Saturday, June 12, 2004

Fritz Baseball Cards

If I manufactured/produced baseball cards, this is how I would do it. I'd stick with only four sets.

Set 1: Cheap cards. Large set size. At least 750, but not past 1000. Single Series. I like Upper Deck's idea of a 40-man roster set, but with 30 teams, that's 1200. Few, if any insert sets (definitely no more than 3). Decent quality. Not necessarily glossing or color on both sides. Packs are 75 cents for 15 cards, or jumbo packs of 40 for $1.60. Good examples to base the set off of: 2000 and 2001 Victory, 1986-1992 Topps, 1991 and 1992 Fleer.

Set 2: Base cards. Set size between 600 and 800. Two Series. Significant number of insert sets. About 6-10. Better quality than Set 1. Both sides hase glossing and color. MAYBE a little foil on the front side of the card (like the company or logo). Three types of packs: hobby, retail, and jumbo. Each type has 2 types of exclusive inserts. The rest of the inserts common to all packs (but possibly at slighty different odds). Some inserts are also series exclusive. Hobby and retail packs are 99 cents for 12, while Jumbo are $1.99 for 25-27. Good example of normal set: 2002-2003 Topps. Good example of insert sets: 1994 Fleer.

Side note: this is the only set with a subsequent Traded/Update/Rookie set.

Set 3: Good cards. Set size 400-500, depending on the size of the base set. Possibly two series, but not definite. Some insert sets (4 +/- 1). No inserts contain game-used memorbilia. Better quality than base set. Packs are $1.49 to $1.99 for 8-10 cards. Jumbo packs (if there would be any) would be 2x cards for $2.49 to $2.99. For lack of experience with higher quality sets, I have no example to base this off of.

Set 4: Premium cards. Small set size, about 150-250. Single Series. Limited print run (I like that way Score Select had about 5,000 sets in the mid-90's). Four insert series. Definitely game-used or autograph cards, but in limited quanitities. That insert set would be limited to 30 cards, and that would be the only set with GU/Auto. Each card in that set would be limited to 200 print runs. Rotate jerseys/bats/autographs every year isn't a half-bad idea. Thicker card stock. Packs are $2.99 to $3.99 for 4-6 cards. A game-used card would take the place of 2 normal cards. That "add a padding thing so you can't feel for them" is highly recommended. Again, for lack of experience, I cannot compare this to any set that already exists.

Final note on baseball cards. Upper Deck just had to go and ruin it. They raised the quality of cards and made the hobby difficult to afford. Damn them.

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