I was thinking of ideas today of Topps to put out another product that isn't centered around high-end bat knobs and jumbo patches and boxes that cost $500 for 3 packs. I'm thinking more along the lines of Topps Chrome and Finest (two of my favorite products). It can feature autographs, but has a really nice base set (something along the lines of Finest or Tribute), some nice insert sets, and parallels for each card.
The game of baseball and how we study it statistically has changed the past 10 years, why not put out a product that recognizes that?
So how about 2014 Topps WAR Heroes?
-The base set would feature the Top 100 players in WAR from the previous season, no exceptions. If Alex Rodriguez doesn't crack the top 100, he's not on the base checklist. Take time with the base set and make it desirable like the Tribute base cards (although maybe not as thick). Have 4 or 5 parallels for each base card.
-I know Topps can't fathom a product without its "rookies" or "legends" so they could have insert sets - "Future WAR Heroes" or "WAR Legends" (which would honor the greatest WAR seasons of all time like Babe Ruth's 1923 season or Cal Ripken's 1991 season). 2 or 3 parallels for the insert sets. This could also be a way to include guys like Jeter and ARod who are current legends but may not have made the top 100 the previous year.
-Other insert ideas: "Defensive WAR" and "Offensive WAR" that could feature the top WAR leaders on the offensive or defensive side so guys like Adam Dunn (offensive) or Brendan Ryan (defensive) might get a card. Could be a way to get the "filler" autographs in the set as well.
What do you guys think?