There's just something about vintage design. The simplicity. The colors. The "off-centered"-ness of layers. I love it.
Things that house that vintage feel in this hobby that I've really taken notice of in the past include goalie masks, card designs and now.....wrappers.
Recently it was reported that Topps has decided to celebrate the vintage-ness of their baseball wrappers by making limited edition prints available to the public. Every single Topps baseball wrapper from 1952 through 1989 will get the art treatment.
Now if you want to collect all 38 prints, it'll cost ya'.
The 10"x14" (numbered to 99) cost $29.99 each. You can also buy decade sets, measuring 5"x7" (numbered to 49 copies) cost $49.99.
I am so struggling with what to do.
And at the same time, I pray they don't do the same with hockey. (ok...yes I do).
In fact.....the last time I went to the Toronto Expo, I saw some gorgeous looking vintage wrapper art. Right up my alley.
The Hockey Nut and look really nice in person. Vivid colors, cool designs and reeking of vintage.
Currently there are about 10 different wrapper designs available. Measuring 16"x20" and presented as a canvas wrap, they bite the wallet at $99.00 plus shipping.
Now these don't have the OPC logo in full so I'm guessing that there's some sort of grey area with regards to copyright. Whereas the Topps baseball ones are made and sold by the company itself.
And then there are those who go for the real deal all the way.
I never appreciated wrappers back when I was a kid. Maybe other than the smell of the addictive bubblegum and the card locker redemption....but that's it. But I would have loved to have kept some of the oldies for posterity.
At the end of the day, this throw-away piece of sports card collecting is now anything but. And with the production of new vintage offerings, I don't see the trend slowing down anytime soon.
So, do you have any wrappers in your collection? What are your favorites? What do you think of old becoming new once again? Do these new prints turn your crank at all? Why/why not?
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