Back in April I had a series of posts talking about the changes that were going to be made when I purchase Topps… just after I get my millions of dollars from the very nice Nigerian Prince who sent me an email. (If you want, you can see those posts here, here, here, here and here).
I may still be waiting for my millions – any day now, I’ve been promised – but that won’t stop me from occasionally sharing more of my plans. This time around, I’m going to talk about the four vintage Topps designs I’ll use for next year’s Archives set.
I don’t know if this is Topps’ own plan, but I’m not looking to do Archives with any 1960’s sets for a while. Anything from the early 1960’s has recently been used for a Heritage set, and anything from the late 1960’s will soon be used for Heritage.
…But that doesn’t mean we can’t revisit the 1950’s. It’s been a dozen years since 1953 has been used, I think that’s more than long enough.
…Incidentally, I picked up this Dom DiMaggio at a show in April.
Sing along with me! “…He’s better than his brother Joe! Dom-i-nic DiMaggio…”
The second set I’m using is 1974 Topps.
It’s the first set I collected, so it’s my favorite. That’s good enough for me.
I’m only going to go four years forward for the next set: 1978 Topps.
There’s been almost no re-use of 1978 Topps, and I’m thinking that the Topps graphic artists might be scared off by the fact that the team name is done in script rather than a font…. but if you take the “R” from “Red Sox” and the “ays” from “Blue Jays”, then we’ve got “Rays”… and if, by some sheer coincidence, there didn’t happen to be any players from the Nationals, Marlins, Rockies or Diamondbacks featured on a 1978 design, do you think anyone would notice?
The final set is 1981 Topps…
I’ll admit, this design isn’t a favorite of mine, but I can’t remember many prior attempts by Topps to re-create this set… and honestly, how hard can it be? A basic font in front of a hat that is in team colors? C’mon guys, we can do this.
I don’t have any ideas yet of what to use for the wrapper, inserts or short prints, but feel free to leave suggestions in the comments.