Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Call your number











Which one would you choose?

For me, for the longest time, it was the Fives. 1965, 1975, 1995 and 2005 are all terrific.

But I think with the arrival of 2013 Topps, the Threes might just be the best.


  1. I have thought the best 2 ways of looking at Topps Sets are vs the last couple of years 5ish and vs what I call it's anniversary class to get some historical perspective.

    The 3 Class is very impressive. I think 83 and 2003 are particularly good. And I like the way 1983 echoes 1963. 1973 is one of my least favorites however.

  2. I'm definitely going with the Threes. Starts strong, ends strong. Fairly iconic sets (for me, anyways) overall.

  3. Even before 2013 came out I thought the threes were the best, now it's basically a no-brainer to me. Coming in a distant second would be the fours. The other no-brainer to me would be the last place zeroes.

  4. I am going with 3. That group has appealed to me since the mid 90s

  5. All I know is I need that Mike Fielder card. Thems some fine socks!

  6. I'm gonna give 4s some love. I've always thought 84 was as good or better than 83 (minority opinion I know), always had a card crush on 74, and 64 is a clean design. 94 isn't bad

  7. there is another element to cards than the graphic design of the frame - the photo editing. I think this changes as the Topps employee in charge of selecting/purchasing pictures to use changes, and even changes consciously as their product lines change.

    the card you put up for 1991 illustrates this some I think. lotsa action in 1991 if I recall correctly. not all years have that. After 91, action shots moved to Stadium Club for a while, again iirc.

    {I saw a 1991 Topps factory set in the window of a forlorn, possibly closed down card shop yesterday. It was priced at $7. For the whole set.}

    2013 has lots and lots of action, as did 11 and 12.

    and I think it would be a great thing to look at how many horizontal cards there are in a set, as a % of the total. I don't and will never have a big enough collection to ever figure that out across many sets.

    also in different years the Topps editor has a better eye for the classic elements of photo composition I think. There are a lot of choice selections in 2013; Dexter Fowler's bunt card is a great example. thanks for picking that one.

    I think these things influence me over time about a set, as I look at hundreds of cards from each one, as much as the design. some designs just can't be saved, even when personal preferences come into play. I love colorful cards, but I hated 1990. And for me, wallpaper is right out....I doubt I will ever want any 87s or 68s.

    too much of all this on my mind yesterday, as I collated some cheap blasters of 2011 Lineage, a decent enough design with lots of terrible photographs. but despite my screen name, I ain't buyin' that one for the crappy base cards.

  8. Sevens for me. The '57 set pulls all the others along with it. Twos would be next.

  9. The fives are pretty awesome. This is a very tough call.

  10. Fives, no contest. '65 and '75 are my two all-time favorite Topps sets.

  11. I think I'm with you that the threes have the "most goodness." But the 1993 set has always bugged me. Although less spectacular, the fours have a bunch of solid sets without any serious dud.

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  12. No love for the 1's?

    I think my faves are the 1's, 7's, 3's.