Voting on the design to be used for my 2017 World Baseball Classic custom set has finished and the winner is… The 1980 Topps design!
David Wright certainly seems pleased… He must have been one of the 19 people to vote for 1980 Topps.
The voting was tight for most of the week, with 1986 Topps hanging tight and 1976 Hostess and 1976 Wonder Bread hanging in there until the end. Here’s the final count out of 65 votes cast::
1980 Topps Baseball: 19 votes
1986 Topps Baseball: 16
1976 Wonder Bread Football: 14
1976 Hostess Baseball: 11
1966 Topps Hockey/Football: 4
1960-1962 Bazooka Baseball: 1
I’ve begun the necessary preparations for the 2017 WBC custom set, and I’m also brainstorming on ways of keeping things interesting. As one commenter pointed out, the design for 1980 Topps (henceforth abbreviated “80T”) has been used twice in Topps Archives, so I’d like to bring some new elements into the mix.
One “innovation” that will be introduced is horizontal player cards, something that wasn’t done in 80T. I’m trying to decide if I want to do this by rotating the border 90 degrees and rearranging the pennants, or if I want to base it more on team cards like this one:
A favorite trick of custom card makers is to take subsets from the original and repurpose them for other uses… but 80T is a little short on subsets, so that makes it something of a challenge.
I’ll definitely work the “Highlights” cards into the mix… maybe just replace the year 1979 with “WBC”.
The Future Stars subset has some potential, but I’m not sure what I would do with it.
League Leaders seems less promising, but it’s there should I need it
One thing I’d really like to do is to somehow figure out a way to work 1980 Burger King “Pitch, Hit and Run” cards into this.
I’m open to suggestions on all of this, so if you’re sitting at your desk pretending to work, you can think about 1980 Topps instead of whatever you’re paid to do.
One other factor I’ve given thought to (because I am a nerd and I like to do these things). There are 16 teams in the WBC, but only 14 color combinations used in 80T. It’s quite likely that this won’t end up being a problem, as I don’t know that I’d make customs for all 16 teams anyway. Other possibilities include doubling-up teams with two of the existing color combinations (which was done in 80T anyway) or creating new combinations of colors which weren’t used in 80T.
For those of you keeping score at home, the colors I’d used for Israel were used for the Expos and Tigers in 80T, and the colors used on the David Wright USA custom above was originally the Dodgers and Indians.
COMC BLACK FRIDAY!
COMC promotions are already going on, but the main event starts on Black Friday. You can read about it here, but to summarize there are three different promotions: The preview sale (going on now), Black Friday (Friday through Sunday) and Cyber Monday.
Here’s the self-serving portion of this announcement: I’m participating in Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but didn’t get my act together in time for the preview sale. You can check out my inventory here, but nothing will be discounted until the Black Friday promo kicks in.
I recently added 100 new cards to my inventory, including recent inserts and Heritage SP’s, 1979 Topps Soccer Stickers, 1980 Burger King Pitch Hit And Run, 1980 Burger King Phillies, and other fun stuff. All proceeds go towards enhancing the world-famous Shlabotnik collection!
Good luck with whatever Black Friday plans you might have!