Saturday, February 17, 2018
A card for a sucker
Yesterday apparently was the day for everyone who ordered a full-price Topps Now card last season to receive a bonus 2018 Topps Now card as thanks for being such a loyal card-collecting sucker ... er, customer.
I'm sure there are those who have ordered Topps Now cards off Topps' website who don't feel like suckers, some of whom are probably now offended. I don't mean to infer. It's your collection, buy what you want, right? That's a healthy way of dealing with things.
Me? I feel like a sucker, just a little. I bought one Topps Now card from the Topps site, meaning I spent $9.99 for a modern card. At the time, it felt appropriate (it was a card of third-string catcher Kyle Farmer beating the Giants in dramatic fashion when the Dodgers were on top of the world). But even then I was thinking, "this is probably stupid." Probably should've waited a little bit for it to show up on ebay for $6.99.
But since I bought that one card, I got this freebie in the mail of Mike Trout. I guess this is what the design will look like for Topps Now this year. It's not getting me to buy any Topps Now cards this year. If I had to guess, my grand total of Topps Now purchases this coming year will be somewhere between 0 and 2, and I probably won't be paying full price. That new furnace isn't paying for itself. Nor my daughter's college payments. Or my dog's pee pills.
I'm happy that this card isn't of Aaron Judge. Other than that I don't have much thought on it.
That is the very unexciting back. It's actually a promo for its Opening Day team sets that I believe cost 50 bucks apiece for 15-16 cards. But I can get them for the low, low cost of $37.50 by using the promo code (I blacked it out in the event my brain falls out while I'm walking down the street and decide to spend that kind of cash on this).
When I look at the back it feels like more of a credit card than an actual trading card.
Anyway, I'll probably send this to the Angels fan that just sent me cards.
I suppose it is a nice gesture from Topps, a company that hopes you spend $9.99 for a card.