The idea that collectors can obtain a sports card that commemorates an event they attended is a really cool concept and one of my goals is to collect as many Topps Now cards covering games I went to. So far out of the six games I've attended this season... only one card was created.
Back on July 16th, my friend and I went to the Oakland Coliseum to watch the Athletics play the Blue Jays and collect our Hello Kitty bobbleheads. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Ryon Healy collected his first MLB hit which was a 3-run bomb to left field.
Here's the Topps Now card that Topps honored his feat with:
I was pretty excited when I saw this card on their site. Unfortunately I just couldn't justify spending $9.99 for a non-vintage, non-autographed, non-relic card of some twenty-four year old A's rookie. Free shipping and sentimental ties made it tempting, but I made the executive decision to wait and pick it up a few months later for half the price. Honestly... I'm still wondering if I should have held out a little longer to save a buck or two. I guess once you're cursed with bargain hunter blood, you're stuck with it.
Then on Monday night, I watched the replay of Dee Gordon's emotional home run and thought to myself... I don't care about the price. Nothing is going to keep me from owning a card that covered an event that literally touched my heart and made me tear up.
The next morning, I jumped online and checked Topps.com to see if they had posted it. Since I'm not really a Topps Now connoisseur, I don't know their release timetable. The day afterwards I noticed they made cards for the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, but nothing for Dee Gordon or his Miami Marlins teammates. By Thursday afternoon, I realized there wouldn't be a Topps Now card produced.
Anyone know why Topps chose to leave this event off of their Topps Now checklist?
According to Topps, the cards are suppose to capture "magical moments". I'm not sure how they define "magical", but Gordon's home run is about as "magical" as it gets.
Maybe they felt it was wrong to capitalize off of the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez. If that's the case, then kudos to them. A possible solution would be to give all proceeds from the card to the Fernandez family and his unborn child or possibly a non-profit organization that deals with boating safety. I don't know. I'm just thinking out loud.
Well that's all I have. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend as we wrap up the MLB regular season. Happy Saturday and sayonara!