I often criticize my favorite set in the whole wide world for any number of reasons, but the main thing that I hate about triple threads has a lot to do with this mega pull that just surfaced. The card (pictured above) is no doubt ridiculous, mainly because it features the name plate from a game used Ruth bat, but I cant help but shake my head on the way it turned out.
First off, you have two whole goddamned cards to get a picture of Ruth on there, and that is how you choose to do it? That is a complete failure when it comes to use of space. For a card that will be as important as this one is for the general product, why in the world wouldn’t you want it to look the best it can possibly be? I know most of the people who drool over the horrid crap that comes out of this product wont care, but that doesn’t make it right. Design has always been the main problem with Triple Threads and this card is a casualty of Topps’ design team, no doubt about it.
I mean, check out all those awkward shooting lines that criss cross the card fronts. That is more important than a larger picture of the most iconic baseball player of the entire history of the game? Fucking stupid. It is completely distracting in the overall make up of this card(s), and that sucks beyond belief when you see some of the stuff that could have been done with the card.
All of this discussion is pretty useless without mentioning the fact that Topps is destroying parts of American history by cutting up Ruth bats and jerseys, but when you defile that kind of legacy with a disgusting display like this, it bears even more of a need for my anger. I hate, hate, HATE booklet cards in general for the reasons that Triple Threads makes infamous, but this takes that to another level previously unexplored even by Topps Sterling.
We really need more stuff like we got in the preview for Five Star Football, and less reliance on rainbow neon colored foil that encapsulates a treasured part of the national past time.