Inside Bridgestone Golf’s Cancelled 2020 Promo Set

The hobby saw a surge of new collectors/flippers/investors in 2020. With the rise in popularity, it makes perfect sense for companies to issue cards to promote almost anything.

Bridgestone Golf’s days of making trading cards lasted about as long as Ryan Leaf’s NFL career. Ok. Maybe Ryan Leaf had a bit of a longer run. But not by much.

In November 2020, Bridgestone Golf thought it would be a good idea to print up some cards to use for promotional purposes.

The retro-style set consists of (5) cards and (1) sticker.

  • Tiger Woods #1
  • Fred Couples #2
  • Bryson DeChambeau #3
  • Matt Kuchar #4
  • Tiger Woods & Fred Couples #5

Whoever designed the set must have been a big fan of 1990 Topps Baseball. The card’s border clearly is a homage to that set. Photos have been replaced with animated images. Backs provide some stats while advertising Bridgestone Golf balls.

What led to the downfall of this promotion and denied it to collectors? According to a Bridgestone Golf Sales Rep it was Tiger’s agent. Bridgestone Golf is a sponsor of Tiger Woods, but apparently that doesn’t allow them to make cards of him. Tiger’s agent pointed out that his client has an exclusive trading card deal with Upper Deck, and demanded if the sets weren’t pulled legal action would take place. Deciding to save on legal fees, Bridgestone Golf cancelled the promotion and very few cards saw the light of day.

Bridgestone Golf pulled all photos of this promotion off of their social media. Although a Tweet from Darren Rovell briefly talking about it is still visible.

Its too bad this set was DOA. I know there are a lot of golf collectors who would’ve liked to get their hands on one.

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