Saturday, March 3, 2012
Define the design: 91B, 94S, 95S, 96S, 59T, 75T, 12T, 07U, 08U, 09U, 10U
I have this sudden, overwhelming desire to categorize, compartmentalize and marginalize a whole mess of baseball card sets. So I pulled a small stack of cards from various years, and I'm going to try to give them a name on the spot.
I can tell you already that I'm going to be successful with some and a failure with others. So I'll need your assistance as always. If you think you have a good name for these sets, yell out your answers. Even if I've come up with a name, there's always the chance that there's something better.
However, the 2012 Topps set has been named already and there's no going back. By consensus, it's The Surfboard Set. I'm not taking credit for that name. I believe steelehere was the first to come up with it as far as I know. So I'm giving him his due. Address your complaints appropriately. But really, it's a perfect name.
So, let's move on to some sets that are more difficult to name:
1959 Topps deserves a memorable name. I received this great Gil Hodges card from Scott Crawford on Cards! just the other day. There are more great cards from him to come. As we all know, the 1959 set is one of the most memorable around. And in honor of '59 Topps: one f/g card at a time returning to life, the set deserves a name. Something having to do with jazz or vinyl records or beatniks. The Jazz Record Set? Something like that. I'm not married to that name.
OK, let's get this out of the way. I need a name for my all-time favorite set, 1975 Topps. I've been holding off on this for a long time because of my high expectations for this name. I've heard The Two-Tone Set mentioned several times. It's a perfectly logical name that describes it well, but I just don't know if it's colorful enough for the set. The '72 Topps set got Psychedelic Tombstones for a name. I think the '75 set deserves something like that.
Moving in a totally different direction (I told you I was going to jump around), how about a name for the 1994 Score set? I like the look of it a lot. I'm calling it The Midnight Blue Border Set. No wonder I like it. I'm up at midnight just about every day of my life.
One year later, Score hit us with this design in 1995. The green background puts me in mind of the imprints and splatters created by dirt bikes during races. Anybody else get that feeling? It's appropriate for the time, too, since espn2 and so-called non-mainstream sports were all the rage in the mid '90s. I'm calling this The Dirt Bike Tire Tread Set. If we need to tweak it, I'm prepared.
One more year of Score. This is 1996. The most obvious part of the design for me is the torn nature of the photo. The Torn Photo Set it is!
Oh, no. Early Bowman. These sets are so boring that they're almost impossible to name. The only thing I have to cling to are the colors. Purple, gold and blue are colors of royalty, but that doesn't seem appropriate for 1991 Bowman. They're almost kiddie colors.
I'm stumped with this one. Unless someone has an idea, I'm calling it The Purple Stripe Set and moving on.
Let's finish it off with some Upper Deck. Every time I look at 2007 Upper Deck, I shake my head. What could have been. The look immediately brings to mind "The Walls Are Closing In." It makes me feel almost claustrophobic for the player. So, I'm calling it The Claustrophobic Set. I like that. But there may be something better.
2008 Upper Deck is almost a repeat of 1995 Upper Deck, except the foil is silver instead of copper-colored. The '95 Upper Deck set has been named already. It's The Foil Minimalism Set. Therefore, the 2008 UD set is The Foil Minimalism Set, Part 2.
This design doesn't bother me as much as it did when it first came out in 2009. I'm kind of over that hideous brown color that is on every card. Therefore, instead of calling 2009 Upper Deck the Diarrhea Brown Set, I'm going to call it The Fun With Rectangles Set.
Finally, I tried to name the 2010 Upper Deck set once before, but for some reason it still doesn't have a name. I don't know if I didn't like the suggestions or I just forgot to list it in the Define the Design category. Among the possible names are "The Profile Set," "The Fugitive Set," "The Green Bar Set," The "Black and White Mini Photo Set," "The Illegal Set," etc.
If you like any of those, say so. I want to name this thing once and for all.
But I mostly need help with 1959 and 1975 Topps, and 1991 Bowman. Come up with a name that I use, and I just might send you some cards. No promises, though. That just gets me into trouble.