I'm quite certain that this card is the product of an out-of-court settlement between Topps and Michael Saunders. In exchange for Saunders dropping his suit against Topps -- lodged when Topps produced a 2010 Heritage photo that made it look as if Saunders was having his brain pulverized by levitating aliens -- Topps agreed to make Saunders look like a superhero in its 2011 set.
This card, now that I own it, could be the best card of 2011. But this isn't a "best card" post. This is a "define the design" post.
It is time to name the 2011 Topps set.
This set borrows from a few different sets. I'm thinking of 1997 Stadium Club, 1996 Topps and a couple others. It's a super-clean design, which sometimes makes for difficult naming.
Hmmm, let's see, we have an arch and a snazzy baseball with the team logo. That's not a lot to go on.
The highlight of the design is the baseball, which Topps somehow jiggered to appear as if it is indented inside the colored circle that is wrapped around the baseball. That's some crazy designing voodoo, Topps. If Topps could have figured out a way to make the ball spin inside the circle, that would've blown away those video "card" contraptions that people are writing about on the NEW! NOW! NEXT! blogs.
But anyway, I'm looking for a name for this year's Topps set. If you have any ideas, let me know. I don't have any prize arranged if I pick your idea, although you can have all of my 2011 Topps dupes if you want them.
For those of you who aren't interested in the very latest, I thought you could name some older designs, too.
I'm looking for a name for the 1963 Topps set:
And, just to be difficult, I'm also looking for a name for the 1983 Topps set:
And the word "ripoff" can't be part of the '83 design name.
I'm leaning toward calling one of the sets the "picture in picture" set. I kind of like that.
But I'm sure you have pretty good ideas yourselves.
Some of you may not be aware that I have devoted a page to all the Define the Design names that have been determined so far. It's on the tab at the top of the blog on the far right.
Or, for those of you criminally lazy, click on the link.
Thank you kindly, as always.