Blog Bat Around: Fixing Topps Baseball
Everyone else is doing it. I might as well, too. Even though everything I say has been covered by someone else. But I’m not doing paragraphs. Just a nice little list.
1. No more foil on base cards. Not on the front, not on the back.
2. How about some cardboard? This glossy, unable-to-separate-after-a-week-in-the-shoebox cardstock has got to go.
3. Cut down on parallels. Pick ONE if you must and make it the ONLY one.
4. Cut down on inserts, and make them less repetitive from year-to-year.
a. 60 Years of Topps is cool, but not the year after the Yo Mama inserts.
b. Diamond Duos…look, if you’re going to do something like this, put some thought into it. Killebrew/Thome is cool. Chapman/Seaver is not.
5. Toppstown: keep it…but don’t count it against the 12 cards per pack.
6. Speaking of 12 cards per pack…put 12 cards per pack in the stinkin’ blasters. They are a waste of money otherwise.
7. No more sticker autographs, with the exception of players who have passed on (Mark Fidrych, for example).
That’s a start. I know it’s mostly negative, but that’s the assignment: fixing Topps baseball. If it wasn’t broken, it wouldn’t need fixing.
However there are several good things about 2011 Topps. The photography is, for the most part, top-notch. I already gave an example in a previous blogpost of Ramon Hernandez and his broken bat. I love that photo…even though I’m not a fan of Ramon. Many of the horizontal cards look great too. Aroldis Chapman and Bronson Arroyo come to mind.
I think I’m done. Sure, I would like to see it go back to a 792-card set with a year-end 132-card Traded set, but I don’t think 3 series destroys the quality of the set. Go read some of the other Blog Bat Around entries and submit one of your own.