Never! Every so often something cool comes out, Funkos for example. And even if the set is terrible the last few boxes have been cool display pieces. Live Mike and Roy Bot boxes don't seem to break that trend.
Topps has had some pretty low points IMO (ANuS 2). I wasn't too happy when they started selling SDCC "exclusives" on their site and was even less excited when they were giving them away. Worsening art, fanset bs, and the trend of doing the opposite of what fans want (diecuts, no Jung wa, OS16, less parallels ect)...
Right around this time is when i found out they had given artists Ping and Potter slack about there side projects and that was it. Fugg Topps. Also, i suspect they are hitting on my wife when i'm not around. You can't trust these sleazebags. F'em.
I think I started to really question my collection around the Flashback releases, but ultimately hit my breaking point on BNS1. I was really not a fan of the parallel sets in FB and it just continued into BNS1. I could live with parallels if the artwork was great, but BNS1 introduced that vile art of Im. Even though there were some great cards in the BNS and early yearly series, Im's art was just disgusting to look at. Really the only artists I liked were Brent, Mark and sometimes Layron. I hated just about everything from everyone else.
I still bought piece of art from each series up until the 30th anniversary set to show support for the artists, but I haven't bought anything from Topps since FB3. (Except for that Jay Lynch tribute set to help him out). Now with the online crap and the stupid themed sets they are doing now, I don't see myself ever buying anything from them again. Plus only Brent seems to be the only artist left that can actually paint a GPK if he has the time to do it.
I did buy 1 Funko, but I don't consider that a Topps product.
Can anything bring me back? Possibly if they sold the OS16 set unedited from the 80's. It sucks because I want to buy GPK, I just can't support the morons running the brand right now.
Post by Gory Corey on Sept 13, 2017 0:03:27 GMT -5
for me personally it started in 1987 just 2 years into GPK. it was at the 5th series when the downward spiral started. the sets were starting to get watered down with unoriginal cards and bad art, and from then on it got worse every series. don't get me wrong, some of my favorite cards of all time came from the 5th through 9th series, but as a whole, the sets were getting weak with too many filler cards.
then when OS10 hit i was like "IM OUT!" I was actually a little pissed as a kid looking at a GPK card that didn't look anything like a cabbage patch doll, and i thought the new banner looked stupid. honestly they should have just ended it at series 9. only corporate greed could lead you to release something that looks nothing like what its supposed to. I understand the lawsuit, and the fact they no longer able to commercially produce a cabbage patch parody, but call it quits, or take it to the underground. don't release garbage only in hopes to continue your profits. the day i opened my first 10th series pack is the day i officially lost respect for Topps!
To me.... John Pound and Tom Bunk are GPK. there have been good cards from other artists, but they set the standard that no one could match. never really liked warhola's art, the color was off and the faces were too red.
Last Edit: Sept 13, 2017 0:21:57 GMT -5 by Gory Corey
For me, I'm a completest. I can't have an incomplete set or wave of anything. If I start collecting something, I have to have to complete it, or it will drive me nuts.
When Topps starting including all these different parallels, sub-sets, C cards, etc., I just couldn't keep up with it all, and decided to quit. The boring concepts and shitty artwork, also didn't help. And the prices are just something I can't justify anymore.
However, I will continue to collect GPK merch like the Funko figures, because I like Funko and don't want to punish someone else for Topps' shitty decisions.