Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Pope Get Gintered eTopps Style

Although I'm not a Catholic, there's something cool about seeing the Pope on a baseball card - and a shiny one at that. Pope Benedict will be one of the ten cards featured in the eTopps Allen & Ginter Yankee Stadium Tribute set, which will be offered for sale next week.

The ten-card set will be done in the holographic Allen & Ginter design that has been used in past eTopps sets. Topps will also be including a manufactured patch card. Initially cards will only be offered as a complete set costing $99. Once allocated, cards will only be available individually through eBay.

I'm not sure if I'm going to take the plunge and get one of the sets, although the Lou Gehrig is one of the nicest cards I've seen and the Ruth and Jackie Robinsons (it's a Yankee STADIUM set, not just Yankees) also look sweet.

Is it just me or is it already Yankee Stadium overkill? The park's not even closed yet and you've got the 6600-card monster from Upper Deck, this set and likely countless others on the way. By the end of next year my guess is anyone who wants one or twenty Yankee Stadium seat "relic cards" will be able to have them. The rest of us will still hate the Yankees.

If you're not familiar with the way eTopps works, you may want to check out their site. Basically you buy the cards and can choose to have them held on their site and trade them like stocks or you can have them delivered and they're just like regular cards (that's the route I normally take).

eTopps will also be offering a discounted shipping special for the first two weeks after allocation. For $9.99 you get the set shipped as a box set and all the cards get the same serial numbers.


Gellman said...

I was expecting a Yankee love fest for most of the first half of the season, due to the AS game, but this is just getting nuts with UD and Topps.

No Brainer Bargains said...

Actually, the cards are bought and sold on ebay as well as a great site called cardtarget as if they were stocks. They are traded on the website instantly as long as the cards you want is in range of the cards you are willing to trade to avoid anything as lopsided as the trades the Yankees have done recently.

The giveaway patch card to be included with this set is quite a treat. It's the first etopps patch card with more to follow (hopefully).

The same exact patch was offered at the All-Star Fanfest at the Topps booth with a print run of 375 for eight different NY baseball players (Ruth, Mantle, Gehrig, Munson, Reyes, Wright, Seaver and someone else on the Mets I forgot) at $20 a pop. Topps sold out the older Yankees players.

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