A new blog. Shameless self-promotion plug section.
I needed an outlet to show off my type collection - what I've called my sampler collection. I have a name for it now: Cardboard Zoo. Not because it's a crazy endeavor, which it is, but because, like a zoo, it's a way to bring cards from all over the world together to protect and display. I know, I know, a regal idea. I've had plans to do something like this for over a decade (in some form or another) and finally made the decision to go ahead with it. And then I realized, there is a blog like mine, and it's been around for several years (albeit with an interesting but limited scope)! So check out my site, follow if you please - there are a few posts up already!
A new question. Shameless comment pandering section. Not really, I actually do want your opinion on this.
Our discussions and your votes on my previous poll helped me with a decision regarding printing plates - the decision that the four (or five, or eight) colored printing plates essentially are the same set, at least as far as my type set is concerned. This week's question is along the same lines.
Every year, Topps releases team sets for all the MLB teams, and this year they added NL and AL "All-Star" sets to the mix. Each team set has its own checklist and numbering, so in essence there are 32 different sets for which I need a sample for my type set. This has happened well before the Topps team sets, as there are hundreds of minor league team sets issued by companies like ProCards and CMC in the late '80s with exactly the same design, sometimes even numbered sequentially, and companies like Star issued multiple player sets with the same design each year. In the '90s, team sets issued by Stadium Club and Score were released. I'm sure there are plenty other cases of this happening before the 1980s.
The question: Do identical team sets count individually or as a group when making a type set? Should a type set collection include a card from each of the 32 team sets issued this year, or just one to represent them all? Would the same concept apply to other similar sets, like the minor league, Stadium Club, and Score sets? Is there a point where the distinction should be made? Or should it always be made? Tell me your thoughts on this issue - one that primarily affects releases in the past thirty years.
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