Have you heard the big news about how Topps is on their way out as the official baseball card manufacturer? Memorabilia giant Fanatics made a fat offer that MLB and MLBPA couldn't refuse, and so they'll be trying their hand at making trading cards with Topps benched. Crazy! I had prepared myself for the possibility of Panini winning the license away from Topps one of these years, but I didn't see this coming. Us collectors look to be in for a bumpy few years in the hobby. While the current state of Topps and their products is easy to crap on, it's hard to imagine this mysterious new card company starting from the ground up will fare any better. But I guess we'll all just have to hope for the best.
Me, I've already attempted rebranding myself as a "pre-covid collector", rarely messing with cards from the current decade, so this shake-up won't affect me as much as those of you who still look forward to putting together Topps sets and/or team sets every year. I'll keep on mostly collecting vintage and other stuff that connects me to my younger days. Other than a few active players I collect, my wantlist isn't too concerned with today's cards. But it'll still be weird to watch the hobby go through such a shift. (Or hey, maybe by then Fanatics will just buy Topps and everything will continue without much change.. we'll see.)
Anyways, here's a big post I've had sitting in my drafts for a while, and getting nostalgic over Topps makes it good enough timing as any to post it now.
Checking out the "Flagship Binder" label on my blog, looks like I've been neglecting this "1 page per set" project since 2018. But I've recently revived it, and thanks to some Sportlots orders earlier this year, I've gotten to the cusp of completion. (Well, I had planned the binder to trail off sometime in the "junk" era, but now with a pending finite cut-off for Topps flagship, I might go ahead and eventually stretch it to the end.)
I can't take credit for the concept, as collectors were doing it long before me (I think it was specifically Daniel that planted the idea in my head), but simply put, it involves putting together a page for each flagship Topps baseball set.
Let's crack open the binder!
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend, everybody.