EXCLUSIVE: 2009 Topps Unique

20 08 2009

It is my pleasure to bring exclusively to Wax Heaven readers, images of an all-new baseball product from Topps Company. Unlike other product previews, you won’t find these images anywhere else… for now.

Stay tuned to Wax Heaven for even more images of 2009 Topps Unique!

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56 responses

20 08 2009
David

Good job on getting the exclusive. The cards look pretty cool. Is this going to be a “high end” release from Topps?

20 08 2009
Gellman

Oh cmon. Mario, good job on the exclusive, but I cant say these cards look good. Im not sure why Topps refuses to try for hard-signed cards with any of their high end products.

20 08 2009
Mario A.

Gellman, no one is telling you what to think.

I just previewed the cards, I didn’t design them. 🙂

20 08 2009
Chris Gilmore

ya know Adam, it is possible to correctly use a sticker

20 08 2009
Dave

Well – they definitely look better than Topps’ other high-end offerings, Triple Threads and Topps Sterling. I really like that Cabrera bat knob card. But Topps really needs to get on board with on-card autographs. Those stickers continue to look horrible.

20 08 2009
Charlie

I like that they are doing buttons, logos, tags, and bat barrels, but i definately agree on the stickers. For what this is probably going to cost, there is no excuse for the shiny silver stickers. Even clear ones would be better.

20 08 2009
slette

Just to echo… well, everyone’s sentiments here: the stickers do stink BUT I think this stuff is pretty damn incredible. Not sure how much I’m vibing “Unique” as the name though.

20 08 2009
Mario A.

I was just informed by Topps that the sell sheet will not be ready for another two weeks. It’s an extremely early sneak peek.

They just wanted me to pass off the message that despite what you see, this is not going to be a high-end release.

I found this on Tuff Stuff’s site from the Hawaii Trade Conference:

2009 Topps Unique Baseball (Letters, Logos, Laundry Tags) which is a new product with a low-price point.

20 08 2009
Danny

But what do they consider low price?

20 08 2009
Mike

Hmmm….

I seem to remember a while back there was a post asking for custom card designers….

I call BS…

20 08 2009
Mario A.

Mike,

I wouldn’t risk the site’s reputation for some April Fool’s type gag. These images came directly from Topps, the company who reads the site daily and contributes by sending products for review. I have no desire to damage my relationship with them.

-M.

20 08 2009
Gellman

Just to echo… well, everyone’s sentiments here: the stickers do stink BUT I think this stuff is pretty damn incredible. Not sure how much I’m vibing “Unique” as the name though.

I had no idea you were a fan of stock backgrounds! There is nothing exciting in any of these cards. What is with those lines that look like those cable lines running to my apartment buildings. Its like Topps Signature Series basketball got pregnant with the baby of Topps Paradigm, and had this. Ill tell you, that baby is not pretty.

20 08 2009
Thomas

Really nice cards. If they’re bragging about a low price point, either their idea of “low” is different than that of the hobby as a whole, or this is going to be just another BS product where you get a nice pull like this every five cases, and the rest will be “unique” one-color plain-white-jersey (lol) cards of freaking Brian Giles and Brett Boone.

I like the look of these cards and the stickers definitely add some pop.

20 08 2009
beardy

Can’t say the design is very “Unique”. Aside from the bat knob, these cards all look sort of bland. What’s “unique” about jersey buttons and laundry tags? Ballpark Collection did that last year.

Not to knock Topps, but just like “Ticket to Boredom” this looks like another uninspired baseball set for the sake of game used memorabilia.

20 08 2009
Slowdog

Mario,

If at all possible, I would think that your readership would love to see an interview with a Topps marketing specialist as to what they are trying to achieve with a particular product. For example, if this product comes out at a lower price point (per Tuff Stuff’s report in the Hawaii Trade Conference), that explains why sticker autographs are needed. It would be interesting to know if they are attempting to target a younger demographic with a low price point but believe that the younger demographic desires some kind of game used item that is “unique” that they can tell their friends about. With no on-card signatures, it is not targeting higher end, and with “unique” items, it is not targeting set collectors.

Perhaps in this new non-exclusive licensing era, Topps might be a little more open with marketing strategy if they are sincere in their statement of trying to recast the hobby in a new direction designed to promote growth.

20 08 2009
slette

Maybe I should clarify – the relic pieces being put in are impressive. Instead of the same ol’ white jersey swatches, they’re doing the laundry tags, bat knobs, etc. The lines do look like a slot-racer track from my childhood, although they certainly don’t ruin the card for me.

20 08 2009
Chris

A low end release with some nifty 1/1s is nice…but if it’s low end, the base cards are what will drive the set…I’ll withhold judgment until I see the base cards and sell sheet but it looks like it has potential so far!

20 08 2009
Gellman

Uninspired – that is the word I was definitely looking for. It was killing me. Thanks Beardy.

20 08 2009
Anonymous

Wish they would have released some non 1/1s to preview, don’t even know wtf the product is about with just 1/1 scans lol. Grats on the exclusive though!

20 08 2009
jl

How low end will the price be, I’m thinking maybe on the lines of Donruss Americana, 4 packs $100.00 or 25.00 per pack each pack contains a hit. Not the best concept but how much of the hits are prospect rookies, and the 1/1 are they going to market a mystery pack like Sterling. The cards look plain, but I get the object to market the harder to get relics, tags, barrel. But with most of the stuff Topps makes you have to sift throught the crap to get to the treasure.

20 08 2009
McCann Can Triple

I’d sell my soul for that chipper.

20 08 2009
sendmeyourjunk

I think there ugly, but if I buy a box and pull the Pujols, I would be 1 happy man. That card would go on ebay, as with all the other junk 1/1’s in that set.

20 08 2009
Beaverman3001

Interesting, with they would have given a breakdown of what the product is intended for price wise and box/case breakdowns.

20 08 2009
Mike Lindegarde

I think the addition of the bat knob shows some creativity; however, as others have said, the design leaves something to be desired.

I’ve read countless posts where people complain about there being so many relic and autographed cards that they are worthless. A few seconds later those same people complain if every box doesn’t have at least two quality relic cards and an auto. How do you make these people happy?

If Topps is planning a product that has a low price point with long shot odds on the great inserts, that’s fine by me as long as they advertise it as such. Give the kids something to chase at $2.99 a pack.

The design could have been better though.

20 08 2009
Mr. Scott

Can’t wait to break a few boxes!!!

20 08 2009
jl

Not sure if it going to be 2.99 a pack, but if it is that low expect a sellout adult collectors will jump on that price giving the kids no chance.

20 08 2009
CPAdave

Looks like Beckett bitched and got their grimey hands on the preview images, too. Either that or Olds figured out how to use PhotoShop to airbrush out your watermark:

Beckett Still Sucks

20 08 2009
Mario A.

CPAdave,

They have a history of crying to card companies about me.

https://completist.wordpress.com/2008/12/23/the-truth-shall-set-me-free/

20 08 2009
jesse

this is EXACTLY what I was hoping topps would turn to. I have to say…. well done topps! maybe we can life w/o UD.

20 08 2009
jl

Is this topps product replacing sterling, from your images and Beckett it looks like a Sterling product revamped. I can not see this product going for less than 150.00 per box, and that is not low price.

20 08 2009
JamesK

Wow these are some anti 90’s cards if Iv even seen them, short printed, simple design unlike some of the busy designs of the 90’s and nice hits. Im liking the bat knob card and if the price is “low” Id buy a box or two. The laundry tag cutout reminds me of sweetspot, while the letter patch card looks like sterling and the triple auto w/ the swatches looks like triple threads.

20 08 2009
jesse

yeah hopefully a “hit” comes like only 2 a case and these mega hits are one every dozen cases… so the kids and adults alike can get some nice pulls.

and mike L. is right, one second people wuss about there being to many and then they diss a product that tries to make these hits more meaningful. is this going to be a perfect release? no. is it a step in the right direction? I hope so… its looking like it if they arnt BSing us

20 08 2009
The Mojo Hand

I like it!
Then again that is my opinion, and I hope it doesn’t offend anyone here.

I do believe the whole high end sticker auto thing is a one sided Upper Deck ass kisser attempt at deflating this product.

Below is a list of Upper Deck high end baseball products that use stickers.

All of them.

From Black to Premier To Exquisite all sticker auto’s.

How about future high end baseball.

Sorry no Upper Deck there either.

Mojo

20 08 2009
unclemoe

Wait? I can own a Vlad Guerrero button? Sweet!

moe.

20 08 2009
AJ

AWESOME

20 08 2009
The Mojo Hand

My bad..

There will be high end baseball from Upper Deck.

It just will be unlicensed, and have sticker auto’s.

What a great combination!!

However this sounds really familiar.

Donruss maybe?

20 08 2009
Charlie

Mojo – Once again talking from your nether-regions 😛

The gripe is that Topps continues to use BRIGHT-SHINY-REFLECTIVE-IN-YOUR-FACE-SILVER stickers. UD and DLP switched to clear, unobtrusive stickers years ago. And I don’t want to hear about bowman and A&G. Topps high-end is NEVER on card since 2006 Sterling.

If they could do it in 2006, why not now?

If every other company, including TriStar for cripe’s sake, can use clear stickers, why not Topps?

20 08 2009
The Mojo Hand

Did they really?

I would have never known that Charlie. The grip was hard signed. I didn’t read your post as the language can be a little offensive from your nether- region.

Tristar used white stickers in 08 by the way. They just looked clear because of the white background they were placed on.

The silver stickers are terrible, and we all agree.

I like that we all agree.

Mojo

20 08 2009
Michael

Wow, these look really nice to me. Interesting pieces of eguipment on the cards. A button from Vlad? The logo part of the jersey of Chipper, and is that the bottom of a bat from Cabrera! That is really awesome.

20 08 2009
Paulb

Getting a button card is like Charlie Brown getting rocks on Halloween.

20 08 2009
Shaun

I’ve always liked the Topps autograph stickers, especially the regular silver shiny ones. I can’t wait to see what the base cards look like.

20 08 2009
JBob

You guys complain about junk swatches and nothing new in the industry. Then this hits and complaints galore. It’s not gonna be high end and it’s gonna offer some amazing pulls, I love the idea and I hope to get some of this to bust open.

20 08 2009
Thomas

Why do people continue to pretend that Topps doesn’t use clear stickers? Just because they didn’t use clear stickers on THIS PRODUCT doesn’t mean that they don’t use them at all. Do I really need to cite a dozen examples of Topps products with clear stickers?

The shiny stickers actually ADD SOME POP to the cards. I like them. Lots of people like them. When you pull an auto on a shiny metallic sticker, you get that little heartbeat skip before you realize who the auto is. You notice the sticker before the autograph.

On-card autographs have to be done right (they need a clearly-defined white or light-colored space large enough for an autograph) or else they look cheesy. These shiny sticker autos are nice because they can slap the sticker on there and the clearly defined space for the autograph – keeping it from blending into the background – is built into the sticker itself.

20 08 2009
Me

yee haw look at all those 1/1’s..Typical lazy and uncreative Topps at its best. Can’t wait until next year when they have no competition. they look like trap auto’s

20 08 2009
The Mojo Hand

Thomas & Shaun

I was wrong to say we all agree. I think its great you like the silver foil stickers.
I can see how they can add to a card in a positive way.

Mojo

20 08 2009
rosschrisman2003

looks like an awesome product, but this stuff has been done before. i’d love to pull cards like that. there isn’t anything really unique about it…. yet.

20 08 2009
Charlie

Thomas – what else is new?

Please tell me when topps used clear stickers on a BASEBALL product.

20 08 2009
jesse

for sure charlie. the crappy bright stickers are space-like… which is why I think one of the only times it has fit was that buzz-arod card

21 08 2009
Tim H

Buttons, jerseys, laundry tags, games used shoes and bat pieces, all that stuff is old news. Why can they not bring other memorabilia products in like…. I dunno….game used jock straps or just something different for pete’s sake. Perhaps pieces of the bat bags or tickets for complete lineup cards….just something different. The current game used stuff has run it’s course and change is needed. Unfortunately sticker autos are here to stay and will be a part of the hobby. We just don’t need so many Brad Hands for crying out loud. When you look at the cards you posted Mario they have no thought put into them and there’s no soul in it. Just something that was slapped together to sell is what it feels like.

21 08 2009
topher

I’m a BIG fan of the really TINY Pujols picture.

21 08 2009
sendmeyourjunk

I guarantee if any of you bought this product and pulled a 1/1, or a sticker auto of Pujols you would not be complaining if you would make money off of it.

Typical hypocrites

21 08 2009
jesse

for sure charlie. the crappy bright stickers are space-like… which is why I think one of the only times it has fit was that buzz-arod card
Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

21 08 2009
Tim H

I wouldn’t sell a Pujols. That would be one for my collection and would be nice to own.

21 08 2009
Platypus

Mario, do you know when you will have the product info, this looks like a great set! Thanks!

21 08 2009
ilikepii

Um, that would be awesome to pull one of those out of a 3-8 dollar pack, but if those are those one per box hits with a box being 1000 dollars, then this product won’t do that great. But it is one of the few topps high end products. Luckily I can’t afford these. Yay

20 12 2009
Joe Demelo

Topps Unique…they really have to do something unique with all the new printing technologies that are available. I just busted a box and the cards have the Topps basic gloss and foil text. I pulled a Jack Cust silver sticker autograph on a white card. It looks like something one would pull out of Topps Baseball. The bat of Vlady is ok but again a basic white card with a tiny piece of wood. The patch is an all white patch of Lance Berkman. OVerall a $159 product, with some ok base, a $2 autograph at best and an ugly white patch a size of a penny.

Not unique at all. Maybe a unique series of over priced cards that looks like their low end Topps opening day series.

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