The one exception would be choosing a favorite baseball card. The 1956 Topps Jackie Robinson claimed that spot a few years ago and it doesn't have any plans to relinquish it anytime soon. But you already know that, right? I've written plenty of posts professing my love for that card.
Today... in honor of America's birthday... I present another 1956 Topps trading card, but it's from a completely different set. It's not even a baseball card. It's Old Glory on cardboard:
1956 Topps Flags of the World #1
In 1956, Topps released an eighty card set featuring flags of countries from around the world. Although I won't say it's my favorite non-sport set... it's one of them. The hand drawn flag with thirteen stripes and forty-eight stars (remember Alaska and Hawaii didn't join the union until 1959) is paired nicely with illustrations of Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, and the Capitol Building.
But Topps tries. In fact a few weeks ago, they used the 1956 Topps Flags of the World design for one of their Throwback Thursday sets. I honesty didn't pay any attention to these sets until I saw someone show off a Vida Blue card with a 1971-72 Topps basketball card design... which I thought was really cool.
Anyways... while browsing the Topps website, I stumbled across this set and picked it up:
2020 Topps Throwback Thursday #139
They've swapped out the national landmarks with a baseball player, which works for me. The card backs are kinda boring. Nick Vossbrink pointed out in the comment section last weekend, that Topps wastes the space with their silly advertisements. He's right. It's pretty lazy of Topps.
2020 Topps Throwback Thursday #140
2020 Topps Throwback Thursday #141
I found it interesting that they used the forty-eight star flag again, instead of the current one.
2020 Topps Throwback Thursday #142
2020 Topps Throwback Thursday #143
2020 Topps Throwback Thursday #144
Although I'm happy to add all six of these cards to my collection, the Ohtani was the main reason I was willing to pull the $19.99 out of my wallet. As a budget card collector, it pains me to admit that I bought into this trend. I won't say that I'll never do it again... but it'll definitely have to be a design that I really, really enjoy. A design that is considered to be one of my all-time favorites.
Have you ever bought any of Topps or Panini online exclusive cards (like Topps Now, Project 2020, or TBT) directly from their website?
Obviously the results of this survey's sample size will be small, but it should be interesting to see how many of us buy into these "cash grabs".
Happy 4th of July! I hope all of you are enjoying your holiday weekend. Stay safe and sayonara!