Topps Now had gained a fair margin of success recently. They sold a boatload of Bartolo Colon home run cards a couple of weeks back (8,826 to be exact), and you had to figure that yesterdays incident in Arlington would garner similar interest with fans. After all, a set marketed as up-to-date with the previous days top events would have to make note of the brawl between Jose Bautista and Rougned Odor. Right?
Wrong! Instead, Topps wimped out. And in doing so, are arguably missing out in the most "meta" event of the season. Social media was awash in all kinds of memes yesterday, and a Topps Baseball card highlighting it would have been a huge publicity booster for them.
Instead, we get a trio of other cards, as you can see from the screen-grab above from their daily email.
I suppose we really shouldn't be surprised. I'm sure MLB wouldn't want something like this gaining any sort of steam, and a vendor like Topps is certainly fearful of an corporate backlash.
Fortunately, I'm too small a fish to be noticed, so I spent a little bit of time this afternoon making my own fantasy Baseball cards to memorialize the fight. Check them out below, and if you're so daring you can print them out and trade them with your friends.