Too Much Tribute?

Like many fellow collectord, I couldn’t wait to get a look at 2022 Topps Series 1 for that small chance that Jose Canseco may show up somewhere on the checklist despite being retired for two decades. I didn’t purchase a single 2021 Topps Canseco card but I went into the new year with high hopes that Topps would finally scale back on having to rely on classic designs from the past to milk the nostalgia teats and/or continuing to recycle the same images seen in their products year after year.

Unfortunately, Jose Canseco does show up in 2022 Topps but it’s in the form of a redemption with an autograph on a … you guessed it, a 1987 “throwback” design. For those who may think all I do is complain, let me show you why I hate throwbacks, speaking only as a Jose Canseco super collector of more than thirty years now. Below you will find a list of some of the Jose Canseco 1987 “throwbacks” I currently own. I say some because I stopped updating my spreadsheet in 2019 but continued buying Canseco cards well into 2021.

2004 Topps Originals Signature Edition /99
2005 Topps All Time Fan Favorites
2005 Topps Rookie Cup Reprints
2005 Topps Rookie Cup Reprints Chrome
2005 Topps Gallery Heritage
2005 Topps Gallery Bat
2014 Topps Future Stars That Never Were
2014 Topps Future Stars That Never Were
2014 Topps Future Stars That Never Were Autograph
2015 Topps Archives Signature Series Autograph
2016 Topps 65th Buyback
2016 Topps Archives Signature Series Autograph
2017 Topps All Star Autograph
2017 Topps 87 Autographs
2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Autograph
2017 Topps Update All Rookie Cup Reprints
2018 Topps Clearly Authentic
2021 Topps Archives Signature Series

I know what you’re thinking … you fool, why buy so many retreads? Isn’t that just encouraging Topps to keep producing them? Yes I am a fool but no on the second part. Trust me when I say Topps does not give one ounce of fuck on what they produce because year after year, no matter what they mock-up, it is guaranteed to immediately sell out thanks to online breakers. In the large scheme of things, do you think Topps cares about one unhappy Jose Canseco collector who spends less than $1,000 dollars a year on cards?

When it comes to throwbacks, Topps did it best way back in 2005 with All-Time Fan Favorites, a now extremely rare card especially in Refractor form. For this tribute, Topps added the Chrome & Refractor technology which wasn’t even a twinkle in Michael Eisner’s pool boy’s eye in 1987. In 2018, Topps added the signed acetate reprint. Unfortunately, Topps has produced buybacks of ’87 Topps Canseco in Archives Signature Edition five years in a row, ultimately watering down the secondary market.

As for the 2022 Topps Series 1 redemption, the ONLY way Topps can save itself from another verbal lashing here at the Baseball Card Blog, is if the card features an unseen/unused photo of Canseco from ’85-’88. There’s nothing worse than using a photo of jacked-up Canseco from his time with the A’s in 1997 in an ’87 throwback. It just does not work for me. This was done with Topps’ ’87 Tribute from 2017 featuring 1997 Juiced Canseco and 1990 Still Juiced but Not As Much Canseco. The picture must be from the same era as the design!

You can expect Part Two of the 2022 Topps Canseco Redemption once the card hits collectors.

4 thoughts on “Too Much Tribute?

  1. Yeah, there’s way too much of the 35th Anniversary crap. I liked last year’s 52 Redux and 70 years of Topps insert sets though. I can’t stand the 35th Anniversary sets though.

  2. Don’t worry, they’ll probably shift to “40th anniversary” next year and rehash 1983-1987 all over again.

  3. How. About you focus your time on gering panini to honor redemptions, no one answers phones emails it’s like a big f u

  4. A little distracted by the fact that you were able to land the 2016 Topps 65th Buyback. I was targeting that card for a while, but ended up giving up.

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