For the past few days, I have been trying to organize my thoughts on the new 2012 Topps design, the supposed “Game Changer”. This was supposed to be the year that Topps, who was awarded the sole license for baseball to change it all up and make cards more relevant. Topps had all year to come up with something that was going to bring the excitement of collecting cards back to the fans and most importantly to the kids. They rolled out there design and in case you missed it here it is:
I know, you are awe inspired, I can tell. You are bouncing up and down in your seat anticipating the January release. More importantly your kids are screaming, I want, I want, right? Hell no you aren’t and your kids are probably blowing something up on the Xbox 360. So just as a reminder here are the past few years of Topps:
So this marks the 4th straight year of non-appealing not noteworthy designs. I can’t stress enough how much I personally hate using logos instead of spelling out team names. Here is the last decent design (2008):
This is also the last full Topps set I collected. I am so sick and tired of Topps mailing it in on their flagship set. Amazingly, they do actually put together a nice parallel set with this card:
So why the heck is this not the base design? No instead this is going to be a #/2012 or something and this will be the only thing people want to collect out of the set. Of course there will be the vomit inducing golden card (what is this Willie Wonka or something):
Makes my freaking head hurt! I hated these as diamond cards and the gold version just makes me sicker. There are lots of “Gold” inspired autos and game used:
However rumor has it, these are all limited to 10 or 15 copies. So in other words, YOU won’t be finding it! Finally there is one card subset I would love to collect just because the design is so nice, the Gold Futures set:
However I won’t be finding it and neither will you because . . . surprise, also limited to 15 copies. In short, Topps you suck, your flagship line sucks . . . AGAIN . . . and I hope to hell at some point someone besides me will stand up and scream too. Get your graphic designers off their asses and make something that is worth collecting. Go back through your catalog and the blog world and find out what people want and instead of using the same style over and over and the same inserts over and over, freaking do something about it and really put out a game changer instead of the current hack job you are currently doing!
Am I out of line? Where is the design team that came up with 5 star and Inception? Why aren’t they designing the flagship?