Every year, the release of the new base Topps design is always a long awaited event. Not only does it set the tone for baseball for the rest of the year, but it also signals the ramp up for the next card season. Over the last few years, Topps has had some big successes in design (2010 and 2011) and some enormous failures (2008). However, this year is proving to be one that I find to be one of the best, not one of the worst.
First, a retrospective over the last few year’s designs:
Without further adieu, here is the new design for 2013 Topps Baseball:
After seeing that there is a new focus to separate the baseball and football designs, I think it gave a considerable license to generate a baseball design that was more complementary to the actual game. I love the border being framed by the shape of the diamond, and the home plate at the bottom left is a cool touch. Additionally, adding in the team logo and not a word is always welcome, as I think logos are vastly underused. Not only that, but it still leaves room for colored refractor borders for Chrome, and doesnt damage the overall heart of the card.
Topps has been stepping up the game on card design, and I definitely believe this is right up that alley.