Topps has secured rights for 16 former players that are huge names in the card industry – rightfully so. The biggest names are Jackie Robinson, Gherig, Cobb, Cy Young, Campanella, among others. I think its freaking unbelievable considering that for some of the guys, there has not been a card produced in years! I mentioned in my post about jersey cards that the supply for these guys has to be dwindling – especially for Gherig, Cobb and Cy Young. These guys played in an era where there was no memorabilia industry, so I think its weird that there can be so many relics available for them. Granted, most of them played for 20 years, but still, I think the dryer probably ate more of the jerseys than are out there for UD and Topps to buy.
Does anyone else besides me think that cutting up historical pieces of the national pasttime to insert in baseball cards is blasphemy? I can understand for people like Jeter, Griffey, Jordan, and others, because they all played with the idea that UD should get some of the Jerseys each year. But for Gherig, Cy Young, and a lot of others, their jerseys and bats should be preserved for future generations to admire the game back then, before it was about sticking syringes in your ass and socking dingers to make that huge-mungous contract even more huge-mungous.
On a lighter(?) note, people like Cobb hated black people being involved in the game, so I think its kind of hilarious and sad that he would be included on a card with Jackie Robinson. Maybe there should be a Kennedy/Castro relic card made to show off classic hater/hatee relationships through history.
I am eager to see what they will dig up in 10 years when they run out of HOF jerseys to put in these things (*crosses fingers for a “person used” DNA card*).
Wednesday, April 16, 2008