Does size really matter when it comes to Topps baseball cards? Back in 1975, Topps created a mini set of cards that could be found in mini packs. This was an experiment for Topps to see if there was an interest in these minis. Although most people preferred the regular sized cards in 1975, over the years and especially as of late, the popularity of mini cards has increased tremendously. There are many products out there that now include mini cards – Topps Allen & Ginter, Topps, and Topps Gypsy Queen just to name a few. In 2012, Topps decided to turn back the clock to 1975 and offered Topps mini cards as an online exclusive offering. Collectors could buy a box for these for $50 and could try for a chance at a Bryce Harper or Yu Darvish rookie card, a relic card, or even an autograph.
The public seemed very interested in these as collectors scrambled to get their favorite player. Some people collected team sets or complete base sets. I think that this was a great idea for Topps to capitalize on. It is hard not to compare it to the popularity of the Apple Ipad. Although people have bought millions of Ipads, when Apple launched the Ipad mini, even people already with Ipads had to get their hands on one.
However, for me, bigger is better. Instead of making regular base Topps cards that are smaller, why not make them bigger? I would like for Topps to consider this because I think it would be great to be able to frame large autographed versions of Topps base cards. It is my belief that these cards would be widely collected. I think 5 by 7 would be the perfect size and would look great framed on a wall. I find that regular size baseball cards are too small to display well.
Although this idea is probably too late for 2013 Topps, I would like to propose that for next year, Topps could create a complete set of 330 oversized base cards that are inserted one per box, as a box topper, with a random oversized autographed card inserted one per five cases. I understand that Topps would not be able to have all 330 signed but it would be neat if they could have about 20 subjects sign for this. I would like to go for a complete set of these oversized cards and get as many autographs as I could by attending card shows and baseball games.
So what do you think about my idea of oversized Topps base cards? I would like to hear your thoughts!