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Photo of Chief Meyers and Chief Bender at the 1911 World Series


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Topps has made some really interesting product over the last three years (many of which are more or less reprints of their previous designs), but just like with video games, it's never a good thing when one company controls all of the licensing rights.

That being said, I think Garbage Pail Kids stand to benefit from the news.

The best thing about the 5 game winning streak is the value received from watching the games at the RED PORCH

I think Garbage Pail Kids stand to benefit from the news.

I already got my Larry "Ripper" Jones card

There are some choice quotes in that NYT article. I smell long comment!

The league also believes that one cardmaker can end the confusion of competitors selling multiple card series in hobby shops and big-box stores.

Topps alone released 14 different card products in 2008, and 7 so far in 2009. Does the exclusive license restrict them to a max of 3 brands? If so, hurrah.

“This is redirecting the entire category toward kids,” said [Michael] Eisner, who acquired the company in 2007. “Topps has been making cards for 60 years, the last 30 in a nonexclusive world that has caused confusion to the kid who walks into a Wal-Mart or a hobby store. It’s also been difficult to promote cards as unique and original.”

It must be very difficult to promote 14 different brands, Mike. Especially when you have to compete against other companies. That must suck, you know, to have to participate in capitalism.

In the 1980s, as collecting cards for fun turned into the more adult pursuit of investing in cards for profit, Topps faced a corps of rivals like Fleer, Donruss, Leaf, Score and, most significantly, the innovative Upper Deck.

Translation: Topps had a monopoly for 30 years, then got trounced for 20 years because they made a mostly inferior product and stuggled to play catch-up. So now they won't have to compete against anybody. Business is easy!

I’m not wishing Upper Deck out of the picture, but it’s difficult for the market to support the significant number of cards that are produced every year. You could see some stability coming out of this.

So maybe each company shouldn't produce 14 sets. How about 2 or 3 companies with a few sets each, instead of one with 10 sets?

Making Topps the official trading card of baseball follows M.L.B.’s business model. It has, for example, an official car (Chevrolet), credit card (MasterCard), soft drink (Pepsi) and cap (New Era).

But none of those companies relies solely on sports leagues in order to put out a product. In fact, only one of them (New Era) actually makes a sports-related product. So now we're just wasting column inches.

Typically, an exclusive license is more expensive to the company than a nonexclusive arrangement.

Who needed this explained to them? A side note - one exclusive agreement probably doesn't equal the same amount of revenue as 3 or 4 non-exclusives. Just sayin.

“Michael Eisner alone might make it more interesting for kids,” he said. “If he and his people can come up with a new-wave idea, go for it.”

Know how to get more kids involved? Don't make packs that cost $10.

If there is a way to make a quick buck without considering the ramifications, then MLB will find it.

It was aggressive of me to post such a lengthy comment, but collecting cards was such a fun part of my childhood that it really chaps my ass to watch two companies ruin it (or make it worse than it already was).

You collected cards as a kid? I banged hella chicks and did drugs.

Loser.

@Fartie

You're just upset that, 2 days ago, I called you Tucker Max. You're right, I was out of line.

Every night, I carve that into my arm, then burn it with a lighter. You haunt me.

That's how I got this CAKIES brand on my neck. Two weeks of torturing myself with a bent wire hanger.

I was straight edge until I was 18. I still stopped collecting baseball cards in around 6th grade.

I'm going to post more about this tomorrow, I think the topic is shortchanged by just posting a link. Baseball cards are serious business!

Get rid of the competition. Great. Fewer cards means fewer trees get destroyed. The deal is good for the environment!

Torre is hitting the pitcher 8th tonight. Juan Pierre 9th.

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