Grand Cards: Topps' Sketch Cards Get Sketchier

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Topps' Sketch Cards Get Sketchier

An anonymous commenter let me know that there is a fourth Granderson sketch card from Stadium Club--one with the same picture and by the same artist as a previous one, just in portrait formatting instead of landscape. Even worse, we can add two more sketch cards to Ty Cobb's ever-growing 2009 Portfolio. The first is actually a nice full color shot: The second perfectly showcases the egregious use of the 1 of 1 moniker:
Look familiar to anyone? Here's a refresher
Same artist, same orientation, slightly different coloring and border lines.

Again, some of these cards are really quite nice (the examples that I've shown here, for instance), but I can't help feel like Topps tried to pull the wool over our eyes in the advertising and promotion of these.

Keeping Score? Granderson '08 Stadium Club: 4
Cobb '09 Topps: 10


  1. I agree completely about these cards. They look great, but Topps has gone overboard. I've posted some other examples of supposed "1-of-1" sketch cards. Sketchy indeed.

  2. The Cobb on the sickly lime green background looks like he was a stand in for Gollum in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies.

    You can almost see the regression as the years went by...

    1907 - We wants the ring. Bad Cubs.
    1908 - We must haves the ring. Evil Cubbies
    1909 - My precioussss. The ring. Gives it too us now or feel my spikessss. Heck, just feel them anyhow. Bleeping Piratessss.

  3. Hahaha! I never looked at it that way, but you are dead on. Hilarious