Every year for as long as I can remember I have always looked forward to the February release of the Topps flagship. Mainly because I always wanted to see the new design. I wanted to see who the Cup Rookies are and new players in new uniforms.
I finally got my hands on 2011 Topps Baseball and I couldn’t be more disappointed. For the third straight year, Topps has ceased to be creative with their designs. Why they can’t bring in some solid graphic artists is beyond me. Maybe if they did they wouldn’t have to rely on older designs like Ginter and Gypsy Queen.
I mean even the circus design of 2008 was money compared to the latest offerings. The subsets have no point other than the Topps history cards. The diamond cards are just painful to look at, Topps seriously could have done something awesome with the diamond parallel. Instead they chip up chrome stock and call it diamond. They to top it all off, the best card I saw in the packs I bought were the Kimball mini cards. However, when I thought about it the mini set has no purpose. At least if it was a mini parallel I could understand it, this set was worthless.
This was Topps chance to come out and blow us away. To save the baseball card industry and in my mind the lest a steaming pile of poo. About the only thing I liked in the set was the jumbo swatches, but again they screwed that up too by not putting a picture of the player anywhere on the front of the card. Also, Cards Your Mom Threw Out is the new Yankee Stadium legacy. Want to put a new spin on it? Insert the REAL DAMN CARDS!!! Also while I’m at it, leave the fantasy cards to the custom card makers, yet another idea they stole from the blog world.
Am I being too tough on Topps? Maybe I am but this was supposed to be Topps big year, the Diamond Anniversary. This set should have been fantastic, it should have been the set that told the hobby world, baseball is our sport and we own it. I’ve seen more creativity from In The Game baseball. Topps you are going to have to spend more time on products other than 5 Star football. I hope baseball gives the contract to someone else next year, cause this was a giant disappointment.
Who threw up chrome slivers on these cards?