I will say right off the bat that I love the Kimball Champions inserts. I feel like the majority of bloggers and collectors enjoy "bite size" baseball cards as a bonus to the regular old cards. They are like mini chocolate chip cookies, only these won't make your pants tighter (well, and they probably don't taste as good).
Who doesn't like opening a pack and seeing a tiny card fly out?
I really feel like this insert set will be one of the more successful insert sets, and one of the sets they should continue to spread throughout 2011. The Series 1 set is 50 total cards, which seems totally doable for the set collector or mini set collector. I would love if they did a black parallel set later in the year maybe in Series 2 or in the Updates set.
While I love this set, I don't know if I could see it surviving as a release in and of itself. I seem to fall in love with new "vintage" cards easily, and generally like them while most people hate them. The appeal of the mini card is that it's something different, at least with the Kimball Champions it is different. This is a new subset that will draw in the people who like to build mini sets, retro sets, and the obscure.
I have a separate binder for my mini cards and for the most part all mini cards are in there from Allen & Ginter, Goodwin Champions, and now Kimball Champions. Some of my Cano mini cards are floating in 9 pocket pages in his binder, and others are in their 15 pocket (better) sheets in the other binder.
This leads me to my next thought... Where are all the die-cut cards? Why can't we see more of those? The Target Red Diamond inserts would be awesome as die-cut cards, and the Topps 60 would be, too. I think a die-cut set or parallel set to one of the Series 1 subsets would be freakin' sweet. I know I miss die-cuts and from a couple of conversations I have had with fellow bloggers it doesn't seem that I am alone in that thinking.
What do you guys think? Die-cuts would be a thumbs up or thumbs down?
I'm not going to say I would be building die-cut sets, but I would like to add some odd shaped cards to my Cano and Pujols collection.