We all crave new designs, themes or sets from Topps when it comes time for new releases. However, sometimes they put out something awesome and other times they have something that just tanks.
While 2011 Topps Series 1 has plenty of great inserts and designs, the Leather Nameplates cards just tank with me. I promise I am not just looking for something to pick on here. I will admit I love the idea, however the execution of the idea is awful.
Now for those of you who have actually held one of these cards in your hand you already know that they feel like "pleather". Add to the fact that the stitching looks like a kid at the mall working at a hat stitching stand did it, and viola! craopla.
Don't get me wrong, I think this was a great plan on the drawing board, solid idea, fun for collectors, etc. How would I do it differently? Well, if getting the players real glove and using their stamped/branded name in the card wasn't possible I would have used something that actually felt like a glove on perhaps 180 pt. stock, and had the name stamped/branded so it was a more accurate and realistic representation of the real thing.
Now honestly, it doesn't even need to be a glove that was used by the player. A glove like this Mauer one would serve the purpose without cutting up a game used one that someone would like to own in one piece.
I do understand that cost is an issue with production, it's only series 1, and it's not one of their high end sets. But, maybe... just maybe... someone will hear my idea and translate that into something cool for future high end sets. Something more like the Sweet Spot leather glove autos would be great to see again, and I think Topps has every resource and player contract to make a set similar to that, market it, and produce it successfully. Check out this sweeeeeeet Wade Boggs auto, this is something I would love to be able to afford. I love Wade Boggs and the card.
In the end, as much as I want every card of Cano this may be one of those that I will never bother with. There have been plenty of other cards I just don't care to spend money on because I don't like them. The Cano Leather Nameplates aren't selling for much, but the Pujols are just because his name is on it. I definitely won't be buying that.
Perhaps someone will pull a Cano or Pujols and be willing to trade me for it, or maybe I will cave and buy it at some point.
Do you guys like the Leather Nameplate cards? Anyone buy one or pull one and agree with me about how they feel/look?