Thursday, July 25, 2019

An Early Peek at the 2020 Topps Baseball Card Design

Are you ready for 2020?

Featured above is an early look at the 2020 Topps flagship baseball card design, and I'm not sure if I like it. Go here to check it out at Topps website. It once again includes full-bleed photos -- unfortunately, flagship cards with a border appear to be a thing of the past -- and an unusual placement of the players name and position. As you can see, it is sideways -- perpendicular to the placement of the photograph.

This is an odd choice by Topps. Heck, I'm certain this is the first time they've ever done this to the flagship set (please correct me if I'm wrong) (UPDATE: Woops, I forgot about the 1999 Topps set). Only once At no time over the past 60+ years have they ever forced collectors to tweak their neck in order to read the name of the player -- I'm obviously being overly dramatic. Still, it's a little unsettling.

Nevertheless, it's the design we've got, so I'd better learn to love it. BTW, Alex Markle at Chavez Ravining shares his opinion about the design, and I think it's worth a look. Check it out here.

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  1. You could a) "learn to love it" and hand your money over to Topps for something you don't like, or b) buy only vintage cards (what most people consider to be superior anyway) and cut those dopes at Topps out of the cashflow loop.

  2. I agree about the player name and position--what an odd choice. It gets weirder when you think about putting the horizontal cards in a binder. If you flip the cards vertically so the card number is visible on top, the name and position will be upside down. Oops!


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