Topps' "IPO" program, called eTopps, will cease the release of any new cards, according to a press release and info posted on Beckett (http://www.beckett.com/news/2012/01/parts-of-the-etopps-program-to-shut-down/).
I missed the first year of eTopps because I was collecting CyberAction CyberCards at the time, and the eTopps program APPEARED to be a digital card program. I was wrong. In the fine print of the day, eTopps let its users know that they could get the cards in-hand if they paid for shipping and handling. So, in 2002, I jumped in. I wasted, er spent, TONS of money in the program. I owned the complete 2002 set among nearly full sets of most latter years. Cards from 2001 rose in price beyond what any cards featuring those players should be worth. I bought football, baseball, basketball. I did not buy wrestling or racing or any other "sport" they came up with.
I actually liked the first generation of eTopps better than any other. Those early cards had a metal signet that was glued on the card, truly separating the cards from any other being made. eTopps lets its users buy, sell, and trade cards that are stored in a warehouse until the final owner requests to move the card from the "portfolio" to in-hand. eTopps cards "in-hand" arrived slabbed in a sturdy plastic holder. Those in-hand cards tended to sell for more on eBay than the ones still held in the warehouse ("in portfolio," as they were called).
I ended up selling much of my portfolio in bits and pieces, as I recall. I had all the Indians I owned sent to my house, along with several other cards. The other cards were then included in various giveaways, random packs, etc.
Though I haven't actively participated in eTopps over the past couple of years, I am sad to see the program disappear. eTopps cards, for me anyway, were a much better quality card - thick stock, shiny coating, unique items. I'll miss eTopps cards. That reminds me - I need to head online and check the prices for Indians eTopps cards from the past couple years. I need them for my Tribecards collection.