Saturday, February 9, 2013
Define the design: 13T, 93T, 93D, 93F, 93S, 93U
The design for 2013 Topps is a very obvious one. It's a stylized baseball diamond, accented with the swooshes that the Topps design team has enjoyed rolling out the last several years.
It's simple, it's effective, it's one of the best-looking designs on a Topps card in a long time.
But now it's time to name it.
Do we just call it "The Baseball Diamond Set" and be done with it?
Or should we refine it more and distinguish it from some other set that incorporated a baseball diamond in its design?
Or we could go in a completely different direction and vote for my recent obsession that the design looks like a sea turtle (and in the case of horizontal cards, it has one really, really, really loooong flipper).
So mull that over for a little bit and get back to me in the comments, if you wish.
While you're doing that, let's go back 20 years and look at the sets from 1993. Yes, the sets from 1993 are now 20 years old. Come join me in old age everybody. I'm still trying to get used to the fact that Josie and the Pussycats would be in their early 50s now. Melody is like 53. Damn.
What do we call the 1993 Topps set? Skeeter needs a name. Besides, "Skeeter," I mean.
I was never impressed with this set. Still don't like it much. But it's got its place in history with all the new Marlins and Rockies in it.
I'm not sure what to call that design on the bottom. It looks like some sort of platform. It reminds me of the beginnings of an erector set project. This is one of those "it's on the tip of my tongue" names. I'll think about it a bit, but if someone knows a perfect name instantly, let me know.
1993 Donruss. A step up from the '92 set, which I hate inexplicably. But still not a lot to go on. The 3-dimensional diamond with the team logo in it seems to stand out. The "3-D Diamond Logo Set"?
I love this card. The 1993 Fleer design? Eh. I've never liked silver/gray-bordered sets. The color-coded name/team line isn't a lot to latch onto either. And then you have to tilt your head to read the darn thing. "The Tilt Your Head to Read the Darn Thing Set"?
I might do that just because it annoys me so.
Uh, I suppose if I name '93 Fleer that, then I have to do the same with '93 Score. What was with sideways printing in 1993?
I actually like this design much better than Fleer's. It's clean. It might be my favorite Score design ever, and it never gets talked about at all. I even like the Score backs (they made the top 50 card back countdown, you know).
"The Classy Sideways Type Set?"
That's pretty stupid.
Here's my favorite set of 1993. Probably my favorite set of the entire 1990s.
Normally, when I ask for suggestions in Define The Design, someone will offer a name that's really an opinion. That's not really in the spirit of the exercise. But I will make an exception with this set. If you want to name this set "The Best Set Upper Deck Ever Made Set," I will not object. I agree wholeheartedly.
But don't let that stop you from offering another idea. I'm sure it will be better anyway.
Those are all the '93 cards we're naming today. I've already named '93 Pinnacle. I know there is Ultra and Leaf, too. The Leaf I'm pondering naming after the back of the card, since the backs are the overwhelming positive feature of the set. As for Ultra, to tell you the truth, I don't know if any of the Ultra sets are definable. They're all the same.
So, anyway, if you have any ideas for 2013 Topps or for any of the others, let me know, either in comments or email. And I'm Twitter, too, of course. You can let me know there, as well.
I don't have any cards to offer as prizes this time. I'm still 3 weeks behind on card packages (but making slow progress), and money is tight for the next month.
But you can go down in history as an official Define The Design namer!
So, that's ... uh ... something.