Ok Topps, usually I understand why sets are made, they all seem to have a purpose.  Then I saw your photos for the upcoming Lineage set and I was left with a scowl on my face and a questioned expression on my face. Why Lineage?

If you haven’t seen any of the pictures:

As you can see it is an absolute mish mash of everything Topss designed.  Maybe I’m just dumb and I don’t understand how the industry works, but I just can’t see this as being a runaway hit.  It just looks like a total filler set and yet another way for the Topps designing crew to take time off.

From Beckett:

Every 24-pack hobby box will include two autographs — at least one signed directly on the card — along with one Relic card. Hobby-only inserts will include Canary Diamond autograph cards — a nod of sorts to the 2011 Topps inserts — as well as Jumbo Relic and patch cards, Topps Giants box-loaders, 60th Anniversary ring redemptions and more.

The insert card lineup includes several nods to the past and present as Topps 3D cards will be found — a nod to the 1968 release — as will Topps Cloth Stickers (first tested in 1972),  a Topps Venezuelan insert (Spanish variations similar to the regional issues), Topps Rookies (a 1980s mainstay) and Topps Stand-ups, a 1964 release. These cards will all be found at least two per hobby box with the Rookies landing four per.

The base set will consist of 200 cards — 190 stars from the past and present — with 10 All-Time Rookies capping the checklist. Parallel inserts will include Printing Plates, Canary Diamond cards, 1975 Minis, Diamond Anniversary and Platinum Diamond cards.

Among the autograph lineup will be autographed reprint cards of notable releases in Topps’ 60-year history of making baseball cards, going alongside the 1952 autographs and the next batch of the 60th Anniversary congratulatory autographs.

Seems like they are trying to use the American Heritage idea with baseball stars to me.  It works for American Heritage, it doesn’t work with baseball players, mainly because it’s an idea that has been done so often lately.  Sorry Topps, but this looks like a cluster-F.  More to come as details become available.


7 responses »

  1. Paul says:

    This will succeed or fail based on the autograph checklist.

    I would have saved the base card design for 2012 Topps and used some of the insert ideas for this year’s anniversary base set.

    On the other hand, if you’re the Topps designer & you have to keep coming up with a new product to release every month… I guess I can see how this would have seemed like a good idea.

  2. I’ve been saying this for a few years now. I don’t have any problem with card companies raiding their vaults for designs, as long as it makes sense. An entire set of cards in one year’s design makes more sense than a mish-mash like this. What significance does 1964 have for Albert Pujols or 1968 have for Josh Hamilton? Absolutely none. This is why the Topps Lineage set fails before it’s even released.

  3. jl says:

    I think this is topps just being topps, kind of reminds me of the magazine cards they had in the 90’s. I think that because they are exclusive to MLB they have to put out a certain # of sets thought the year to satify the market, but linage looks like a cheap product, don’t know the srp, but looks like American Pie. I give it a chance, but only the first packs open will tell.

  4. night owl says:

    I don’t know. I’m reserving judgment until I see it. It actually sounds interesting, without having any idea about the execution. It sounds like Upper Deck Timeline, which I really liked, but Topps has a lot more past than Upper Deck has. So the potential is there.

    It’s more intriguing to me than Gypsy Queen or Topps 206, I’ll say that.

  5. Ryan G says:

    It’s interesting how quiet the blogs have been on this set. I don’t think there’s going to be much interest in this set beyond hits. I would like this set – and I might still pick one up off eBay – if sets like Archives and Fan Favorites hadn’t done this with retired players already and Heritage wasn’t slowly accomplishing the same goal with current players.

  6. Michael says:

    I think it’s a 60th anniversary thing (hence the name lineage). Bringing back a mix of the past (not like heritage). I thin it’s kinda cool, but to each his own.

  7. Corky says:

    Just wait for the 2012 Topps Lineage set, it will be a nod to the nodding of the 2011 set where we will see a nod to the 2011 Canary Diamond surrounding a nod to the 1980 card giving a nod to the 1968 set… my brain hurts now…

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