Thanks to the gentleman over at Writer's Journey and the anonymous poster (you know you've got to tell me who you are so I can thank you publicly for this) who pointed out that JT broke the news.
If the story is true, this design hearkens back to their 1979 effort (funny, that would be 30 years ago when this comes out). What immediately stands out is the amount of space reserved for the picture. It's a simple design. White borders (thank you), player name and team name unobtrusive from the picture. It just screams simple. Don't know if foil printing will come into play (most likely it will somewhere).
Now for those who may say that it looks any kid could have done a better job designing the card for 2009 Topps, rest assured that my eight-year-old daughter was paid lots of money to come up with option number two (see below):
Seriously folks, in a time where every collector wants a nice clean design, you couldn't ask for anything more than this.
P.S. This is JayBee's daughter. He does not know that I am adding a picture of this necklace that I made to his blog. Don't tell him. Thanks. L. A.
Now how did this get on here...jba