Sunday, November 10, 2019

Retirement planning

I am an accountant. I enjoy numbers, tax planning, be it for myself or others, and helping people meet their financial goals.

It wasn't until this pack of baseball cards for Topps 2019 series 1, that I noticed the following where the odds are typically stated.

All the odds of the cards in the pack are gone, replaced by Topps retirement planning advice. Just so it is clear - Topps does not make any representation as to whether its cards will attain any future value.

I find the fact that Topps has decided to put this on the packaging, absolutely hilarious.

Does make me wonder what has happened behind the scenes to make this necessary. Has someone tried to sue Topps over collecting cards as an investment?

Well, let's take a look inside and see what cards I will be selling for my retirement down the road.

Good news is picking up a Jay card - and a nice catcher action shot for Russell. May have been even a little bit better if pulled out a little more wide.

Another one of the pitching cards where the WHIP and ERA are calculated without the 2018 innings being included. This card is very clear as none of the WHIPs are anywhere near 2, but the supposed career mark is over 2.

The rest of the cards...

All base needs on a set I have only about 5% of, so no complaints there. May not be thrilled with EE trying his bat flip pose, but still a good looking card whether I like it or not.

4 packs, 36 cards, 85 points


  1. Wow. I wonder if the standard lottery statement ("If you or someone you know has a gambling problem...") will be the next line to appear on the back of packs.

    1. It would be very sad - but honestly, the way things are going, I shouldn't be too surprised if it is.

  2. It wouldn't surprise me if someone tried to sue Topps for a failed investment. It's kinda sad that some people spend more time thinking of ways to sue others instead of just going out there, getting a job, and working hard for a living.