Obviously this also applies to our hobby as well. Some collectors love sports cards that are "simple" and "plain", while others prefer "shiny" and "extravagant". I myself am attracted to both... it just depends on the individual set design and the particular mood I'm in.
This morning it was drizzling here in the Bay Area, but a few hours ago the sun finally broke through and its light flooded my townhouse. It was the perfect setting for me to take out my most recent set purchases: 2000 Topps Gallery "Gallery of Heroes".
Topps produced this line of inserts for their Topps Gallery products from 1997 to 2000 and the first time I laid eyes on them, I fell in love.
They're obviously meant to resemble stained glass windows... which back in the 70's... I remember seeing hanging in peoples' houses. Some would have it mounted on walls, while others would use them for lamp shades. My brother actually made a bunch of stained glass decorations for friends and family members back in the day.
Then overnight they seemed to disappear. The only time I'd see them was when I attended a church service or when I went to this little strip mall bar in my neighborhood that used them as dividers between booths.
It's actually a shame, because I really enjoy the look of stained glass windows, which explains why I'm so attracted to these brightly colored, die-cut pieces of acetate.
But from my point of view, cards don't have to be vintage, autographed, or contain a piece of memorabilia to be appreciated. Sometimes all I'm looking for... is a little "eye candy" and that's exactly what these inserts are to me.
So what do you think?
Are these cards "hot"... or "not"?
Happy Thursday and sayonara!