What If…….?

With all the talk lately of the MLB license going to a single company it got me thinking, what if MLB could some how grant one commercial license to Topps and issue independent licenses to individuals who would like to produce their own cards.  My thinking would work like this,  issue the single license and regulate how many sets are released and how they are sold and produced, much like it works today.  Then sell independent licenses to individuals who would like to produce a custom or niche set.  They could sell the licenses accordingly to the size of the set.  Say if you want to produce a 100 card set and produce 1000 sets,  charge x amount of dollars per 100,000 cards.  Then allow the producers to charge what they want and sell them how they want.  You could sell in packs, per set, or sell singles on thEbay.  If anything this would create competition with design, allow people to show off their skills, and maybe create a few new viable sales techniques.  We need change in the hobby, but giving one lone license is not the answer.  This would allow the hobby to grow and advance without corporate giants being in total control, something they have not been doing such a great job at lately!


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3 responses to “What If…….?

  1. Sounds like an interesting idea!

  2. I wouldn’t mind seeing a return of some of the niche sets that were possible in the late 80s/early 90s, but I don’t see it happening. The powers that be seem to be a little too desirous of the simple big payday.

  3. If done correctly they could make more money than they would if they sold one license. I doubt any independent sets would cut into profits of a Topps or Upper Deck. I’m sure it will never happen but it doesn’t hurt to start conversation and maybe the powers that be will over hear us.

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