How do you like that for a click-bait post title? Actually, this isn't about collecting shenanigans or trading snafus or anything controversial -- as fun as that might be.
No, this is merely about how collectors seem to avoid sets that are intended for playing games. You know the cards, Classic, Donruss Top of the Order, MLB Showdown, Topps Attax. The main purpose of the cards is not to look at them and collect them, but to use them as the instrument in a game.
Of course, rabid team collectors like me don't look at them as game-playing devices at all, but collectible cards like any other set. I do not differentiate between Topps Attax and Topps Heritage when it comes to accumulating Dodgers. Send them all my way.
But I get the feeling that some collectors avoid "game cards". Perhaps it's all the words and numbers running across each card like a sports ticker, cluttering up the photo. Perhaps it's the rounded corners. Perhaps it's the plain backs. Maybe they've actually ruined all the cards playing the game with unbridled enthusiasm. I don't know.
I just know that cards like this don't get erased from my want list very often. Topps Attax hasn't been around for five or six years, yet I still need Dodgers from that set as if they're 1960s high numbers. I don't think anybody bought them.
This is why I was very pleased when Fuji sent me a package recently that included several Dodgers wants from the 1995 Donruss Top of the Order set.
These are appreciated more than any other card in the package just because I thought they'd never end up in my collection.
I have no idea how to play this game. I haven't bothered to look into it. Like I said, I look at these as collectibles, not a game. But maybe, just maybe, if I complete a team set, I'll look into it.
Here are a few other cards that Fuji sent:
That one completes a team set, 2003 Fleer Authentix. Yet, I appreciate the game cards more.
All cards from sets I rarely pay attention to with overgrown wants lists or, in the case of the Bowman Platinum card, no want list. Still, I appreciate the game cards more.
A most excellent 1955 Topps need! How about that? But, you guessed it, I even appreciate the game cards more than this 60-year-old piece of cardboard.
That's how often I receive game cards in trade packages.