Yesturday’s Hobby Events

Thats the last time I do my math homework (ok maybe not)!  Late yesturday evening after finishing many hours of homework, I finally got to sit down and see what was going on within our great hobby.  To my surprise I found that there were two major events that had taken place right under my nose: (1) Upper Deck and Topps don’t get their license to create basketball cards and (2) Donruss / Playoff gets sued by MLB.

First off, I would like to address the issue between Donruss / Playoff and MLB.  Major League Baseball has decided to sue Donruss over their production of baseball cards.  Since Donruss doesn’t have a license they can’t use the logos from any baseball teams on their products.  Donruss thought they could get around this by “photoshopping” the logo off the player’s uniform.  This is a great idea, because it would allow Donruss, which is one of my favorite card manufacturers, to enter back into the baseball card market.  When Donruss Threads first came out, I started looking at the cards and could clearly make out the logos that were on the player’s uniform.  Even if Donruss did “white out” part of the logo, it didn’t take a damn Einstein to figure out what team logo was there.  I had a strong feeling from the beginning that this was going to happen, but I just didn’t know when.  I hope Donruss / Playoff gets out of this mess safetly, because I really enjoy their products more than any other card company.

The other major issue that I would like to talk about is the fact that both Topps and Upper Deck no longer can create basketball cards since neither one of them was able or wanted to keep their license.  Yesturday the NBA annouced that they have entered into an agreement with The Panini Company to make basketball cards.  When I read this, I thought to myself, The Panini Company?  I love Paninis, they taste real good when you pop them in the microwave for about three minutes 🙂  The Panini Company is mainly over in Europe and makes packets of cards.  They do a lot with card games and stickers for various collectible activities.  The Panini Company hasn’t had a huge part in American culture until now.  I think it will be interesting to see what The Panini Company can do with the basketball card market.  Maybe we’ll see autographed stickers, or even stickers that contain a relic.  I can’t wait to see an on-card autographed sticker (doesn’t that sound weird?).  I wonder how stickers will hold-up against counterfeiters?  I guess time will tell.

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