Sunday, May 12, 2013

Team Topps

 It's safe to say these days that I am definitively not on Team Topps.  But in the early 2000's, Topps was at the top of their game in my opinion.

Team Topps was a multi-set and multi-year effort that was essentially an extension of the wildly popular Archives product.  The premise was pretty simple, but the execution far more complex.  Autographed cards of baseball greats were inserted in a wide range of products.  The problem?  No real checklist existed.  No indication of what autos may appear in which products (or if all autos were inserted).

The cards were reprints of classic Topps cards, save for the small authentic auto and Team Topps foil stamping on the cards, but it was never too intrusive.  And since the cards counted as an extra hit on top of the guaranteed gu or auto count, you can't really complain.

The cards are great looking, though I don't think I've seen any in quite some time.  Both of these were pack pulled around 2002 or 03.  I've always enjoyed the reprint products like Archives, and the autos and designs of these cards feel so much more natural (and less overtly computer designed) than the recent offerings of Archives.