Wow what a wild weekend in the NFL. Surprises continue to throw my contest.. Almost the Easiest Superbowl Contest on the Web in to shambles. So out of a field of 22 we are down to 5 that have a shot. 3 still have an active team picked as a winner with an active team picked as the losing opponent and 2 have an active team pick with a team eliminated. But with the Jets still in it and nobody picking the Jets to win or even go to the Superbowl the game is still a foot. Whew. What a ride. I would be lying if I said I wasn't thrilled the Pack is still in it, and I'd be lying to say I'm not surprised.
I was praying that the Seahawks could pull off one more miracle but I'm not surprised by the smack down the Bears put on them. There was a reason they were 7-9.
Anyways I was thinking I needed to put something up on my Milwaukee Brewers Blog, Miles from Miller, since I haven't since I heard they got Zack Greinke and I was digging around in my Brewers stuff and came across some 1971 Topps coins. Which I blogged about briefly. But it got me thinking about the experiment that is/was Topps Coins. So Topps puts out a set in 1964, 1971, and from 1987 to 1990. It's an interesting and kinda bizarre concept. The coins look kinda like milk caps. Of course milk caps were way before my time, but they did inspire another craze, pogs. Remember those? Ung.
The point being I was thinking of things Topps, or hell, any of the other card companies could do to invigorate there product lines. We all releases, except the very bottom echelon (ie Score, Opening Day), we expect guaranteed hits, but jersey cards are over, autos are mostly cheap mass signed stickers of guys who probably won't have a career very long, and there just isn't that much else. For as much grief as I hear over Topps' manufactured hat patch and bat barrel cards, I have to say at least it's something different.
I was thinking why not bring back the Topps Coin. No not in its own set. We don't need that. But how about a card with the coin embedded into the card, like the mini autos from T206 were inside the bigger card. Hell maybe even have some cool different metal parallels, even a gold 1/1 parallel could be possible. Maybe even have buy back coins inserted into the mix as well. It seems with the retro theme products being the majority of what Topps puts out this would be right up their alley.
I've seen links to Topps Series 2 sell sheets already around the blogoteria. Looks like more of the same as Series 1, with a few little differences. The Manufactured Glove cards are back in this series too. I kinda expected they would be but maybe with a different color leather. Seeing as last year they had hat patches in Series 1 and 2 and then mixed it up with bat barrels in Update. So I'm interested to see if they mix it up with this years Update. My money is on manufactured ball with stitching cards like sweet spot had, just not autographed.
What do you guys think? What would you want to see? What don't you want to see?