Friday, January 9, 2015
I admit I follow nothing about Triple Threads. It's not a product for me, nor, I venture, for a lot of card collectors with blogs. It's out of my reach and outside of my interest.
So I don't know if this has been discussed -- particularly because nobody buys Triple Threads for the base cards -- but has anyone noticed that this past year's Triple Threads cards are thicker than they have been previously?
The 2014 Triple Threads base cards are significantly thicker than Triple Threads cards from the last several years. It's not much of a picture, but I think you can see the difference between a 2014 Triple Threads card and one from last year here:
The 2014 Triple Threads card is on the right.
So why do I care?
Well, I never buy Triple Threads but I always end up with a few Dodgers each year. People are good enough to throw me a base card bone and I have Triple Threads Dodgers base cards for each year since 2007.
I like this because I like to get at least a sampling of each brand of card -- it keeps the myth going that I am going to one day complete every Dodger team set ever.
And I treat Triple Threads like every other card brand. I put them in pages in a binder with other Dodgers from that year. Triple Threads may think it's more special than others sets, but actually it's not. In fact, it's downright ugly. There has not been a base design of Triple Threads that I have liked yet.
But now that the cards are thicker, I have an issue with storing them in pages with the other cards. The thickness now warps the page pockets and that's not good because I'm forever updating the Dodger binders, advancing cards to other pages, and that means a card with regular thickness is going to end up in one of those warped pockets.
I'm starting to think that Triple Threads cards shouldn't go in pages anymore.
That's probably what TT wanted all along. To be displayed in a top loader -- or better yet, a screwdown -- like it was special.
But I don't want to do that. I have no desire to look at a Triple Threads base card in a top loader. It's ugly. It shouldn't see the light of day.
So I think I'll devote a couple of pages to Triple Threads cards and never move them out of those pages. Or I'll just throw them in a box, with worthless items like 1990 Donruss and Bowman prospects who never made it.
Triple Threads in a shoebox.
How far they've fallen.