One of my least favorite card companies from the 90′s was Pacific Trading Cards. Being a critic even back then, I just did not like a single thing about them. Coming back into collecting in 2007, I was somewhat relieved that they were no longer producing trading cards.
Today, I’ve probably scoured through several thousand Pacific cards from their early-90′s releases up until the final year and more often than not I have been left pleased. Here was a company that lacked the history and possibly funds of companies like Topps & Upper Deck yet always managed to change things up year after year.
When we start seeing the new wave of 2010 products early next year, only one company will be producing licensed baseball cards. Having grown up on brands like Donruss, Pinnacle, & Fleer, it’s sad to see The Hobby revert back to where it was 30 years ago.
While Topps has put out one excellent release after another in baseball this year, it’s not going to be very exciting in 2010 when all the non-Topps cards have to airbrush and/or use clever photography to avoid showing Major League logos. Non-licensed cards was my biggest issues with Donruss in 2008.
Here’s hoping for a miracle in 2010. Maybe Upper Deck can find a loophole that allows them to continue producing cards with logos. Even better, it would be great to see a company rise up the way Razor Collectibles did last year (minus the controversy) and produce great baseball cards to shake up The Hobby.
Anyone know who owns the rights to Pacific Trading Cards?