Friday 2 May 2014

Topps High Tek, or how to take some interesting, and ruin it.

After the success of the clear parallels in 2014 Topps flagship, Topps announced they were bringing back the Tek line. As a fan of acetate cards, I was obviously pretty excited about this, but a little worried about what the product would be like. I was right to be worried.

In the three years that Tek existed, every year it was released as 20 packs of 4 cards, or 80 cards per box. This would give a nice selection of the multitude of patterns and a fair amount of trade bait for player and team collectors.

2014 Topps High Tek will give you 8 cards per box. That's right, it's another high end set. One autograph, one serial numbered card, and 6 base cards. What a thrill it must be to open a box and get 6 cards towards the set.

It was bad enough making Stadium Club, a set that used to be about photography, a mid-high-end set to get lost in the shuffle with Tribute, 5-Star, Tier 1, Triple Threads and whatever other carbon copy of each other sets, but this takes the fun behind Tek and crushes it under a heel like a disposed cigarette butt.

I love acetate cards, but I still don't have a 2014 Topps Clear, I was pumped when they announced my favorite set, Gypsy Queen, would have clear minis, they are 1/1 and I will never own one. Thanks Topps, for making another set I could not care less about.

The link provided here gives a good breakdown of the product.


  1. Sigh... the average collector gets pushed to the end of the line again.

  2. Topps is creating the end of the hobby. Instead of trying to create a new generation of collectors, they are trying to suck every penny out of the last generation of collectors. That also explains why Cal Ripken is included in this set. Cal Ripken is about the same as Honus Wagner to most kids between the ages of 10-14. If Topps doesn't go after this market, then the hobby will die with us.