Friday, January 12, 2024

The 2024 Topps Design - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly


It is a great photo of Elly.  

The Good - the Fonts - The team name, that font it is cool maybe super cool. Also the player name font -  reminds me of 1995 Collectors Choice

The Bad -The faded diamond on the logo and faded baseball on the player position (though like that font).

The Ugly - The faded boarder - Not as ugly as 2015 (Sorry Nigh Owl) but this card would have looked so much better with an all white border

Sunday, January 7, 2024

2024 Topps - Keeping the design under Wraps. Is this a good thing?

 For the first time in a long time. Topps (Fanatics?) has gone this far intime without releasing the next years design.

Usually the have released  the design before the prior baseball season ended.

Growing up in the 1970s, collecting Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey card, usually the first time you saw the new card designs was when you bought your first pack and opened it up. For me, that was the case until the early 1980s.

Once I reached my late teens in the early 1980s, I realized it was just easier to send away for a complete set as opposed to trying to complete a set through packs. 2 of the companies I remember using (from ads in the Sporting News)  Renata Galasso and Larry Fritsch card to get my sets. I think it was 1984 in an advertisement I saw the Topps design (I think it was Strawberry) before I got the cards / at the time they were released. The think Baseball Card Magazine previewed the cards before they were released beginning in the mid 1980s.

However, I can still take myself back to my childhood days and remember holding those unopened packs in my hand and just wondering what awaited  me inside. For some reason those first 1972-73 Topps Hockey packs generates that greatest feeling for me. 

 I know that it is an impossibility today to not see the cards until you open the pack - but we can only wish.