Million Dollar Question -How Many Short Prints Is Too Many Short Prints??
As a team and player collector, I don’t have the same worries that a set builder has. Especially if said set builder is trying to put together a set of cards by starting with the most fun method – the ripping of packs.
Lately, as I have gotten into collecting more modern players I have started to have to deal with short prints. And it is starting to bug me. Especially the high volume of short prints that seem to be coming more and more common in the widely collected sets.
Between the 2014 Topps Heritage and 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen releases, both sets featured short print cards of Jose Fernandez. And since I am building Miami Marlins team sets while also collecting singles of the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, I am needing to buy two of each Fernandez card that is featured in a Marlins team set.
That’s four total cards, four total needs – ALL Short Prints.
While still affordable (I have already made my purchases to get all of them) it did take the fun out of putting together the team set. I could piece it together by hand after ripping through packs or I could buy the whole team set complete but pay more for the added SP’s or I could land in the middle and buy the team set minus the SP and then shop again for the SP another time. And then buy another one so I could land the same card for my player collection.
I don’t know about you, but this drove me a little nuts. It’s definitely more to keep track of and a lot more of a headache since my ultimate goal is to stay on top of these new releases while also sticking to my budget.
I don’t believe that I am alone on this as I am certainly not the only team and player collector out there having to deal with all of these extra Short Print cards being published. Seriously, in a 350 card set, why do 50 have to be limited in production? That’s a large percentage – 14%.
I’d rather see exclusive limited edition stuff put into today’s sets for the case breakers to go after than for 14% of a set to be part of a limited print run.
Please Topps, keep it fun!!!