I will admit that I am new to baseball cards of today and only restarted my collection late 2007. Maybe I am not up on all my lingo yet but I know a bad idea when I see one. At first glance I thought eTopps was a Topps release that put some of our favorite players in different uniforms and/or a unique on-line exclusive card set. After doing some research I find out that in reality eTopps are cards that are only available through Topps’ website and are meant to be viewed on a computer screen. So basically, you pay a ridiculous fee for a card that doesn’t even list in Beckett and you never actually recieve it in person but instead it is stored by Topps for “safekeeping”. If you don’t like the idea of keeping them at Topps’ warehouse you can choose to have them delivered but of course, that too will cost you extra and when it arrives it will be in an ugly unbreakable case so don’t even think about trying to actual make physical contact with the card. God forbid!
What is perhaps the greatest feature of eTopps is the partnership with eBay which means that you can sell your card or a clever HTML code of your card for REAL money. Seriously, look at this auction. The card sure looks nice but you are not getting a physical card, just a pretty .jpeg file available for your viewing pleasure on your computer, but only after you have registered and created an account at eTopps. Tricky!
So, I am now an eTopps member and knowing how naive, err…I mean smart prospectors and card collectors are I have bought 12, yes 12, ultra-rare 2001 eTopps signed Albert Pujols rookies and I am selling them for $500 a pop in real cash, no Flooz accepted. I believe that is as good as a price as you can find them. Twenty years from now you will be living in huge mansions and traveling all over the world and thanking me, Mario Alejandro, for selling you these wonderful, highly-desired, can’t-miss, beautiful, and rare baseball cards.