By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
This year’s Topps Update baseball set arrives Wednesday with the final installment of the flagship baseball brand from Topps showcasing the newest rookies and veterans who traded uniforms this season.
The 330-card set also will include highlight cards from this year’s MLB All-Star Game and a few notable achievements from the season, including Derek Jeter‘s first 3,000th hit commemorative baseball card seen here.
Seeing the DJ3K highlight card got me wondering whether baseball card sets need to include more of these season-specific cards in them — and I want to know what you think, too. Take the poll after the jump.
Through the years, the volume of card sets has risen and season-specific moments seem to have fallen by the wayside — at least in my mind. Why? Deadlines and production cycles and probably collector interest dictate this to a degree, while highlights cards never seem to command the cash — the other more practical form of attention — from collectors.
That’s a shame because nothing documents the world of baseball more easily for more people than a low-end, comprehensive set of baseball cards. While technically an achievement from this year could — should — be highlighted in a 2012 release, we know that the sooner is always better when it comes to interest in these types of cards.
Personally, I’d rather see more highlights cards show in a set released late in the year — but that’s something that would step on the toes of a next year’s release.
Look for 2012 Topps in early February.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.