If you have ever collected baseball cards in the course of your life, you might want to have a seat, cause what I am about to tell you is some rage-inducing bullshit. Today Major League Baseball signed an agreement with Topps, the baseball card company, for Topps to be the only licensed baseball card manufacturer. This is so fucked I don’t even know where to begin.
The funny thing is, nowadays I don’t even really follow baseball that much. But as a good American male child growing up in the 80′s and 90′s, buying and collecting baseball, football, and basketball cards was one of my foremost hobbies. I had huge fucking folders of them, divided by sport, then by team. Everytime my parents took me to a place that carried sports cards, I would talk them into letting me get a pack or two. And the variety is what made it so fun. You would just look up at this huge wall of Score, Upper Deck, Topps, and Fleer cards, each package fighting for your eyes’ attention, deciding what you would take home with you that day.
And though I don’t collect cards or even know where those cards are nowadays, I will always look back at those years with fondness. And I assume that the sports cards industry isn’t doing as well these days (I don’t know what today’s kids like, sue me), but somehow I fail to see this as a good idea for anyone, except maybe Topps. The reason for this corporate bullshit? “[The card business] causes confusion to the kid who walks into a Wal-Mart or hobby store” according to Topps CEO Michael Eisner. Wow, this guy should have a bullshit-off with Peter Molynuex and Rush Limbaugh.
Though my card collecting days are far behind me, I would highly advise anyone that still does or that buys them for the kids to boycott Topps to show them how ridiculous this is. Monopolies are never a good thing, and this move will probably reduce baseball card quality to an all-time low.Well baseball card industry, it was fun while it lasted. Adios.
[Via River Front Times]