gimmicks done for established collectors? They've made us start looking at the base cards again. I mean REALLY LOOK at them, instead of just flipping through them until they find the relic/auto/insert card of the moment and pushing them aside. Topps has finally found a way to make us pay attention to the base cards again. How awesome is that???
I never said that I didn't like them (or at least these new ones), nor did I say I was totally frustrated and am giving up (isn't part of the fun in collecting cards the chase???). As I said on twitter, if I had the money, I'd be on eBay buying up the cards when the prices went down as I'm about as impatient as the next collector and would like to get my hands on every copy I can find. But I'm trying my best to show restraint and this year, and am choosing not to actively pursue them (okay...maybe the Yankee cards...and only when the prices go down!!!). Otherwise, you know what, I'm happy with the set I have so far, and am more than happy to continue hunting for the legends SP cards (and the Granderson) in 2010 and the remaining 19 cards I need for series 2.
Finally, back to twitter:
toppscards: Interesting, so it appears that a lot of people like the mystery behind the variations. Thanks for the feedback guys.
bdj610: @toppscards The variation cards are great IMO, and when done correctly, are worth chasing. That's all part of the fun in this Hobby!
P.S. The big Chicago Sun-Times show is this weekend (hooray!!!) and I get paid this week (double hooray!!!). So, I plan on making a couple of trips (Friday possibly, Saturday...DEFINITELY!!!) The mission: cut down the wantlist of SP cards, and maybe buy a cheap (if there is such a thing) 2009 Topps T206 set with SP's. You'll know it's me because I'll be the guy with a Topps baseball hat, carrying around a black Topps bag full of cards I'd like to get rid off (possibly trade...you never know). jba