Not sure how I found out about this - I think one of the Mets beat writers I follow on twitter posted about the Doc Gooden one.
The jist of this is, Topps has commissioned 20 artists to each create pop art versions of 20 of their most iconic cards for a variety of players. So, there will be 400 cards total, and I have to say some of these are great especially if like me you grew up collecting cards.
|...There are street artists, tattoo artists, cubic artists and even jewelry designers involved. Baseball enthusiasts have jumped all over it, but the project has also appealed to fans of particular artists who can suddenly acquire their work for a modest price.....
And all of the print runs are limited, some more so than others, so the price for some has skyrocketed in a short period of time. For example, there is a Doc Gooden version that was done by artist Tyson Beck (incredible artist), and has a print run of around 1,000 or so. It was purchased via Topps website for $17 @retail while quantities lasted and is now selling on eBay for in some cases over $1,000.
They sell on the Topps website until the print run is depleted and then you can only get them on the secondary market.
It's gimmicky sure, but some of the cards are beautiful and I actually bought a Gooden (not the limited quantity one - I missed that - but a different one from Topps for $17).
just thought I'd share in case anyone else is interested in following it. Collecting all 400 cards would be expensive ($8,000 at least), but I want to try and collect all the Mets, so far I think there are 4 Dwight Gooden's and I have almost no shot of the Tyson Beck version because I'm not paying that price, and some Nolan Ryan's. I'm hopeful once the buzz dies down among collectors the eBay prices will drop.
Here are some examples:
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