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.
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.