Thoughts on the Topps MLB exclusive

It was announced a few weeks ago that Topps will have the exclusive MLB contract for 2010. There has been a lot of discussion on how this will change baseball card collecting on various message boards, at shows and in my store. It seems that most collectors, even the Upper Deck haters, are not in favor of the decision by MLB. Even though there have been many complaints about Upper Deck in regards to redemption problems, substandard product and the lack off inoavation, competition is healthy even in the shrinking baseball card market.  I am not favor of the decision, because I like many Upper Deck sets: Goudey, Sp Authentic, base Upper Deck, spx and Sweet Spot are all widely collected and it will be a shame to see them go. Upper Deck still plans to make unliscened products but I do not think they will fly without team logos.

The one thing I have been asked by many collectors is why did the MLB give Topps an exclusive? It would make sense to many, that if the MLB was not happy with Upper Deck, a contract could have been awarded to Panini, who has not been able to make liscensed baseball cards since 2005. It seems  that 2010 will be a  be a very intersting year for baseball card collectors and I hope that Topps brings their A game in producing cards and bringing new blood back into the market.

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