Monday, February 3, 2014

The Third Dimension

The baseball card game has changed a lot over the past two decades.  Manufacturers have come, gone, come back again.  The way we collect has fundamentally changed - well, unless you've been collecting vintage the entire time.

And while some of the cool quirks of the hobby- like Die Cut cards - have made a comeback in recent years, others haven't.

And by others, I'm speaking specifically about 3-d cards.  The most famous (and coolest) was undoubtedly Action Packed, who managed to secure licenses for NLF cards, wrestling cards, minor league cards, and a legends set.  But never the good ole current players.

But collectors weren't entire deprived of those three dimensions of awesome.

Topps released Embossed
I still don't know what the point of the set was entirely.  It didn't utilize the textured embossing nearly as much as Action Packed did.  Photo selection?  Meh.  All of this may explain why I had no idea the set existed for a solid decade and a half after its release, despite presumably being its target market as a kid in 1995.

Apparently the set was so unspectacular that I can't even find it in my 2001 Beckett Encyclopedia.  But it exists.  I swear.


  1. Last year, one of my 5th grade students bought me a Target repack and I got a Mike Greenwell card from this set. I had never seen/heard of it, but thought it was alright enough to toss into the "Non-Padre" binder. That is my smallest binder.

  2. I picked up an entire box of 1995 Topps Embossed from my local card shop when I was really little for like five bucks. The set is pretty pointless, but opening those packs is one of my earliest card-related memories. I guess I'll always have a bit of a soft spot for Embossed because of that.

  3. I agree cause when i watch it my first impression that it was change.It look's like i am busy filling up a bankruptcy and i never notice about this sports.