2016 Topps Base Design Revealed

Posted: August 11, 2015 by Crackin' Wax in Topps
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Today, Topps revealed what they had teased for the past few days—their 2016 base design. In what appears as though it came straight from SportsCenter, the design features full bleed photography, stepping away from the well-worn borders common in Topps’ flagship series. In the bottom right corner, sleek, polished metallic diagonal lines dressed in team colors encompass that team’s logo atop a dark honeycomb background. Resembling a slender boxcutter blade, the name plate appears to switch out from behind the team logo. Layered between the nameplate and player photo is a bit of a smokey haze. The white space in the lower left, in conjunction with said haze, may in fact be designated for parallels.

I’m excited by this new direction for Topps. It’s a solid, modern design. As a graphic designer, I prefer art like this that not only pushes the envelope a little but also keeps things simple. I worry that poor photo selection can hurt the product, but Topps has shown in recent years that photo selection has become a bit of a strength. Like some other collectors and bloggers, I noticed how much this felt like a Stadium Club design and wondered if that meant another end to the on-again-off-again brand. With such a strong card front, I can only hope that the back will follow suit.

  1. mrcoach00 says:

    That’s the first thing I thought of as well. “Hey, that’s a Stadium Club look!” If flagship becomes the new Stadium Club, because it goes full bleed and has tremendous pictures, then I don’t think anyone will complain.

  2. weavahvbc says:

    Agreed, the photos being chosen will be the deciding factor on how this design works. The only real complaint I have, and it’s a minor one, is the logo corner – I would have liked to see it scaled down a bit, and show more of the team logo.

    I was really planning on pausing the whole collection for next year – but man, these are sharp!

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