I rarely like a card that features an overly prominent color in the background, unless its white or a team color. When you opt for an “in your face” presentation like with the Red parallels out of Topps Platinum, you are rarely ever going to get something worth looking at. The colors will either clash and look horrible, or they will only slightly clash and look slightly horrible. It is never a good thing, unless you are a Bucs, Patriots, or Falcons fans. Even then, it gets kind of overwhelming when the WHOLE background is red.
This is completely against the grain from the chrome red refractors, which continue to be some of the better looking cards on the market. When only the BORDER is red, there is usually enough in the picture to match the outside and look great. Bordering a card in red is never a bad thing when it comes to chrome, but Platinum went more cowbell than needed and blew it all to hell.
The platinum cards, in my opinion are ugly to begin with, if not only because of a lack of a good design concept. The boxes on the card that contain the card info and swatch look awful in proportion to the rest of the cards, and there is no way I would ever support buying any of this product because of it. If the main hits dont look good, the product is a dump.
Its now less than a week until the expected release of SPA, lets hope it doesnt make similar mistakes.