Whither the Sets: I've officially migrated from a set collector to a team collector. My 1971 Topps wantlist has been gathering dust for several years now, ever since I completed my 1972 Topps set. Fact is, I have more interest in collecting Phillies cards from the last four decades than I do in tracking down high-numbered '71 cards of Skip Guinn and Bob Moose. I'm not currently collecting any of the few 2010 releases, nor do I plan to collect any. However, at some point I'll track down the Phillies base cards and a few Phillies inserts from the 2010 releases.
This isn't to say my set-collecting days are kaput. My Dad has been throwing out hints he'd like to go after the '75 Topps Mini set, but I'd go 10 years further back - to 1965.
Fare Thee Well: It appears as if Upper Deck will not produce any more baseball cards. I had wanted to pontificate upon this development in a lengthy, spell-binding post, but it's hard to write about something you just don't give a rip about. Upper Deck's offerings from the past several years have left a lot to be desired, and I'm not convinced they'll be missed. That being said, I'd love to see some upstart baseball card company receive a license from MLB Properties. Topps has shown no signs of letting its monopoly compromise its baseball card products, but a little competition is always a good thing. (Has Goose Joak thought about going after a license?)
Jim from Downingtown was Right: Richie Allen's 2004 Topps Fan Favorite card is a better looking card than his regularly issued 1965 Topps card. If Night Owl decides to start a petition for Topps to bring back the Fan Favorites set, I'll be the first to sign it.
Is it opening day yet?