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1984 Donruss Andre Dawson

1984 Donruss Andre Dawson

I love this card, but have just 1 complaint.  The color seems to be off.  The usually very light powder blue color of the Expos uniform seems too dark in this shot.

Other that that, this card is a winner.  Look at the concentration on Dawson’s face as he gets prepared to watch the ball come towards him.  Very similar to Dave Stewart, Dawson had a stare that would scare me if I were the opposing player.

The 1989 Topps Design Is Really Starting To Grow On Me…

I’ve always liked the look of this card, but as I search through Ebay for player lots or cards to add to my player collections, the 1989 Topps issue looks better and better to me each time I pass one by.

As a kid, I probably had 2 or 3 complete sets of these.  And I probably had countless other rookie and star cards from the set in my albums.

But the impact of the overall design has not hit me until very recently.  I believe that the 1989 Topps set could pass as a vintage set from 20-30 before it’s release date.

Check out how well Topps incorporated the team colors of the player’s team with the trim and team logos on the card.


Now, here is an example of a close-up shot we would have expected to see back in the 60’s or 70’s.  A nice close-up shot of a player getting ready to take a practice swing.  Although the photo does not appear to be staged, it reminds me of the many images from the 60’s and 70’s of players mimicking what they do in a game.

Here is a great shot of the player at bat anticipating the pitch.  Although it is not an action shot since he is not swinging the bat, it reminds me of so many attempts Topps made in the 1970’s as they tried to provide real action shots when there was nothing really happening.

Lastly, the All-Star card.  This would have looked great as an issue from the 1960’s.  Imagine this card with a close-up of Frank Robinson or Hank Aaron.  This card’s design can withstand the test of time.

Is it just me, or does anyone else reading this have similar feelings about the 1989 Topps product?  As a player collector with no real interest in set building, I think that if I were to attempt a set it would be this one.  I love the look of the cards and being that this set is over 19 years old it could be considered vintage.  Hell, the look kind of gives it that feel too…

Let me know your thoughts?  Am I alone on this or do you agree as well??

1986 Topps Team Leader Andre Dawson

1986 Topps Team Leader Andre Dawson

Sometimes when I’m bored and have nothing to do I go outside and lay in my backyard looking up into the clouds.  It’s really amazing what you can see if you open your mind up and let your imagination take over…  I’ve seen dogs, owls, cars, and most recently I saw Andre Dawson…

Here, I took a picture… 

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!!

We Have A Winner: Best Baseball Card Design From The 1970’s

The 1971 Topps card design was chosen as the best design from the 1970’s.  I have to agree with the readers on this one.  I am a big fan of the 1978 set, but the 1971 issue stands heads and shoulders above the other cards issued in the 1970’s.

 And now for the reasons that the 1971 product is King!!

#1 – The Black border was a new concept.  Although the color(or lack of) makes the card look darker, it really highlights the team name, player name, and position graphics.  Also, they used a lot of photography of the players using a lower angle so the background contains a vivid Blue sky, which is a very nice contrast to the Black border.

#2 – The baseball poses actually work.  Most of the baseball poses that are used on cards are cheesy.  For the 1971 Topps set, many of the poses are actually believable and may be seen during live action.

#3 – In order to get a mint conditon card out of this set, the Black design needed to be impecable.  I have been searching this specific issue for a few cards and finding one with perfect gloss, crisp corners, 50/50 centering, and no pits or dents on the Black border has been rough.  I think that as collectors, we choose to be picky on certain things.  And finding a mint card from the 1971 Topps set is something that is not easy to do, but once it is obtained it feels like a small accomplishment has been made.

Picking That 1 Card Design You’d Love To See Brought Back To The Hobby

We all have that 1 card that seems to always catch our eye.  It can be in the most inconspicuous of places, but it happens each and every time.  Whether you’re just browsing on Ebay, shopping at a local card shop, or going from table to table at a card show it seems to stand out amongst the rest.

For me, it’s the 1956 Jackie Robinson card.  Obviously I have never seen Jackie Robinson play but his legend speaks volumes for several reasons.  But this specific card from the 1956 set always stands out to me.  I love the design.  I love the action photo in the background with the large portrait super-imposed on top of it.  The colors that are used for a time period of primarily dull and dark cards really makes this issue stand out.  This is the first card that I ever called ‘art’ and to this day I feel that it is the best looking card I have ever seen.

So that got me to thinking…  If I could choose any 1 card design of the past to have Topps or another major baseball card company reissue with today’s players which one would it be?

For me, it is the 1956 Topps card.  And You???

Cast Your Vote: Best Baseball Card Design From the 1970’s

That’s right.  After crowning the worst card design from the 70’s it is only fair to review the best looking cards from the 70’s to crown a champion as well.

So take a look at what I believe are the best designs and submit your vote…

1971 Topps

1971 Topps

1977 Topps

1977 Topps

1978 Topps

1978 Topps

Results: Ugliest Card from the 1980’s

OK, so here we are a week later.  If you don’t remember, I was letting the readers choose what they consider to be the ugliest card issued during the 1980’s.  If you want to see the original post, click here.

I would like to thank the readers that submitted their votes to me, and it looks like a majority went with the 1983 Fleer card as the worst designed card issued during the 1980’s.

I have to agree, this is a pretty ugly card.  The border color is terrible and the only significance it has is that it looks like poop, just like the card. 

Check out the border color for this card…

And the close-up photography is pretty grainy.  Even if this picture was taken in the early 80’s, they could have used a more clear shot…

And even the action photography leaves a lot to be desired.  Show me the bat.  Don’t cut off the player’s leg.  Let me see more of what is going on…

So, yes I absolutely agree with the voters on this one.  The 1983 Fleer product was the ‘Ugliest Card from the 1980’s’.

Stay tuned as we turn this around and vote on the ‘Best Looking Card from the 1980’s’.