So, not content with releasing two sets exclusively at SDCC and ignoring all those that supported the products for the first releases, they're now giving promos to those that dress up (with a good bet most don't know what a trading card is), and something called the National Box Break, whatever that is. Great way to alienate collectors.
Posts: 3803 | Location: United Kingdom | Registered: April 21, 2004
I just realised Topps is at SDCC (which I should have remembered from previous years). if anyone is going to their stand for some other reason and is not a digital card person, could you drop my digital name on their list please (tangentJB)? Thanks
Posts: 1574 | Location: temp UK, usually Australia | Registered: July 31, 2002
I understand why you guys are disgusted by this greed, it truly does undermine the hobby, but it is also the natural extension of everything that has come before. Exclusive cards have been successful, so a good thing morphs into a bad thing.
Exclusive promos, exclusive cards and various event freebies have been highlights for shows, big and small, for years. It used to be a bigger deal for promo collectors and the subjects were mostly more obscure.
Then we started to get exclusive promos for major titles tied into Cons and Breygent came out with Mystery Packs and other manufacturers joined in and now we have Orphan Black season packs that can only be picked up at the event. Once cards featuring major titles started to be brought out this way, it had to effect the card collectors that followed those titles long term and you knew it would go to far.
So that's where we are now, too far. You can still find these cards of course, you just have to pay the person who has them. If someone wants to pay $120 for an Outlander promo, that's their business, but it just supports the problem.
For those that don't want to see these things continue at this level, my suggestion would be to just not buy the cards until the prices make sense. Demand always controls pricing and if there is no demand the practice will be curtailed by the makers themselves. Other than that, I'm not concerned about it because I know I'm not supporting it.
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