Thursday, August 3, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen, Introducing 2018 Topps Baseball

It's that time of year again. And if this time of the year hasn't been marked on your calendar as a Topps Baseball Card Collector, I do not know what is wrong with you.

Because it's August! That means the preview of next year's Topps baseball cards should be coming out just...about...NOW!!!

Yes, we still have two months more of baseball season (not counting playoffs), and 2017 Topps Update Series hasn't come out yet. And don't forget National Baseball Card Day on August 12.

Today, The Topps Company introduced its newest design for the eponymous set, the one that starts off the 2018 Baseball Card Season starts.

Are you ready?

Are you excited?

I know I am.

So what are we waiting for?

Ladies and Gentlemen, here is the design for 2018 Topps Baseball:

Initial thoughts: I love how this looks on screen. It's borderless once again, and has some elements that remind me of 2014 Topps (the wave that's holding the logo like it's going down a waterslide). But the key design elements, to me anyway, are the digital looking bands that contain the name of the player, his position, and the team name. Note how on the right the digital bits look like they are coming together to form them (or maybe breaking apart)?

This looks great on screen, and I can't wait to see how these look physically. Again, I wish they would show off the back of the cards too, but that would be wishful thinking. Besides, the company had to leave us in suspense somehow.

But what do you think? Do you like the design? Hate it? Thoughts?


JayBee Anama


RoundtheDiamond87 said...

I like of the borderless designs in my opinion. I just hope complete statistics are included on the back.

P-town Tom said...

I like the horizontal bands and how they are breaking apart, but I don't like how the wave overlapped part of the first name. I hope that's not a trend with every card.
Overall, I like it better than 2017 and 2016.

Anonymous said...

Knee-jerk reaction: I don't care for it. It looks like 2014 + 2016 = 2018. We'll see what happens, it's not unusual for cards to look better in-hand than in an image. Otherwise it might be another year of focusing on Heritage and Bunt.

Brett Alan said...

My first thought is that it looks as though the player's first name is cowering from the wave.

GOGOSOX60 said...

I think this design will work well with the White Sox logo. I'll still look forward to buying the first pack of year just like every year since 1972!!

Fuji said...

Not bad. Kinda reminds me of 1992 Fleer Ultra which was a solid product back in the day.

John Bateman said...

I like it, looks like a scaled down version of 2017 Topps Bunt which I like

defgav said...

Better than the past couple years, but still enough things "off" to bug me.