eTopps was a cool idea. I actually think it is still around, but I no longer really think it is a cool idea. I am not a huge fan of cards that I don’t get to hold in my hands (what’s the point of having something, if you don’t actually HAVE it?). Topps only shipped UPS (UPS shipping across a border – headache), and it wasn’t cheap. Thus, I didn’t really get into the concept at anything but a superficial level.
That changed today when I picked up a 2001 Josh Hamilton eTopps card in a trade. I still have no pressing desire to get into eTopps cards, but I actually HAVE one in hand now. The verdict: very shiny, even though my scanner doesn’t really do the cards justice. I will have to keep my eyes open for the 07 version with the Reds, and just maybe one of the limited autographed versions as well.