eTopps 1956 Football Tribute

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.

1956 eTopps Tom Landry
Click image for full sized mock-up

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?

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2 Responses to eTopps 1956 Football Tribute

  1. Ah eTopps. How etopps works is every Monday they put out IPO’s on new cards 4 to 5 cards usually depending on the season and sport. Usually this cards are limited to under a thousand or so some under 500. So getting a card can be tricky but you put in a buy order and if you were lucky enough to get one it goes into your account. Now these represent real cards but and they can be sold on eTopps trading floor on eBay. eTopps keeps track of what these cards sell for after the IPO and adjusts the worth accordingly in your account. You can also request to have the cards shipped to you for an additional fee. Although Topps tells you when the cards will be ready for shipping. It’s not terrible, some of the cards are really nice and some even hold or exceed their value, but unfortunatly most don’t. And believe it or not eTopps has been around from quite some time.

  2. CPAdave says:

    Wow. That’s really interesting. I know I’ve heard the term eTopps floating around for a little while, I’ve just never checked it out. The stock market aspect is interesting. I guess maybe I can put my college finance and econ classes to use in the real world after all!

    Thanks for the info!

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