One Man's Thoughts on Sports Card Collecting

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Feeling Underserved

I must say, after taking another look at the new Gypsy Queen set those sure are some sharp looking cards.  I'll probably have to go after this set, though perhaps not right away.  But it did bring into focus a real issue I have with the current state of the card market.....

We now have Gypsy Queen on top of Heritage, National Chicle, Allen & Ginter, and T206 - all old-style, throwback sets.  Now I appreciate the vintage look as much as the next guy, but do we really need this many sets in the same category??

Meanwhile, there is a whole other category of cards that is completely missing from the market - I guess I'll call this the "futuristic/hi-tech" group, as what I'm really looking for is something that is pretty much the opposite of the vintage series.  I've always been a fan of the ultra-flashy cards, and right now I have nowhere to turn!!  I mean, where are the SPx's?....

...or the Ex-2000's??....

...or the Topps Tek's??

You get the idea.  I want something shiny and foily, with holograms and strange die-cut borders!  I'm only asking for ONE set like this.  It doesn't even have to be a big set!  And you can still have at least 3 throwback sets at the same time.  I would think this would be especially welcome for player collectors.  One of my favorite things about my Griffey collection is the huge variety of card styles it covers.  If I started the same collection today, pretty much all I would have are base set cards, vintage-style cards, and patch/relic cards.  Where's the fun in that???

Now that I'm off my soapbox, it's time for the trivia question! (I forgot these in my last few posts, whoops!)

Previous Trivia Question:
What is the official score recorded in the record books for a forfeited baseball game?
Answer: 9-0
Today's Trivia Question:
Who is the youngest player to ever play in the major leagues, making his first appearance at the ripe old age of 15?

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