Today’s item of the day is a 2008 Topps Updates & Highlights Jose Reyes sketch card. Sketch cards have been a popular insert in many of Topps’ recent non-sports offerings, so they’re bringing the idea to their baseball line with the Updates & Highlights and Stadium Club sets.
From the cards that are showing up on eBay, I’m not sure whether this is really such a great idea. Take this Jose Reyes card. Yes, it’s a piece of original artwork. Yes, there’s a certain sense of style to it. Yes, it’s even in color. But is it a sketch of Jose Reyes? I don’t really think so. Would I spend $24.99 to add it to my colletion? No, definitely not.
Now I’m not trying to pick on artist Paul Lempa. I would much rather own this Reyes card than this one of a mystery pitcher. Lempa, at least, put some effort into the design of his cards.
The sketch cards that have gone up for sale so far have not all been bad. This Johan Santana one by Dan Day is colorful, and the super-deformed representation of the Mets’ ace is recognizable. I’d actually like to own this Mr. Met sketch card that was apparently intended for the Stadium Club release, though I certainly don’t think it’s worth a three-figure pricetag.
If Topps wants to keep excitement over the sketch cards, I think they may want to spend a little more time reviewing the artists’ submissions before they put them into their product… or at least require the artists to include both names and drawings on the cards. 😀