Wednesday, January 29, 2014

TOPPS OF THE MORNING TO YOU


ELEMENTS WERE THERE FOR A BETTER DESIGN.


OVERALL, NICE BACKS.


It's after midnight on the east coast. Do you know where your 2014 Topps cards are? Probably being tossed on shelves at your local Walmart.

On the way home from work in the very early Wednesday morning hours, I stopped at the 24-hour haven for droopy-eyed insomniac shoppers and went straight to the card aisle. There, an employee with sleep in his eyes was tossing 72-card hanger boxes on the shelves with the speed and grace of an airport baggage handler. 



NO BETTER HORIZONTALLY.


GOOD BLURB.

These tired eyes are not impressed. The design is clearly a step back from '11-'13, and it's all because of that terrible team tab. What in the name of '85 Topps is that doing there along with a team logo? It's redundantly redundant.

Filing clerks should love it.

While the nod to the '89 design, Future Stars and Super Veterans tingle with nostalgia, this out-of-place filing tab perplexes. It almost looks like it was designed to be a die-cut insert that Topps is so fond of. The '85 design with the diagonal team name plate and team logo sort of worked in unison; this incarnation just seems forced. However, good to see the player position out front.



IT'S AN INSERT.


NO, IT'S AN ONLINE CONTEST.


Maybe this design slowly will grow on me, like crow's feet.

The backs continue a recent trend of creamy vanilla; then again, I love vanilla. The player position is oddly, um, positioned. And for the love of God, make the card number larger. On the plus side, no "Career Chase'' idiocy, like "With 287 hits, Lowrie is 3,969 away from the all-time record of 4,256.''  

Afternoon update: With rested eyes, I've noticed Wins Above Replacement is now listed. As a sabermetric aficionado, all I can say is bravo. Maybe these new cards are better than I originally thought.  

The '14 design falls well short of a home run; it's more like a bloop single. But at least it means pitchers and catchers are soon to report. And, anyway, it's just a warm up for '65-styled Heritage on March 5.




FUTURE STARS DESIGNATIONS ARE BACK.



AND APPARENTLY SO ARE COLORED PARALLELS.



ONE OF MANY INSERTS.



SOME OF THESE COULD BE REACHES.



EASILY MY FAVORITE CARD.



AND PERHAPS SUBSET.



SUPER SHARP REINCARNATION.


ECHOING 1983 TOPPS.

1 comment:

  1. I think you nailed it perfectly, Dean. The tab sucks; it makes these look like some sort of failed Bowman design. I like the wavy banner on the front, and the backs are nice, as well. Overall, I'm not all tingly over the final product. Though, I will slightly disagree and say that I think the horizontal cards work better with the annoying tab.

    Thanks for sharing!

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