Since its inception Topps Now has drawn a lot of talk around social media. Some good, some not good. Recently I took the Topps Now plunge. At $9.99 a card I was expecting something really cool. I received my envelope a week, or two, ago and all I can say is "sigh". Let me review a few reasons for my sigh of disappointment.
1. Shoddy Packaging - Seriously, a $10 card with no penny sleeve in the cheapest, flimsiest Ultra Pro that money can possibly buy. If someone had sent a card like this off of Ebay the would at least get a stern message about their packaging. Luckily in this case nothing happened to my card, but if you have not bought from Topps Now, just beware that this is how your card is shipped.
2. Remind Me What's So Special? - I took Bryce out of his flimsy Ultra Pro to scan him, he's felling better in a penny sleeve and a sturdier top loader. I had to check out the front and back of the card, but outside of the date on the front of the card I cannot really find anything that sets the card apart to make it special. Is there a serial number? No. Is there some sort of cool certification statement on the back? No. So, it's printed on some sort of cool card stock, something? No. Anything? No.
3. So This Will Be Great For Team Collectors? - Some of this is a little bit tricky. If you are going to make roughly two cards a day, there are going to be days where there are some really tough choices. As a Cardinals fan, I was happy to see Jaime Garcia get a card for his near no-hitter, but I have also been disappointed that Topps has missed getting a card of Aledmys Diaz out. You know, the rookie shortstop is has been hitting .400 during April and leading the world in OPS, OPS+, and WAR. So, maybe I am biased. I asked around.
I decided that I would check out a Cubs collector or two who had said something about Topps Now cards. After all, nobody is having a better season than the Cubs....Both liked the Arrieta no-hit card that Topps put out the day after, but that was sort of a no-brainer. Both mentioned a few different plays and games that could have been a Topps Now card, but both wondered why Dexter Fowler had gone unnoticed for the first month of the season? Fowler has had a spectacular start to the season, several huge games, yet nothing.
Dropping down further in the standings, there are several other collectors who have teams that currently reside near the bottom of their divisions. For example, as a Durham Bulls fan and collector, I have the chance to interact with a lot of Rays collectors. Many have expressed doubts about the Rays getting a Topps Now card anytime soon short of a no-hitter. After all, Drew Smyly accomplished almost the same thing that Jaime Garcia got a Topps Now card for, but where is his card?
I bought two Topps Now cards, but never again.