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Topps’ “You Sketch It” cards bring interactivity to a new level by Chris Olds

Collectors often clamor for more interaction with trading card companies — feeling the need to tell them their demands while also telling them what they don’t like, telling them what they do like and more.

Sometimes, for varying ego-related reasons, individuals insist they should appear on a card inside a Topps wrapper, too.

Now, they can … sort of.

Found in packs of the upcoming 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards will be Topps “You Sketch It” cards that have blank fronts that can be drawn upon and sent back to Topps for the chance to possibly win a prize (according to sales materials) and potentially have their sketch cards inserted into future Topps products for collectors to discover.

Talk about interactive and potentially influential for a product. A crowd-sourced baseball card set? If they’re good, it could be interesting. Who wouldn’t want to find their card in a pack?

Here’s what the back of the card says:

“Think you have what it takes to be a Topps sketch card artist? Send us an original sketch on this card and find out! If your sketch makes the cut, it may be inserted in a future Topps product.

Sketches should be based only on photographs used in 2010 Topps or Bowman Baseball products. All Sketches should be drawn by and be original to the person submitting them.

Sketch cards should be sent to

SKETCH CARDS, PO Box 785, Pittston, PA 18640

Please include your name, age and email address on a 3×5 card along with your sketch card. If Topps selects your sketch card, you will be contacted via email”

These cards are not found in place of standard cards in Series 2 packs. They’re just extra cards for those who might want to try their hand at becoming a sketch card artist.

The legalese on the rest of the card states that “Topps, in its sole discretion, will select which sketch cards will be used, if any. Please note that sketch cards submitted become the property of The Topps Company, Inc., and cannot be returned.”

Unfortunately, some of the hardened collectors out there might think of it as an Art Instruction School test that just might be scoffed at. (Remember the turtle and pirate drawing test from TV years ago? Click the link.)

But this is it’s a fascinating idea that collectors haven’t seen before — hopefully one that will inspire some interesting creations.

Here’s also hoping that Topps will mark the winning cards inserted into packs in some fashion to make them truly stand out from the rest — making them more collectable. And just think, they’re all 1/1s!

Perhaps a few well-known artists try their hand with the project … just for fun. That could lead to some interesting finds, too, couldn’t it?

“Don’t let the wonderful world of art pass you by …”

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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I’m in! This is a fun idea by Topps. Anyone that doesn’t want theirs, send ’em my way here at the Beckett office!

Comment by Andy Broome

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I like the idea of submitting your own sketch.

Comment by James

[…] Found in packs of the upcoming 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards will be Topps “You Sketch It” cards that have blank fronts that can be drawn upon and sent back to Topps for the chance to possibly win a prize (according to sales materials) and potentially have their sketch cards inserted into future Topps products for collectors to discover. (via Beckett Blog) […]

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Does anyone know if topps baseball artists from the past like me can enter? lol just kidding. Hey since I heard these will be inserted numerously, if you get one and don’t want to send it to topps, trade it with me!
In the past I’m prohibited to do sketchcards that were not in the required photo references, I’d like to do some sketches with hall of fame players! so if you’d like to trade the blanks or if you want me to commission sketch it for you to keep(within topps rules since I’m still doing sketches for them), email me!!! jpangan3@yahoo.com

Comment by jay pangan

Can’t wait to pull some of these!!!I currently make my own out of decoys and have come out really very nice ….I have done charcoal ones which I coat after with a protective coating and now I am painting them and adding a varnish so that the can stand the test of time….had great feed back from the ones I have made Upperdeck has used one in a promotional give away with great success and feedback…some of the comments were pretty amazing………if anyone has any that they would not mind parting with I would truly appreciate it…….thanks

Comment by Ernest Hebert

[…] Topps is inviting card collectors to submit their own sketch cards for possible inclusion in a future set. It sounds like a fun idea, in theory. Time will tell how it plays out in practice. I may try my hand at drawing something, but I doubt I’ll actually send it in. [via Budget Baseball Cardboarding] […]

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I’ve done 3 now.. you can see them at facebook search joe toth
cabrera,Joba,and a 54 al kaline

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