I forgot to mention, I later added an edit at the bottom of the post though, the conspicuous absence of a certain insert in this years Topps Baseball that I haven't seen mentioned. So I'm going to mention it.
This year Topps has finally killed Toppstown!!! (A cheer goes through the crowd.)
I can't remember anyone ever saying anything good about Toppstown, myself included. Let's face it, it was a pointless insert aimed at kids who have better things to do than try and collect and trade virtual cards. Maybe it's because there was no prize, maybe it's because the code card counted toward your total number of cards, whatever the reason, it was probably the most hated insert of all time.
First a little history. In 2008 Topps introduced Toppstown. It inserted code cards, like this one...
So in 2009 Topps figured out that if you put a player on the card consumers would bitch less.
In 2010, Topps changed it up a little bit by having a different photo on the gold version from the base version.
Did collector's care at all about these cards? From what I've read from all of you, no. At least not for the codes. Adding a player to the card made it collectible for team and player collectors and for the few collectors that attempt master sets, but I'm assuming the reason they got rid of it was the same reason they stopped eTopps. Lack of interest. I'm sure persistent bitching helped too, but we all know Topps doesn't tend to listen to our bitching. It's interesting to see the evolution of the insert though, watching each year as Topps tried to improve upon it.
Will Toppstown be missed? I doubt it. I won't miss it. What about you?