August 5, 2009

Breaking News: Topps gets exclusive rights to MLB cards

Just posted on the New York Times website was an article that Topps will gain exclusive production rights in a multi-year deal to be announced on Thursday. This is a crushing blow for Upper Deck, and all the collectors who love it. We will be commenting and writing more on this in the coming days. Here is the article:

Initial reaction: We don't like it.

Published: August 5, 2009

The Topps Company will become the exclusive trading card maker of Major League Baseball next year in a multiyear deal that appears to seriously hurt Upper Deck, its primary competitor in the once-vibrant business. READ THE FULL ARTICLE.


  1. This will only make Topps' designs even more phoned in. Not good at all.

  2. I'm loving this deal. After 19 years of having to "share" the market with others, I'm a point.

    Can't wait to hear the full explanation tomorrow.


    JayBee Anama

  3. Ugh, I love Topps as much as anyone and this is a terrible idea...

  4. I like it too. I can't imagine baseball cards without Topps being there.

  5. It's about money. Pure and simple. I thought that Eisner would do something to improve Topps products first, and then devour the competition. He took the easy route that most highly capitilized companies take. First get rid of the competition. It's not about kids, or adult collectors. It's about the business of eliminating the competition. That doesn't usually lead to a better product. It just means more money for the big guys.

  6. IMO, Upper Deck always had a better product than Topps. I think in someways, this could turn out to hurt Topps instead.

  7. As a collector who focuses on Topps products, it doesn't really affect me personally. As long as Topps can keep the variety going, it shouldn't be too bad.