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rsmath

Active member
Nov 8, 2008
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and Topps screwed the pooch on it (if you are a collector, IMHO). Maybe this needs to go to the worst card manufacturer ideas thread.

10-card pack for $10 - 900 card set, low numbered parallel chances, no relics or autos, 100 card wave released every 3 weeks.

As a collector - nope. I am not spending at least $900 (and maybe more like $1800 due to poor collation) to make the set as much as I love Topps Total.

$40 for 36 packs/10 cards per pack and I'm there! With no relics or autos or other inserts and not many parallels (since they would be low numbered), $40 for 360 cards in a box should be doable with great margins, IMHO.

As a manufacturer, I can see why Topps wants to bring back Topps Total this way - payday loan-like margins on the product.
 

mrmopar

Member
Jan 19, 2010
3,574
Yep, that sounds pretty stupid. I liked the set back in the day to get those obscure players, but I on ly bought the boxed team sets.
 

smapdi

Active member
Aug 7, 2008
4,172
I think your news is in error. Topps Total was an entry-level, collector brand with no bells and whistles, meant for real fans with its huge checklist that could cover practically every player who appeared in a given season. This new product must be called "Topps Totally Screwing You."

I can see myself chasing a set, though. Damn collectoritis is acting up again.
 

AnthonyCorona

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Oct 6, 2014
9,498
Modesto, CA
I think your news is in error. Topps Total was an entry-level, collector brand with no bells and whistles, meant for real fans with its huge checklist that could cover practically every player who appeared in a given season. This new product must be called "Topps Totally Screwing You."

I can see myself chasing a set, though. Damn collectoritis is acting up again.




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rsmath

Active member
Nov 8, 2008
6,081
Yep, that sounds pretty stupid. I liked the set back in the day to get those obscure players, but I on ly bought the boxed team sets.
I think you dropped some trivial on me! I only recall the box product (I believe was 36 packs/10 cards per pack and other than the first release, it was on no-frills card stock that I like to think of as recycled paper-like card stock).

I didn't know they released team blister pack sets of Topps Total.
 

tribefan26

Member
Jul 7, 2010
574
Yea I’ve still got 2 team sets in a box somewhere I’m pretty sure. Think it was 2002 total
I don't think Topps did these. I was a Total junkie back in the day and don't recall ever seeing them this way.

Someone may have done this aftermarket (Excel, Fairfield or ANCO maybe) but I don't think Topps released them that way.
 

chippernate

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I don't think Topps did these. I was a Total junkie back in the day and don't recall ever seeing them this way.

Someone may have done this aftermarket (Excel, Fairfield or ANCO maybe) but I don't think Topps released them that way.
Found em:

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Card number and then right below has the team abbreviation and number in the set. Been so long though I don’t remember if the base set had that as well.
 

Brewer Andy

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Aug 10, 2008
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It appears that year yes, cards were numbered out of the pack that way. I don’t think these were made for every team. If they were I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Brewers set and I would think I would have but could be wrong


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mrmopar

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Jan 19, 2010
3,574
I didn't buy them new, but many years later, so not sure how they were originally issued. I would have to dig, but I feel like I have at least 1 regular and maybe 1 silver parallel set? I don't recall, but one box I know I have for sure was like this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2004-Topps...hash=item48c67d18e7:m:m343uFo4e2hlhZTx4LjwQ0A

It appears that year yes, cards were numbered out of the pack that way. I don’t think these were made for every team. If they were I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Brewers set and I would think I would have but could be wrong


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I hate most of these online-only gimmick products from Topps but this sounds like an especially bad idea.

I know plenty of collectors who would still buy wax of a low-end product that gives you no shot at pulling autograph, relics, super rare inserts, etc. but I don't know a singles collector who would buy such a product when it costs a dollar per card
 

rsmath

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Nov 8, 2008
6,081
What I can’t figure out is how the parallels are going to be inserted? Take a look at the top of the checklist...
I would imagine the same card number as the base and the parallel will at least be number stamped (and maybe have a slightly different color scheme than the bases ones, too, so you don't have to rely only on the serial number stamping).
 
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