Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made his debut for the Toronto Blue Jays on April 26, 2019, less than two months ago. So far, he has at least twenty different cards designated with the “RC” logo (not including autographs and parallels). In less than two months. Eight of those are in the Topps NOW series. Three are Topps NOW Moment of the Week cards (and there have only been nine NOW MOW cards total so far this year). Three are Topps #TBT releases. Another two in the On Demand brand. So far, I’m counting only one each in Series 2, Total, and The Living Set. And then I got tired of counting. I probably missed a few.
- Topps NOW = 8
- Topps NOW MOW = 3
- Topps #TBT = 3
- Topps On Demand = 2
- Topps Series 2 = 1
- Topps Finest = 1
- Topps Total = 1
- Topps The Living Set = 1
Which one is his “real” “RC”? Am I the only one who thinks this who “RC” system is foolish? I do not believe Topps NOW, #TBT, The Living Set, etc. should be branded with the “RC” logo. That designation should be reserved for a player’s base card, whether that appears in Series 1, 2, or Update.
What confuses this old man even more is the different rules for Bowman releases. Ol’ Junior started appearing in Bowman products—wearing Toronto Blue Jays gear and identified as a Toronto Blue Jays player—way back in 2016. Back in the old days, the first time a player appeared in a major set, that was considered the player’s rookie card. Nowadays, Bowman doesn’t count; only Topps, and only after a fella appears in a big league game.
I’m so confused.
I’m glad I don’t chase rookie cards just because they are rookie cards. I’m glad I don’t collect Toronto Blue Jays or sons of major leaguers or Vladdy the Second. I’m too old to keep up with these shenanigans.
Now get off my lawn.
Pictured above is a Hunter Greene card from the 2019 Topps On Demand “Inspired by ’55 Bowman” set. Thus far, Topps has issued ten sets under the On Demand label this year. Not all of the sets feature baseball cards; there are some soccer, some Star Wars, some wrestling, and some Garbage Pail Kids so far. Checklists for all sets can be viewed on Cardboard Connection, but here is a quick rundown of what has been featured so far:
- Set 1 – Black and White Baseball
- Set 2 – GPK Valentine’s Day
- Set 3 – Women of Star Wars
- Set 4 – Ichiro Legacy Series
- Set 5 – 1977 Footballer Soccer
- Set 6 – Star Wars Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary
- Set 7 – Inspired by ’55 Bowman
- Set 8 – WWE Mother’s Day
- Set 9 – UEFA Champions League Black & White Soccer (currently available at Topps.com)
- Set 10 – MLB Rookie Progression (currently available at Topps.com)
It’s a nice variety, and not overly difficult to keep up with, right? But add in Topps Now, Road to Opening Day, Future Award Winners, Future World Series, Moment of the Week, Living Set for baseball and soccer, apparently a new Star Wars Living Set, 150 Years of Baseball, the revival of Topps Total, Star Wars Galactic Moments, Garbage Pail Kids, Bryce Harper‘s 220, Ginter X, Brooklyn Collection…and I’m sure I’m leaving a few others out. Those are only the online releases. It’s enough to make your head explode like an Adam Bomb.
It’s no wonder that the card backs for most of these sets are only half-done. They don’t have time to make a proper card back!
I still pick-and-choose when it comes to the online exclusives. I don’t have to have everything that is released. A few weeks ago, @WatchTheBreaks posted a $3 coupon code for eBay on Twitter, and the Hunter Greene card was only $3.99 with free shipping. I’m cool with dropping a dollar on an online exclusive that fits into the Reds focus of my collection.
Now if I could just find another coupon code to score the Nick Senzel Rookie Progressions on the cheap.