Now that we've seen the leading edge of change in our cardboard world with the NBA license going to Panini, and nothing written in stone that Topps and Upper Deck will keep their MLB licenses, or in the long term even survive the we ain't-seen-nothin'-yet economic downturn, maybe we should start thinking differently. So we're not blindsided. The future could happen any minute now.
We peeked over one part of the Panini comic website and saw a poll concerning whether their readers would be interested in digital comics. That got us thinking. Let's say that soon you could buy a little printer (like the small printers that actually just print photographs) that would allow you to produce, front and back, baseball cards. Onto heavy stock, nice 2.5" x 3.5" cards. When you printed out your digital-card purchase receipt, you might randomly receive a redemption for an autograph or game-used card. So not only the cards but also The Chase would become digital. (Redemption programs would have to receive a quality upgrade and guarantee to get everyone to accept this.) Think how this would reduce waste, eliminate pack searching, and all that.
So here's our global-ecological-technological-vaguely-aware questionnaire based on the odd little Panini poll. Please take it.