I've been meaning to take one last delivery of eTopps cards from my portfolio- at least some select cards- before I'm done here. Delivery is damn expensive ($12 first card, $1.75 each additional), but I'm getting worried that soon Topps is just going to pull the plug on the site (they stopped making new cards back in 2011, and recently took down the message boards) and my cards will be lost forever. So I figured I'd bite the bullet and get the cards I really wanted and hope for the best on the rest. I have a couple of complete sets that would be painful to ship, but I'm hopeful that someday there will be a special offer to clear out one's portfolio.
Anyway, my cards arrived the other day:
Here they are out of the bubble wrap:
I didn't take an individual shot of the Matt Weiters card in the bottom left of the photo above. But I managed to trade for one and took it in hand. Why? It's Weiter's only Topps card. I learned that from a comment by a guy named Stubby on a previous eTopps post I wrote. Thanks for the tip Stubby!
So the challenge of taking pictures of eTopps cards is that not only are they in hard plastic cases, the cards are shiny too. So my picture styles aren't consistent. Because I just kept snapping away until I got images that didn't have ridiculous glare.
As much as it ticked me off to pay that much for shipping, I absolutely love these cards. Especially the T206s. Here are a few up close for ye:
At some point, I plan to have this Willie Keeler card in it's original T206 form too. For now, this will work.
I took a bunch of standard eTopps cards too:
I could probably get 2 or 3 more posts out of this haul, but you get the idea. I will say that I'm not especially interested in trading these just because I wouldn't know what would be fair for them. On the one hand, the degree of difficulty getting these in a portfolio, coupled with expense of shipping means I'd want something good for them, but on the other hand the initial "cost" per card doesn't warrant getting something good for them. Mostly, I don't want to go to the effort to replace anything I trade out.