Last year, Topps started issuing canvas prints of individual cards from the 80's, and then 70's, of many fan favorites, suitable for framing (Topps even supplies the frames). At the time I was working at the framed art place, I thought this was a brilliant idea. Too bad they didn't take me up on the idea of trying to license these for framing. But hey, I no longer work there, and it doesn't matter to me what they do now (lost opportunity I tell you...but I digress).
Topps has also reached deep into the archives for more pictures of the games past, issuing prints of unused pictures of stars that didn't make it onto the cards.
Now Topps has come up with their best idea yet, and if it wasn't limited to 99 per run, I'd be placing my orders.
This time, they are taking the complete (as of 2014) run of cards of a certain player. With guys like the White Sox' Paul Konerko, and that guy from New York that's retiring as well as two of the six initial subjects, Topps is now featuring on their website a framed art display of all of their cards (almost...I'll explain in a bit) in one completely product.
|A fitting tribute for Paul Konerko, and this is coming from a Cubs fan.|
Look at that. All of Konerko's base Topps cards from 1995 through 2014 (so he didn't have any Topps cards in 1997 and 1998), and with the exception of the first three cards, it's a complete retrospective of Paulie's White Sox career, with a black and white picture of the man himself included. I have all of these cards (along with the cards of the other guys), and I have to say, this looks really good.
You can bet that Topps will be adding a lot more subjects to this set of products. They've got the card library to do it. And what better way to display the cards of the guy you idolize? A couple of caveats though:
- These are only pictures of the cards, they are not going to put actual cards in this product. That would be insane.
- The horizontal cards are displayed vertically and facing the left. Either Topps should have had these displayed the correct way or at least facing to the right. But I get the reasoning why, as there is only so much space.
Here are the rest of the images, in case you're curious.
Oh yeah, did I mention Topps is only making 99 copies of each? For Konerko and Jeter, these are fitting tributes to their long and illustrious careers.