Secondary market values for unopened product, even retail versions, are through the roof. Base and Chrome singles for Strasburg are commanding, on average, $20 and $30-$35, respectively. The excitement surrounding this product for collectors hoping to catch lightning in a bottle and either flip for quick profit or invest for log-term gain is rare in The Hobby anymore.
So what does all this have to do with the poll question and title of this post? As a trading card manufacturer, Topps sole purpose is to operate a business entity that turns a profit, understandably. But do they also have a responsibility, given the product they choose to manufacture (sports cards), have a responsibility to preserve the future value of their product, particularly when the success of that product is driven primarily by one player?
Knowing that Topps is planning to include Strasburg in every pending release, won't this negatively effect the value of Strasburg's base and Chrome Bowman cards? Isn't the fact that base cards have largely become irrelevant in The Hobby been part of the biggest problem? So here we have a product that is bucking that self-created trend and instead of limiting Strasburg's cards to maintain that level of collectibility, The Hobby is poised to instead be inundated with a plethora of Strasburg cards.