Recently my wife and I have started to collect McFarlane Sports Figures <link>. Personally, what brought me back into the hobby, the game used and autographs is turning me off again. I am sure that I will always collect cards, but the glut of autoraphed cards and worthless game used cards are really starting to grind on my nerves. The designs,in my opinion have gone down hill and are no longer creative. Anyone with Photoshop and someimagination can do better. I mean I read Mario’s post <link>about the upcoming Goudy release and I’mjust left wondering, how long can they milk that cow? I guess I’m just bored,it just seems to be the same designs reused, year after year and set after set (especially Upper Deck).
So while looking for Carey Price cards (who is mywife’s favorite player), we stumbled across a pre-order for his McFarlane action picture (pictured below). I guess I have always been a fan of his work, but had never picked up any of his figures. So we went to Toys R Us and picked up a few hockey players (Alex Kovelev, Ryan Smyth, and Jason Blake). We were blown away with the details of each of these figures. So I started to do some research. For roughly $10 – $15 you can get almost every player released. They put out 4 – 5 sets a year each set has anywhere from 6 – 8 players.
As you can see, the detail is very good. When you think about how much a set would cost, it’s about as much as a new box of wax. So with somany people becoming disillusioned with baseball and sports cards lately, how long will it be until they turn to something different. I mean a card is 2D, the figureis 3D. You can get both items signed, so that’s a wash, a typical packof cards is running from $5 – $10, these are running from$10 – $15. The cards are stored in boxes and binders, these can be displayed on your desk, shelves, man room, wherever. Here is a look at the newest set coming out for baseball.
(Carlos Zambrano, Miguel Cabrera, and Chipper Jones)
(Jorge Posada, Dustin Pedroia, and Justin Upton)
You have to admit, these look very great. You know what? You can get any one you like too? You don’t have to buy packs and hope to get the one you want. I’mprobably off, but I think at some point other people are going to start looking at this the same way. When it comes to sports cards I will always collect certain players and teams and even some sets. However I am going to start collecting these as well. How doother bloggers / collectors feel about these figures?
Note – All photos are from the Spawn website.