Thursday, October 8, 2020

Ranking the Topps baseball sets from 1952 to 2020. Part 2. The rankings:

 

Ranking the Topps baseball sets from 1952 to 2020. Part 2.  The rankings:


1.  1972

2.  1959

3.  1983

4.  1971

5.  1953

6.  1965

7.  1967

8.  1975

9.  1952

10. 1991

Maybe the most surprising pick is 1983, but it was an improvement over the 1963 set that is was based on. The 1983 set is sort like ‘The Empire Strikes Back” in the first Star Wars Trilogy.  The 1971s were not called Black Beauties for nothing.  The 1991 was most colorful and had the best anniversary logo ever. The 1972 set is Topps at its pinnacle. Its Large in size and Beautiful Looking.  The 1959 set has the kaleidoscope look of paintings.

11.  1956

12.  1963

13.  1987

14.  1969

15.  1962

16.  1968

17.  1957

18.  1976

19. 1954

20. 1955

The golden age really dominates the next ten. The 1987 set was an improvement over the brownish borders of 1962 and 1968.  The 1956 set is great looking but it reminds me just a tad of the late 1980s Topps Big set. The 1969 set was the 1967 just reworked a little.

21. 2008

22. 1966

23. 1958

24. 2003

25. 1964

26. 1977

27. 2005

28. 1961

29. 1988

30. 1985

The 21st century breaks through, 2008 was one of the most unique designs ever though the photos may have been too small.  If you look closely 1964, 1977, 1986, 2004 sets are an evolving evolution of the same design.  2003 was a good rendition of 1963 and 1983 and the same goes with 1985 copying 1965.  This is truly the top half of the sets, we now move to the lower rung.  

31. 1970

32. 1978

33. 2010

34. 1981

35. 1984

36. 2006

37. 1986

38.  1973

39. 1974

40. 2007

The 2006 had a well thought out design. The 2010 set was based on a 2001 Topps cereal issue. The 2007 was no 1971 set but black borders returned. Surprisingly the 1973 and 1974 are kind of dull and boring though nostalgic.

41. 1990

42. 1979

43. 1980

44. 2013

45. 2012

46. 2014

47. 1992

48. 1960

49. 2011

50. 2018

2018 was the best of the borderless era, its design looked like the Rolling Stones logo.  2012-2014, were decent sets which varied little in design. The 1990 is the craziest looking set and could be called the Purple Passion set

51. 1989

52. 1982

53. 1993

54. 2009

55. 2004

56. 1995

57. 2020

58. 2017

59. 2001

60. 2019

61. 2015

62. 2016

63. 1994

64. 2002

65. 1998

66. 1996

67. 1997

68. 1999

69. 2000

The last 30 years have not been the golden age but it is better than the late 20th century.  1982 set is the worst set  in brown card board back era.  Sorry Night Owl but 2015 is nutty and drab looking. 


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