2014 Topps Series 1 has hit the retail stores. For the first time I can ever remember, I saw the product on the shelf and didn’t even bye a single pack. I will admit to ordering a set from a well known case breaker. I’d love to be one of the guys who’s willing to cut that cord, but I’m not there yet. I am close though. Looking at the checklist and the sell sheet, it’s clear that Topps is happy to just phone it in right now. This is what happens with monopolies … especially in a creative enterprise.
You are welcome to still like Topps products. You are welcome to think quality hasn’t declined since MLB granted them their defacto monopoly. You cannot make a credible argument that the monopoly is good for the hobby, good for collectors or, for that matter, good for Topps. This becomes more obvious with each passing season.
I still love this hobby though. For Christmas, my In-Laws got me one of the most amazing gifts any vintage loving Braves collector could possibly get. What was it you ask? A 1955 Bowman Milwaukee Braves team set. Needless to say, baseball cards don’t get any better than this. (For you young kids, this is proof that Bowman didn’t always mean Suck.)