Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen, Introducing 2019 Topps Baseball

Coinciding to my return to semi-active card blogging, allow me to enjoy today's big news.

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

The announcement just came out on Twitter. And as I'm listening to the big Chicago Bears football news, the Topps Company introduced its newest design for the eponymous set, the one that starts off the 2019 Baseball Card Season.

Are you ready?

Are you excited?

I know I am.

So what are we waiting for?

Ladies and Gentlemen, here is the design for 2019 Topps Baseball:

Yes, it's another Yankee (remember, last year's mock-up was of Clint Frazier). But take a look at the design elements. Another borderless card, but there is some semblance of a border with what's underneath the "retro" curved, team-colored stripes (think 1982). Don't know if the last name is going to be in foil lettering compared to the first name within the stripe.

And look, for the first time in a while, we get two images, this one of Mookie Betts, showing what horizontally-oriented cards are going to look like.

On the Topps website, the article says, "Parallel colors will be noted on the outside areas, behind the border and in the white areas on the edge of the card. Somehow I get the feeling that these will look similar to the 1990 dot elements used for the borders. But hey, we can speculate.

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


EP said...

My first thought was 1982 as well. Borders on two sides is better than no sides. I like the design better than anything from the past 10 years.

SumoMenkoMan said...

I’m a fan....it looks clean. Thanks for sharing the announcement!

defgav said...

I would have liked to see a return to real borders, but yeah, this is solid and inoffensive.

Jeremya1um said...

I guess it’s better than 2018. Kind of looks like ‘82 and ‘90 and maybe ‘68 had a baby. I wish they would’ve put the first name on the top somehow. Who the heck is this Betts Mookie guy?

Johnnys Trading Spot said...

I'll be the first to say it, I'm not loving it. But what are we to do.

GOGOSOX60 said...

Being an old Topps "gingerbread" border type of guy these cards makes me ask "Is it early February yet??"

P-town Tom said...

I immediately thought of 1982 as well, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. They've modernized it and have found a nice way to do the parallels.

KirkM said...

Not a fan of the fog, or cloud on the left hand side of the card. Topps has done that on one or two recent sets and it is not needed, IMO.

Fuji said...

1st impression = reminds me of 82T and it's not terrible

I really wish Topps would bring back borders though.