Thursday, February 28, 2008

2007 Topps Generation Now - Ryan Zimmerman

Why are the card companies obsessed with mirror cards? What purpose do they have? Every time that I open a pack and come across one of these cards, I cringe. A little part of the collector dies inside of me.

I don't need 58 different cards of Ryan Howard commemorating his 58 home runs that basically look the same. This is madness! Topps did manage to slightly change the picture every dozen cards or so, but still. These cards have no reason to exist, except to keep the base cards away from the pack.

Don't even get me started on the Mickey Mantle mirror cards or the Alex Rodriguez ones. At least Alex's uniform changes around every 150 to 200 cards. So it's got that going for it. I don't care how many home runs steroid boy Barry Bonds hit. I don't need over 700 cards for each of his home runs.

Upper Deck seems to be getting in on the action with their Yankee Stadium Legacy set. I don't need 6,500 mirror cards of the Yankees. If they want to put that out, it should be it's own separate release. It shouldn't be in every release that Upper Deck comes out with baseball-wise in 2008.

I hope that these types of insert sets will die out soon. I don't know of a single collector that actually collects this stuff. It would be a different story if all the cards looked, well, different. It's overkill. It's time to put this idea to rest. Let it die a slow painful death. I've got rows of mirror cards in my collection that nobody really wants. There should be some type of compensation for hanging on to this crap.

Hey, Topps, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And they said, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money in these cards, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.


capewood said...

I own a lot of cards and don't consider myself particularly dumb but when those Generation Now cards started coming I couldn't figure out what the deal was. After I got a few, I figured it out. And every time I got one I said, not another of these. And I'm really tired of the Mantle home run cards. I just got one in a 2008 pack.

Cliff (capewood)

NMboxer said...

Agree completely. Mirror cards are especially annoying.