Okay, I get why Topps would set out to make a card with the holiday season’s most popular figure. Its clear that there are a lot of people that identify with Christmas, and to commemorate that with a Santa Claus card of this fashion makes sense. Its a gimmick, no doubt about it, but it is one that has been done frequently over the years. The first of the Santa Claus Strata Signature Shadowboxes are up, and you are not going to believe how much they are going for.
Here are the first examples:
Kind of makes this rookie class look even more sad than it already is, when a fictional character's autograph can outsell the top rookie of the year. Either way, this is only one of many in a line of a bunch of Santa Claus cards from over the years, and though I dont really identify with the appeal, its clear that card collectors really like gimmick cards like this.
Here are some of the others:
One of the Santa relics was pulled on a group break at Cardsmiths break on release day, and from the reports received, it replaced the normal case hit. That is quite bothersome to me, which Topps called a potential packout mistake. Now that people are seeing what they sell for, maybe its not as much of a bad thing as I thought it was.
Not only that, but this isnt even the only cards created of fictional characters either, with these types of relics being a rather commonly used program over the years. Funny enough, back a few years ago, Topps was sued by one of their employees who posed for one of the cards of fictional John Henry. Only goes to show you what is possible.
Im curious to see where these Strata Santa cards settle in, as its likely they will calm down over the next few weeks as more show up.