Come on Topps, you can do better

As I mentioned yesterday, I bought a Topps TBT card on eBay. I knew what I was getting, and have no complaints about the transaction; however, that doesn’t mean I’m entirely happy with the card itself.

Look at the back of the card…

2019 Topps TBT Puig

I could ask, “Could it be more generic?” But I don’t want Topps to see that as a challenge.

I would like to see more on the TBT cards. At least a line of stats? How the player was acquired? Does he have a dog, and if so, what’s his name? Perhaps, if you want to relate the design selection to the text on the back, who the player’s favorite wrestler is?

A few months ago, Barry Larkin appeared in a Topps TBT set.

Larkin Topps TBT

Great photo (from 1988…check out the All-Star Game patch on his sleeve). Good concept of showing team captains on a Star Trek design. But the execution on the rear…

Larkin back

When was Larkin captain? Why? List a couple of career highlights. Mention his 2012 induction into the Hall of Fame. Something. Anything.

There have been four Reds cards included in the TBT series so far this year: Puig, Johnny Bench, and Larkin twice. I did not purchase Bench or the second Larkin. Partially because of the price, partially because of the lack of execution on the card back.

You really can do better, Topps. I believe in you.

(PS — For those who are curious, Larkin was named captain before the 1997 season. He was the first Reds captain since Dave Concepcion‘s retirement in 1988. Speaking of Concepcion, it sure would be great to see him included in a Topps product again.)


About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on May 3, 2019, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. nighttimeowl

    The Throwback card backs are always atrocious. They’re essentially giving you half a card for what’s already too much money. One of the reasons I mostly ignore them.

  2. The more Topps charges for a card, the less effort they put into the back.

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