The ’13 baseball design isn’t necesarily the WORST thing I’ve ever seen–I’ll reserve judgment until I’ve seen them front and back, face-to-face. The first thing that sprung to my mind when I saw the preview this morning was that it reminded me a bit of this year’s Football. How so? The football set incorporates a football shape in its graphic elements, which many collectors (myself included) believe is a nice touch and a good deviation away from the baseball design. The following baseball set uses a baseball field design its graphic elements. See where I’m going here? I doubt this was the case, but it almost seemed as if someone at Topps thought “hey! The collectors think using sport specific graphic elements is a great idea! Let’s do it in baseball, now, too!”
Of course, this isn’t exactly the first time any company, Topps included, has ever used baseball-related elements in their designs, nor will it likely be the last.