Monday, February 23, 2015

Ginter Glaus 'n Glavine, Gordon

'I got something to say, yeah, it's better to burn out than fade away'- Def Leppard's Rock of Ages (borrowing the lyric from Neil Young's Hey Hey, My My (Out of the Blue))

Earlier this past week I had a 'discussion' on Twitter with journalist and author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass and Stars and Strikes, Dan Epstein. Dan had posted a link to a video from Def Leppard's debut album, On Through the Night. I commented on how good their first three albums were and a discussion of the band and their guitarist, Vivian Campbell, ensued.

I didn't mentioned it to Dan, but I consider Def Leppard to be one of the biggest disappointments in rock history, second only to Aerosmith. Each band had an amazing catalog earlier in their career, only to sell out to commercialism. Their music became bland, a poor reflection of what was once great music. But, hey, they've made their millions, so whatever. 

Well, they have plenty of company in the card industry. The hobby is chock-full of inglorious sets that have overstayed their welcome. Tribute, Tier One, 5-Star, Museum Collection and Gypsy Queen are only a few of the brands that I have heard a number of collectors (including myself) declare as being dead to them. Sadly, as I was putting some cards into binders a few days ago, I asked myself the same question about Allen & Ginter: is it a set that has 'faded away' and become totally irrelevant? [Note: While this post was in the draft folder I noticed Nachos Grande asked the same question on his blog]

For me, the Ginter design has become really stagnate. After a more refreshing design in 2014, the 2015 set looks like it will return to a look similar to the 2012 and 2013 designs, both of which I did not like. Many of the odd inserts seem to be regurgitated ideas.

What I hope happens to the brand is that they shelve it for a few years, perhaps revisiting it at some point. But until then, why not bring back an older brand that we haven't seen in some time? Something like Topps HD or Topps Reserve. Of course, there's the large group of collectors who would like nothing more than to see Topps Total revived. That would be a welcomed change, as well.

What about you- what set would you like to be brought back to life?

1 comment:

  1. I'd love to see Upper Deck Masterpieces or Topps Gallery make a reappearance.