I was sitting around this weekend organizing my Emmitt Smith collection and watching some NFL playoffs when I thought to myself, “You know what this hobby really needs? ANOTHER vintage football card throwback…but with today’s technology!”
Well my friends, Topps has delivered just that. This came across the newswire just this morning from Topps:
As the NFL Playoffs begin, eTopps is proud to celebrate our storied football history with a special series of cards which celebrates the company’s first NFL release in 1956. These cards will feature NFL icons from the past, as well as superior gridiron performers of the present, on our classic 1956 Topps Football design.
We will begin offering cards from this collection today, Monday, January 11th, at 1PM EST and continue offering additional cards in the weeks that follow. The collection will include all-time NFL greats including Barry Sanders, Roger Staubach, Tom Landry (image attached) and Tom Brady.
The collection will be beautifully presented and delivered via the classic 1956 Topps Football design, but brought to life on stunning eTopps technology. Cards will be offered individually, encased and be sequentially numbered.
Sarcasm aside, this may not be such a bad ploy. Topps is losing their NFL license after this year, so why not bust out a throwback to their first NFL set? This may have been in the works for a future hard release anyway. I am not sure I get the whole eTopps thing, though (how does it work, anyway? Is it just a digital card or do you buy and trade the cards online and then request the actual card be mailed to you?). Perhaps it cuts down on production costs or gets the set to collectors faster? I dunno. All I can say with certainty is that I will be on the lookout to see if Emmitt is added to the checklist.
So what do you guys think? Awesome retro set? Modern junk? Only worth going after your favorite player/team?