Time for a little look at 1982.
Baseball and football each have a win, can hockey come correct and get a “w”.
Another strong early ’80s baseball design. The simple double lines coming down the side and swooping along the bottom is such a great look. I love the way the name and team work off their corresponding color and thickness of their corresponding lines.
It’s smooth and simple. A great design, one of my all time favorites.
This is a nice little departure for Topps and card designs. The helmet isn’t a flat lifeless element you typically saw back in the day. It’s a fully rendered almost photographic helmet. It adds a ton to the design, and is something many folks overlook.
Another strong 1982 design, this gonna be tough.
Hockey fans out there will recognize this is a bit of a cheat. Topps didn’t produce a hockey set in 1982 but O-pee-chee did. Seeing as how Topps and O-pee-chee sets in the ’80s were pretty much the same I am going to use their design in lieu of Topps.
Another really strong design.
It’s simple and has good balance. I love the team colors incorporated into the design. I don’t think it was intentional but the design reminds me of the lamp behind the goal to signify a goal.
This is a hard choice, all three are great.
After staring at them for a few minutes I have to go with baseball. It’s just to smooth and slick to not take the top spot.