Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Fortnight of 2012 Topps: Day 6

Sometime I really wonder how Topps goes about designing an insert set.  For the Gold Standard subset, I'm pretty sure Topps called Panini and said, "Hey, we have this foil medallion stampy thingy and we need to turn it into an insert set." 

Panini replied with, "Stamp the card, throw a background-free picture of someone on it, use a powerpoint background texture, leave a big blank spot for autographs and relics and whatever you do, don't call it 'Gold Standard' since we've already done a couple sets of that name."

Topps said, "Panini, you ignorant ass, we are Topps the Innovator of all things cards, so we will not stoop to your level.  We will have backgrounds, but we will fade them into grayscale beyond recognition.  We will not have a blank spot. No, we will instead have words that are so faded and opaque there is a pseudo-blank spot for autographs and relics. a big ole 'SCREW YOU', we will call it Gold Standard."

Panini furiously responded with, "Dammit, we'd be pissed at you, but we can't tell your cards apart from ours to be able to form a proper argument.  Harumph!."

And so ended the Gold War. 

Why have a card of Ty Cobb in the 3,000 hit club when he set the...whaddaya callit...the Gold Standard...for hitting by being the first in the 4,000 hit club.  I don't get it.

1 comment:

Kev said...

i love this write-up!

(um, and i kinda like the gold standard insert)

maybe you should mention topps' decision to make cards to commemorate 10 of the top 500 walkoff homers, while being careful not to hit too many of the top 10 of all time... you know, leave those out...)