November 02, 2007

2008 Topps Baseball

So I'm a week late on this, but it looks like the moratorium on all baseball-related announcements during the World Series didn't apply to baseball cards. After reading what everybody else has had to say on this, it looks like I'll be in the singular on this when I say that the design doesn't do much for me.

It seems that Topps is big on borders lately, be they black (like 2007) or white (like 2008), and it's not doing it for me. They've always had a border of some sort, but so thick? What's the point of that? It just makes me think that their designers couldn't come up with enough to fill the space. I'm also not a big fan of making the Topps logo a focal point of the card. They could just as easily have moved the circus circle type down a bit and moved the logo to a corner.

You know, I see what they're doing here. This is a throwback, old school/new school design aimed at bridging gaps between my generation of collectors and kids today. But the sets it's referencing, the 1986's and the 1988's, they had thin borders (by comparison). Also, what's up with the foil name?

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Anonymous said...

The 2008 Topps Baseball Design creates a microscopic picture with a macroscopic border. I like the white border, but it is way to big for my taste. Plus, the team name looks more like a circus advertisement than baseball. How about if Topps ran a contest for our design suggestions...most likely, it will be better than what they are producing these days.

Anonymous said...

I dunno, I like the colorful team names. The silver player names, not so much.

Anonymous said...

I like the '08 Topps. I think i'ts a nice, clean look. When you compare them to other brands, Topps stands out. said...

I have a 2008 Topps Baseball card of Jay Bruce (Reds) and all of the wording on the front of the card is upside down. The name of the team, his name, the words "Rookie Card," and even his signiture. Can someone please tell me how much this error card is worth? My email is