Unless you've been under a rock or hiding out in a cave in Afghanistan, you know Topps signed an exclusive contract with MLB which starts January 1, 2010. What does that mean to YOU?
Will you stick with Topps only in 2010? Will you still buy the logo-less Upper Deck products? Do you just adopt a wait and see attitude to check out how Upper Deck deals with design in regards to their card issues?
I'm not sure what I'll do, but I do think the topic that is raging across the blogosphere is hurting the stranglehold Topps assumes they'll have over the hobby. That topic is the failed bit known as redemptions. The majority of us (collectors) despise sticker autos, but I think that is the only way you'll see the redemptions for autos go away. The card companies would never release a set if if had to wait around for all the athletes to return their cards. Personally, I would rather pull a redemption and wait awhile rather than get a sticker auto. Redemptions for relics just makes no sense at all. The Cat Osterman relic redemption in 2009 Allen & Ginter is just odd. How can a company like Topps NOT secure a Cat jersey? Surely they exist outside of Cat's locker. I certainly don't claim to know the innerworkings of Topps or Upper Deck, but it seems to me, if you're going to put a relic in a product, it should be possible to obtain a relic in advance of production.
Topps has the exclusive they wanted, now they need to back that up with excellent customer service. Otherwise Upper Deck stands to come out looking good, logos or not.