We arrive at 1986.
’86 has some, shall we say unique designs.
I must admit I love this set. It brings me right back to my early years collecting cards. I was a Mets fan as a kid, thanks to my favorite aunt that lived in Queens, so when they won the ’86 series this is the set I had to have. Granted the ’87 set more accurately represented that team as a kid I didn’t care.
The design is bold and not in a good way. The black up top with the weird block letters is pretty in your face. Subtle is not a word you would use when describing this set. The letters feel very ’70s to me.
One of my favorite things about the design is the little circle with the players position. I am not sure why but it’s just cool.
Not cool enough though. This set is rough when looked at from a fare and balanced viewpoint.
If you take any collector familier with ’80s football and say “1986 Topps”, the first word that comes to mind is “Rice” the second is “green”.
It is very green. The rest of the design is fine but the green takes to much of a central role here, it’s distracting.
The design is slick and simple. Nothing seems out of place or forced. Unlike the other two this is pretty subtle.
If this set came out today with this design it would fit right in, it’s that strong of a design.
Football and baseball scream “look at me” where as hockey just comes in and sits down and say “how ya doing”.
No contest here, hockey by a a mile!