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Posted: 08/07/2018 7:51 AM
RE: Idea for a New Trading Card Set
I think the idea is interesting but the
scope is too large for a company like RA
to tackle. What could be done would be to
have a similar idea set with random cards
from all of the RA properties. The cards
could be brand new so as to have one
consistent look or odds-n-ends from all
the series done over the years. So you
might have a Roger Moore auto and a
Captain Picard auto. Or a base card from
SG-1 or a base card from WNBA. If they
did a new series, then each of those base
cards would be part of a mini-subset with
an auto card to top off the mini-subset
(hope that wording makes sense). Other
companies have done an odds-n-ends of
their leftovers but it might be
intriguing for RA to take it a step
further and make a new set with the
subsets from their list of licensees.
Idea for a New Trading Card Set!
Here's an idea for a new card set.
Topps has Allen & Ginter.
Upper Deck has Goodwin Champions.
Both these sets have capitalized on making use of unusual or
odd insert cards to compliment "base" cards, which is a trend
in the card market, which I would like to tap into.
This set idea is kind of related, but also takes things much
further - to boldly go where no trading card company has
It is called "Odds". The name has dual meanings - "odds"
meaning "odds and ends", or "oddities", and also "odds"
meaning the statistical chances of finding a card.
The wrappers might have nothing on them but black/white
print of the word "Odds" and a long list of the odds of finding
It works like this:
The packs would consist entirely of an assortment of unusual
subsets, with no "base" cards at all.
For Rittenhouse purposes, the themes depicted with the
subsets could have a somehow scifi-related undertone - or
they could be entirely random if desired.
One subset might be literary characters of the science fiction
world, with a photo/drawing and description of the character.
One subset might be colors. The chances of finding a
completely red card would be like 1:100 packs. The chances
of an all-black card might be like 1:300 packs.
One subset might be 300 cards, each with a photo of one of
the 300 largest cities in America.
One subset might be professions - like nurse, bank teller, fast
food worker, engineer, etc.
One subset might be autographs of random unfamous
people, with a short narrative of their life on the back of the
One subset might be images of different types of exotic fruit.
One subset might be images of different types of birds
One subset might be constellations, with a picture of the
constellation on the card.
One subset might be original kids' drawings.
One subset might be textures, like where each card has a
different texture on the surface of the card.
One subset might be vintage bumper sticker
One subset might be license plate relics.
One subset might be comic authors or illustrators
One subset might be cards of other subsets that have been
cut in half and reattached to half of another card.
One subset might include images of different breeds of
One subset might be cards made of a variety of materials..
copper, aluminum, steel, plastic, rubber, fiberglass, etc...
... I could go on and on with examples for days... The more
subsets the better!
The fun of this set is to probe the essence of what card
collecting is fundamentally about, and to find out how
abstract trading card sets can become. I believe there is a
core group of card collectors who are driven primarily by the
dopamine response in finding something unexpected and
interesting in a pack. In some cases, the rarity of an unusual
card will, in itself create the value of the card in mass
markets, but the value of an "odd" card to an individual
collector will be a function of how much fun the collector has
finding the card, regardless of how much objective value the
Would love to hear any thoughts about his concept...
Awesome? Ridiculous? Both? Worth a shot?