I picked up a jumbo pack of 2015 Topps Baseball at Walmart the other day and it turned out to be a waste of five bucks. These cards are terrible looking. I haven’t seen such awful looking cards since the late 1990’s.
The basic base design is messy and confusing. Instead of having crisp white boarders, each card is framed with an annoying speckled pattern that is heavy at the bottom and then fades towards the top. Base cards should not have design gimmicks like this. If it has to be done, save it for variant insert cards, not the basic base cards.
Then there’s the Derek Jeter thing. Even though he finally retired at the close of last season, Topps included him in this year’s set. In fact, his card is the first card in the series, #1.
If you’re going to include him in the set, why not put him at #2? That was his uniform number.
I don’t understand why Topps has such a love affair with the New York Yankees. Don’t they understand that most baseball fans hate the Yankees?
The way fandom normally works is that people generally have a favorite team. They root for this one team above all other teams. When given a choice, they will watch this one team before they will watch any other. With me, that’s the Baltimore Orioles. Though I grew up in southern California, I’ve lived her in Maryland for 20 years. I’ve watched Orioles games since the week I visited Hagerstown to look for a place to live, in the summer of 1994.
Fans then have a number of teams they feel neutral about. They may not root for these teams, but they don’t wish them any ill will. They might watch one of their games if given the opportunity, or they might not. With me, I’m neutral on the Phillies, Pirates, Braves, Mets, Twins, White Sox, and a few others. I don’t go out of my way to watch them or root for them, but I don’t have any negative emotions towards them.
Then there are teams that you hate. You may hate a team for one of four reasons:
- They are in the same division as your favorite team.
- They have a history with your favorite team.
- They have a certain type of fan base.
- They have a player you dislike.
I hate the New York Yankees for all four of these reasons.
I don’t think I’ve ever known a fan who was neutral on the New York Yankees. People usually either love them, or they hate them. I’ve never understood why Topps acts like everyone loves the New York Yankees. Even now, they don’t produce a #7 card out of respect to Micky Mantle. They “retired” his number. Major League Baseball has only one number that’s retired across the league. That’s Jackie Robinson’s #42. MLB retired Robinson’s number because he broke the color barrier in 1947.
Did Topps retire #42? No, they sure didn’t. This year’s set has Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds as card #42. He’s a white guy with a career bating average of .258.
Someone at Topps must have looked up Jackie Robinson on Wikipedia and discovered he never played for the Yankees.
Topps should realize there are 30 teams in Major League Baseball. Not everyone is a New York Yankees fan. I hate the Yankees and I’m beginning to hate Topps.