Topps and Beckett are piecing together “all-time lineups” of baseball cards for all 30 Major League teams and posting them online. The season-long countdown opened Monday.
Company representatives will select an all-time trading card line-up for each team, ranking them based on a range of variables. The rankings will be released one per week throughout the 2018 MLB season, counting down from No. 30 to eventually reveal the No. 1 most legendary baseball card line-up of all time. The first team was revealed Monday with cards featuring the Tampa Bay Rays.
“Our experts looked at a variety of elements in selecting the legendary line-ups. This is not just a list of valuable trading cards,” said Brian Fleischer, Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst. “Some of the cards were selected for their impact on the hobby because of design elements or rarity, while others were selected because of a player’s on-field performance or impact on the game. There is no perfect legendary line-up but we definitely think this will get people excited about trading cards and talking collecting throughout the season.”
Dan Kinton, Topps Vice President of Marketing & Sales says it’s “a unique opportunity for fans to debate the ‘best of the best’ players and cards from across decades of baseball.”
Fans will be able to explore the online home for this initiative, learn facts about the cards cards and track where their favorite team ranks. Each week a new team will be revealed onwww.30Teams30Weeks.com with a player’s card highlighted by position.