I like my cards and design simple. I want a big player photo, a simple, yet understated design and an on card auto. With the recent trends in the industry, we might be moving more in the complete opposite direction. No sir, I dont like it.
The biggest offender recently has been both Topps and Panini’s use of parallel patterns that seem to obscure the card surface in the presentation of the design. Its done in the name of parallels, but more often than not, the cards look about as terrible as they can be.
The scary thing is, both Panini and Topps are instituting NEW ones with each product release, to the point where its not just hideous looking rainbow foil board, its rainbow foil with a pattern overlaid on top! Here are the worst of the worst:
PANINI FINITE – Whatever the hell that means?
Topps has at least taken it in a bit different and better direction. Every time they use a new pattern or an existing one, they cut the player picture and signature area out of the pattern. That way, there is no obscuring the main content on the card. Panini is mostly a complete train wreck, but I wouldnt expect anything different from them. For most of their stuff, they overlay the pattern on the WHOLE card, and it makes it much more difficult to actually see anything you are actually hoping to see. Explain how that is a good idea, again?
Im not sure why collectors are enamored with gaudy patterns and ridiculously busy designs, but that is my normal reaction to these matters. I dont like the superfractor pattern that Topps uses ad nauseum because it is so hard on the eyes to me. Sure its shiny and gold, but its ugly.
I wonder if my eye is completely different than the rest of the population, or if people just dont care. Either way, Im not going to be saying any good stuff about this new trend.