I was at Target last weekend and picked up a jumbo pack of the latest Topps Football. In a world full of collectors sh$ting on just about everything released Topps football seems to be one of the few releases that most like.
I am a fan of Topps using the same design for the “flagship” product across various sports. This years design is solid. It’s not my favorite of recent year. There is something a little to formal about the design.
It’s something about the arch of the name and the circle with the team logo. It’s too much roundness. Don’t get me wrong, I like it, it’s just not my favorite.
I like that Topps put the embossed shield looking deal on players cards if they are pro-bowlers or award winners. I prefer something added to a players base card vs. an additional card. James card up there gives me an idea. Since the NFL loves singling out J-Harrison for big hits maybe they could require he go helmet-less to level the field. I hate the hypocrisy of the NFL in this regards. They make lots, and I mean lots, of money of grown men wrecking one another, yet they fine guys that do it too well. The NFL and sports science has created monsters. Old timers lament the good old days when men were allowed to play the game with out the whistle being blown all the time. They forget that Jack Hamm wouldn’t compare to the guys playing the game today with the likes of Harrison and Ray Lewis. These guys are on a different level physically. They are literally monsters compared to players 30 year ago. Goodall needs to realize the problem isn’t James and his boys on the field. It’s the system that he and the owners created that rewards ruthlessness that they are now trying to undo. Ok, off my soapbox and back to the cards.
Topps does base rookies as good as anyone. Same base design with the little RC logo.
As in recent years we have a very deep checklist of rookies. It’s funny to think as recently as ’03 guys like Troy Polamalu (drafted mid 1st round) didn’t have a card in the base Topps set. I kind of miss a nice tight rookie checklist in the base sets. Not a knock on this set, just an observation.
Once again Topps dips back into the same old well and has throw-back inserts.
I like Heritage but overall I am tired of throw-back designs. Used sparingly they can be cool but the trend is a little out of hand.
’11 Topps is a solid release. I really look forward to chrome hitting the streets.