With the new 2010 Topps Pro Debut set just realesed, the card collecting universe is in awe at this wonderful product put out by the exclusive MiLB card company, Topps. But with these new minor league cards out, as well as cards from products like Bowman DPP, this leaves me with a few questions.
For one, what will these products do for rookie cards that can be found in traditional packs of Topps and Upper Deck? I mean, when Bowman DPP came out, it pretty much destroyed any real value in these rookie cards, but now that Topps is using the same design as it’s flagship and throwing minor league players and logos on them, what’s the need for a rookie card now adays? Why don’t they just insert these minor league cards into packs and be done with the RC logo’d cards?
This makes me think back to the 50’s and 60’s when a player’s rookie card was the first one put out by Topps. It didn’t have any intrusive RC pictures or symbols, you had to check to see if the player had any stats on the back to know if it was a rookie card or not, (The way it should be) Now adays, cards are being produced of player’s before they even step foot on a professional ballpark and their are so many different cards that are labeled as “rookie” or “prospect” that it’s impossible to tell which one is a player’s true rookie card, and which ones are “XRC’s” Who’s to say my 2008 Topps Jeff Samardzija RC is worth more then his 2007 BPP RC? The 2008 card has the official RC logo, right? So why isn’t it his true RC? My earliest Samardzija card is from 2006 Tristar, so why isn’t that one his official RC?
This whole mess is probably one of the biggest reasons why alot of collectors stopped collecting in the 90’s. Thier were tons of companies producing products and they all had their own RC logo or writing, which lead to alot of confusion over which cards were better rookie cards. The MLBP did a good job in 2006 when they made all card companies use the same standerd RC logo, which cleared up alot of confusion, but now that Upper Deck has no license, both Topps and UD have gone back to using whatever RC logo they please, bringing all the frustration back that occured in the 90’s.
So while all these collectors are going nuts over Topp’s newest minor league release, I’ll be sitting here, marveling at my 2010 Topps rookie cards of player’s like Tyler Colvin and Madison Bumgarner, because in my mind, these cards are their true rookie cards.