Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cardboard appreciation: 1969 Topps World Series subset

(Yes, I've done some blog remodeling. Glad you noticed. More on that later. But right now it's time for Cardboard Appreciation. This is the 58th in a series):

In celebration of a new look, I've decided to feature my favorite subset of all-time.

It is the 1968 World Series subset in 1969 Topps. And according to me, it is without flaw. Let us count the ways:

1. A newspaper format. Cards that use newspaper themes kick significant ass.

2. Photos that actually appear to be from the World Series game in question. We all know that Topps sometimes has problems in this area.

3. A great newspaper layout. As someone who has produced thousands of sports newspaper covers, that is a simple, striking layout.

4. Topps follows the headline rules! No split modifiers, no ending top lines in prepositions. The editor is smiling. (Wait -- not smiling anymore. What's with the random semi-colon at the end of the second line?)

5. OK, back to collecting: there is a card for EVERY game in the World Series. I want to see this every year. How depressing when there is only one World Series card, or no World Series card.

6. That neat little score listed in the top right corner. That's another newspaper trick. Get the important information above the fold! (OK, there's a headline violation here).

7. A memorable World Series. The Tigers come back from a 3-1 deficit to win!

8. A set I acquired when I was a youngster. Well, most of it anyway. Game 2 and the "Tigers celebrate" cards were picked up at a card show and a pawn shop, respectively, several years ago.

9. Boxscores on the back! Woo-hoo!

Nine great reasons add up to a subset that I will always appreciate.

OK, now a brief explanation of the changes:

I've been doing this for 18 months. More than 900 posts and almost 100,000 page views. It's time for a new look. As much as I liked the "night owl" theme of the other template, I started to feel limited by the template. It felt crowded. I have more room with this template and can feature cards in a larger size if I choose.

Also, the orange background started to bother me, especially when I looked at the blog on my phone. I know it's supposed to represent a night-light glow, but when I saw it on my cell, it just looked like someone puked on my phone. Yes, that's right, orange puke.

You can see I needed a change. If only for my sanity.

So, I decided, why not combine the night owl theme with a little bit of a newspaper feel for the ol' scribe? It sort of works. I'm no expert on how these templates work, so I may tinker with it more, but it'll do for now.

Please join me for the next 18 months. I'll try to keep you entertained. I may not win an Upper Deck blog award (BAAHAAAAHHAAAHHAAAA -- gasp, gasp -- BAAHAAAAHHAAAHHAAA!). But I'll do my best.


  1. Congrats on many milestones, many months and the new layout. I hope to be around when you change the layout again in 18 months.

  2. This is the way World Series subsets should be made. Those one-card World Series things with the "composite stats" on the back didn't do much for me. The 1975 World Series set is another good one.

  3. new is good, NO. now center your header graphic ;)

    I liked that there were full WS sets during the '87 Twins championship, but the newspaper format (and BOXSCORE!) are da bomb

  4. This is also my favorite insert set!! I have 3 complete sets and I buy these cards whenever I find decent ones and have the money.

    Like the new look!!

  5. mmmrhubarb ~

    Done. I didn't quite have the time to finish off everything last night. Still need to tweak.

  6. Lookin very good my friend... That subset is among my favs too... I like any card that points out a moment in time, but that was a great series and Topps nailed it. Congrats to you sir!