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…
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.
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…
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.)