You have all heard of how Topps got the exclusive rights to MLB Licensed trading cards, now that most of the shock has worn off we’re wondering what is to become of Upper Deck baseball cards next year. I’ve been researching different options that they could take. Hopefully this will give you an idea of what might happen with UD baseball cards in 2010.
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This is what I’ve thought up:
1) They might just take the Donruss route and produce unlicensed trading cards without major league logos. Looking through ebay at listings of 2008 donruss threads, prime cuts, and so on, they have some decent looking cards (trying to go without MLB logos that is.)
Take a look at this Sandberg out of Threads, you can clearly see some of the logos, but i dont know, is it not considered showing if you cannot visibly make out the whole thing? Not Sure.
Or this Lou Gehrig, you can tell that the end of the lettering on the front of his jersey is there, but you cant make it out, and the classic NY Logo on his hat is either not visible from the angle, or it was photoshopped out.
2)They could try to get a license with college baseball and go like a Topps Magic for baseball and picture players in there college uni’s, but that would interfere with the players that came straight outta high school or immediately went to a minor league affiliate. Plus, the colleges of baseball players aren’t known as well as football players in my opinion.
3) You might have heard A Cardboard Problem suggestion of topless cards. Hey, ya never know.
4) They could come out with a history set ala Topps American Heritage.
5)They could use action shots that flat out dont show the logo, like this 2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces card here:
6)They could come out with a set commemorating Major League Stadiums(once again I dont know if this is violating the whole logo thing or not)
Thats what all I’ve got, if i come up with more ideas, I will post them here. These are some ideas that could very likely show up in your pack of cards next year.
If you have any other ideas I did not mention, by all means tell us what it is in the comments.